Doors Open for Music at Southminster

Wednesday Noon Concert Series


Artistic Director: Roland Graham


Our Wednesday noon concert series, Doors Open for Music at Southminster,  will return September 10 with another wonderful line up of artists from Ottawa and beyond sharing their gifts each week in a celebration of art, music and community.


Elevate and refresh your spirit during these 45-minute mid-week presentations. Freewill offerings are gratefully accepted to support the series.



September 10 – ‘Latin Lunch Time’

Classic and original songs from Cuba and the Americas by Alberto Dominguez, Thelonious Monk, Mongo Santamaria, Roland Graham and Miguel de Armas played by returning DOFMS artist, Miguel de Armas, piano.


September 17 – ‘The Art of the Suite’

Keyboard Suites by J. S. Bach (Partita in B flat major, BWV 825), Johannes Brahms (Klavierstücke, Op. 76), and virtuoso works by Debussy including L’Isle joyeuse and Masques with pianist Jeanne Amièle.


September 24 – ‘Tandem Harps’

A duo performance featuring Juno-nominated harpist Caroline Léonardelli, along with rising star harpist Robin Best from Ottawa. Works include Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Debussy’s En bateau and other classics.


October 1 – ‘Organ Recital’     CONCERT PROGRAM

Southminster’s historic Casavant in action with virtuoso Jennifer Loveless, organist of Ottawa’s Notre Dame Basilica, in a program of French Romantic gems by Faure, Vierne, Dupré, Franck, Langlais and Jongen.


October 8 – ‘Open Arms Solo Jazz’     CONCERT PROGRAM

A concert of original compositions including Open Arms, Chorale, and Double Jointed, and renditions of Thelonious Monk's Pannonica, Brain Wilson's Surf's Up, and the jazz standard I Cover the Waterfront with pianist Steve Boudreau.


October 15 – ‘Violin Sonatas’     CONCERT PROGRAM

Great violin sonatas by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Maurice Dela and Gabriel Fauré, played by virtuoso violinist Brendan Conway and pianist Tomoko Inui.


October 22 – ‘Songs of Travel’

Two extraordinary song cycles for baritone and piano. Gabriel Fauré’s La bonne chanson Op. 61, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, interpreted by baritone Mark Wilkinson and pianist Nick Rodgerson.


October 29 – ‘Tender Mercies’

A jazz duo of saxophone and piano, featuring songs from 19th-century Appalachia, 1940's Hollywood, a few jazz standards, and a little bit of the blues.

Peter Woods, saxophone and Brian Browne, piano.


November 5 – ‘A Morning in Springtime’

More great violin sonatas by Maurice Ravel, Nadia Boulanger and César Franck interpreted by Ottawa’s Christian Vachon, violin and Frédéric Lacroix, piano.


November 12 – ‘Piano Music by Chopin’     CONCERT PROGRAM

Preludes, Études, and Polonaises by the world’s favourite composer of piano music, performed by virtuoso Jeunesses Musicales pianist, Lucas Porter.


November 19 – ‘Schubertiade’     CONCERT PROGRAM

An intimate soirée-themed event featuring songs, and works based on them, by Franz Schubert, including excerpts from Winterreise and Die Schöne Müllerin, with bass-baritone Joel Allison, flautist Eveline Mate and pianist Thomas Annand.


November 26 – ‘Shades of Guitar’     CONCERT PROGRAM

A concert for solo classical guitar featuring masterpieces by Fernando Sor and Alexander Tansman and original works and improvisations by guitarist John Testar.


December 3 – ‘Le beau voyage d'esprit’  CONCERT PROGRAM

Beautiful melodies by Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss and Denis Bédard performed by Montreal soprano Kripa Nageshwar and pianist Chad Heltzel.


December 10 – ‘Piano Recital’  CONCERT PROGRAM

A classic piano recital featuring works by Mozart (Rondo in A minor, KV 511), Claude Debussy (Estampes), Robert Schumann (Arabesque, Op. 18) and Liszt (Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen Variations) with pianist Sara Rezki.


December 17 – ‘Tidings of Light and Joy’  CONCERT PROGRAM

A contemporary take on Christmas, featuring a mix of well-known and original songs for the season by the multi-faceted Elise Letourneau, piano, flute and vocals, and Tim Bedner on guitar.

Above photos: Jennifer Vawer