Metropolitan's music programs for children and youth begin on Sunday, September 15, and all are welcome with no prior musical training necessary.
Metropolitan Sparklers (ages 4-6) and Metropolitan Choristers (ages 7-11) meet on Sunday mornings at 10 am and are directed by Jennifer Martyn and Patricia Wright.
Great Heart ensemble (12 up) meets on Sundays after service at 12:15 pm. Benjamin Stein directs this singing and instrumental ensemble and teaches basic instrumental techniques in guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and singing.
Music at Metropolitan has released its concert season for 2016-17.
The season includes a variety of concerts from a production of the beloved musical Oliver! through a concert of Baroque improvisation, our annual Good Friday Concert, and the third Marg and Jim Norquay Celebration Concert. The annual Phantoms Spooktacular returns on October 28, with Deck the Halls and the annual Candlelight Carol Service gracing the Christmas season.
During the Doors Open weekend in May, Metropolitan musicians will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation with Celebration of Canada!.
Download the list here: Music at Metropolitan 2016-17
Music at Metropolitan presents a four-concert series beginning in November. This includes a concert for piano, soprano and clarinet, an organ recital, our annual Good Friday concert (this year featuring J. S. Bach's 'Passion According to St. John', and a concert featuring improvisation. Please download our series brochure: Music at Metropolitan 2013-14
Music Season schedule:
Saturday, November 16, 7:30 PM
Beethoven and Schubert. Arnold Tirzits plays the Hamburg Steinway Concert Grand in a program of great music from the classical period - one spectacular piece for piano solo and then Schubert's most famous song cycle for soprano (with piano and clarinet).
Bach: Passacaglia for organ, arranged for two pianos performed by Arnold Tirzits and Matthew Coons. Beethoven: Sonata in F minor (Appassionata) performed by Arnold TIrzits. Schubert: Lieder, and Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ("Shepherd on the Rock"). Arnold Tirzits, piano; Janet Obermeyer, soprano; Jonathan Krehm, clarinet.
Friday, October 25, 10:00 PM
Phantoms of the Organ. Sarah Svendson comes back from Yale for the terrifically popular Halloween concert. It's eerie and it's fun. (Admission by donation)
Sunday, December 8, 1:30 PM
Carols United. Everyone is invited to sing favourite Christmas carols with the Metropolitan Silver Band and organ after our traditional Christmas luncheon. (Donations to the Community Services Ministry)
Sunday, December 22, 7:00 PM
Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols. See Metropolitan United by candlelight, sing many famous carols with the Metropolitan choir, and enjoy the favourite Bible readings telling the story of the birth of Jesus.
A Christmas favourite. Please come early for best seating.
Friday, March 28, 7:30 PM
Ken Cowan, organist. World-renowned organist Ken Cowan plays a special recital on Canada's largest pipe organ (at Metropolitan, of course). Co-sp[onsored by the Toronto Centre, Royal Canadian College of Organists and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music.
Good Friday, April 18, 7:30 PM: Bach for the Easter Season
The Passion According to Saint John. Metropolitan Festival Choir, full orchestra, Patricia Wright conducting. Soloists: Lesley Bouza, Daniel Taylor, Chistopher Mayell, James Baldwin. Charles Davidson is The Evangelist. Clarence Frazer - Christus.
Saturday, May 10, 7:30 PM
Musicians on the Edge. Benjamin Stein and the Elizir Ensemble toss away the music sheets and walk the improvisation tightrope.