Summer Organ Concert Series starts this Sunday at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

Picture_8.pngOn Sunday, June 28, at 6:00pm the first of the series of Summer Organ Concerts will take place at Chalmers-Wesley United Church. This is the 20th summer that this series has taken place, organized by Chalmers' Music Director, Alain LeBlond.


This Sunday's concert features organist Suzannes Ozorak from Montreal. She will be accompanied by trumpeter Angelica Tombs for the Mozart Concerto No 1.

There is no charge to attend the concert, but we do accept a freewill offering which will benefit the Organ Restoration Fund. There is also a door-prize draw at the end of the concert with a coupon for a meal at a local restaurant being given to two lucky winners.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Québec Minsitry of Culture's Religious Heritage Foundation we were able to undertake a final phase of the organ's restoration between January and March of this year. Chalmers-Wesley's organ was built in 1890 by the Warren Company and was enlarged in 1912 by Casavant Frères. A major restoration in two phases took place from 1981 to 1985, the work being done by the Guibault-Thérrien Organ Company.


Inside the organ, at the bottom of each pipe – there are over 2,000 pipes hidden behind that beautiful façade of large pipes which can be seen above the choir loft –there is a paper-thin sheet of leather which closes the pipe, preventing air from being blown through it. When the organist pulls certain “stops” on the organ console, this allows a particular section of the pipes to sound by controlling the leathers at the bottom of that section. There are four divisions of pipes within the organ known as Great, Swell, Choir, and Pedal. When a key or pedal is pressed, the leather on a specific pipe and section of the organ will open to allow air, forced by the blower, to sound that pipe.


The normal life span of these thin pieces of leather is usually about 50 years. During the restoration work of 1985 only the leathers on the Great section of the organ were replaced. As you can see, the rest of the leathers were well beyond their “best before” date! This recent work on the organ had no effect on the tonality of the organ which is presently considered to be one of the best in the city.


The unique aspect of attending an organ concert at Chalmers-Wesley is that the organ console is located front and centre and during the concert a panel, which normally hides the organist from the view of the congregation during worship services, is removed so you can observe the organist as he or she plays.


For complete details on this summer's concert series, please visit our church's web site at


Summer Concert Series 2009


Programme 2009 (.pdf)

Poster Series 2009 (.jpeg)

2009-06-28  6pm Organ concert, Suzannes Ozorak, Montréal

Jacques Nicolas Lemmens (1823-1881)

Adagio, Opus 2
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Concerto No 1 en Ré, K 412
W.A.Mozart (1756-1791)
Angelica Tombs, Cor

Fantaisie sur la flûte enchantée     
Louis Lefebure-Wely (1817-1869)

Sept variations sur la dernière rose de l'été
Dudley Buck (1839-1909)

Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

2009-07-05  6pm Organ concert, Jean Coté, Québec

Andante varié en Ré majeur,
F. Mendelssohn ( 1809-47 )
Prélude et fugue en sol majeur, op. 37, no 2,
F. Mendelssohn
Partite diverse sopra O Gott du fromer Gott, BWV 767,
J. S. Bach
Choral Aus tiefer not en fa mineur,
F. Mendelssohn
4ième sonate en si bémol majeur, op. 65,
F. Mendelssohn

2009-07-12  6pm Organ concert, Marie-Hélène Greffard, Québec

Bach, Brahms, Vierne, Dupré, Duruflé, Langlais

2009-07-19  6pm Organ concert, Robert Gosselin, Québec

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Jean-Sébastien Bach (1685-1750)
Michael Burkhardt (1957-)
Joseph Gabriel von Rheinberger (1839-1901)

2009-07-26  6pm Organ concert, Kurt Ludwig Forg, Allemagne

Marius Monnikendam     (1896-1977)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Tibor Pikéthy (1884-1972)
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)   
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Joe Utterback (1944)
Rafael Ferreyra (1955))
Wolfgang Bottenberg (1930)
Heino Schubert (1928)

2009-08-02  6pm Organ concert, Jean-Pierre Tailleur, Québec

Carole Cyr, soprano

Peter Cornet, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Sébastien Bach,
César Franck, Théodore Dubois, Jean-Baptiste Faure,
Francis Poulenc, Jean Alain, Alain LeBlond

2009-08-09  6pm Organ concert, Aubert Lavoie, Québec

Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703)
Hymne « Ave Maris Stella »
Plein Jeu    
Fugue à 4     
Dialogue sur les Grands Jeux

J. S. Bach (1685-1750)                          
Toccata, Adagio et Fugue en Do   BWV 564                                               
Choral « Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr»  BWV 662

Thierry Escaich (1965- )
Évocation I

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Symphonie no. 3, op. 28
4e mouvement, Adagio
5e mouvement, Final

2009-08-16  6pm Organ concert, Dominique Joubert, France


2009-08-23  6pm Organ concert, Maxine Thevenot, ...

Ruth Watson Henderson
Louis Vierne
Marcel Dupre
Nikolaus Bruhns
Denis Bedard

2009-08-30  6pm Organ concert, Benjamin Waterhouse, Québec

Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Complete organ works