Bye Bye Mister Don McLean: McGill Music Dean Fêted in Montreal
Following a black-tie dinner, guests were treated to an über-eclectic concert which featured Hank Knox directing McGill's Baroque Orchestra with Vincent Lauzer on recorder, piano virtuoso Anton Kuerti interpreting Schumann, those sneaky Canadian Brass dudes, the Cecilia String Quartet, maestro Alexis Hauser leading McGill's Symphony Orchestra, McGill's Jazz Orchestra conducted by interim dean Gordon Foote, pianist Philip Chiu, trumpeter Jens Lindemann, and opera students performing Musetta's Waltz from La Bohème. Musical talent (and comedic schtick) abounded—both onstage and off—as many local luminaries filled the audience. Current and former professors, students, friends, staff and benefactors of the faculty were in attendance, including CBC broadcaster Kelly Rice, who served as the congenial gala emcee.
Post-performance, patrons proceeded to the new music building's Multimedia Room for a dazzling reception which featured appetizers aplenty, lotsa schmoozing, cool jazz, and oodles of fizz. Long after midnight, hearty revelers sang a chorus of Bye Bye Miss American Pie as the party spilled out into the 'starry starry'—and snowy night.
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