2022/2023 Concerts
Resuming February 2 at Noon

You are welcome to attend these free concerts in-person or online at 56 Queen Streeet East! Donations go towards our Music program. Noon at Met concerts are livestreamed in HD here at metunited.ca/live and on our YouTube channel.

Freewill donations support the ongoing musical ministry of Metropolitan United Church, and allow us to maintain our landmark heritage musical instruments and building. 

November 3 - Jonathan Oldengarm, organ
November 10 - Rashaan Allwood, organ
November 17 - Cari Astleford, organ
November 24 - Aaron James, organ, with Jonathan Oldengarm, piano

Resuming weekly from February 2 - May 25!

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Aaron James, organ with Jonathan Oldengarm, piano
Thursday November 24

Prélude, Fugue et Variation, op. 11 - César Franck, 1822-1890
(version by the composer for harmonium and piano)

Adoration - Felix Borowski, 1872-1956 
arr. for piano and organ by Roy Spaulding Stoughton, 1884-1953

Symphonic Piece, for Organ and Piano - Joseph W. Clokey, 1890-1960

Aaron James is the Director of Music at the Toronto Oratory of St Philip Neri, and a sessional lecturer in organ at the University of Toronto. An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, he graduated in 2016 with both a PhD degree in musicology and a DMA degree in organ, along with the Performer’s Certificate in organ. He was the 2011 winner of the National Organ Playing Competition of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and has won numerous other prizes for his organ playing, including first place in the Florence and Stanley Osborne Organ Competition and the Howard Fairclough Organ Competition; he was also a finalist in the 2012 Franz Schmidt International Organ Competition (Kitzbühel, Austria). He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and currently serves the College as national Chair of Examinations. His writing has been published in various scholarly and general-interest publications in print and online, including the Journal of the Alamire Foundation, Early Music, Antiphon, New Liturgical Movement, Organ Canada, Sacred Music, The Lamp, Oxford Bibliographies Online and Grove Music Online.


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Cari Astleford, organ
Thursday, November 17

Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, Op 37, No. 1 (1837) -  Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847

Partita “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” Op. 8, No. 2 (1935) - Hugo Distler, 1908-1942

Fugues in C Minor and F Major,  from Four Fugues (1942) - Ernst Pepping, 1901-1981

Introduction and Passacaglia in D Minor, WoO IV/6 (1899) Max Reger, 1873-1916

Cari Astleford grew up in northern BC. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Burman University in Lacombe, Alberta under the instruction of Dr. Wendy Markosky. At the same time, she also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She then moved on to Edmonton’s University of Alberta for her Master’s in organ performance, where she studied with Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht. While living in Edmonton, she became the organ scholar/assistant organist at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. She was also actively involved in the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Edmonton Centre, including being treasurer for four years. Cari now resides in Toronto with her husband and is studying at the University of Toronto. She is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance under the direction of Dr. Patricia Wright. Cari’s doctoral research focuses on German neo-Baroque organ music in the years 1920-1945.


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Rashaan Allwood, organ
Thursday, November 10

Transports de joie, from L’Ascension - Olivier Messiaen, 1908-1992

Alles, was von Gott geboren, from BWV 80 - J.S. Bach, 1685-1750
transcribed for organ by Rashaan Allwood 

Prelude in G, BWV 884 - J.S. Bach transcribed by Max Reger, 1873-1916 

In memory of… - Rashaan Allwood  

Fantasia on Von Gott will ich nicht lassen - Bert Matter, b. 1937

Canonic Etude no. 2 in A minor - Robert Schumann, 1810-1856 

So There! - Rashaan Allwood

Adagio, from Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85 - Edward Elgar, 1857-1924 
transcribed by Rashaan Allwood

Allegro marziale, from Mazeppa, s. 100 - Franz Liszt, 1811-1886 
transcribed by Rashaan Allwood

Rashaan Rori Allwood is a multi-talented musician based out of Toronto, currently pursuing a PhD in Composition. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance and a Master's degree in Organ Performance. Rashaan is the recipient of the 2022 Marilyn Mason Award in Organ Composition from the American Guild of Organists, who commissioned him to compose a new piece for solo organ to be premiered in Washington in 2022. Rashaan was also one of the ICOT call for scores winners for short Piano works by Canadian composers in 2020. Rashaan is now the Director of Music at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, Toronto where he regularly premieres his own new works, and organises performances for choir and instrumentalists. As a soloist, he has toured across Europe, and performed at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, UK, St. Nikolai-Kirche in Leipzig, Germany and St. Pierre’s Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Jonathan Oldengarm, organ
Thursday November 3
 Flourish for an Occasion - S. Drummond Wolff, 1916-2004
Organist at Met, 1946-1952

Cantilène in A flat - Herbert Arthur Wheeldon, 1864-1923
Organist at Met, 1907-1913

Cantilène nuptiale Herbert  - Austin Fricker, 1868-1943
Organist at Met, 1917-1943

Spring Song, from Three Pieces for Organ -  Heather Spry, 1951-1996
The Spry family had a long and close musical association with Met.

Prelude and Variations on Old 100th - Calvin Hampton, 1938-1984  
Jonathan Oldengarm is the newly-appointed Minister of Music here at Metropolitan United Church, where he is honoured to succeed Dr. Patricia Wright. A prizewinner at several national and international competitions, he concertizes in Europe and North America. Recent performance credits include the Bachfest in Leipzig; the Castle Church in Wittenberg; the Maison symphonique and St. Joseph Oratory (Montreal), Ensemble Caprice, McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has been broadcast on the CBC, Radio Canada, Sirius Satellite Radio, NPR, RTÉ, and the European Broadcasting Union.  His discography includes four organ and choral discs with the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montreal; the complete choral-organ works of Widor and Vierne with Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal (ATMA Classique); “A Mare usque ad mare”, a disc of Canadian works for organ and saxophone, together with Claudia Tesorino (Klanglogo); two discs with the Ottawa Bach Choir; and most recently, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice with Buzz Brass.He holds a doctorate in organ performance from McGill University; the Fellowship diploma of the Royal Canadian College of Organists; and studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany. From 2008 until 2022 he taught at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, while serving as Director of Music and Organist at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal.


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