August 2010
Stephen Runge performs Schumann

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Stephen Runge is presenting several all-Schumann concerts in late summer and fall 2010. Runge performs on August 21 as part of Stratford Summer Music. The concert, taking place at St. Andrew’s Church in Stratford, Ontario, features the Symphonic Etudes and Humoreske. On October 16, Runge performs the Humoreske and American George Tsontakis’ Ghost Variations at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Later in October, Runge performs the Symphonic Etudes and Humoreske along with Papillons at Mount Allison University as part of a 3-day Symposium on the Life and Works of Schumann which will be held October 21 to 23. During the course of the weekend, he also performs chamber works with Toronto violist Carolyn Blackwell, and the song cycles Dichterliebe and Frauenliebe und –leben with baritone Peter Groom and soprano Monette Gould.

 

July 2010
Beausejour Trio performs world premiere

The Beausejour Trio (Wesley Ferreira, clarinet; Julia MacLaine, cello; Stephen Runge, piano) are presenting the world premiere performance of Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand’s “Quelques Fleurs.” The performance takes place at the University of Texas, Austin, as part of the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2010. “Quelques Fleurs” was commissioned by the Beausejour Trio with the support of the New Brunswick Arts Board.

 

September 2009
Mount Allison music department kicks off season with Gala evening

The Music department at Mount Allison University welcomes back its outstanding faculty performers and composers for a night of crowd-pleasing favourites and new works in the exciting opening to its concert season, a sparkling Faculty Gala. The concert will take place on Friday, September 11 at 8 p.m. in Brunton Auditorium, Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory, 134 Main Street, Sackville, NB. Admission is by freewill donation with all proceeds going to support student scholarships.

Says faculty member and trumpeter Alan Klaus, “The artistry, energy, and variety brought to the stage by my colleagues easily makes the faculty gala one of the highlight concerts of the year.” Clarinetist Wesley Ferreira adds, “I always look forward to performing in the faculty gala concert each year. There is a sense of excitement around the event. People have become somewhat accustomed to hearing me perform a flashy, technically demanding piece, so I will continue with that this year.”

The program includes a recent composition by Alasdair MacLean as well as popular works by Debussy, Sarasate, and the haunting “Wind in the Bamboo Grove” for marimba by Keiko Abe, performed by percussion instructor Michel Deschênes. Other highlights of the evening include Mimi’s famous aria, “Si, mi chiamano Mimi” from La Bohème performed by soprano Helen Pridmore and pianist David Rogosin, and Ives’s “General Booth Enters Into Heaven” performed by baritone Peter Groom and pianist Stephen Runge.

Dr. Elizabeth Wells, head of the Music department, welcomes students, faculty, and the Sackville community to this special night of music. “Last year’s gala evening was a wonderful start to our year and one of the highlights of the season. I can’t wait for audiences to hear the exciting program we have put together for this year’s gala. The stature and popularity of our music program is growing, and we have attracted the largest incoming class in decades — wonderful young musicians we are all eager to start teaching. For most of them, this will be their first chance to glimpse their new teachers performing on stage. It is a very special moment.”

 

September 2009
Mount Allison appoints Director of Local Centre Examinations
(Moncton Times and Transcript, September 4, 2009)

SACKVILLE - Mount Allison University's music department has a new director of local centre examinations in music with the appointment of assistant professor Stephen Runge.

"We are delighted to have a musician of Stephen's calibre at the helm of our examination system," said music department head Elizabeth Wells. "His enthusiasm, commitment, and breadth of experience in performance and pedagogy will be a tremendous asset to the music community," she said.

Runge, who holds a Doctorate of Music from l'Université de Montréal, is well-known as a piano soloist and chamber musician as well as an art song collaborator and has performed nationally on both English and French Canadian national radio. Runge has served often as music festival adjudicator is also in great demand as a teacher and clinician.

The Regina-born professor first gained national attention when he won top prize in the 1999 National Music Festival for his piano work. Other awards include the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition. He joined the Mount Allison university music department faculty two years ago and teaches studio piano and related courses.

"It is an exciting time to be a member of the Music department as it undergoes a renewal process which has seen a number of new program changes, fundraising and outreach initiatives, and new faculty members," Runge said. "For almost 100 years, our examination system has provided a Maritime alternative to music teachers, with a standardized method of evaluation for their students of all levels that is fair, flexible, and affordable. We are proud of our personalized and friendly service, and will endeavour to maintain these traditions while at the same time keeping abreast of changing developments in music teaching and examinations at the national level," he said.

Created in 1911, the centre has nurtured generations of musicians under the leadership of music educators such as Harold Hamer, Howard Brown, Carleton Elliott, Edmund Dawe and Gary Tucker. Each year, the centre administers about 350 examinations across the Maritime Provinces and continues to be an important part of the department's outreach initiative.

 

January 2009
Stephen Runge collaborates with colleagues at Mount Allison University in Winter 2009

Pianist Stephen Runge will be heard in collaboration with colleagues at Mount Allison University in winter 2009. On Saturday, January 24, Runge and clarinetist Wesley Ferreria will present a recital of romantic and contemporary works, including works by Brahms, Piazzolla, and McAllister. Mount Allison alumna Kimberley Denis will be joined by Runge on Saturday, January 31 for a recital of Lieder set to poems of Goethe by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, and Medtner. Runge and soprano Monette Gould present a recital on Wednesday, February 18 which will include music by Vivaldi, Hahn, Duparc, and Puccini. All recitals take place at 8pm in Brunton Auditorium.

 

September 2008
Flutist Nadia Kyne and Pianist Stephen Runge to tour Atlantic Canada in Fall 2008

Flutist Nadia Kyne and pianist Stephen Runge have announced a tour of Atlantic Canada for October 2008 with a programme of French and North American works by Poulenc, Messiaen, Tansman, Sancan, Copland, Barber, and Lorraine Desmarais. Performance locations will include Sackville, New Brunswick; Moncton, New Brunswick; and Wolfville, Nova Scotia.



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