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Our 2020 Season

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, concerts originally scheduled for May, June, and July were re-scheduled for August, September, and October.

Beginning on Monday Aug. 3rd, concerts were streamed on A440.live at 12:15 pm each week. All of the videos are currently accessible in archive by clicking on the date of the concert.

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August 3 - Link to concert


DG3 Presents Three Traditions

DG3 presents a program of music drawn from three musical traditions: Indian, Persian, and Western Art Music. This program will be a presentation of collaborative music, created by the three musicians together with respect and grace. It will offer a glimpse the best of three worlds, from medieval to the present; embracing sweet sorrow, joyful prayer and buoyant dance rhythms
August 10 - Link to concert

Stephanie ChuaMary-Katherine Finch
Stephanie Chua and Mary-Katherine Finch

In Celebration of Nadia Boulanger

Nadia Boulanger, renowned composer, conductor, and teacher influenced generations of students from Aaron Copland to Daniel Barenboim to Astor Piazzolla to Quincy Jones.  Works featured include Boulanger’s Three Pieces for Cello and Piano, as well as works by composers she admired such as J.S. Bach, Debussy, and one of her most prominent students, Olivier Messiaen.
August 17 - Link to concert

Anastasia RizikovXaver Varnus
Anastasia Rizikov and Xaver Varnus

Celebrating J.S. Bach - Piano & Organ

Anastasia Rizikov first performed for Music Mondays at the young age of 13! This summer she returns as a seasoned 21 year-old, during which time her concert schedules have taken her all over Europe - Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Poland, Ukraine, Russia - the United States, and Canada, where she has played in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, and the Kremlin. She will be joined by celebrated organist Xaver Varnus, described as the Glenn Gould of the organ who has played virtually every important organ in the world, including those in Bach's Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Notre Dame, Saint-Sulpice and Saint-Eustache in Paris, and the Moscow Conservatory, as well as the largest existing instrument in the world, the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Philadelphia. Featuring an all-Bach program, pianist Anastasia Rizikov and organist Xaver Varnus will share the stage to play a unique program of solo masterpieces of one of the greatest composers of all time. Don't miss this legendary duo in concert at Music Mondays!

August 24 - Link to concert

Sheng Cai
Sheng Cai

A Virtual Recital

Canadian pianist, and long-time friend of Music Mondays Sheng Cai performs a full program of major piano solo works by Brahms, Prokofiev and Beethoven. He remarks that chose the Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 7 "Stalingrad" to reflect the struggle with human destiny and Beethoven's "Appassionata" to mark Beethoven's 250th birthday!
August 31 - Link to concert

Rosebud Quartet Rosebud Quartet

Rosebud Quartet

The Rosebud Quartet was formed in 2013 in Rosebud, Alberta at the inaugural Rosebud Chamber Music Festival, an annual summertime showcase of chamber music in rural Alberta. Based in Toronto during the year, the quartet appears regularly at various festivals and series, including the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Chamber Music Series, Stereo Live, Echo Chamber Toronto, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Music by the Sea in Bamfield, British Columbia, the Stratford Summer Music Festival, as well as each summer at the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival. The group is comprised of violinists Aaron Schwebel (Concertmaster, National Ballet of Canada; Associate Concertmaster, Canadian Opera Company) and Sheila Jaffe (Principal Viola, National Ballet of Canada; Viola, Canadian Opera Company), violist Keith Hamm (Principal Viola, Canadian Opera Company), and cellist Leana Rutt (Principal Cello, Canadian Opera Company). The Quartet will be performing Haydn String Quartet opus 76 no. 5 in D major and Beethoven String Quartet in E-flat major, opus 74 'Harp'.  This performance will be recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio CBCTwo.
September 7 - Link to concert

Diar - دْيَار‎

Diar دْيَار‎ - Syrian and Arabic Music

"Diar" ( دْيَار ) is a "Syrian" Damask expression that indicates to the open space (the courtyard) “أرض دْيَار” in the old traditional Damask house. "Diar" ( دْيَار ) to us indicates our homeland "Syria", our memories, childhood, friends, family, first love, happiness ,sadness and our musical roots.

Diar presents songs from the traditional Arabic/Andalusian heritage, reproduced and infused with flamenco music; envisioned in different simple beats and rhythms from traditional Arabic music, making it new, upbeat and much more relate-able to the non-Arabic listener. Their program - Lamma badda Yatathana, Zambra, Jadak Al ghaith, Al Asmar, Bularias, Y zen, Seboony and Maly shghel - ranges from spiritual Sufi music, to fast, fun upbeat music.
September 14 - Link to concert

Tanya Wills Quartet
The Tanya Wills Quartet

Welcome Back to the 20’s and some great JAZZ with The Tanya Wills Quartet

Tanya Wills is a Toronto based Jazz singer, and with her QUARTET she brings her sensual and evocative sound to the stage with three of her favourite gentlemen – master musicians, Bill Bridges, Jordan Klapman and Ron Johnston. Tanya’s repertoire ranges from European Cabaret, to the Great American Songbook to contemporary pieces, including original works – with this Quartet you can expect the unexpected!!

September 21 - Link to concert

Duo Concertante
Duo Concertante

Duo Concertante

Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin and Timothy Steeves, piano) is a Juno-winning violin-piano team from Atlantic Canada that has toured all over the world and produced 11 award-winning CD's. They have appeared at the Wigmore, Carnegie, National Arts Centre, and the Forbidden City (Beijing) Halls, with Gramophone Magazine calling them "a miracle". At Memorial University they are Research Professors and Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. They will be performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Smetana and premiering new works by Carmen Braden and Ian Cusson.

September 28 - Link to concert

Alex Toskov, Talisa Blackman, Goran Gojevic

Mozart's Genius

Alex Toskov-violin, Talisa Blackman-piano and Goran Gojevic-clarinet all unite for a performance of Bach duos for violin and bass clarinet, followed by works by Lewin, Schubert, and Schumann, and finally the powerful 'Kegelstatt' Trio K. 498 by Mozart. The audience will have the opportunity to hear the distinct sounds of four acoustic instruments, as Alex Toskov will perform on both violin and viola.
October 5 - Link to concert

                    and Michael
Andrea Gerhardt and Michael Franklin

A Medieval Musical Pilgrimage

Andrea Gerhardt and Michael Franklin accompany you with voices, recorders, harp, flutes, hurdy-gurdy, reed pipes and percussion on a musical journey starting with Hildegard von Bingen's divinely inspired visions and sonic meditations from twelfth century Germany to the sacred songs and dances from the mountain monastery of Monserrat in fourteenth century Catalunya, with some side trips and detours along the way.

October 12 - Link to concert

Duo Cavatine

Parfums de Paris

From Couperin to Poulenc, Duo Cavatine (Noémie Raymond-Friset, cello and Michel-Alexandre Broekaert, piano) exhibits great artistic versatility in presenting a wide array of musical styles. Parfums de Paris combines pieces that are central to their collaboration - new musical discoveries and pieces from the standard repertoire. The concept of the concert is to bring together some of the most hauntingly beautiful and innovative French musical masterpieces. The music ranges from quirky humor to celestial atmosphere and covers more than 400 years of French musical tradition. This performance will be recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio CBCTwo.
October 19 - Link to concert

Karl Silveira

Karl Silveira Quintet - "Mid-day Sound Painting"

Today’s concert will feature the music of Karl Silveira, interpreted by some of Toronto’s most talented musicians. Karl draws inspiration for his compositions from his fascination with visual art. Karl’s music is written with the intention of being open to interpretation, much in the same way a painting would be viewed in an art gallery. He draws musical influence from Thelonious Monk, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wayne Shorter and Maurice Ravel.
October 26 - Link to concert

Beth and Jenna
Beth Silver and Jenna Richards

Folk and Song
Beth Silver, cello & Jenna Richards, piano

A program centered around romantic and lyrical songs stolen from the ever-inspiring world of lieder, this cello-piano program will take the audience on a journey of love, loss, and identity. From Brahms to Rachmaninov, Dvorak to Gershwin, you are invited to listen to the instrument that is said to most closely resemble the human voice sing for itself.
November 2 - Link to concert

SHHH!! Ensemble


SHHHuffle is piano/percussion duo SHHH!! Ensemble’s (Zac Pulak, marimba and Edana Higham, piano) avant-accessible mashup programme that bridges the gap between traditional classical music and 21st century composition, presented in an accessible, fun, and engaging format. Each SHHHuffle programme features one or more newly commissioned works along side a selection of masterworks from the classical canon, uniquely arranged for piano and percussion.  This performance will be recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio CBCTwo.