Kitchener-Waterloo

Laurier, Kitchener Public Library collaborate to offer free virtual concerts

Kitchener Public Library and Wilfrid Laurier University have hooked up to offer a series of virtual concerts featuring talented students from the music faculty.

Music in the lounge series will be held in library’s reading lounge and broadcast through Facebook

The music in the lounge series will be held in the library’s reading lounge and broadcast through Facebook Live so that anyone may watch online for free, Wilfrid Laurier University says. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Kitchener Public Library (KPL) and Wilfrid Laurier University  have joined together to offer a series of virtual concerts featuring talented students from the faculty of music.

The music in the lounge series will be held in the library's reading lounge and broadcast via Facebook Live so that anyone may watch online for free, Laurier said in a news release. 

The music in the lounge concert series was launched last year but was presented for in-person audiences.

"We are delighted to be able to offer these first two virtual concerts in November and December, with more to follow in the winter months," said Kimberly Barber, associate dean external and professor in the faculty of music. 

"This gives our Laurier music students a much-needed opportunity to share their music with a wider public — one of the things artists all over the world have been missing so acutely in the past seven to eight months." 

Premiere concert Nov. 9

In the first concert of the series, which will be held Nov. 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., students will perform on violin, cello and harp. 

Their program includes pieces by Domenico Scarlatti, Jan Ladislav Dussek, Claude Debussy, Maximilian Stadler, Maurice Ravel and Eugène Ysaÿe. 

The second concert in the series will be Dec. 7, featuring the student string quartet, the Con Moto Quartet. 

The partnership with KPL has provided the faculty with a new way to share students' talents with the community, while respecting physical-distancing requirements, Laurier said.

"I play music to share experiences with others," explained Veda Hingert-McDonald, a fourth-year music student who will be playing the violin in the November concert.

"Even though we aren't in person, I know I'll feel that connection, knowing that people are watching from home. Both pieces we're playing are pieces I love, and I can't wait to share them and hopefully introduce them to someone who might not have heard them before."  

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