Welcome to Our 49th Season!
A composer and an architect speak a common language of balance, symmetry, articulation, form, and density. Each must know nature’s laws and materials intimately and work towards creating something both beautiful and functional. Both work under the limitations of budgets, the unpredictability of logistics, and the whims of patrons. Like all artists, both create work which is inevitably a product of its time and place even as it yearns to rise above its historicity.
An even more fundamental connection between these fields is the way that sound and space are intricately and permanently intertwined. The sound produced inside a building shapes the sensory experience of being inside it, and therefore the character of the building itself. Conversely, every building is an acoustic space which gives a unique resonance to any sound produced within. It is no accident that many buildings have been designed to house particular kinds of music (and so much music has been composed to be performed within particular buildings).
The Architecture of Music
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2017 – 3:00 PM CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Through music, image, and narration, this Kaffeemusik explores a handful of fascinating moments when buildings and musical compositions inspired one another. Music by Dufay, A. Gabrieli, Charpentier, Purcell, Telemann, and others.
Christmas in San Marco
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017 – 8:00 PM CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
With the Toronto Continuo Collective
Pre-concert chat @ 7:15pm
We celebrate the 450th year of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth by exploring his glorious late sacred works. Psalm settings, hymns, and a Magnificat will complete the musical elements of a Christmas Vespers sung from the balconies of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 – 8:00 PM GRACE CHURCH ON-THE-HILL
Pre-concert chat @ 7:15pm
If Johann Sebastian Bach’s motets represent a pinnacle in choral repertoire, that pinnacle rests upon a solid under-pinning of musical inspiration from the composer’s family elders. This special program presents extraordinary motets by Johannes, Johann Christian, and Johann Michael Bach.
The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci
SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018 – 3:00 PM CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER
With the China Court Trio Wen Zhao, director
Guest directed by Elizabeth Anderson
The return of our dramatic multi-media Kaffeemusik about Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), the brilliant and tenacious Italian Jesuit who mastered Mandarin Chinese using ancient ‘Memory Palace’ techniques and ultimately became the architect of modern Chinese-Western relations.