Fleming For Free @ UBC

With the high cost of living in Vancouver, it can be tough to find the money to get out to artist events. Thankfully, free options exist, including some wonderful options at UBC.

Case in point: On September 18th at the Old Auditorium, the incredible Renée Fleming – most recently nominated for a Tony for her performance in Carousel – will be presenting Music and the Mind, her exploration of the role music can play in brain health. Her interest in music and neuroscience grew out of her initiatives as Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“Beyond its ability to enthrall and entertain, music can offer a host of health benefits – from childhood development to therapeutic applications for Alzheimer’s disease, autism, PTSD, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain,” Ms. Fleming notes. “And close to my heart, singing can retrain the brain to use different neural circuitry, helping those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or suffered a stroke regain the ability to speak.”

Fleming is otherwise in town to open the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s season with Strauss’ Four Last Songs. Here is Renée Fleming performing Bellini’s Casta Diva in the beautiful Palaces of the Czars in Saint Petersburg.

And below, Fleming performs You’ll Never Know in Alexandre Desplat’s 2018 Academy Award-winning score for The Shape of Water.

Fleming’s UBC event runs from 5 to 6:30 pm on the 18th and is free with reserved seating. Call 604.822.6725.

Also free at UBC Music this season are Masterclasses where you can watch world class performers work with up and coming performers:

• Saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky on Oct. 16
• Pianist Andrea Lucchesini on Nov. 17
• Pianist Douglas Finch on Jan. 24
• Pianist David Jalbert on Feb. 14

Scrolling through the UBC Music season brochure, you’ll find other free offerings, such as Winter Bang! Festival of Electroacoustic Music on December 12th, the UBC Concerto Competition on January 11th or Collaborations and Intersections, a weekend of Chamber Music, Mathematics, Mediation and Medicine.

UBC Music Season 2018/19

Written by Elizabeth Newton

Header Photo: Ruven Afanador



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