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Organ Spectacular - Convocation Hall Organ Dedication Concert

Convocation Hall :: October 19, 2008, 2:00 pm

Todd Wilson’s flawless technique and peerless interpretive maturity rendered a performance of the highest caliber. It would be hard to imagine better playing.”

The University of Toronto
The Toronto Centre of
The Royal Canadian College of Organists


Organ Spectacular
Convocation Hall Organ Dedication Concert

October 19

Convocation Hall

Map to Convocation Hall


$15 adults
$10 students, seniors, & RCCO members
general admission


Refurbished UofT Organ to Receive World Class Recital

The University of Toronto and Royal Canadian College of Organists invite renowned soloist Todd Wilson to help celebrate several premiere events

The University of Toronto and the Toronto Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) are extremely pleased to present critically-acclaimed recitalist, soloist, recording artist and educator Todd Wilson to help celebrate a number of important premieres ranging from local to international in scale.

On October 19th at 2pm, Mr. Wilson will perform a solo recital to dedicate the refurbishment of the Convocation Hall Organ, which was completed thanks to the generosity of former Governing Council Chair and BMO Executive Rose Patten. One of the University of Toronto's most recognizable landmarks, Convocation Hall occupies a prominent place in the life of Canada’s leading university. This iconic building, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007, has become a vital centre, providing a platform to recognize the achievements of the University’s graduates, and a venue for high profile lectures, concerts and cultural events. For this particular concert, Mr. Wilson has hand picked a diverse selection of music works from the 17th to 21st century – from J.S. Bach to American composer David Conte - designed to demonstrate the refurbished organ’s broad range of colours.

The recital will also mark a number of important events in the international organ community. Locally, It is the inaugural concert of the RCCO Toronto Centre’s new concert series. Internationally, it falls within the International Year of the Organ – a designation set by the American Guild of Organists for the 2008-09 season as a time to exhibit pride and excellence in organ performance and education. More specifically, Mr. Wilson’s recital joins over 200 other events in 10 countries across four continents during Organ Spectacular, an international day of celebration and a focal point of the International Year of the Organ.


Professor of Organ at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Todd Wilson is an award-winning and critically acclaimed organ recitalist, soloist, recording artist and educator with excellent credentials, an international roster of concerts, and a strong history of dedicating new organs in concert. For more detailed information about organist Todd Wilson, please view the attached biography.


The RCCO is a member-based organization dedicated to promoting a high standard of organ playing, choral directing, church music and composition. It seeks to achieve its mandate by holding examinations in organ playing, choir directing, theory and general knowledge of music and granting diplomas to members of the College who pass such examinations. For more information about the RCCO, its 32 centres across Canada and its roster of activities, please visit


Cortège et Litanie, Op. 19, no. 2
Marcel Dupré
arr. Farnam

Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582
Johann Sebastian Bach

David Conte
(b. 1955)

Symphonie V
Charles-Marie Widor
I. Allegro vivace (Variations)


Two Preludes on Early American Hymn Tunes
George Shearing
There is a Happy Land
(b. 1919)
I Love Thee, My Lord

Sonata on the 94th Psalm
Julius Reubke
Introduction – Grave
Larghetto – Allegro con fuoco
Allegro – Allegro assai

Arts & Culture, UofT

Royal Canadian College of Organists, Toronto Centre

photo credit: Courtesy of Indiana University


Organ Spectacular - Convocation Hall Organ Dedication Concert

Convocation Hall
Sun Oct 19 2008, 2:00pm

Ticket Sales Begin:
Thu Sep 04 2008, 11:00am

Ticket Prices:
adult - $15.00
student - $10.00
senior - $10.00
RCCO member - $10.00

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