Langley concert series showcases music faculty's talents

Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Trumpets will herald a new season of concerts at KPU this Friday.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) music department is presenting a concert series for the seasons spanning the musical spectrum of brass, strings, woodwinds, and keys with three concerts for the fall, winter and spring.

“The Music Faculty Showcase is a phenomenal assembly of the finest musicians in both the classical and jazz fields, who will grace the Langley auditorium with their talents,” said organizer Jane Hayes, who is also an accomplished pianist, a music instructor at KPU, and one of the performers. “You simply don't need to drive into Vancouver... just down the road to the KPU Langley campus.”

The concert series kicks off this Friday, Oct. 27 with The Touch of Brass, a dynamic quintet that has graced concert stages worldwide. KPU's trumpet instructor Tom Shorthouse leads Ben Kinsman on the french horn, David Sabourin on the tuba, Jeremy Berkman on trombone, and Jim Littleford also on trumpet.

KPU’s musicians-in-residence, the internationally acclaimed Borealis String Quartet, will bridge the concert series on Jan. 19 with a performance like no other. One of the most dynamic and exciting world-class ensembles of its generation, the Borealis String Quartet has been praised for its fiery performance, passionate style, and refined musical interpretation.

The season wraps up on March 2 with a CDelebration – an eclectic debut concert combining KPU jazz and classical performers and guests. The evening will mark the official release of three new CDs. Come hear Juno-winning bassist and music instructor Jodi Proznick's Sun Songs, and music from two more CDs featuring KPU’s Dr. Julia Nolan on saxophone and Jane Hayes on piano with guest violinist Joan Blackman and clarinetist Francois Houle. A unique musical experience, the concert and CD release are a celebration of 25 years of music instruction at KPU.

"It is incredibly exciting to have our music faculty share their talents with the community with this concert series,” said Dr. Diane Purvey, dean of the arts faculty. “We’re fortunate to have such dedicated musicians working with our students.”

          Touch of Brass
          Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

          Borealis String Quartet
          Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.          

          Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

All concerts will be held in the KPU Langley campus auditorium (20901 Langley Bypass).

Tickets are available online or at the door. Season tickets to all three concerts are $45 for adults/seniors $30 for students, and $20 for children ages 12 and under. Individual concerts are $20 for adults/seniors, $15 for students and $10 for children ages 10 and under. Purchase season tickets in advance to be entered for a chance to win one of the new CDs.

To learn more about KPU’s music programs, visit

Story by Tatiana Tomljanovic

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