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Our 2019 Season

Concerts are on Mondays at 12:15 pm 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 donation of $10. Donations of $30 or more will receive an Income Tax receipt.

May 6

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Alice Haekyo Lee & Todd Yaniw

Alice Haekyo Lee, violin & Todd Yaniw, piano - A Spring Story

A student of Maxim Vengerov and Oleg Kaskiv at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland, Alice Haekyo Lee began playing violin at age five in Victoria, B.C. She is the 2nd prizewinner at the International Fritz Kreisler Competition 2018 held in Vienna, Austria, in addition to being the 1st prizewinner of the Shean Strings Competition 2017. Ms. Lee is joined by Canadian pianist Todd Yaniw, twice recipient of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Awards and graduate of the Glenn Gould School, Rice University and doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin.

As spring blooms into crisp days filled with flowers and sun, Alice offers her Spring Story: "bold, yet at the same time lilting and graceful - Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No.3 paints the air with magical colours, together with the flowing passages of Kreisler, Rachmaninoff, Massenet, and Saint-Saëns." This performance will be recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio Two.

May 13

                        Arthur Trio
Daniel Arthur Trio

Daniel Arthur Trio

A pianist and composer who “has a clear sense of the musical road he’s chosen to walk and is unafraid of exploring extremes beyond the well-beaten path of jazz standards and the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic precedents” (Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen), Daniel Arthur will be presenting an exciting programme of unique and original music inspired by contemporary jazz, 20th century classical music and heavy metal with some of Montreal’s most in demand and creative musicians.
May 20

Penny Johnson

The Mighty Goldberg Variations

Bach pianist, Dr. Penny Johnson, brings her impeccable voicing and engaging personality to the stage for the second time at Music Mondays.  A frequent guest soloist at venues across the GTA and the creator of such programs as The Great Pianists: Stories, Music & More and Piano Listening For Kids, Penny will perform the Goldberg Variations.  Enjoy a complete performance of the largest single keyboard work of the eighteenth century and one of the most demanding pieces ever written for keyboard..

May 27

                    d'Alessandro Trio with Chase Sanborn
Anthony D'Alessandro Trio
with Chase Sanborn

The Golden Age of Jazz Trumpet
Anthony D'Alessandro Trio featuring Chase Sanborn

Fresh off winning the 2018 Jazz Sudbury Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase, opening for the great Molly Johnson, and appearing at numerous jazz festivals across Ontario, the Anthony D'Alessandro Trio is thrilled to be sharing the stage with their former teacher and jazz luminary - Chase Sanborn. Sanborn's experience is drawn from a four-decade long career in the music industry including international tours, performances alongside Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Diana Krall, and more than twenty years as an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Toronto. Their Music Mondays performance will feature swinging arrangements, new compositions and classic jazz standards.

June 3

Acquired Taste Choir
Acquired Taste Choir

Acquired Taste Choir

Acquired Taste Choir is an all-professional-instrumentalists choir that brings highly skilled musicians together to explore the joy of music making in a fun new way. Proceeds from our concerts are donated to a local charity.

June 10

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James McLean & William Aide

Heine's Buch der Lieder

Two of Canada's musical veterans - James McLean, tenor and pianist William Aide, join forces to perform settings of poems from Heinrich Heine's "Buch der Lieder" as realized by Robert Schumann (Liederkreis Op.24), Franz Schubert (Schwanengesang) and Charles Ives.

June 17

Andrew Sords
Andrew Sords

Andrew Sords

American violinist Andrew Sords appears with Toronto-based pianist Cheryl Duvall in an eclectic program featuring works by works by Brahms, Saint-Saens, Hubay, and Spohr. Guest baritone Daniel Singer will join the duo in Louis Spohr's 6 Gesanges.

June 24

Ilana Waldston
Ilana Waldston

If I Only Had a Brain: The Songs of Harold Arlen

Toronto-based jazz songstress, Ilana Waldston has been delighting audiences with her swinging jazz standards and off-beat comedic cabaret numbers for years. Her dazzling CD, I Could Laugh Out Loud, has received many accolades and has made her a sought-after performer. She will perform a musical tribute to Harold Arlen, including classics such as Come Rain or Come Shine and some comedic numbers including Lydia the Tatooed Lady from the Marx Brothers' At the Circus.

July 1

Jason Wilson Band
Jason Wilson Band

Jason Wilson's Sumach Roots

Sumach Roots is the latest chapter from two-time Juno nominee and bestselling author Jason Wilson. These musical vignettes are inspired by four centuries of Upper Canadian history, and include, among other stories: Elizabeth Simcoe's diaries; the Irish Famine; and Toronto's great fires of 1902 and 1904. This Global-Roots project blends reggae with a variety of other genres. Sumach Roots offers up an invitation to, as the poet Burns said: “see ourselves as others see us”.

July 8

                      String Quartet
Interro String Quartet

On the Abyss: Quartets from 1931-1941

Formed in 2017, Interro Quartet has toured extensively in Ontario and Quebec. For the 2019 season, the Quartet is scheduled to perform in music halls, libraries, bars, parks, and condominium rooftops around the Greater Toronto Area, presenting programs that include premieres of commissioned works funded by the Ontario Arts Council. Featuring award-winning graduates of University of Toronto, the Interro Quartet includes violinists Steve Koh and Eric Kim-Fujita, violist Maxime Despax, and cellist Sebastian Ostertag.

Performing music of Haydn, Bliss, Honneger, Lobos, and Prokofiev, the Interro String Quartet will perform an eclectic program that features Haydn's Quartet in C, Op. 74 and music written between 1931 and 1941. This "Compound Quartet" will spotlight and catalogue the musical transformations that preceded the Second World War. Please join us as the Interro Quartet presents their take on a Haydn classic and explores the music of the inter-war years which to this day remain obscure and unknown.
July 15

Marco Verza and Odin Quartet
Marco Verza and Odin String Quartet

Marco Verza, clarinet and Odin String Quartet

Noted Italian clarinetist Marco Verza and Toronto's Odin Quartet pair up for an afternoon of music by Weber and Ravel. The program will feature C.M von Weber's Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major Op. 34, together with Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, M. 35.

July 22

Wendy Zhou, Padideh Ahranejad and Ali Massoudi

A Musical Journey through China and Iran

Join renowned Toronto musicians Wendy Zhou (Chinese pipa), Padideh Ahrarnejad (Persian tar) and Ali Massoudi (percussion) for a tantalizing day of musical fusion. Featuring works from both traditional and contemporary repertoire, these artists will take you on a journey through the East via the silk road. Combining Chinese and Persian styles, come and witness the colourful clashes and combinations of unique sounds that will create an everlasting impression that music has no borders, no boundaries, and no nationality.

July 29

                    Lightstone & Brian Katz
Jonno Lightstone & Brian Katz

"Journey to Klezmer” with The Jonno Lightstone/Brian Katz Klezmer Duo

Brian Katz (guitar, piano, vocals), famed jazz and Jewish music artist and Jonno Lightstone, acclaimed klezmer clarinettist/flautist combine their talents to explore some rarely performed klezmer repertoire as well as the beloved pulsating dance music of this exciting genre. Bringing together a multitude of musical styles and experience, they create a variety of diverse moods by weaving klezmer melodies with the sounds and textures of chamber music, jazz, Indian raga and down home rock’n blues!

August 5

Stanford Cheung
Stanford Cheung

War of the Foxes

Praised by Toronto Weekly for his “charming sensitivity and whole-hearted intellect,” Stanford Cheung has established himself as a musician of refined style. His program "War of the Foxes" coins its title from the poet Richard Siken. The collage of pieces presented seek to stipple a storyline of narrative soundscapes from Schumann’s Kinderszenen to that of Kodaly’s jaunting Marosszéker Tänze and Rachmaninoff's stark Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10.

August 12

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Albert Seo and Tristan Savella

Albert Seo and Tristan Savella

Albert Seo, from Vancouver, B.C., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2016. He studies with Carter Brey, principal cello of the New York Philharmonic, and Peter Wiley, former cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. He will be joined by Toronto-based, Filipino-American pianist Tristan Savella, a graduate of Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Master of Arts from the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and currently a candidate for the Doctoral of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, where he studies with Marietta Orlov. They will be performing Brahms' Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major Op. 99 and Beethoven's Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102.

August 19

Michael Arnowitt

Michael Arnowitt’s ImproVisions Jazz Quartet

Michael Arnowitt is one of the most creative and imaginative musicians of today. He recently moved from Vermont, USA and currently makes Toronto his home. His life and music was the subject of a documentary film, Beyond 88 Keys (2004), filmed in both the United States and Europe, containing footage of concert performances, educational talks, and interviews.

Michael Arnowitt’s ImproVisions Jazz Quartet will presents a colourful program including his imaginative jazz arrangements of songs from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, creative versions of classics such as Autumn Leaves and Green Dolphin Street, jazz influenced by Bulgarian and Syrian music, and Pirouette and other selections from his recent CD of original jazz compositions, Sweet Spontaneous.

August 26

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 Joy Lee and Shana Brown

The Four Seasons - Vivaldi

Violinist Joy Lee and Pianist Shana Brown are excited to perform Antonio Vivaldi's beloved Four Seasons.  Ms. Lee and Ms. Brown have been successfully connecting with audiences with their personal commentary and unique interpretations, with repertoire ranging from dazzling virtuoso pieces to musical theatre classics.  Ms. Lee, who was educated in Germany and Russia, produces the slowly-disappearing east European violin sound, while Ms. Brown offers her own unique artistic touch with her vast musical experience.

September 2

Penrose Trio
Penrose Trio

Penrose Trio

Penrose Trio was formed in 2016 by three friends, pianist Emily Rho, violinist Aaron Schwebel, and cellist Britton Riley to explore the piano trio repertoire and grow together as musicians and colleagues. The trio has played concerts in Toronto and beyond, recent performance highlights including a concert tour of Southern Ontario and an appearance as part of Chamber Music @ New Park in Ithaca, NY. Aaron is the Associate Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company and Concertmaster of the National Ballet Orchestra, Britton is a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Chamber Music @ New Park, and Emily is a co-director of Pocket Concerts and a faculty member at The Royal Conservatory of Music. Their program will include Brahms' Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8.  Come celebrate Labour Day with the Penrose Trio!