The doors are open for music again this fall at Southminster

Matthew Larkin is the founder of the Caelis Academy Ensemble.

The fall season of Doors Open for Music at Southminster Church includes a mix of the magic of the pipe organ, music of the Baroque, chamber music, jazz and much more.

The series assembled annually by artistic director Roland Graham gets under way Sept. 4 and continues every Wednesday at noon until Dec. 18. Admission is a freewill offering ($10-$20 is recommended). For more please see  

Here’s a look at the lineup.

The German Sonata (Sept. 4) features sonatas for the pipe organ by J. S. Bach (BWV 530), Mendelssohn (Op. 65/2), Rheinberger (Op. 98) and Hindemith (No. 1). Ottawa’s Matthew Larkin will be performing.  

Bédard: Saxophone and organ (Sept. 11): Ludovik Lesage-Hinse, soprano & alto saxophones andJocelyn Lafond, organ perform works by acclaimed organist and composer, Denis Bédard.

Gabriel Palatchi (Sept. 18). The Argentinian pianist plays original solo works which combine Latin Jazz, Tango, and Middle Eastern influences. 

Made in Canada: New Music for Guitar (Sept. 25): Guitarists Michael Ibsen and Nathan Bredeson deliver a program of new music by Canadian composers such as  Patrick Roux, Daniel Mehdizadeh, and Sean Clarke.

The Bow Street Runners (Oct. 2): 

The very busy trumpeter Ed Lister leads this modern jazz quintet in a concert of post-bop and hard-swing. The Runners include: Ed Lister (trumpet and musical director), Samuel Cousineau (alto saxophone), Garrett Warner (guitar), Chris Pond (double bass) and Valery Nehovora (drums).

Foreign Inspirations (Oct. 9): Ottawa’s SHHH!! Ensemble Edana Higham (piano) and Zac Pulak (percussion) presents baroque, classical and romantic music arranged for piano and percussion.  

Inner Dialogues: Music for Viola and Clarinet (Oct. 16):

The Duo Palefsky — Pemi Paull (viola) and Maryse Legault (clarinet) call themselves “a post-modern chamber ensemble.” They will be playing adapted duos by Bartok, Berio, Machaut, Lasso, Josquin and Clarke.

Romantic Piano Masterworks (Oct. 23): Italian pianist Antonio Di Cristofano plays Brahms (Op.118/1-3), Chopin (Op. 61), Rachmaninoff (Op.3/1) and Scriabin (Op. 62).

The Sounds of Jazz at Dusk (Oct. 30): SaxophonistPete Woods and pianist Miguel Angel De Armas play some classics including Blue Moon, The Girl from Ipanema and In a Sentimental Mood. For those who might be wondering Miguel Angel is the son of the well-known Ottawa jazz man Miguel De Armas.

The Cello According to Dall’Abaco (Nov.6): The cellist Elinor Frey is renowned for finding gems of the cello repertoire. This time she’s working with harpsichordist Federica Bianchi on the music of the 18th century composer Giuseppe Clemente Dall’Abaco.

Songs of Sacrifice (Nov. 13): The Ottawa bass-baritone Ryan Hofman joins forces with pianist Johnathan Raine and narrator John Avey for a program that features works by Handel, Finzi and Schumann and readings from Shakespeare and Owen.

My Spanish Heart (Nov. 20): Pianist Katarzyna Musial dances through the music of Spanish composers de Falla, Albeniz, Granados, Turina and Mompou.    

Night on the Town (Nov. 27): A jazz quartet led by Ottawa’s Richard Page and playing his music offers an evening of New Orleans Jazz, calypso, latin and a lot of world music. The four players are Richard Page (woodwinds and compositions), Ed Lister (trumpet), Terence Wright (guitar) and Michel Delage (percussion).

Celebrating Clara Wieck Schumann (Dec. 4): This year is the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth. After getting one party during Chamberfest this summer, DOMS will offer up some more Clara. Ottawa’s Triptych Piano Trio —Thomas Annand (piano), Laura Nerenberg (violin) and Daniel Parker (cello) — play Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio along with some Haydn and Boulanger.  

Peter and the Wolf (Dec. 11): The Nova Scotia native and virtuoso pianist Lucas Porter returns to Southminster to plays Prokofiev’s iconic musical story in the original version for solo piano.  

Magnificat (Dec. 18): This evening pairs Vivaldi’s well-known Magnificat, RV 610 for choir, orchestra and soloists with the Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings in G minor by the 18th century Prussian princess Wilhelmine von Bayreuth, who was considered a gifted composer and patron as well as a key advisor to her brother Frederick the Great. This concert features the Upbeat! Ensemble, the Southminster United Church Choir and Roland Graham (harpsichord and music director).

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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.