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Our 2017 Season

All Concerts are held Mondays at 12:15 at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto, right beside the Eaton Centre

Phone: 416-598-4521 Ext 223

Admission: Pay-what-you-can with a suggested minimum donation of $5.00

May 1

Willem Hörmann

Organ music from Canada, West-Europe and Russia

Dutch organist Willem Hörmann is the resident organist at the monumental Church of St. Cathrien in ‘s-Hertogenbosch which houses a historic Vollebregt organ. He is in high demand as a leading European recitalist; recently performing on more than fifty organs in Europe (the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, France), Jerusalem, Leipzig, Jena, Stuttgart, Ulm and Altenberg , and in San Francisco, Washington DC and New York (US). Join us in welcoming Willem to Canada!

May 8
Music:India Quartet
Music:India Quartet

Music:India Quartet

The classical music of India, made in Canada, featuring sitar, tabla, bass veena and vocals. DORA award-winning, twice JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran, daughter of legendary master drummer Trichy Sankaran. Tabla player Ed Hanley has studied traditional north Indian tabla drumming for over 20 years in Canada, the USA and India. Sitarist, vocalist and teacher Christopher Hale grew up in Nepal and India, and has played sitar for over 30 years. Justin Gray is a bassist, composer, producer, and educator whose main influences include jazz, classical, Indian classical and world music.

May 15
Hans Uwe Hielscher
Hans Uwe Hielscher

Organ Music from Canada and Europe

Hans U. Hielscher has been organist at the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden, Germany, since 1979 and has presented more than 3,500 organ recitals around the globe! His program will open with a Suite by Denis Bédard, organist and composer at the forefront of contemporary Canadian music, followed by entertaining Romantic organ music from Germany (a large-scale Sonata on the theme of the Magnificat), from France (an Offertory on a well-known Gregorian Easter Hymn) and from the Netherlands (a set of Variations on an old Dutch folksong).

May 22
PerennialsPerennials

Perennials

Dr. Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno Awards Nominee, a Canadian Reggae Music Award Winner and bestselling Canadian author. Written in New York City over the course of 18 months, Perennials articulates Wilson's inimitable sound. Thematically, the artist captures Gotham as if seen through F. Scott Fitzgerald's critical lens; the city is, for Wilson, that "once golden shimmering mirage". In this way, Perennials is not a love letter; it is, instead, an expression of longing, a wish for a return to bucolic, "braes ablaze o' green" Ontario where his beloved Gertrude awaits.

May 29

Bill McBirnieBernie Senesky

Bill McBirnie & Bernie Senensky

Bach, Bebop & Gospel!

This genuinely "dynamic duo" consists of Bill McBirnie (flute) and Bernie Senensky (piano), both of whom have recorded and performed extensively together, over many years, including in concert with the legendary flutist, Sir James Galway, at Koerner Hall, and in Bernie's very own Moe Koffman Tribute Band (MKTB) throughout the province of Ontario.  This concert promises to cover a lot of sonic, as well as idiomatic, territory, all in under one hour!

June 5
Penny JohnsonPenny Johnson

J. S. Bach: Rebel With a Contrapuntal Cause

One of the great non-conformists of all time, J. S. Bach eschewed the elegance and homophony of eighteenth-century Classicism in favour of gnarly, out dated forms and polyphonic textures.  In the Gouldian sense, he was “going north.”  This performance of the complete Inventions and Sinfonias by pianist Dr. Penny Johnson, offers a glimpse into the sowing of Bach’s earliest contrapuntal seeds, seeds that would in time become the Goldberg Variations, A Musical Offering and Art of Fugue.

June 12
Wintergarten OrchestraWintergarten Orchestra

Wintergarten Orchestra

The Toronto-based 11-piece Wintergarten Orchestra is dedicated to performing the great music of the 1920's and 1930's. They feature the iconic songs of the roaring twenties as well as Cabaret songs from the Weimar Republic and Paris. Their program will feature songs of Cole Porter, Cab Calloway, and Irving Berlin to name a few. Come out and swing along!

June 19
Duo PergulaeDuo Pergulæ

For Two to Play

The husband and wife team of Matthieu Latreille and Francine Nguyen-Savana will perform a selection of organ duets from various periods. The programme will include the well-known Fantasia in F minor and other organ transcriptions of works by Mozart, two duets from the English Renaissance, and Variations on "Veni Creator Spiritus" by David Briggs, who is currently Artist-in-Residence at St. James' Cathedral. Matthieu and Francine currently share duties as co-Directors of Music for Saint Thomas' Anglican Church in Belleville, Ontario.

June 26
Tom Allen and Friends
Tom Allen and Friends

Tom Allen, Bryce Kulak, Patricia O'Callaghan & Lori Gemmell

Tom Allen, Bryce Kulak, Patricia O'Callaghan & Lori Gemmell bring you stories, songs, chamber music and history with material from their shows “Bohemians in Brooklyn”, “From Weimar to Vaudeville” and “The Judgment of Paris”, including music by Claude Debussy and Benjamin Britten plus plenty of songs they've created themselves.

July 3
DilecticaDialectica

Dialectica

With equal parts jazz and classical saxophonists, the Dialectica saxophone quartet (Shannon Graham- tenor sax, Chelsea McBride- baritone sax, Olivia Shortt- alto sax, and Samantha Etchegary- soprano sax) attempts to find an aesthetic truth through the discourse of these two musical points of view, akin to the Dialectic method of philosophy found in Plato’s Socratic Dialogues. They perform original music (an entirely Canadian repertoire of new works) by its members Graham, McBride, and composer Javier Vazquez.
July 10

Marco Verza

Marco Verza & Odin Quartet

The Joyful Mozart

Please join Toronto's Odin String Quartet and the visiting Italian clarinetist Marco Verza for a program of classical chamber music. The concert opens with a contemporary piece, the melodic first movement of String Quartet No.1 by Canadian composer John Burge. This is followed by Mozart's timeless Quintet for Clarinet and Strings. Composed late in his life in 1789, it remains one of Mozart's most admired works.

July 17
Toronto Chamber PlayersToronto Chamber Players

Toronto Chamber Players 1,2,3,4

Toronto Chamber Players (Sharon Lee, Marcus Scholtes, Sybil Shanahan and Laurence Schaufele) explore each configuration from solo to full string quartet. They will start with Toronto-based August Murphy-King's Lamento for solo violin, then to the dramatic Kodaly Duo for Violin and Cello, and Dohnanyi's lush and romantic Serenade for String Trio, and finishing off with Canada's "Musical Knight" Sir Ernest MacMillan's String Quartet No. 1 in c minor.

July 24
Lacroix & Vachon DuoLacroix & Vachon Duo

The Violin and Piano Partnership Through the Centuries

Christian Vachon and Frédéric Lacroix have performed together throughout Canada, the United States and Asia. They will begin with Mozart's Sonata K. 379, composed in only 1 hour! Next, Sonatina No. 2 for Violin and Piano by Toronto composer Norbert Palej. The program concludes with one of the most beloved sonatas of the romantic period, Sonata No. 2 in A Major for Piano and Violin by Johannes Brahms.

July 31
Joseph Ferretti and Elaine LauJoseph Ferretti and Elaine Lau

Portrayals and Transcriptions

Toronto-based pianists Joseph Ferretti and Elaine Lau have performed in Europe, Canada and the USA as soloists and collaborative artists. They also perform frequently as a duo team and as members of the award-winning junctQín keyboard collective, working with many thriving composers. The program will include Ravel’s charming fairy tale suite, Ma Mère l’Oye, transcriptions of music by de Falla and Vivaldi, Canadian composer Emily Doolittle’s imaginative duet, Sorex, and Lucien Garban’s barn-burner duet transcription of Ravel’s La Valse!

August 7
Double-Double DuoDouble-Double Duo

From Bach to Leonard Cohen

In a classy and dynamic show, Double-Double Duo uniquely fuses classical showpieces with jazz, world and folk music. They have toured Poland, France, Ecuador, and across Canada, bringing comedy, virtuosity, and musical sensitivity to a broad repertoire. Founded by Kornel Wolak (clarinet/piano) and Michael Bridge (accordions/piano), “Double-Double Duo is the best of new, young ‘classical’ musicians... bringing their own style of intellect, expertise, talent and just plain fun to a new 21st century audience.” (Barrie Examiner)

August 14
Jeff Reilly & Peter-Anthony TogniJeff Reilly & Peter-Anthony Togni

From Medieval Modes to Thelonious Monk

In this program, Blackwood Duo (Peter-Anthony Togni, organ and piano and Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet) return to Music Mondays to explore the full range of their musical experience, from modality to modernism, in a program that blurs any simple distinctions between improvisation and composition. Performing jazz classics by Thelonius Monk like Round Midnight and Gregorian Chant based Ave Marias, as well as their original compositions, they remind us that performances with virtuosity, musicality and sensitivity can cross all stylistic boundaries.

August 21

Cecilia Lee & Koichi Inoue

Piano Four-Hands

Two years ago (at the age of 15), Cecilia Lee made a highly successful debut for Music Mondays prior to taking the Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT Examination (in which she obtained the mark of 96).  Now she returns to play some piano four-hands music with her teacher, Koichi Inoue, who is also a long-time performer on Music Mondays.  The program includes Fauré's Dolly & Schubert's F minor Fantasy.

August 28    
Chad HeltzelChad Heltzel

Chad Helzel conducts Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert

Mozart's The Magic Flute is one of the most celebrated and frequently performed operas world-wide. It was premiered in Vienna on September 30, 1791 just two months before the composer’s premature death. Beethoven's Egmont Overture is one of the last works to be written during his middle period. Premiered in 1810, it is based on the life and heroics of the 16th century Flemish nobleman, the Count of Egmont. Symphony No. 5 by Schubert is a prodigious work, written when the composer was still a teenager, deeply inspired by Mozart. Join us as Chad Heltzel conducts full orchestra in the gala closing concert of our 26th Season!