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 and on our YouTube channel.

In partnership with the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, a wide range of singers and instrumentalists present free 45-minute noon hour concerts every Thursday from September 21 to November 30, 2023, and February 1 to May 30, 2024. Canada’s largest pipe organ is also featured prominently, appearing as a solo or accompanying instrument in over half of the concerts. Freewill donations support the ongoing musical ministry of Metropolitan United Church, and allow us to maintain our landmark heritage musical instruments and building. 

Fall Series: September 21 - November 30

September 21 - Jamal Al Titi, baritone
September 28 - Jonathan Oldengarm, organist
October 5 - Christian Masucci Facchini, countertenor
October 12 - Philip Joseph Filion, organist
October 19 - Irina Bazik, pianist
October 26 - Joshua Zentner-Barrett, organist
November 2 - Julia Mirzoev, violin
November 9 - Jonathan Oldengarm, harpsichord
November 16 - Lindsay McIntyre, soprano
November 23 - Jonathan Kravtchenko, pianist
November 30 - Mark Himmelman, organist

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September 21 - Jamal Al Titi, baritone with carillon recital at 11:30am (Katherine Chen)

Repertoire includes works by Borodin, Franz, Rachmaninov, Santoliquido, Strauss and more

Jamal Al Titi is a Belarusian-born baritone whose passion for music expands from early works to opera. He now makes his home in Canada, and he is a recent bachelor’s voice performance graduate from the University of Toronto, having studied with Wendy Nielsen. During his final year as an undergraduate, Jamal won the Jim and Charlotte Norcop Prize in Song, the Faculty of Music’s most prestigious vocal prize, and was honoured to receive the 2023 faculty’s top honour award. In addition, Jamal was a winner of the Toronto Mozart Vocal Competition in 2023 and was a National Audition Finalist for L’Atelier Lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal in 2022. Jamal has been featured numerous times with Brott Opera Festival. His roles have included Masetto in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La Bohème and Casacada in The Merry Widow. Additionally, he performed the role of Don Giovanni at the Banff Centre’s 2023 Opera in the 21st Century program, and performed as Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore at Highlands Opera. Jamal began his studies at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts with Roland Fix, and counts bass Alain Coulombe among his mentors. This 2023/24 season, Jamal is honoured to be involved at The Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School.

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Previous Season Highlights
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June 15 at 12pm
Matthew Fraser, organist

Celebration (Ruth Watson Henderson, b. 1932)

Variations on Kingsfold (Sarah MacDonald, b. 1968)
I. Chorale-Moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
IV. Vivace

Berceuse-Marial, from Sonata no. 1, op. 91 (Rachel Laurin, b. 1960)

Allegro giocoso, from Suite Romantique (Denis Bédard, b. 1950)

Sursum Corda (Tate Pumfrey, b. 1998)

Sicilienne (Mark Himmelmann, b. 1978)

Toccata Andromeda, from Triptych (Paul Halley, b. 1952)

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May 18
MSB Quintet

Alleluia (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. David Marlatt)

Contrapunctus 1 (Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Robert King)

Overture to HMS Pinafore (Sir Arthur Sullivan, arr. Walter H. Barnes)

The Water is Wide (Traditional, arr. Michael C. Green)

Three Pieces (Ludwig Maurer, arr. Robert Nagel)

American Patrol (F.W. Meecham, arr. Arthur Frackenpohl)

Three Spirituals (Traditional, arr. Walter H. Barnes)
Go Down Moses
My Lord What a Morning
Joshua Fit the Battle

The Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein, arr. Adrian Wagner)

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May 4
Glenn Gould Chamber Music Showcase

GGS Students accompanied by Jonathan Oldengarm, organist

Chaconne in G minor (Tomaso Antonio Vitali, 1663-1745)

Tiffany Yeung, violin 

Trois Mouvements (Jehan Alain, 1911-1940)
  Allegro con grazia
  Allegro vivace 

Hannah Silverberg, flute

Trio Sonata in A Minor, TWV 42:a4 (Georg Philipp Telemann, 1682-1767)

Hannah Silverberg, flute
Tyler Romsberg, oboe
Kuan-Yu Huang, cello 

Contrapuctus IV, from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750 arr. Taran Plamondon)

Bradley Cairns-Digel, trumpet (pictured)
Laura Kuri, trumpet
Aaron Sieve, horn
Kris Leslie, trombone
Benito Vargas, tuba

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April 27
University of Toronto Piano Showcase

Shuman Zhou

Miserere (Franz Liszt, 1811-1886)
Trois Morceaux pour Piano (Lili Boulanger, 1893-1918)

Kelsey Zhong

Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118, nos. 4-6 (Johannes Brahms, 1833-1897)
Allegro appassionato, from Piano Sonata,  op. 21 (Cécile Chaminade, 1857-1944)

Mariya Orlenko

Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante (Frédéric Chopin, 1810-1849)

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April 13
Dior String Quartet

Joined together from Israel, Korea-Canada, Saint Lucia, and the USA, the Dior Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

String Quartet in E Minor, op. 59 no. 2 (Ludwig von Beethoven, 1770-1827)
Molto adagio ("Si tratta questo pezzo con molto di sentimento")
Allegretto - Thème russe

String Quartet in F Minor, op. 80 (Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847)
Allegro vivace assai
Allegro assai
Finale: Allegro molto

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March 23
Jonas Apeland, organ

Apparition de l’Église éternelle (Olivier Messiaen, 1908-1992(

Naïades, op. 55 no. 2 (Louis Vierne, 1870-1937)

O Mensch, bewein dein’ Sünde groß, BWV 622 (J.S. Bach, 1685-1750)

Symphonie V en fa mineur, op. 41 no. 5 (Charles-Marie Widor, 1844-1937)
i. Allegro vivace
iv. Adagio
v. Toccata

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March 16

Violin Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005 (J.S. Bach, 1685-1750)
Allegro Assai
  Daniel Turner, guitarist

Aires de Son (G. Tamez, b. 1948)
Aire Istmeño
Son Trunco

Sonatango (J.C. Oliva, b. 1947)
Te perdono
Vuelvo a creer
Tengo el alma destrozada
  Luis Angel Medina, guitarist

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March 2
Jonelle Sills, soprano and Brahm Goldhamer, pianist

Three Songs (Florence Price, 1887-1953)
Beside the Sea
Dawn's Awakening

Stridono Lassú (Ruggero Leoncavallo, 1857-1919)

Vilja's Lied (Franz Lehar, 1870-1948)

Two Songs (Johannes Brahms, 1883 -1897)
Es träumte mir
Unbewegte laue Luft

3 Songs from Honey and Rue (André Previn, 1929 - 2019)
Whose House Is This
Do You Know Him 
Take My Mother Home 

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February 16
Joshua Duncan Lee, organ

Met's Wayne C. Vance Organ Scholar

Processional (Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, 1875-1912)

Reverie (William Grant Still, 1895-1978)

Suite (Florence Price, 1887-1953)
      Fantasy - Fughetta - Air - Toccato [sic]

Reflection (Chan Ka Nin, b. 1949)

The Lord is My Shepherd (Kola Owolabi, b. 1977)

O Give Thanks To the Lord (Kola Owolabi)

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February 9
Jonathan Oldengarm, organ

Met's Minister of Music plays music of Herbert Fricker and others, from the collection of Ivor Baldwin

Arioso and Finale (David Hurd, b. 1950)

(Florence Price, 1899-1952)

From Two Preludes on Yoruba Folk Melodies (Fela Sowande, 1905-1987)
       1. K’A mura

Joshua fit de Battle ob Jericho
(Spiritual, arr. Fela Sowande)

A Whimsical Intermezzo
(Judith M. Baity, b. ca. 1960)

Go Down, Moses
(Spiritual, arr. W.C. Handy, 1873-1958 ;adapted by Walter C. Simon)


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February 2
Hannah Crawford, soprano

Prizewinner in the COC's Centre Stage Competition

With Spencer Kryzanowski, pianist

Dich teure Halle, from Tannhäuser (Wagner)

Three Songs (Emery)                    
For Broken and Tired am I 
Sweet Bide with me

Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro, from Le Nozze di Figaro (W.A. Mozart)

Four Songs, op. 13 (Barber)
Sure on this shining night 

Hérodiade (Massenet)
Il est doux, il est bon 

Rückert-Lieder (Mahler)
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen 
Ich atmet einen Linden Duft
Um Mitternacht

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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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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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