Music for Winter Wednesdays at Southminster

This winter at Southminster United Church the regular Wednesday music mash-up features music from Baroque to Brazil and from Benny Goodman to Benjamin Britten.

The Doors Open for Music series, which is celebrating its fifth year this February, features performers from near and far. It resumes on Jan. 10 with a reprise performance by New Yorkers Peter and Will Anderson who were part of the Concerts by the Canal fall series. The twin reed players will be joined by guitarist Adam Moezinia, to perform their own arrangements of  classic songs by Benny Goodman such as Moonglow, Stompin at the Savoy and Embraceable You. (Editor’s note: You can read an interview with Peter Anderson here.)

Here’s the rest of the lineup. (All concerts are at noon at Southminister United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. Admission: Freewill offering with donations of $10 or $20 encouraged).

Jan. 17. Impressions and Transformations: A recital of Rachmaninov, Ravel and rarely heard Russian Bach transcriptions. Featuring Russian-Australian pianist Nadia Koudasheva.

Jan. 24. A Poet’s Echo featuring soprano Kimberley Lynch and pianist Polina Gubnitskaia performingsong cycles by Benjamin Britten (The Poet’s Echo, Op. 76) and Robert Schumann (Frauenliebe und leben, Op. 42).

Jan. 31. Ottawa-Sao Paulo Return featuring the Sol da capital bossa nova quintet playing Brazilian standards and originals. Rachel Beausoleil, vocals; Evandro Gracelli, guitars and vocals; Jasmin Lalande, woodwinds; Sílvio Módolo, electric bass; Angel Araos, percussion

Feb. 7. Fifth anniversary concert featuring a Baroque program including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto V and Handel’s Gloria for soprano, strings and continuo. Isabelle Lacroix, soprano with The Canadian Consort and Roland Graham, DOMS artistic director on the harpsichord

Feb. 14 – A Trumpet Romance featuring a selection of music for trumpet and piano to warm your heart. Peter Crouch, trumpet and Nick Rodgerson, piano

Feb. 21. Songs of Love and Sensuality featuring music by Wagner (Wesendonck Lieder) and Debussy (Les Chansons de Bilitis) and Polish dances by Witold Lutoslawski. Katarzyna Sądej, mezzo-soprano and Basia Bochenek, piano

Feb. 28. Rhythm of the Balkans featuring works by Serbian and Canadian-Serbian composers Slavenski, Mokranjac, Pashu, Maksimovic and Sokolovic. Viktor Lazarov, piano

Mar. 7. Bach Violin Sonatas features violinist Christian Vachon joins with DOMS’s Graham on harpsichord performing two of Bach’s Sonatas for violin and continuo as well as solo works for harpsichord and violin.

Mar. 14. Images, Scenes Mountains. Pianist Ruby Jin plays works by Claude Debussy, Luc Martin and Lisan Wang.  

Mar. 21. The Vancouver classical crossover group Joe Trio mixes and mashes classical, pop, Celtic, jazz and musical parody. Performers are: Allen Stiles, piano; Cameron Wilson, violin; Charles Inkman, cello

Mar. 28. Paper Moon. The Nat King Cole songbook is performed by Geri Childs (vocals), Art Lawless (piano) and Tom Denison (bass).

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.