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Tonight: Beer and art music keep mixing at third gathering of Classical Social

By John Terauds on February 10, 2013

Simon Capet leads a small ensemble at Fioann McCoull's on Jan. 27.
Simon Capet leads a small ensemble at Fionn McCoull’s on Jan. 27.

Instead of offering jukebox hits or earnest indie singer-songwriters, Fionn McCoull’s at University Ave and Adelaide St has turned to art music, becoming a Sunday magnet for classical musicians, their spouses, partners, friends, relatives and groupies.

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
John Terauds

Tonight marks the third Classical Social, the brainchild of conductor Simon Capet, who can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday night than with a pint or two while sight-reading through a variety of classical music.

“There’s a bunch of really great musicians coming out to play,” writes Capet in his most recent Facebook post. “I have a stack of really interesting music including, brass quintets, wind ensemble music, string quartets to octets and plenty of mixed ensemble pieces.”

A new twist tonight is the presence of the Blythwood Winds, who will present a teaser of an upcoming concert programme at 8 p.m. But there’s nothing about a formal concert experience here. The gathering starts at 7 p.m.

You can check out Classical Social’s Facebook page here.

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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