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THUNDER BAY, ON - November 20, 2011 - Oboist Erin Brophey returns to Thunder Bay to play a dazzling concert for Erin Bropheythe music students of Lakehead University. In many respects this LUMINA concert was a reprieve of the very good collaborative recital she presented in the late summer with pianist Evgueni Tchougounov at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

There were some differences in the programme though, likely for time reasons they left off the Mozart oboe Concerto which I enjoyed watching Evgueni’s prowess at the piano. Both the acoustics and the piano are in much better condition at the church and that made the summer recital a little more enjoyable. It was also a first hearing of the material and in summer classical performances are rare in the city.

I looked forward to this recital because the collaboration is so good between these two musicians and the music deserves to be presented more than once. Perhaps at a later date the two can present this programme for University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where Erin is now principal oboist in the Saskatoon Symphony and a member of faculty at the university. Universities are places where great collaborations are formed, and I am hoping to hear chamber music from these two more often.

Music study at any university requires their students to experience classical music in all its forms, preferably played by inspired and gifted musicians. I enjoyed the entire programme which also included a composition by local composer Ari Caristathis. I especially enjoyed the Temporal Variations by Benjamin Britten and the arrangement for oboe of “She’s Like a Swallow” by Jim McGrath. Indeed the students were presented with a wide variety of literature for the oboe. The musicians are very personably in the intimate settings of the Jean McNulty Recital Hall.

Lumina concerts such as this one are presented free to students and the public, though space is sometimes limited, the cost of attending to hear some superb music is a small amount of gas and a couple of slugs in the parking meter. There next concert will be Tuesday November 22nd at 12:30. Joseph Roy will be playing classical guitar. Why not relive some of your student experiences and take in a LUMINA concert.

Bert Rowson
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