UBC This Week | Mar. 3, 2006
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UBC Alumnus performs in 2006 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremonies
UBC School of Music alumnus and honorary degree recipient Ben Heppner sang the national anthem to begin the Canadian segment of the Olympic closing ceremonies in Turin, Italy and mark the beginning of the countdown to the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010.
The International Olympic Committee estimates that 500 million television viewers around the world watched the internationally renowned tenor sing a cappella, accompanied on stage by an honour guard of Mounties.
Born in Dawson Creek, B.C., Heppner recieved a Bachelor of Music from UBC in 1978. Renowned for his interpretation of Wagner and Strauss and the difficult vocal challenges of the heroic operas, the Grammy and Juno award winner has returned to UBC on several occasions to perform at the Chan Centre and work with opera students in a series of masterclasses.
In March, a series of solo recitals in B.C. will be announced as part of Heppner's 2006-07 itinerary. For more information, visit http://www.benheppner.com/.
UBC lecturer exhibits research on civic sustainability models in 1950s Scotland
A new exhibition by Dept. of Art History, Visual Art and Theory Assoc. Researcher and Lecturer Sylvia Grace Borda, EK Modernism: New Town Passages, opens Friday, March 3.
Borda is researching and responding to how new towns in Scotland were conceived as a one-stop solution for urban rejuvenation in the early 1950s. In EK Modernism, Borda is creating both an image archive of a New Modernist Town landscape and a conceptual artwork wherein each building under the threat of demolition has been photographed and remapped.
Curated by Adam Harrison and hosted in partnership with Scotland's EKAC Galleries, Ek Modernism runs until April 2 at CSA Gallery, 52414 Main Street, Vancouver. For more information, visit http://www.csaspace.ca/.