School of Music pro series to conclude with steadfast friends in concert

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Dorothea Hayley, soprano, and Manuel Laufer, piano, will appear in Brandon on Tuesday.

After a succession of superb concerts, the 2017–18 pro series closes the books on another memorable season with one final presentation. This Tuesday, March 27, faculty member and clarinetist Catherine Wood welcomes two musical friends — soprano Dorothea “Dory” Hayley of Vancouver and New York-based pianist Manuel Laufer — who will present an evening dedicated to the natural world, with a concert entitled “The Endless Earth”.

“Dory and Manuel are no strangers to Brandon, having competed twice in the E-Gré National Music Competition,” Wood said about her counterparts. “The trio will present a programme of rare and lesser-known gems for voice, clarinet and piano. (We) will conclude with, perhaps, the most well-known and treasured works for this instrumentation — Schubert’s ‘Shepherd on the Rock.’”

Including the Schubert piece, their programme is inspired by two of the locations in which they have previously collaborated, namely the Banff Centre and the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival, in the Lower Mainland. Consequently, nature, solitude and contemplation are central themes to their programming choices, which also include Dominick Argento’s ‘To Be Sung Upon the Water,’ Giacomo Meyerbeer’s ‘Hirtenlied,’ and works by Venezuelan composer, Diogenes Rivas.

“It is always rewarding to see and hear our faculty members’ connections to musicians they meet at festivals or other creative gatherings,” said Greg Gatien, Dean of Music at Brandon University. “This programme is especially thrilling as most of the works have yet to be performed in the pro series. So it should be a great treat to hear these passionate, dedicated musicians interpret this distinctive repertoire, which includes the Canadian premiere of one of the Rivas works.”

The final pro series concert of the season, featuring soprano Dorothea Hayley, clarinetist Catherine Wood and pianist Manuel Laufer, will take place at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 27, in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall. Tickets for this event are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and alumni, and are available at the door or in advance in the Main Office in the School of Music. The pro series will return with a new lineup, next fall.

The School of Music gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of Manitoba, through a Consolidated Arts Programming Grant from Culture, Heritage and Tourism.
Please note that seating in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall is limited and that programmes are subject to change. For up-to-date listing of pro series and student performances, as well as other BU events, visit


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