Music lovers, get set for another busy season of Music at Queens concerts.
The concert series returns to Queens Avenue United Church starting Saturday, Oct. 20 with a performance by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. The 7:30 p.m. concert, with admission by donation, features 13-year-old violin and piano prodigy Spencer Tsai. He’ll perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E Minor. Conductor Bujar Llapaj will also lead the orchestra in Les Preludes, by Franz Liszt, and The Seasons, by Alexander Glazunov.
The rest of the season includes:
Steve Maddock’s Jazzed Up Broadway: On Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., the popular jazz and musical theatre singer returns to combine his two musical loves. He’ll be with his trio of Sharon Minemoto on piano, Craig Scott on drums and Dave Guiney on bass. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 seniors and students, or $10 for children (kindergarten to Grade 7).
Carols and Bells: On Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., audiences can enjoy the 21st annual edition of this ever-popular concert, which combines English handbell ringing with carol singing. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 seniors and students, or $10 for children (kindergarten to Grade 7).
West Coast Symphony Orchestra: The orchestra returns on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature cello virtuoso Luke Kim, as well as Symphony No. 3 by Arvo Part and Ouroboros by Juno Award-winning composer Jordan Nobles. The orchestra will then offer two more concerts: on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m., featuring Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, and Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., featuring Gustav Holst’s Somerset Rhapsody and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, plus Nancy Di Novo with William Walton’s Violin concerto. All symphony concerts are by donation.
Laudate Singers: On Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m., choral fans are in for a treat as this chamber choir joins forces with organist Edward Norman for a program of Canadian and international works. It will include a new commission by composer-in-residence Marco Del Rio. Tickets are $25 regular, $20 for seniors and students, or $10 for children (kindergarten to Grade 7).
Queens Avenue United Church is at 529 Queens Ave. More information and tickets are available at www.queensavenue.org, or call the church office at 604-522-1606.