Our Season

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Schedule

View the complete 2019-20 schedule, including artist biographies.

Tickets

Single and subscription ticket prices for pro series and Brandon Chamber Players concerts.

Celebrating a season full of distinguished musicians and memorable music

Greg Gatien

The pro series, presenting world-class musicians to Southwestern Manitoba, occupies an important role in our community and in our lives. In March I was reminded of music’s incredible potential when a dear friend and mentor took my family and me to the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin (Texas, not Manitoba). This was where Charlie Black heard Louis Armstrong, the famous jazz pioneer, in October of 1931. Particularly as a young man raised in the American South, experiencing genius for the first time in the person of an African-American had a profound effect on Mr. Black and, as it turned out, the course of American history. He went on to a distinguished career as a constitutional lawyer and was pivotal in successfully arguing against “separate but equal” in the 1954 landmark US Supreme Court case, Brown-vs.-Board of Education.

What happened to Mr. Black that night in 1931 can happen to any of us. Reflecting on past pro series concerts, there have been many opportunities for our community to be inspired in ways that could not be predicted, and countless musicians with the capacity to launch our collective and individual imaginations. I look at this year’s lineup with great anticipation and excitement, wondering what we might hear and learn from the dedicated and gifted musicians who will fill our acoustically perfect concert hall. As Charlie Black would likely agree, the only requirement is that you have to be in the room when the music happens.

The pro series continues to be scheduled on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 with a few exceptions. This year, we are happy to continue hosting a special concert as part of our University’s annual Homecoming celebrations (Thursday, October 17th). On Saturday, February 29th (Leap Day!), we are thrilled to be hosting an incredible father-daughter concert as part of our Clarinet Festival. I also note that we have modestly increased our ticket prices after years of holding them steady — while the pro series is a great service that the University provides for our community, it is important for us to be more in line with our valued live-music partners in Southwestern Manitoba. I hope that you are able to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the potential that music can unleash in us all, and I look forward to welcoming you to this year’s pro series.

Sincerely,
Greg Gatien
Artistic Director, pro series
Dean, School of Music, Brandon University