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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Welcome messages

9 a.m.: Welcome by Thomas Hickerson, vice provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources), university librarian
Richard Sigurdson, dean of the Faculty of Arts
Bruce Barton, director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts

Keynote address

9:30 a.m.: Introduction by Friedemann Sallis, professor at the University of Calgary

9:40 a.m.: Keynote: "The Future As Now: A Passion and a Vision for Canadian Culture" by John P.L. Roberts, former dean of fine arts and former head of CBC Radio Music

The keynote address will be followed by a coffee break.

Session 1: John P.L. Roberts and Canadian culture

10:30 a.m.: Robin Elliott (University of Toronto), "The Canada Music Book: Providing a Voice for Music in Canada."

11 a.m.: Robert Bailey (University of Calgary), "Nurturing National Culture: John Roberts and the Promotion of Canadian Music in the CBC’s Celebrity Recital Series."

11:30 a.m.: David Jaeger (former Executive Producer, CBC Radio Music) and Norma Beecroft (former Producer, CBC Radio Music), "Creative Leadership at CBC Radio Music – the Roberts Years and After."

Lunch break

12 p.m.: Lunch is included in the symposium's registration fee.

Session 2: Institutional infrastructure in Canada

1:30 p.m.: David Taras (Mount Royal University, Calgary). "What went wrong? The digital onslaught and the crisis of Canadian media."

2 p.m.: Ariane Couture (Université Laval), "La Société de musique contemporaine du Québec: The Emergence of Quebec’s contemporary music community."

2:30 p.m.: Mary Ingraham (University of Alberta), "Two languages, many cultures: Music and multi-culturalism in Canada since 1971."

This session will be followed by a coffee break.

Session 3: Canadian pianists

3:15 p.m.: Winston Choi (College of Performing Arts, Chicago), "A Performing Pianist’s Perspective on Commissioning Art Works."

3:45 p.m.: Paul Sanden (University of Lethbridge), "Glenn Gould’s Portraits for Radio on CBC Tuesday Night."

4:15 p.m.: Anthony Cushing (University of Western Ontario), "How Glenn Gould became Glenn Gould: John Roberts, the CBC and the making of a Canadian Cultural Icon."

Concert presented by New Works Calgary: John Robert and Music in Canada

8 p.m., Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre

New Works Calgary presents a tribute concert to the pioneering arts administrator and cultural policy advisor John Roberts. Calgary’s finest practitioners of new music, Ensemble Resonance and the Wild West New Music Ensemble, are joined by Honens laureate, pianist Winston Choi, in performances of music by some of Canada’s most well-known composers who were commissioned by Roberts during his tenure at the CBC: John Beckwith, Norma Beecroft, Srul Irving Glick, R. Murray Schafer, and Harry Somers. This historic concert will also feature music by Canadian composer Brian Current and the world premiere of a newly commissioned piece by Calgary composer Hope Lee.

Admission to the concert is included in the symposium's registration fee.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Session 4: Archival responsibility and challenges in twenty-first century Canada

9 a.m.: Regina Landwehr (University of Calgary), "An Introduction to the John P. L. Roberts Fonds and Related University of Calgary Archival Collections in Music."

9:30 a.m.: Maureen Nevins (Library and Archives Canada), "A Figure of Influence: John Roberts and Canadian Cultural Identity."

10 a.m.: Laura Millar (Archival Consultant, Canada), "Let’s Face the Music and Dance: Thinking Strategically about the Future of Archives in Canada."

This session will be followed by a coffee break.

Session 5: Stravinsky and Canada

10:45 a.m.: Kimberly Francis (University of Guelph), "Igor Stravinsky and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation."

11:15 a.m.: Brian Garbet (University of Calgary), "Reflections: Interviews with John Roberts on Stravinskyʼs visits to Canada and the importance of the CBC."

Lunch break

12 p.m.: Lunch is included in the symposium's registration fee.

Session 6: Canadian Composers

1:30 p.m.: Brian Cherney (McGill University), "Dear Harry…"

2 p.m.: John Beckwith (University of Toronto), "Music for Huronia."

Session 7: The CBC and music in Canada

2:30 p.m.: Emilie Lebel (University of Montana), "Hearing Art Music across Ten Provinces and Three Territories: CBC Radio & Contemporary Canadian Art Music Composers."

3 p.m.: Allan Bell (University of Calgary), "There was a time in this fair land: Imagining an Infrastructure for Creative Music in Canada."

This session will be followed by a coffee break.

Session 8: Round table discussion on achievements and goals

3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Moderated by Robin Elliott
With John Beckwith, Norma Beecroft, Brian Cherney and John Roberts