Celts and Classics Concert Series

Faculty Performance Series at Place des Arts

Arouse your senses!

For our 2017/18 season, several Place des Arts music teachers present four lovely concerts featuring the musical styles we know our audiences adore! Two concerts focus on well-loved Classical repertoire and the other two feature lively and joyful Celtic rhythms from around the world.


Faculty Concerts
Adults $21 | Students $16 (+GST)

A Celebration of Robbie Burns
Supper and Concert: $41 (+GST)
Concert only: Adults $21 | Students $16 (+GST)

Purchase at brownpapertickets.com, in person at Place des Arts or by phone at 604.664.1636.


Leonore Peyton Salon at Place des Arts


All performances begin at 7:30pm

Concert Lineup

Blackthorn BandA Celebration of Robbie Burns
Saturday, January 27
Supper 6pm | Concert 7:30pm

Join us for our annual celebration of Scotland’s National Bard, Robbie Burns! Fiddler and faculty member Rosie Carver with Celtic band Blackthorn and a special guest piper feature the musical traditions of Scotland with a special focus on Burns’ songs and poems. Heart-wrenching airs and ballads, songs with rousing choruses and lively jigs and reels are brought to life with Blackthorn’s luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation.

The musical celebrations start at 7:30pm, or come early and enjoy a delicious Scottish-inspired, pre-show supper served at 6pm. A piping-in of the Haggis, followed by a recitation of Burns’ Address to a Haggis round out the long-standing traditions that are a must at any Robbie Burn’s birthday celebration.

Haggis will be served at intermission for those who feel inclined to indulge in such fine Scottish fare—Och Aye!

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Triskellion: Michelle Carlisle, Rebecca Blair, Rosie CarverMusic from the Celtic Isles
Saturday, March 10, 7:30pm

Join harpist Rebecca Blair with flutist and singer Michelle Carlisle and fiddler Rosie Carver for a musical journey through Celtic lands and stories. Be it soulful songs or lively jigs, the Celtic trio Triskellion will get your heart singing and your toes tapping to the sounds of beautiful music from the Celtic Isles.

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Barry Tan, Stefan Nazarevich, Geeta DasL’Innovation! French Classics by Request
Saturday, April 21, 7:30pm

At the turn of the 20th Century, France was the epicentre for musical innovation as artists sought to break away from the time-honoured traditions of the past. In this pursuit, composers discovered sounds that had never before been heard; Debussy went so far as to arrange the piano works of Satie for orchestra. Through a similar process, faculty members Barry Tan, Geeta Das and Stefan Nazarevich will present new and unique arrangements of the favourite French music that you have chosen through our survey process (results below). For an added delight, the trio will premiere a new piece by Stefan Nazarevich himself.

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Survey Results for L'Innovation: French Classics by Request

Set 1:
Gnossienne no.1 by Erik Satie (40.91%)
Gymnopedie no.1 by Erik Satie (59.09%)

Set 2:
Apres un Reve by Gabriel Faure (30%)
Habanera from Carmen by Georges Bizet (70%)

Set 3:
The Swan from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens (60%)
The Tortoise from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint- Saens (40%)