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Welcome to the 28th Season of Music Mondays!

Welcome to our 2019 season of lunchtime concerts! 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. Our audience includes 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 newly acquired Steinway “B” Concert Grand and a superb Casavant Frčres tracker-action baroque organ.

We strive to present an eclectic mix of classical, light-classical, jazz, world and fusion genres. This is reflected in the wide array of musicians we have represented this summer: a number of emerging and award winning ensembles, such as Daniel Arthur Jazz Trio and Anthony D'Alessandro Jazz Trio featuring veteran trumpet performer and session musician Chase Sanborn. For those more classically inclined we have The Interro String Quartet, Acquired Taste Choir and Penrose Trio. Veteran Canadian musicians James McLean, tenor and pianist William Aide, join forces to perform settings of poems from Heinrich Heine's "Buch der Lieder." The Odin Quartet with clarinetist Marco Verza will perform C.M. von Weber's Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Major. Reggae-folk-fusion Jason Wilson Band will launch their new CD Sumach Roots - musical vignettes inspired by four centuries of Upper Canadian history - on Canada Day! Padideh Ahrarnejad (Persian tar) and Ali Massoudi (percussion) return with Wendy Zhou (Chinese pipa) to take us on a musical journey from Persia through the East via the silk road. The Jonno Lightstone/Brian Katz Klezmer Duo will take us on a "Journey to Klezmer”. In addition, we will be treated to performances from some of Canada's finest soloists: Albert Seo, an immensely talented young cellist from Vancouver, Penny Johnson performing the complete Bach Goldberg Variations, pianist and poet Stanford Cheung and Ilana Waldston, singing the songs of Harold Arlen. Our long-time association with CBC Radio 2 continues as a performances by Alice Haekyo Lee, violin with Todd Yaniw, piano and pianist Kevin Ahfat will be recorded for broadcast on May 6th and August 26th. Our concerts are informal, open and accessible to all.

With the generous assistance of Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto, we have achieved our goal to acquire a first-rate performance quality piano for our musicians to perform on. We sincerely thank the Toronto Arts Council, Downtown Yonge BIA and CBC Radio Two for their continuing support, and you, our dedicated audience.

Please join us for this, our 28th Season. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at 12:15pm from May to Labour Day..

For video highlights of previous seasons created by videographer Peter Turner, please visit our “Media” page.

Contact us at info@musicmondays.ca

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