To accompany the weekend’s highlights, I’ve found a pleasant soundtrack: Kesäfanfaari (Summer Fanfare), a fresh piece by Finnish organist Marko Hakanpää. Here he is at the gallery organ at St Michael’s Church in Turku, Finland:
Latry, the titular organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris told Radio-Canada reporter Francine Plourde that, “I was really very impressed with what Casavant has realised with this instrument, which is a pipe organ with a wide dynamic range.”
Cellist Matt Haimovitz and the Ontario Philharmonic at Koerner Hall, 8 p.m.
For the first of this season’s five concerts in Toronto, the excellent Ontario Philharmonic and music director Marco Parisotto have invited cellist Matt Haimovitz to play Schelomo, Ernest Bloch’s well-loved Hebraic Rhapsody, alongside Gustav Mahler’s “Titan” first symphony.
Instead of receiving, former University of Toronto Faculty of Music piano professor William Aide is giving in honour of his 75th birthday. One of the country’s great collaborative pianists offers a recital of favourite pieces, including Frédéric Chopin’s B minor Piano Sonata. The concert also includes baritone Douglas MacNaughton singing a cycle by Walter Buczinsky that sets six Aide poems. For more details, click here.