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Warm Tones for Cold Weather with an evening concert of music for trombone, tuba and piano

Dale Sorensen, left, and Gregory Irvine are teaming team up with pianist Frances McBurnie for the Warm Tones for Cold Weather concert. It’s set for March 11 at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall beginning at 2:30 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Dale Sorensen, left, and Gregory Irvine are teaming team up with pianist Frances McBurnie for the Warm Tones for Cold Weather concert. It’s set for March 11 at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall beginning at 2:30 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTOS - The Guardian

The UPEI Music Department Recital Series will present Warm Tones for Cold Weather, a concert of music for trombone, tuba and piano on at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall on the UPEI campus on Sunday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Featured artists will be Island trombonist Dale Sorensen; UPEI professor of brass instruments, Gregory Irvine on tuba, and Frances McBurnie, a veteran pianist who collaborates with many Island musicians.

Sorensen will be performing original works for trombone and piano by Samuel Rousseau and Canadian composer Jacob Plachta. Irvine will perform a mix of original music for tuba and piano by Edouard Barat and American Zack Browning and an arrangement of a work originally written for harpsichord by Baroque composer, George Frederick Handel. McBurnie will collaborate on all of these pieces as well as in a unique trio for trombone, tuba and piano by Canadian composer Barbara York. 

Sorensen is a performer and promoter of Canadian music, who has premiered more than 20 solo trombone pieces and dozens of chamber works. He has also recorded a CD of Canadian music for trombone. As an orchestral musician, Sorensen performs with Symphony Nova Scotia, the PEISO and the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra and freelances throughout southwestern Ontario and the Maritimes. A dedicated educator, he has taught at UPEI, Dalhousie, MUN, Mount Allison and the University of Toronto. For more information, visit www.islandtrombone.com. 

 Irvine was principal tubist of the Hamilton, Ont. Philharmonic Orchestra for 11 years. He has performed with such ensembles as the Toronto Philharmonic, Toronto Pops, and CJRT Orchestras. He has performed as a tuba soloist and in chamber ensembles including the Royal Brass of the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Aeolos Brass Quintet, which toured throughout Canada during the 1980s. Since joining the UPEI faculty in 1990, Irvine has continued to perform in orchestras throughout the Atlantic region including the P.E.I. Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia and Symphony New Brunswick, as well as chamber ensembles and as a soloist.

 In August 2015 his book for instrumental music educators about the pedagogy of Arnold Jacobs was published by Scholar Publications of Chicago. “Arnold Jacobs’s Legacy: Sound Advice for Developing Brass Players” is available from the publisher and from the Canadian Brass website. 

McBurnie grew up in Nova Scotia and has degrees from Mount Allison University and the University of Western Ontario. She came to Prince Edward Island to fill a one-year appointment at UPEI and has been there ever since. She has established a reputation for her wide body of work as collaborative pianist, performing with numerous highly regarded Canadian artists and aspiring protégés.

 In addition, she is in demand as a teacher, adjudicator, and organist, and has performed as soloist with the PEISO and the Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra. She is organist and director of music at the Kirk of St. James, Charlottetown. 

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