Happy Hour Sound Bytes – this Friday, Nov. 8 at 5pm

The Magic of the Santur!   with Sadaf Amini 

Once again we are offering five entertaining concerts designed to stimulate your appetite for music as well as relax you for the weekend. As with every year, artists from the Kingston area and guests from farther away share their musical talent and passion in five concerts encompassing: classical, jazz, string and wind music.

This Friday’s concert features Sadaf Amini,  the award winning Iranian born musician and composer, introducing you to the beautiful and rich sounds of the traditional hammered dulcimer-like instrument from Iran with roots as far back as 1600 BC in Mesopotamia. 

The concert is at 5 pm at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street. Admission is $15 at the door but only $5 for Queen’s students!

We hope to see you there!

Symphony of Tastes

The Volunteer Committee of the Kingston Symphony Association invites you to participate in our new fund-raising evening A Symphony of Tastes taking place on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 6pm at the Grand Theatre. 

The evening promises delightful tastes of local food, scotch, wine, and craft beer while being serenaded by members of the Kingston Symphony. In addition, we have a wonderful silent auction with a number of exciting experiences for sale. 

Chris, Bill and I will be part of the entertainment – come support the symphony while indulging in fine food and drink and, of course, music!

Full details here: https://www.kingstonsymphony.ca/concerts-events/calendar/symphony-of-tastes/

Happy Hour Sound Bytes – this Friday, Oct 4 at 5pm

It’s Time to Swing!  Come and join us this Friday for the first concert in our 2019-2020 Season. 

Once again we are offering five entertaining concerts designed to stimulate your appetite for music as well as relax you for the weekend. As with every year, artists from the Kingston area and guests from farther away share their musical talent and passion in five concerts encompassing: classical, jazz, string and wind music.

This Friday’s concert features the Swingmasters playing all your favourite tunes from the Golden Age of Swing. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged!

The concert is at 5 pm at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street. Admission is $15 at the door but only $5 for Queen’s students!

We hope to see you there!

Subscription pickup event!

The 2019-2020 Season is just around the corner and we are pretty much settled into our lovely new (to us) house on Highway 2 … 

For those who would like to subscribe to the season and are curious to get a peek at the new place you can drop in at 1204 Highway 2 east between 2 and 4 pm on Saturday September 21st, enjoy a glass of wine and pick up your key tags!

Of course, for those who can’t make that date/time, subscriptions are available at the door at our first concert, October 4th at 5 pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street.

Looking forward to seeing you all this fall!

Katie & Chris

Happy Hour Sound Bytes 2019-2020

Welcome to the 2019/20 Series! Once again we are offering five entertaining concerts designed to stimulate your appetite for music as well as relax you for the weekend. As with every year, artists from the Kingston area and guests from farther away share their musical talent and passion in five concerts encompassing: classical, jazz, string and wind music.

From October to May, you can experience the joy of live performance of various genres – for the same incredible price as last year! $50.00 for all 5 concerts

October 4, 2019 Time to Swing! 
The Swingmasters kick off the series with all your favourite tunes from the Golden Age of Swing. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged!

November 8, 2019The Magic of the Santur 
Do you know what a Santur is? Come and hear the award winning Iranian born musician and composer, Sadaf Amini introduce you to the beautiful and rich sounds of the traditional hammered dulcimer-like instrument from Iran with roots as far back as 1600 BC in Mesopotamia.

December 6, 2019Salute to Canadiana
Come and join Chris Alfano and Katie Legere as they celebrate the beautiful bassoon and clarinet music of Canadian composers (and bassoonists!) Bill Douglas and Mathieu Lussier.

Back by popular demand we again break for winter so that those of you who escape the cold can still enjoy our series in the spring!

March 6, 2020 – Motley Crow!
Bask in the rich sounds that could only come from four professional bassoonists. This new Ottawa-based bassoon quartet features Katie Legere, Ben Glossop, Orlando Corabian and Elliot MacDonald playing everything from Bach to the Beatles!

April 3, 2020The year is 1720  
Come and experience wind music of the baroque era played on period instruments with harpsichord. Trio Sonatas with Katie Legere (baroque bassoon) and Bill Egnatoff (baroque flute) and some lush alto sax with Chris Alfano.

Series information

All concerts will be at 5:00 pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street

Your $50 subscription gets you entry into all 5 concerts

Single concert admission is $15 at the door. Children shorter than a bassoon are admitted free!

Reserve your key tag today – email Chris at alfano@cogeco.ca or Katie at legerek@queensu.ca

All moved in! Back to teaching & planning HHSB 2019.2020!

Hi all – we have had a crazy summer with moving and all but are now settled in at our new house and starting to plan the Happy Hour Sound Bytes Series – it looks like the first concert will be October 4th with the Swingmasters, Chris’ 7 piece swing band!

We will post the whole series as soon as everyone is confirmed. Stay tuned for some great music!


We are also back into teaching mode and have a great new studio space. if you know anyone who wants clarinet, flute, sax, bassoon or beginning piano lessons feel free to pass our contact information along. 

Chris can be contacted at 613-583-5389 or alfano@cogeco.ca and I (Katie) am at 613-217-5099 or by emailing legerek@queensu.ca

Goodbye Paris – this week at the Isabel

This week Chris is playing clarinet, bass clarinet and alto sax in the Dan School production of Goodbye Paris.

Performed by students from the Music Theatre Internship course at the Dan School of Drama and Music, Goodbye Paris is a brand-new musical written by veteran creators Paul Ledoux and John Roby, and directed by Eda Holmes with musical direction by Darrell Bryan. The play focuses on The Lost Generation and characters “lost in the shadows” of the iconic figures of Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds. Our characters are young, ambitious and entangled in a complex web of conflicts driven by the corrosive power of fame and confused sexual identities. They live in a narcissistic community feeding off of each other’s lives to create their art. Everyone is on the make. Everyone is falling in love with the wrong person. It’s a laugh riot until a long simmering conflict between Hemingway and his former lover Robert McAlmon knocks their world sideways. And the comedy gets a little darker…

Tickets are available here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/goodbye-paris-tickets-59326753918