Music at Trinity presents Jean-Willy Kunz and tenor Thomas Leslie

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Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. at Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church

The Music at Trinity series continues Jan 26 with Jean-Willy Kunz and tenor Thomas Leslie.

The Music at Trinity series continues Jan 26 with Jean-Willy Kunz and tenor Thomas Leslie.

AMHERST – Come celebrate the heritage of Robbie Burns in what is shaping up to be an exciting afternoon on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst. 

Music at Trinity is presenting organist Jean-Willy Kunz and tenor Thomas Leslie in an afternoon of songs and organ classics in tribute of the great Scottish bard.

Kunz was trained in France in classical organ but at the conclusion of his classical studies he expanded his activities and studied jazz piano with Mario Stantchev at the Conservatoire de Lyon and founded a saxophone-organ duo with Frederic Lagoutte. 

He returned to classical studies, in organ and harpsichord, with Mireille Lagace at the Conservatoire de Montreal, and in 2011 completed his doctorate in organ performance with John Grew at McGill University.

In November 2013, The Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) announced that Kunz has been appointed as the orchestra's Organist-in-Residence. His appointment marks an important step towards the inauguration of the Grand Orgue in the new Maison Symphonique de Montreal on May 28, 2014. 

The massive state-of-the-art pipe organ is being built by Casavant-Freres, the same company that rebuilt the instrument in 1995 at Trinity-St. Stephen's.

Thomas Leslie is a classically-trained signer who appears frequently in operatic/oratorio works and in solo recitals. He has performed regularly throughout Eastern Canada and the United States.

Currently he is also the executive director of the Canadian International Organ Competition. Leslie has an interesting and varied background. He joined the CIOC from the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, where he earned awards as an administrator who worked on behalf of students and faculty to enhance and modernize administrative policies and procedures. 

Tickets are available through Music at Trinity committee members, members of Trinity-St. Stephen’s Church Choir and from the church office.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.

For more information, contact the church office at 667-8483.

 

 

 

 

Organizations: United Church, McGill University, Montreal Symphony Orchestra OSM Trinity committee Church Choir

Geographic location: AMHERST, France, Eastern Canada United States

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