Calendar

Nov
6
Wed
2019
Workshop with Montreal Symphony Orchestra Organist in Residence and RCCO Travelling Clinician Jean-Willy Kunz @ St. John's Shaughnessy Anglican Church
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Expanding the Possibilities of Organ Repertoire: Transcription, improvisation, jazz and non-classical music.

Presented thanks to the RCCO Travelling Clinician programme, with the help of the Canadian International Organ Competition.

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A one hour, three part workshop, with musical illustrations by Jean-Willy Kunz and volunteer audience participation in the last section.

Part 1: An overview of organ transcriptions

Part 2: Ways to use the organ in non-classical and jazz repertoire

Part 3: Ideas for improvisation, and its role, both in concert and in worship services.

The French-born Canadian organist Jean-Willy Kunz,studied with Louis Robilliard and Mireille Lagacé, as well as at McGill University, where he earned a doctorate with John Grew. He has been a prize-winner at a number of organ competitions, including the Canadian International Organ Competition, where in 2011 he won third prize and the Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize. He also has an MBA from HEC Montréal.

Since 2013, Jean-Willy Kunz has been the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s first organist in residence. In addition to playing both with the orchestra and in concert, he is responsible for the development and showcasing of the orchestra’s Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique, the new four manual Casavant organ installed in their home venue, Maison symphonique de Montréal.

Recent performances include with the Montreal, Quebec and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, the Cirque du Soleil, Branford Marsalis, the Violons du Roy, and Martha and Rufus Wainwright.

His discography includes many recordings which reflect the broad range of his musical influences: organ and orchestra with the OSM; “André Gagnon Baroque” for harpsichord and symphony orchestra; traditional music of the Balkans for saxophones and organ; two masses by Théodore Dubois for choir and organ; 20th-century French music for harpsichord, flute and clarinet; an album with Quebec singer songwriter Pierre Lapointe; Baroque music with Ensemble Caprice; Christmas music with Marie-Josée Lord; the original score for a number of short films. He has co-written a book on German organist Helmut Walcha (Do Bentzinger, 2004) as well as an article titled “L’orgue et le regard de l’écoute” (Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2014).

In September 2015, Jean-Willy Kunz was appointed organ professor at the Montreal Conservatory of Music. He currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Nov
8
Fri
2019
Montreal Symphony Orchestra Organist in Residence Jean-Willy Kunz in Concert @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

A co-production by Holy Rosary Cathedral and the Royal Canadian College of Organists Travelling Clinician Programme, with the help of the Canadian International Organ Competition.

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Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Concerto in d minor BWV 596 (from Vivaldi)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Deuxième Arabesque (trans. Léon Roques)

Maxime Goulet (b. 1980), Citius, altius, fortius !

Jean-Willy Kunz (b. 1980), Improvisation

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), The Carnival of the Animals

Introduction

Royal March of the Lion

Hens and Roosters

Wild Donkeys Swift Animals

Tortoises

The Elephant

Kangaroos

Aquarium

Characters with Long Ears

The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods

Aviary

Pianists (Organists)

Fossils

The Swan

Finale

JWK ©Koralie Woodward (01-2017)

Prize winner in a number of competitions including the Grand Prix de Chartres and the Canadian International Organ Competition, Jean-Willy Kunz is an exciting and eclectic artist, whose career includes recent performances with the Montreal, Quebec and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, the Cirque du Soleil, Branford Marsalis, the Violons du Roy, and Martha and Rufus Wainwright. As the the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s first organist in residence, he performs both with the orchestra and in concert, and is responsible for the development and showcasing of the Symphony’s new four manual Casavant organ in their home venue: Maison symphonique de Montreal. He is also organ professor at the Montreal Conservatory of Music and artistic director of the Canadian International Organ Competition.

 

Nov
29
Fri
2019
Cancelled due to bus strike: Sacred Music for Advent @ Holy Rosary Cathedral
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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Unfortunately this concert has been cancelled, due to the probable upcoming full bus strike on November 27, 28 and 29. Too many members of the four choirs scheduled to perform depend on public transport and wouldn’t be able to be present.


Dec
8
Sun
2019
22nd Annual Carols and Bells Concert @ Queens Avenue United Church
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Christmas carols, anthems, and music for handbells, organ, and other instruments, with the Notre-Dame Handbell Ensemble and Handbell Choir; the Queens Avenue United Church Memorial Bell Ringers, the children’s bell choir, and the Senior Choir; guest organist Marc D’Anjou; organist and music director Rachel Alflatt, and vocal and instrumental soloists.

Music for the Christmas Season @ Fairview Presbyterian Church
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Congregational singing, Fairview Choir, and Guest Musicians including Bo Peng (cello), Gene Ramsbottom (clarinet), Henry Christian (trumpet) & Andrew Poirier (trombone).   Music Director & Organist, Chang Hwa Kim.
Donations will go to the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver.  Refreshments to follow.

Dec
21
Sat
2019
Christmas organ concert @ Maranatha Canadian Reformed Church
Dec 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Christmas Pipe Organ Concert with audience singing, by organist Aart Bijkerk (Abbotsford). Seasonal sacred music by Zwart, Bach, Grison and Dupré, on Maranatha Canadian Reformed Church’s 1912 Heritage Pipe Organ. A concert for the whole family!

Wheelchair accessible.

Refreshments served following the concert.

No reservations, no tickets–just come and be welcomed!

Dec
22
Sun
2019
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols @ St. James' Anglican Church
Dec 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

For many around the world, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College Cambridge, marks the beginning of Christmas.  For many of us also, it is something experienced from afar as it is broadcast on TV or radio.  If you cannot be in King’s College Chapel this year, your next best option is St James’ Church.  The MOTET choir presents the legendary A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of biblical readings and music at St James’ Anglican Church.  St James’ is perfect for this traditional Christmas service, as the building is not only visually inspiring, but also acoustically supports the voices of congregation, choir, and organ.  Plan to bring your family and friends to this evening to celebrate this most wonderful time of year.  This is a free event, though donations will be gratefully accepted to defray expenses.  As space is limited, please click on the button below to reserve your seat.

https://www.sjmusic.ca/events/a-festival-of-nine-lessons-and-carols/2019-12-22

Feb
21
Fri
2020
Motet 10th Anniversary Concert @ St. Augustine's Catholic Church
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

MOTET is marking the 10th anniversary of their first concert by presenting a programme for the Feast of the Chair of St Peter. On this day, they will celebrate the role of St Peter and his successors as the “Vicar of Christ” to the Church on earth. Their concert features music drawn from the First Vespers and Mass liturgies of the feast, including works by English polyphonic master William Byrd, French perfectionist Maurice Duruflé, and their respective contemporaries. There will be two organ solos: Messiaen’s “Apparition de l’église éternelle” performed by MOTET’s director, David Poon, and Mulet’s “Tu es Petra”, played by Michael Molnar.

MOTET is a Vancouver-based chamber ensemble comprised of young musicians passionate about bringing sacred choral music to audiences throughout the region. MOTET draws music from the vast treasury of the Catholic tradition into reverently beautiful concerts and liturgies.

Feb
22
Sat
2020
RCCO Organ Crawl @ Knox United Church
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Schedule: 10:00am, Knox United Church; 11:30am, St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church; 12:30pm lunch break, 2:00pm, Central Presbyterian Church.

RCCO members free of charge, non-members $10 (or $5 per church)

If you would like to attend but require transportation, or can offer a car ride, please email Angelique Po at angelique_po@hotmail.com.

Motet 10th Anniversary Concert @ St Mary's Catholic Church
Feb 22 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

MOTET is marking the 10th anniversary of their first concert by presenting a programme for the Feast of the Chair of St Peter. On this day, they will celebrate the role of St Peter and his successors as the “Vicar of Christ” to the Church on earth. Their concert features music drawn from the First Vespers and Mass liturgies of the feast, including works by English polyphonic master William Byrd, French perfectionist Maurice Duruflé, and their respective contemporaries. There will be two organ solos: Messiaen’s “Apparition de l’église éternelle” performed by MOTET’s director, David Poon, and Mulet’s “Tu es Petra”, played by Michael Molnar.

MOTET is a Vancouver-based chamber ensemble comprised of young musicians passionate about bringing sacred choral music to audiences throughout the region. MOTET draws music from the vast treasury of the Catholic tradition into reverently beautiful concerts and liturgies.