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!
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.
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.
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.