Volume 92, Issue 44
Friday, November 20, 1998
Commemorating Canadian music
Canada Music Week, a nation-wide celebration of Canadian music sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers, kicks off today with a free concert at Western's von Kuster Hall.
The concert, taking place at noon, features Harpist Lori Gemmel performing a piece by composer John Weinzweig, who will be present to introduce his piece.
The goal of Canada Music Week is to encourage and promote Canadian music and musicians nationwide, said faculty of music public affairs assistant Nikki Attwell. She added there will be many activities across the nation, ranging from school concerts to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation features on Canadian music and musicians.
A second free concert, featuring pianist Gwen Beamish, soprano Mary Lou Fallis and violist Ralph Aldrich, will also be held in von Kuster Hall on Nov. 27.
Attwell said the highlight of the Canada Music Week at Western is a concert on Nov. 24 in Talbot Theatre at 8 p.m. featuring the UWO Chamber Orchestra teaming up with the London Orchestra to celebrate composers and performers from the faculty of music.
The performance will include Jill Ball as the soloist in the world premiere of Alan Heard's Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra. Tickets can be bought through the Orchestra London box office.
Western's office of the ombudsperson released its annual report yesterday which outlines the office's activities for 1997/98.
The report includes statistics of students who approached the office with appeals concerning grades or their workloads and discusses the function of the ombudsperson.
"It's useful for people to understand how we work," said Anita Pouliot, assistant to the ombudsperson. "It's a good way to inform people of the role of the ombuds office."
Pouliot said the office is attempting to publish the report on the internet. In the meantime, students can find it in the Nov. 19 issue of Western News or pick up a copy at the ombuds office in the University Community Centre, Room 251.
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