The following is a list of upcoming events for our current season.  Events organized by our Centre are designated as RCCO Kingston Centre Events, while other events are listed as Events of Interest.  To submit a listing, contact the website editor.  To view a list of past events, visit our archive pages for 2019-20 and 2018-19.

Event of Interest
Stamitz’s Viola Concerto, a Bach Cantata, and Anthems  Saturday, March 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  RCCO member David Cameron will conduct the Cathedral Concert Singers and the Cathedral Chamber Orchestra in a concert featuring concertmaster Douglas Handforth and vocal soloists in a program including Karl Stamitz’s Viola Concerto in D, Bach’s Cantata Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid (BWV 3), anthems by Goss, Stanford, Bainton, and Rutter, and other music.  Proceeds will go to St. George’s Heritage Preservation Trust, supporting the Cathedral’s historic buildings and maintaining their 191-year-old presence at the corner of King and Johnson Streets.

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Great Bach Marathon and Community of Organists Concert  Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The Spire, 82 Sydenham Street (at William), Kingston.  The Third Annual Bach Marathon celebrates the wonderful music of J.S. Bach and all musicians are invited to participate by performing a work of Bach.  There is no fee involved for participating or attending.  To find a spot for yourself, simply visit The Great Bach Marathon Sign-Up Sheet and add your name and details.  For more information, contact Fran Harkness.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend!

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Frédéric Champion in Concert  Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

St George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  A highlight of the Centre’s 2019-20 season is the concert by French organist Frédéric Champion, co-presented by the Canadian International Organ Competition.  Admission is $20 ($10 students) at the door.  Frédéric Champion has won many prizes and awards for performing organ music from the 16th through the 21st century, including First Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition, the Minoru Yoshida Tokyo-Musashino Competition, the International Competition Gottfried Silbermann, and the Xavier Darasse International Competition.  He has performed regularly as a soloist and with orchestras and choirs in Europe, Asia, and North America.  Champion has also composed pieces for the organ, as well as for organ and percussion or choir, transcribed symphonic pieces for the organ, and cultivated the art of improvisation.  Since October 2008, when Champion won 1st Prize and Audience Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC), a prestigious new competition in Montreal that plays an important role in recognizing and promoting the value of organ music, Frédéric Champion has acted as its first ambassador and his performances are regularly aired on both Radio-Canada and CBC, official broadcasters of CIOC events.  His CD of French music (on ATMA Classique) received rave reviews in The American Organist and in Choir and Organ (UK) which declares:  “Champion is one of the finest young organists you’ll ever hear!”

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Hymn Festival  Sunday, May 24, 2020

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  RCCO members, friends, and local choristers from across the region are invited to participate in a massed choir for our popular hymn sing, which has become a regular feature of our programming.  Past hymn festivals have included new and traditional hymns, introduced by invited speakers and accompanied by organ and last year also by a brass quintet.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend – and sing along!  Details will be posted closer to the date.


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