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Montreal Organ Festival: July 1-7, 2017

For over 3 years, we have been working with collaborators from the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), and the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) planning our 2017 Regional Convention: The Montreal Organ FestivalJuly 2-6, with pre- and post-convention activities on July 1st and 7th. 
All are welcome to join us for this exciting week of music and camaraderie.

Here are a few of the reasons why you should stop whatever you are doing, and register, right now!

? Download our free mobile app Montreal Organ Festival for iPhone and Android to learn more about performers, venues, concerts, restaurants, etc. 
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The Montreal Sheraton is conveniently located, and venues are easily accessible on foot or by public transportation (subway/bus pass included with registration).  The favorable exchange rate means that Americans save over 25% of the listed CAD prices. The hotel block is currently 95% sold, and the deadline to book a room is May 31, 2017. We are making arrangements for an additional block of rooms to handle increased demand.  
Montreal is a bilingual, multicultural city, and all program and convention information will be available in English, you don’t need to speak French to enjoy this convention.  You will, however, need your passport!
It would be impossible to choose an artist or event as the most exciting aspect of the week. There will be excitement every single day – something for everyone: Cherry Rhodes, Nathan Laube, Olivier Latry, Roomful of Teeth, Kings College (London), Katelyn Emerson, Christian Lane, Renée Louprette, Jean-Baptiste Robin, Rachel Laurin, the list goes on and on!

It has been 25 years since the AGO, RCCO and RCO (England) joined forces for a convention in Montreal.  This convention, first a dream of former Councilor Lary Grossman and Valerie Hall, then President of RCCO, has been many years in the making.  Please join us in supporting our colleagues working to bring you this stellar regional convention. 
Registration for the convention and hotel is through this link: http://www.montrealorganfestival.org/registration.html

You will most certainly want to purchase a ticket for the 4th of July Cocktail which will be held on top of Montreal's iconic Place Ville-Marie, with stunning views of the city and the St. Lawrence River. Your ticket includes gourmet canapés, an open bar, and admission to the interactive galleries and exhibition hall. 

It is also recommended that you purchase the lunch option for July 4th, as the venues that day have limited dining options nearby.

If you have already registered and wish to add these options to your registration, you can modify your selections online, or email us at info@montrealorganfestival.org 

Whether or not you are able to join us in Montreal, we hope you will also consider supporting the Festival through a donation or sponsorship. We have a wide variety of giving possibilities available to fit any budget:
Donor Categories 
Sponsorship Opportunities
In addition to individual gifts, please consider encouraging your Chapter or your church to make a donation, or sponsor a student!
There is still room for a few ads in the program book, and a few exhibitors in the exhibition hall, so we have extended the deadline to book and submit ads until May 21, 2017.

See you in Montreal!
Best Regards,
The Montreal Organ Festival Steering Committee:
James Bailey, Peter Binsse, Scott Bradford, Neil Cockburn, Cheryl Duerr, Adrian Foster, Frederick Francis, Chris Grocholski, E Lary Grossman, Jean-Willy Kunz, Christian Lane, Thomas Leslie, Dion Lewis, Mark McDonald, Vivienne McKay, Esther Nui, Leslie Smith, Sara Taddio, Steven Young


Thomas Leslie

President, Montreal Organ Festival

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Community Arts Program (CAP)

Summer Concert Series marks its 32nd Season,

at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ,

with a Spectacular Summer Concert Series Line-up.



MIAMI, FL - This summer, June 8 through August 17, in a quiet Miami neighborhood within the historic Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ’s intimate, Spanish-revival style setting, concertgoers will have the unique opportunity to be awed and entertained by some of the music industry’s most talented and revered classical and jazz figures. These artists will perform and delight audiences at the Community Arts Program (CAP) 2017 Summer Concert Series!

The Community Arts Program Summer Concert Series has entertained more than 64,000 people since it began in 1985. The Series has grown into a time-honored tradition and, more recently, part of a Community Arts Program that provides music education to children in its Conservatory for the Arts. “The Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series is a rare opportunity to hear world-renowned artists in the intimate and beautiful Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ,” says Shelton G. Berg, University of Miami Dean of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. “The CAP Conservatory for the Arts provides high-quality music education to children, many of whom would otherwise be denied access to the wonder of music and the beauty of the artistic spirit.”  

We are very excited to again present a diverse and world-class line up of artists,” says Mark Hart, Executive & Artistic Director of the Community Arts Program. “It’s an honor to welcome concertgoers locally, from across the state, and as far away as Europe; and rewarding to see the growth of our music education program for kids! In all, we’ve come to provide exceptional cultural- and educationally-enriching experiences for more than 3,000 children and adults each year!”

Community Arts Program (CAP) 2017 Summer Concert Series Line-Up


Critically acclaimed singer and pianist Tony DeSare has played jazz clubs, Las Vegas, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and appeared on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, and the Today Show, to name a few. With three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt, Tony continues to bring his fresh take to old-school class. This is a sensational holiday concert not to miss: an enchanting evening of American jazz standards and classics.


New Orleans’ Grammy Award-winning musician and actor Chris Thomas King is one of the world’s most influential artists, and has changed the way we think about blues. He is also known for his role as itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson in the George Clooney film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Chris has sold more than 10 million records in this country, and is the leading blues guitarist of his generation. With guitar in hand, Chris Thomas King creates a passage from the folk blues revival of the ’60s and reinvigorates the blues as a living African-American art. This is to be an unforgettable evening!


If one hasn’t yet heard Tony Monaco play the hottest B-3 around, they are in for a treat! In 2000, Joey DeFrancesco produced Tony’s debut recording, Burnin’ Grooves, and an international success was born, secured by eight more releases and tours around the globe. In a rousing evening with guitarist Tim Jago and drummer David Chiverton, Tony’s Hammond B-3 virtuosity on jazz standards absolutely promises to raise the roof… and raise concertgoers out of their seats! 


The CAP 2017 Summer Concert Series concludes with one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre: the Grammy Award-winning LAGQ. Comprised of four uniquely gifted and accomplished musicians, the LAGQ consistently plays to sold-out houses around the world. They break new ground with their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions, from concert masterworks to contemporary and world-music realms. In a program that spans Latin, African, Far East, Irish, folk, European and American classics, concertgoers will be transported around the globe in a breathtaking concert experience!  

Summer Concert Series Ticket Prices & Order Information

Early Ordering Recommended; Concerts Sell Out Quickly!

General Admission Ticket:  $35 advance, $40 at the door (based on availability). 

Individual Patron Ticket: $50 advance; $55 at the door (based on availability). Individual Patron ticket includes reserved, general seating within rows 1 through 9 and pre-concert receptions: a wine and non-alcohol beverage bar and light hors d’oeuvres.

Patron Series: $270 (All SIX Concerts) Patron Series includes reserved, general seating within rows 1 through 9 and pre-concert receptions: a wine and non-alcohol beverage bar and light hors d’oeuvres.

Patron Mini-Series: $190 (Your choice of FOUR concerts) Choose four concerts. Patron Mini-Series includes reserved, general seating within rows 1 through 9 and pre-concert receptions: a wine and non-alcohol beverage bar and light hors d’oeuvres.

Order Information

Order tickets by calling (305) 448-7421, ext. 153. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. For instant processing and confirmation anytime: order tickets quickly, safely, and conveniently on line at www.CommunityArtsProgram.org. All concerts are Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Free and convenient parking is available. 

One can also inquire about Young Musicians’ Summer Master Classes, to be given by the following artists on the Friday morning (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) following their concert: Amit Peled, Chris Thomas King, Tony Monaco, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ).  


Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 3010 De Soto Boulevard (directly across from the Biltmore Hotel and five miles from Miami International Airport) in Coral Gables.   


Summer@Eastman invites you to join us for two choral conducting workshops in July, led by Eastman's Director of Choral Activities William Weinert:

"Choral Artistry: Conducting, Vocal Pedagogy, Musicianship," July 10-14, 2017; http://summer.esm.rochester.edu/course/choral-artistry-conducting-vocal-pedagogy-musicianship/

"Advanced Choral Conducting: Mendelssohn's Elijah and Howells' Requiem," July 17-21, 2017 (special guest faculty: Craig Hella Johnson); http://summer.esm.rochester.edu/course/advanced-choral-conducting-mendelssohns-elijah-and-howells-requiem/


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