Erin Brophey, oboe
One of Mozart’s most beautiful choral works will surely be a perfect way to start your spring. Composed in 1779 in Salzburg, the work remains as stunning today as the day it was first performed.
Canadian composer Allan Gilliland’s delightful oboe concerto in the baroque-style is one of the most charming works of the entire season. We are proud to feature SSO Principal Oboist, Erin Brophey, for this exquisite Canadian concerto.
Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Harpsichord – Allan Gilliland
Symphony in Eb, Wq 179, H.654 – CPE Bach
Concerto Grosso, Op 6 No 1 – George Fredrich Handel
Coronation Mass, in C major K. 317 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Erin Brophey, SSO Principal Oboe
Prior to joining the SSO as Principal Oboe, Erin held the position of section oboe and English horn with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for eight seasons. Erin is also an active freelance musician, and has performed with many Canadian orchestras, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra and the Elora Festival Orchestra. Erin has also performed with several chamber music groups including Mélange, La salade trio, Festival Winds, Lake Winds Octet and the Bremen String Quartet.
In 2000, Erin received her Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with James Mason. She completed her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Cynthia Koledo de Almeida in 2002.
Erin Brophey is on the Faculty at the University of Saskatchewan and is the Woodwind Coach for the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra. She also teaches at the Inter-Provincial Music Camp in Parry Sound, and the International Music Camp in North Dakota. She is an Artist-Educator in the Community Arts and Heritage Education Project in Thunder Bay, and has designed several projects and workshops for classroom music instruction that she has delivered throughout Northwestern Ontario.
Coronation Mass – Mozart
More information about the Coronation Mass
Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Harpsichord – Gilliland
From Canadian composer Gilliland:
Concerto for Oboe, Strings and Harpsichord was commissioned by the Alberta Baroque Ensemble to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. The idea of composing a piece of new music for an ensemble that specializes in music of the Baroque era provided some interesting challenges. Do you write a 21st century piece of music, do you write a work that is in the Baroque style, or do you write a piece that reflects the textures and gestures of that era but still is rooted in the present? I decided on all three.
I began by listening to a considerable number of oboe concerti from the Baroque period, specifically the works of Tomaso Albinoni.
- This resulted in a principal theme for the 1st movement that was very much in the Baroque style. I originally thought of developing it in a 21st century language but this proved unsuccessful and I decided to compose a 1st movement that is firmly rooted in the sound of the Baroque (hence the subtitle Albinology).
- The theme for the 2nd movement was originally written as a wedding processional for one of my closest friends. This movement is more romantic in tone and the subtitle, Go Deeply Now Everlasting, is derived from the couple’s initials.
- The 3rd movement is subtitled with perpetual motion to reflect the constant 1/8th note that lasts throughout. This movement sounds the most “modern” of the three but still reflects textures common to the Baroque.
After completing the work I realized that the over-arching form is the movement from the Baroque to the 21st century.