City celebrations and summer concerts at Chalmers-Wesley Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Chalmers-Wesley United Church on Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec City. 

Chalmers-Wesley United Church, will be celebrating the Fête de la Ville de Québec on Sunday, July 3, with a special program to which all are welcome. From 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., organist Jean Côté will give a free concert. A Cream Tea, with scones, jams, cream and lots of tea, will be served in the lower hall from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., for $10.  

At 3:00 p.m. there will be a free performance of They Came From Away, a one-man show in English by Trevor Mckinven, who tells the story of a reunion of the “plane people” whose flights were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City. Voluntary donations to help offset expenses will be most welcome. 

Beginning on July 6, Chalmers-Wesley is proud to present their second annual Musical Wednesdays, a series of nine noon-hour concerts during July and August 2016. Feel free to bring your lunch with you (no crunchy potato chips, please), and join us from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. for the following concerts:

• July 6 with American bass-baritone Douglas Renfroe accompanied by pianist Nataliya Labiau. 

• July 13, well-known québécois flutists Jean-Sébastien Bernier & Natalie Croff will delight the audience. 

• July 20, Pipe Major Alan Stairs and Don Nelson will perform and explain the history of the pipes and drums of the 78th Fraser Highlanders. 

• July 27, Chalmers-Wesley’s organist Gordon Brown will give a concert on organ and piano.  

• August 3, Quebec organist Jean Côté will present a concert of classical organ music.

• August 10, enjoy typical québécois music with the Band’Accordéons de Québec (bandaccordeonsquebec.blogspot.ca). 

• August 17, St. Brendan’s Trio, a chamber music ensemble with Celtic influences featuring Eline Brock (violin), France Dupuis (cello) and Lawrence O’Hearn (Baroque oboe)  www.stbrendanstrio.com/,  

• August 24, instead of noon, this concert is at 7:30 p.m.  American concert pianist Mark Damisch (markdamisch.com/ ) will make a stop at Chalmers-Wesley during his North American tour. 

For our final concert on August 31, Chalmers-Wesley’s former organist, Jacquelin Rochette, now artistic director of Casavant Frères, will bring our Musical Wednesdays to a close in classical fashion.

All concerts are free, but voluntary donations of $10 or more are welcome to offset expenses and help us continue this musical outreach to the community. Chalmers-Wesley is located at 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec. Visit our website at www.chalmerswesley.org