Events

Our 2019-20 season has begun.  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 an archive of events from our past season, visit the Archive page.

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Season Kick-Off Party with Potluck and Video  Friday, September 20, 2019, 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Fran and David’s House, Kingston.  The RCCO Kingston Centre begins the season with a potluck dinner at Fran and Dave’s and Jeff Moellman is bringing a really interesting 51-minute video.  “Opus d’amour” is a musical documentary that tells twin stories:  the enduring love of a husband, Stuart Davis, for his wife, Winona; and a community’s fulfilment of a dream to bring one of the world’s largest concert pipe organs to a concert hall on the Canadian prairie.  This film, underscored by an original concerto from Quebec composer Jacques Hétu, follows the Opus 50, lovingly crafted by the artisans of Orgues Létourneau, as it is installed in Edmonton’s Francis Winspear Centre for Music.  Featuring the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with organ soloist Rachel Laurin.  Additional organ music performed by Marnie Giesbrecht with Joachim Segger.

Event of Interest
The Moellman Family in Concert  Sunday, September 29, 2019, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 137 Queen Street (at Montreal), Kingston.  The Moellman Family perform works on violin and piano by Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Clementi, Debussy, and Kreisler as part of Kingston’s Culture Days.  Jeffrey Moellman is an RCCO member, and organist of St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Event of Interest
Vespers for the 171st Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Mary’s Cathedral  Friday, October 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, 279 Johnson Street (at Clergy), Kingston.  Vespers will be celebrated to mark this important anniversary and will be led by the Cathedral Choir and guests, conducted by organist and director of music, Jeffrey Moellman, featuring motets by Bruckner and Paul Bouman (d. 2019).  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Event of Interest
Evensong and Concert:  A Celebration of New Light and Presentation of Bay of Quinte Mohawk Flag  Sunday, October 6, 2019, 4:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 137 Queen Street (at Montreal), Kingston.  Archbishop Mark MacDonald of the new National Indigenous Anglican Church of Canada will dedicate a Bay of Quinte Mohawk flag to mark historic ties with Molly Brant, who is interred in St. Paul’s churchyard, and with Tyendinaga and the ongoing work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, at a celebratory Evensong and Concert.  David Cameron will conduct St. George’s Cathedral Concert Singers and Chamber Orchestra, and the event will feature a new organ piece by himself, played by colleague Aurora Dokken, and a concert of Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”  Cameron and Dokken are members of the RCCO, as is the Reverend Kris Michaelson, Rector of St. Paul’s and Chaplain of the RCCO Kingston Centre, who will officiate at the service.

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
David Simon in Concert  Saturday, October 26, 2019, 4 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  Organist David Simon of St. James Cathedral, Toronto, will play a public concert on St. George’s organ.  The program will include the complete “Symphonie romane” by the French composer Charles-Marie Widor.  Admission is $20 ($10 students) at the door.  David Simon has played recitals and accompanied choir tours across North America, Europe, the U.K., and Russia, and has given premieres with the Toronto and New Haven Symphony Orchestras.  In 2019 he won first prize in the Royal Canadian College of Organists national competition and in 2018 won first prize and audience prize in the University of Michigan organ improvisation competition.  Additional information is available on page 10 of our September 2019 newsletter, a link to which may be found on our Newsletter page.

Event of Interest
Vespers for the Solemnity of All Saints  Friday, November 1, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, 279 Johnson Street (at Clergy), Kingston.  Vespers will be celebrated, led by the Cathedral Choir and guests, conducted by organist and director of music, Jeffrey Moellman.

Event of Interest
Advent Candlelight Procession with Carols  Sunday, November 24, 2019, 5 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  As well as leading the congregational singing in this service, the Cathedral Adult, Youth, and Children’s Choirs will sing music by Palestrina, John Carter, Franz Biebl, John Stainer, and Peter Aston.  The service symbolizes the journey from Advent to Christmas, from the Old Testament to the New, from darkness to light.  Beginning in darkness, candles are gradually lit as the choir travels through the sanctuary, singing in different locations, until the building is filled with light and music.

Event of Interest
An Advent Celebration  Sunday, November 24, 2019, and Sunday, December 1, 2019, 3 p.m.

The two St. Paul’s Anglican Churches, Sydenham and Kingston.  Kingston Young Artists presents one hour of music for the whole family, featuring the Academy Chamber Orchestra and Youth Choir, Jeffrey Moellman, conductor and organist.  Admission is by free-will offering.  A reception follows.  The November 24 concert takes place in Sydenham and the December 1 concert is in Kingston.  For more information, contact Jeffrey Moellman by email or phone at 613-985-2224.

Event of Interest
Caelis Academy Ensemble of Ottawa  Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 6 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  This visiting ensemble will perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah” under the direction of Matthew Larkin.  Admission costs $30 ($20 students) at the door, with proceeds going to the Cathedral Heritage Preservation Trust, which has been established to preserve the Cathedral building as one of the most significant heritage sites in Kingston.  For more information, call 613-548-4617 or visit www.stgeorgescathedral.ca or www.facebook.com/StGeorgeConcerts.

Event of Interest
Advent Lessons and Carols  Saturday, November 30, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, 279 Johnson Street (at Clergy), Kingston.  This celebration will be led by the Cathedral Choir and guests, conducted by organist and director of music, Jeffrey Moellman, and will feature favourite Advent hymns, with motets by Goudimel, Hancock, Mendelssohn, Ord, Vaughan Williams, Willan, and more.

Event of Interest
Frances Harkness, Douglas Handforth, and Jennifer Tindale in Concert  Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12:15-12:50 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  St. George’s Advent Concerts take place at 12:15 p.m. on Thursdays from November 28 to December 19, and feature a piano trio on December 5 including Douglas Handforth on violin, Jennifer Tindale on cello, and RCCO member Fran Harkness on piano.  Admission is free, with a voluntary offering collected.  For more information, call 613-548-4617 or visit www.stgeorgescathedral.ca or www.facebook.com/StGeorgeConcerts.

Event of Interest
Christmas Lessons and Carols  Sunday, December 15, 2019, 4 p.m.

St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson), Kingston.  As well as leading the congregation in singing favourite Christmas carols during this service, the Cathedral Christmas Choir, Youth Choir, and Children’s Choir will sing a selection of Christmas anthems.  Join us as we celebrate the Christmas season!

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Twelfth Night Party  Sunday, January 5, 2020, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Party room at Carol and Gord Ramer’s home, Kingston.  The Twelfth Night Party will again be held on a Sunday afternoon this year, as this was a great success last year.  All members, friends, and guests are welcome.  Bring a snack to share – an appetizer or dessert, and a drink for yourself if you like.  Coffee, tea, and non-alcoholic punch will be provided.  All are invited to contribute something entertaining, be it a story, song, quiz, or anything else.  There is a piano.

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Great Bach Marathon and Community of Organists Concert  Saturday, March 21, 2020

Location tbd.  This will be the third year in which our Centre hosts the Bach Marathon.  Our previous Bach Marathons took place over five hours on an afternoon in March and featured about 40 musicians and a variety of instruments, including piano, violin, oboe, flute, trombone, voice, etc., followed by pieces played on the organ by RCCO members and students.  The event draws together musicians from all parts of the community.  All lovers of the music of J.S. Bach are invited to listen or perform.  Come when you can and leave when you must!  For more information or to reserve a performance time for yourself or your students, contact Fran Harkness.

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Frédéric Champion in Concert  April/May 2020

Location tbd.  A highlight of the Centre’s 2019-20 season is a concert by organist Frédéric Champion, co-presented by the Canadian International Organ Competition.  Details about the concert will be added to this listing as the date nears, so please visit this page again!

RCCO Kingston Centre Event
Hymn Festival  Late May 2020

Location tbd.  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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