ORGANIX CONCERTS is Toronto's award-winning, internationally recognized year over year organ festival series featuring the thrilling sounds of the magnificent pipe organ, "The King of Instruments." Going forward beyond the restrictions of the pandemic, I predict that the presentation of live organ music will return, greater than ever due to pent-up demand for new and faithful enthusiasts to hear this wonderful instrument performed by our greatest musicians. Since the resumption of ORGANIX CONCERTS this past October 20th, 2021 with Aaron James opening the new series at Our Lady of Sorrows, I have seen a steady increase in new enthusiasts enjoying in-person performances. I expect that this coming year will continue this increase in concert attendance, provided the new Omicron variant does not set up back for too long a time.
The 2022 edition of ORGANIX CONCERTS has a thrilling line-up of artists that will perform for us at the Wednesday lunch time Kingsway concert series. While one-hour is posted for these concerts, I expect that many will actually be between 45 minutes and one hour. Performances will be at either All Saints Kingsway or Our Lady of Sorrows. The lunch-time format has proved to be a great way for seasoned and novice organ enthusiasts to experience the very best of a wide variety of musical styles and learn about the diversity that is found in a vast repertoire composed for the instrument. I ask each organist to “think outside of the box” to give us repertoire rarely heard in Toronto. This leads to creative programming and a winning formula for exciting concerts.
The Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin concert scheduled for Wednesday June 29, 2022 has been cancelled due to a neck injury which prevents her from any long distance travel. We will certainly miss this opportunity to experience the magic of one of the world's most exciting organists and improvisors. Perhaps she might be re-scheduled but for now, I regret this concert will not happen. In the mean time, you can still hear excellence almost every week at our lunch time concerts.
See you soon!
Gordon D. Mansell
Executive Producer & Artistic Director
Glionna Mansell Corporation
Dr. B. Ralph Chou