Westminster Concert Organ Series

The Westminster Concert Organ Series in its 30th season at Westminster Church presents three exciting concerts with the magnificent four-manual Casavant Frères pipe organ and new Trompette en Chamade — superb sight lines, great acoustics, and an intermission for friends and coffee. Click here for your 19/20 season ticket order form.

2:30 pm, Sunday, 27 October 2019

Jean-Willy Kunz is the first organist in residence of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. In addition to playing both with the Orchestra and in recital, he sees to the development and showcasing of the OSM’s Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique at Maison symphonique de Montréal. His most recent performances include concerts with l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra,  les Violons du Roy, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, as well as with the singers Pierre Lapointe, and Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Jean-Willy Kunz is organ professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and artistic director of the Canadian International Organ Competition.

2:30 pm, Sunday, 16 or 23 February 2020

Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in Pennsylvania will be held on June 22nd with ten competitors ages 18 to 30 from four countries vying for the first prize of $40,000 USD. The performers will compete on the four manual 146 rank Aeolian organ in the Ballroom at Longwood Gardens. In addition to the receiving the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize, the winner also receives a contract with the Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. Through this agency, we are delighted to feature the winner as part of the Westminster Concert Organ Series in February, 2020.

DENIS BEDARD, organist and composer
2:30 pm, Sunday, 26 April 2020

Born in Quebec City in 1950, Denis Bedard graduated from the Quebec Conservatory of music with first class honours in organ, harpsichord, chamber music, counterpoint and fugue. He was laureate of the ‘Prix d’Europe’ in 1975 and the CBC Radio Talent Competition in 1978, and, has been the organist and music director at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver since September 2001. He has given concerts throughout Canada and in the United States, France and Brazil, and has recorded frequently for Radio-Canada and the CBC. He has composed over 150 works, which have been performed in more than 25 countries and have been published and recorded on CD.  He himself has recorded three CDs of his organ compositions.