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World Rhythms Performance Lecture Series presents ’Sounds, Structure, and Significance’


     As part of the World Rhythms Performance Lecture Series, the Department of Humanities is pleased to present its final Performance Lecture of the semester, Sounds, Structure, and Significance, on November 14, 2011 at 7:30pm in Room AA 303 of the Arts & Administration Building at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Together, Dr. Mark Whale on the violin and Dr. Brett Kingsbury on the piano will perform two exquisite classics composed 130 years apart: Beethoven’s Violin Sonata, Op. 96 and Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata, Op. 94a.

Beethoven’s Violin Sonata, Op. 96, also known as ‘the cockcrow’, was composed in 1813 and was the last work that he composed for piano with violin accompaniment.  Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata, Op.94a, based on a sonata originally written for the flute, was written in 1943 during the World War II.  A discussion about the musical selections lead by Mr. Kingsbury and Mr. Whale will follow the performance.

     Admission is free and members of the UTSC community and the general public are more than welcome to attend. For reservations, please call 416 208-4769 or email

About the Performers:

     Professional pianist and current faculty member at University of Toronto Scarborough and the Koffler Center of the Arts, Dr. Brett Kingsbury is a teacher, festival adjudicator, and performer.  Dr. Kingsbury previously appeared in Bach’s Concerto for Three Pianos BWV 1064 with the Koffler Centre Chamber Orchestra with fellow pianists Robert Silverman and Erika Crino.  He has been featured on CBC Radio Two’s West Coast Performance in a live performance of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Two Solo Pianos with pianist Erika Crino.  He has also been very involved in the world of opera working as a vocal coach and repetiteur with the Vancouver Opera Association, TrypTych Vocal Productions, Opera Lirica Italiana, Brampton Opera, and Opera Kitchener.

     Professionally trained violinist, Dr. Mark Whale recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation in music education at the University of Toronto. Before coming to Canada in 2004, Mr. Whale performed and taught violin in the UK, creating a number of innovative concert series and festivals that explored different ways of articulating music’s relevance to the lives of its participants – performers, composers and audience alike.  He completed a Masters degree in music education in 2005 and has since presented academic papers at a number of international conferences including the International Society for Music Education conference in Bologna (2008) and the Music Educators National Conference in Milwaukee (2008). Mark is currently working as a lecturer at the University of Toronto.

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