THE TRIBUTE TO GABRIEL KNEY WAS A STUNNING MUSICAL AND CULTURAL EVENT.
(Look for our preview of the 2017-2018 season below.)
The classic St. John the Evangelist church venue in which we honoured the craftsmanship of Gabriel Kney and his fellow organ builders was the site of a remarkable fusion of great music and human endeavour. We all were spellbound by the capability of the Kney organ itself to produce the sounds from scores written years ago by Bach, Mendelssohn, Cabina and Cook when transferred to the keyboard by Michael Bloss and Angus Sinclair. The ambience of the evening was set by the welcome by Reverend Hutchison-Hounsell, and the heartfelt words about the Kney organ by music director Dr. Allan Bevin. Renée Silberman's program notes added to the understanding of the significance of the evening. The standing ovation for Michael Bloss and Angus Sinclair was shared by Gabriel Kney. Those of us in attendance recognized that this was a unique opportunity for Londoners to hear wonderful music and to honour one of our own.

OUR 2016-17 SEASON is BELOW.

LOTS OF EXCITING MUSIC IN APRIL 2017 (See the whole season on the Special News column on the right)

Saturday, April 1 2 p.m. Paul Davenport Theatre, UWO, Western Symphony Orchestra.
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Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8pm Wesley-Knox United Church, Karen Schuessler Singers,
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Saturday, April 8, 2017. Aeolian hall, Clark Bryant, Marilyn Miller, pianos.
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Sunday, 9 April, 2017, 3:30 pm, Metropolitan United Church, WePlayOn musicians, Franklin Brasz, conductor, Barbara Fulton, Alexis Gordon, Marcus Nance, guest soloists
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Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 P.M., Byron United Church, The Plumbing Factory Brass Band.
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Friday, April 21, 8 P.M. Wolf Performance Hall, Jeffrey Concerts, New Orford String Quartet
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Saturday, April 22, Sunday, April 23. Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Alan Demir, Petya Stavreva. pianists.
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Saturday April 22, 2017 7:30 P.M. St. James Westminster Anglican Church, Brass Roots,
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Sunday, April 23, 2 P.M. 2 P.M. Banting SS, Encore, The Concert Band.
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Sunday, April 30, Dundas Street Centre United Church, 3 P.M. London Youth Symphony,
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Please see our SPECIAL NEWS SECTION for details and tell your friends to look at our website for regular updates.


THE 2016-17 SERENATA MUSIC CONCERT SEASON

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8 P.M. 104 Regent St. Scott St. John, violin, James Sommerville, French horn, Peter Longworth, piano. Limited seating.

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8 P.M., Wolf Hall. Joel Quarrington, double bass, Peter Longworth, piano.

Friday, February 17, 2017, 8 P.M.Wolf Hall. Jan Lisiecki, piano.

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8 P.M., St.John the Evangelist Church, 280 St. James St. (at Wellington) A tribute to London Organ Maker Gabriel Kney, with Angus Sinclair and Michael Bloss playing the Kney organ.

Saturday, May 6, 2017, Wolf Hall, 8 P.M. Sara Davis Buechner, piano.

Serenata Music Preview-2017-2018
Saturday, October 21, 2017, David Jalbert, piano.
Saturday, November 11, 2017, The Clarion Quartet.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8 P.M.


All performances at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library, 251 Dundas St. London at 8 P.M., Saturdays, or 3 P.M., Sundays unless otherwise noted.

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Biographies

Don thompson
piano/vibraphone
Don Thompson was born 18 January 1940 Powell River, British Columbia, Canada. He lived in Vancouver from 1960 to 1965 working as a freelance musician primarily on bass. He has appeared with jazz troupes led by some of Vancouver's finest musicians such as Dave Robbins, Chris Gage and Fraser MacPherson, as well as leading his own musical groups. In addition to appearing regularly on CBC radio, he is also on television as a featured artist. In 1965 he joined the now legendary John Handy Quintet and moved to San Francisco for a two year stay. During that time the Handy Quintet performed extensively throughout the United States and recorded two albums for the Columbia label. One of these, John Handy live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, became one of the most popular jazz albums of the 1960s. While in San Francisco Don also worked with Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, Denny Zeitlin and George Duke. He returned to Canada in 1967 and has been a resident of Toronto since 1969. In that year he joined Rob McConnell's BOSS BRASS as a percussionist, switching to bass in 1971 and later to piano (1987–1993). He was also a member of Moe Koffman's group from 1970 to 1979 as pianist or bassist, contributing arrangements and compositions and working as co-producer with Koffman on two albums, Museum Pieces and Looking Up. He also worked extensively with guitarists Ed Bickert, Lenny Breau and Sonny Greenwich while keeping busy with his own various projects. As a member of the "house rhythm section" at Toronto's Bourbon Street Jazz Club he worked (and recorded *) with such Jazz Celebrities as Paul Desmond, Jim Hall, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Harry Edison, Frank Rosolino, Slide Hampton, Lee Konitz and Abbey Lincoln, and appeared at other venues with Sarah Vaughan, Red Rodney, Joe Henderson, Dewey Redman, Red Mitchell, Sheila Jordan and Kenny Wheeler. He became a member of guitarist Jim Hall's trio in 1974 travelling to Europe and Japan as well as touring the United States and Canada. In 1982 he joined pianist George Shearing and stayed for a five year period during which he appeared at virtually every major jazz club and festival in the United States. Their travels also included tours of Great Britain and two trips to Brazil. In 1996 he was artist in residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, England, and performed in a concert of all-Canadian music with fellow Canadians Kenny Wheeler and Hugh Fraser. He teaches regularly at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts along with other major international musicians. Don is currently working as a freelance musician, teacher, member of the band JMOG and as leader of his own quartet. He is equally at home on vibes, piano, bass and drums, and is a reliable and trusted sound engineer with his own home-studio. He was awarded the order of Canada on 25 May 2009.