Noon Hour Concerts Emphasis the Importance of Harmony

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Written by Caroline Elworthy

This past Friday before the long Thanksgiving weekend, the College of Biological Sciences in collaboration with the College of arts presented a free Noon Hour Concert featuring the nationally acclaimed Penderecki String Quartet. The concert unfolded in the middle of the busy Science Complexes’ Atrium, capturing the curious attention of many passerby’s and studying students.

The current President of the College of the Biological Sciences, Dr. Kim Beretez was present to extend a welcome to the audience, introduce the Pendercki String Quartet and vocally reinforce the essential which connection between the sciences and arts communities at Guelph.

This state of the art facility [the science atrium] has been worked on for the past eight years, said Beretez. The banners you see hanging from these walls reflect important aspects of both the sciences and the arts, and are meant to emphasise their essential cooperation and integration.

Here at the University of Guelph, we strive every day to live in harmony and promote open spaces for learning and innovation in all fields of study, Beretez continues. That is why today it is so important for make room for the arts inside the Summerlee Science complex, Beretez concludes.

As the Penderecki String Quartet made their way up to a raised platform stage in the Science Atrium, it was impossible to not catch the humble confidence that wafted off of these four distinguished musicians.

  1. The chamber-group which has been together for close to three decades, has toured nationally throughout North and South America, Europe and Eastern Asia. The Quartet has performed a wide range of music, including premiering up to 100 new works up to date.   The four members originate from Canada, Poland and America and have come together to be praised as one of the most celebrated chamber music groups in their generation, including performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sheremetev Palace in St Petersburg and the Academy of the Arts in Hong Kong.

“We are so lucky to have these champions of music among us today, coming right from our backyard in Laurier where they have just entered their 20th year as Quartet in Residence,” Beterz concludes.

The quartet began to play shortly after 12pm, preforming with works by Beethoven and Bartók. As the notes wafted up into the Summerlee’s Science Complexs rafters, a silence swept over the busy atrium of studying students. Arts or science student aside, the entirety of those within the atrium were collectively communalized within the first beginning notes played, further bringing together a community harmonized by the arts.

Classical music has long been sourced as a short-term memory enhancer, and has been researched to show how it can boost concentration, self-discipline as well as help develop social skills.  Baraque music is known to actively engage the whole brain, as it is based on a 60 beats per minute pattern which actives the left and right brain, therefore maximizing the learning and retention muscle of information.

The noon hour concert at the Science Complex demonstrated to those present the interdependence between the College of Sciences and the College of Arts, and the beauty that is produced from the co-dependence. For more information  and a schedule of preforms for the noon hour concerts, please visit www.uoguelph.ca/events. The Department of Music at Guelph also presents a Thursdays at Noon weekly concert series which are also free to attend. For a schuedule of performers for the TAN, please check out www.uoguelph.ca/arts/tan-thursday-noon-concerts.


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