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Volume 4 Issue 3 - November 1998

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ORcANS: Cause for celebration BY CHRIS DAWES The organ often stands in a class by itself in the musical world, and this month in the Toronto area we see this in the euphoria arising around new instruments. It's no wonder that as hundreds of hours and hundreds of thousands 'of dollars are poured, into these joyous events, words are· used such as "inauguration " .evoking grandeur, and "dedication" evoking true purpose. Downtown, Metropolitan United Church's organ, l!lready Canada's largest by number of pipes, is· undergoing expansion: a new "echo" division, mounted 170 feet away from the main organ, on the south wall. Even if "size doesn't matter", this organ is remarkable in that the existing stops and those being added are faithful to the instrument's ,initial d~sign of 1930, rather than having b~n ~updated" through the decades. In a concert on November 28th 'at 7:3opm, Patricia Wright will Metr~politan United Church showcase the organ's new organist, Dr. Patrida Wright with antiphonal capabilities, retired Newcourt Credit Group including the premiere of a Chairman, Ron McKinlay. commissioned work by . Quebec composer Denis Bedard St. 'James' Cathedral, which (see listing, page 38). is t~is season adding two new Moving uptown to the stops to its organ, will this Lawrence & Bayview district, month welcome British virtuoso Lawrence Park Community Kevin Bowyer to perform with Church will unveil the new its organists and choir, "In Florence Grand Organ by Tune with Heaven", a concert Casavant Freres. British artist celebrating the centenary of St. Gillian Weir will give the James' choir of Gentlemen and inaugural concert on November BOys. Still in his 30's, Bowyer 6th at Spm, kicking off a year is a celebrated and widelylong celebratory concert series. recorded past winner of the St. Weir is virtually a legend in Alban's, Odense, Dublin, and her time, known for her skills Calgary International Organ of brilliant performance and r competitions. The concert' is communication. The concert is on St. Cecilia's Day, Sunday, already nearly sold out (see November 22nd at 7:30 (see listing, page 27). · listing, ppge 37). Out in idyllic Glen Williams, Ontario (west of Brampton) the Anglican parish of St. Alban the Martyr will this month become the proud home of what is thought to be the village's first-ever pipe organ. Built in 1963 for the Royal Conservatory of Music, the instrument is the work of Gabriel Kney, whose bestknown Toronto instrument is at Roy Thomson Hall. Following its refurbishment and relocation by local builder Andrew Mead, I have the honour of performing this fine instrument's inaugural concert on November 7th at 7:00 pm. Infromation: (905) 877-8323. This month, allow yourself be caught up in the common thread linking these stories: from Glen Williams' 703 pipes to Metropolitan's 8,240 - the joy of these music-loving communities is equal and unmatched in the musical world as they ·pay their homage to the King of Instruments, and as it returns to them its unique gifts. Christopher Dawes is a freelance peifonner, writer and broadcaster based at St. James' Cathedral in Toronto, and Artistic Director of Organ Alternatives mall The Associates of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a dedicated group of volunteers, are proud to present the FIVE SMALL CONCERTS 1999 Season, performed by members of the world-acclaimed Toronto Symphony Orchestra and their guests, as well as some of the most talented and inspiring of Toronto's young musicians. This concert series continues to provide Toronto's preferred classical music value in an enchanting setting. Bring a favourite friend or meeta new one. Relax, warm your musical soul and share an enriching chamber music series. RAYMOND LUDEKE, MAX BRUCH, AARON COPLAND & WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Monday, January 18, 7:30 pm TRIO MOSCATO Raymond Ludeke, clarinet Ron Hurwitz, viola Leslie Hint'on, piano 'HANDEL, MOZART, R.STRAUSS, LISZT RAVEL Monday, February 22; 7:30 pm Hyung-Su'n Paik, violin Audrey King, cello David Swan, piano Hyel Noh, soprano ENSEMBLES OF THE TORONTO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTR{' Monday, March 29, 7:30 pm BRAHMS, MOZART & LENNOX BERKELY Monday, April19, 7:30pm Joan Watson, french horn Young-Dae Park, violin Allayne Hall, piano · ELGAR, BRITTEN, BRYARS & BATES Monday, May 10, 7:30pm I Profundi - "A Century of British Music" Paul Meyer, violin Carol Fujino, violin Daniel Blackman, viola Simon Fryer, cello Lydia Wong, piano An outstanding value. Subscribe Now: At for the series (S42 for students and seniors), the Five Small Concerts are priced t0 appeal to the person who appreciates value without • compromising artistic excellence. Single ticket price: . Group rates also available. All concerts will take place at Trinity~St. Paul's United Church 427 Bloor Street West.

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