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Music Mondays 2024

Welcome to our 33rd Season of summer-lunchtime concerts!

Our 2024 Season will begin on Monday June 3rd and run until Labour Day, Monday Sept. 2nd. Concerts take place at 12:15 in the historic Church of the Holy Trinity, Trinity Square.

Music Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent, and celebration of established local talent since its inception in 1992. Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience - office workers, tourists, retired folks, young children, the homeless, students and the musically curious. The acoustics of Holy Trinity are very special - warm and inviting. The church boasts two fine instruments: a Steinway B Concert Grand and a superb Casavant Frčres tracker-action baroque organ.

This summer, our concerts once again represent an eclectic mix of classical, light-classical, world, and early music! This season could be called "The Season of Duos and Trios!" Nine out of the 14 concerts are duos or trios! The summer opens with an intriquing program by Duo Perdendosi (Tong Wang & Maitreyi Muralidharan) in "Dark Tales" which explores the darker side of fairy tales with works by Sergei Prokofiev, Fazil Say, Leoš Janáček, and Joe Hisaishi. Obsidiana Duo (Yolanda Tapia, piano & Camila Montefusco, mezzo) will explore the works of Canadian composers Alice Ho, Ian Cusson, and Jeff Smallman and The Ezra Duo (Sasha Bult-Ito & Jacob Clewell joined by clarinetist Kaye Royer) will premier two new works by Canadian composers Ron Royer and David Jaeger. The piano/violin duo Sabatino Vacca & Lucia Barcari will take us on a musical odyssey through the primeval forests and medieval towns of Eastern Europe in the program "The Bohemian Violin", while another piano/violin duo Melody Chan & Alvin Tran will dive into the exoticism of Bartok, Ravel, Kapustin, and the Toronto based composer, Kevin Lau. Joonghun Cho, piano & Peter Eom, cello pair up to present a captivating concert featuring Rachmaninoff's Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19 and Britten's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 65. We even have a guitar-duo this summer! Simon Farintosh and Adam Batstone team up in an eclectic program of contemporary solo and duo guitar works, including music by Aphex Twin and Takashi Yoshimatsu. "Team Japan" (Eri Kosaka-violin, Rachel Mercer-cello, and Tomoko Inui-piano) will unveil the hidden treasures of Hisato Ohzawa's unpublished Piano Trio, rescued from the shadows of WWII, courtesy of the Kobe Women’s University Library.

Two piano soloists are featured this summer: Hungarian-Canadian concert pianist Mary Kenedi in a program based on romantic trends from Beethoven to the present through Liszt, Bartok, Nino Rota and Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich and Joseph Ferretti in a unique program of Ravel and a "mod for piano and electronics: an homage ŕ Ravel", by Toronto-based composer Stephanie Orlando.

World music, as always, takes a prominent place in programming for Music Mondays. This summer we welcome Shahriyar Jamshidi as he demonstrates the capabilities of the Kamānche (spiked fiddle) as a solo instrument while presenting a part of the musical heritage of his native Kurdistan. Returning once again is Diar "Syrian band" who specializes in playing Syrian and Arabic traditional songs, infused with Flamenco music. The program will also feature Hinad Alshuhuf on one of the oldest Arabic instruments, the Oud.

We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan Oldengarm (who bears a striking resemblance to Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck), Minister of Music at Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church to perform on Holy Trinity's superb Casavant Frčres Opus 3095, 1970 tracker organ. And finally, the Cardinal Consort of Viols will make a return visit in a program entitled "A Nest of Byrds" to round out the consort's 2023–2024 season celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Byrd (c. 1540–1623).

We are grateful for the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto, the Downtown Yonge BIA and CBC MUSIC for their continuing support, and you, our dedicated audience.

Please join us to celebrate our 33rd Season - every Monday at 12:15pm from June to Labour Day!

Ian Grundy

Ian Grundy
Artistic Director, Music Mondays

The Church of the Holy Trinity
19 Trinity Square Toronto, ON M5G 1B1
416-598-4521 Ext 223