Previous Concerts

"A sociaty that ceases to value art, is dying."

Classical Context Rashaan Allwood Andrew James Clark

For the birds: Rashaan ALLOWED oct -2017

As a special celebration of Canada 150, Classical Context invites you to join pianist, organist, and harpsichordist Rashaan Allwood for an interactive, multimedia performance of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux (1er Livre) and Petites Esquisses d’Oiseaux. The evening includes an in-concert lecture alongside projections of photos, video and the newly commissioned artwork by Canadian illustrator Avery Kua. Join us in Toronto for an intimate close quarters event at the CMC - Oct 27th, or celebrate with us at Heron Park Baptist Church on the 28th. Shows are identical.

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M2: Accordion and Percussion - may 2017

A concert like no other, Classical Context presents an innovative night of new music in the hands of accordionist Michael Bridge and percussionist Michael Murphy. The unlikely percussion / accordion duo will spend their evening guiding listeners through a musical labyrinth of tone-colour, rhythm, and sound. Featured composers include Xenakis, Bach and Piazzolla, alongside emerging composer works. Entrance as always is “pay what you can”.

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Songs of the isolates - february 2017

Classical Context presents a night of art song performed by recent and current music students from the University of Toronto. From Ives hymn tunes to early Schoenberg and Debussy, Jessica Goldberg and Clarisse Annette will breathe life into carefully selected songs from the turn of the 19th century, including a special portion of the programme dedicated to art songs of Canadian Women Composers. Admission as always is “pay what you can”.

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Ghosty Piano Trios - November 2016

Classical Context presents a night of ghostly piano trios featuring performances and lectures by students from the University of Toronto. Programme includes César Franck’s first piano trio, Canadian composer Andrew James Clark’s newly composed piano trio “Ember”, and Beethoven’s popular Piano Trio No.5, “Ghost”. Donations will be given directly to performers.  Admission as always is “Pay What You Can”.



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THe String Nonet - May 2016

Heron Park Baptist Church welcomes visiting students from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music presenting works inspired by the happenings of the 20th century, including two Canadian works. Under the guidance of composer Andrew James Clark, musicians from throughout UofT’s performance program have joined together to prepare the late Aaron Copland’s rarely performed Nonet for Strings. Andrew James Clark will also conduct his recently composed String Nonet and various solo piano works while lecturing on the diversity of music of the previous century. 

Emily D'Angelo and Rashaan Allwood

A woman's Love and Life - February 2016

    Join us for a special evening of music with Emily D’Angelo, Rashaan Allwood, and Andrew Clark on Saturday, February 20 – 7pm at HPBC. "A Woman’s Love and Life: a concert of art songs" featuring Robert Schumann, includes works by Clara Schumann, Gustav Mahler, Erich Korngold, Herbert Huges, Samuel Barber, and Ernest Charles. Plus lectures and teachings from the performers.

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      There is Only one Beethoven - May 2015

      Join us on May 30th as Heron Park Baptist Church presents its fifth and final piano fundraising concert, an evening of classical music presented by performance students from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. All proceeds donated towards the concert will be used to purchase a new piano for the church. For the final concert, Andrew Clark, Rashaan Allwood and Evan Lamberton have chosen to make Beethoven’s music the centre of attention. Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major Op.2, Piano Sonata, No. 28 in A Major Op.101, Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major Op.102, Clark - Cello Sonata No. 1


      Piano Fundraisng Concerts - (2012 - 2015)

      The original piano fundraising concerts led by Andrew James Clark with help from Rashaan Allwood, Nathalee Ewers, Jeffrey Grannum, and Joycelyn Reid. The congregation of Heron Park came together over a three year period and raised funds to replace its apartment piano with the Yamaha C3 we use today. Classical Context is the result of this effort. (Original Concerts: Forward Thinking, Sounds of the Heart, Invisible Men, Piano Fundraising Concert)