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

Happy Hour Sound Bytes this Friday, May 10 at 5pm features Katie Legere, Chris Alfano, William Egnatoff and Valery Lloyd-Watts

Happy Hour Sound Bytes returns this Friday, May 10 at 5pm for our final concert of the 2018-2019 Season!

Our program is entitled ‘A Box of Chocolates’ and includes Chris Alfano on sax and clarinet, Katie Legere on bassoon, William Egnatoff on flute and our special guest Valery Lloyd-Watts on piano.

The program title embraces the new inclusion of Jame’s Grant’s “Chocolates” in which Katie and Valery will perform Valentine and Chris and Valery will preform Triple Mocha Indulgence.

The program will also feature Valery performing and talking about a couple of her favourite works for piano and joining Chris (on alto sax) and Bill Egnatoff playing the very beautiful Epitaph For Jean Harlow by Charles Koechlin.

Concert is at 5pm 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!

more Jazz @ Montes

Chris is joined by Greg Runions (vibes) and Paul Clifford (bass) to play some of the great standards for clarinet and vibes this Friday night, April 26th from 7-10pm at Montes  in the Prince George Hotel, downtown Kingston

Hope to see you there!

Something Old, Something New: a concert to benefit the extensive restoration of the 114-year-old Cathedral Organ

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston, will host Something Old, Something New: a concert to benefit the extensive restoration of the 114-year-old Cathedral Organ on Sunday, May 26, at 2:30pm.

Integral to the cathedral’s grand acoustics and architecture, the organ has been “the voice of the St. Mary’s Cathedral” since its construction and installation in 1905. It is a centrepiece of the musical heritage of Kingston and the surrounding region.

Music for organ, piano, solo voice and choir will be performed under the direction of Jeffrey Moellman, who will be joined by Cantors of the Cathedral, Sammy Johnston on clarinet, and members of the Moellman Family playing violin.

As well, the new community children’s choir, the Cathedral Youth Singers, will make their formal concert debut, accompanied by Kingston pianist Clare Miller.


Admission is by donation. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $25 or more.

Refreshments will follow this varied and exciting performance.
St. Mary’s Cathedral is located at 279 Johnson Street (at Clergy) in downtown Kingston.


Inquiries for graphic media or interview should be directed to Jeffrey Moellman, Director of Music and Organist, St. Mary’s Cathedral. Please call 613-546-5521 ext. 7; or email musicmoell@gmail.com.

Please visit the following websites for further information about the organ: www.stmaryscathedral.ca/tour/ http://www.musiqueorguequebec.ca/orgues/canada/kingstonsm.html

Triola Trio – Happy Hour Sound Bytes this Friday, April 12th

Happy Hour Sound Bytes returns this Friday, April 12th at 5pm with Triola Trio. ’Elegance and exquisite performance personified in this unique combination of strings

Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak, Melinda Collins and Eileen Beaudette have been a musical presence in Kingston for over four decades. Individual performing credits include CBC broadcasts as well as commercial recordings, solo and chamber concerts throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Celebrating the spirit of friendship and years of music-making, they blend the sweet sounds of chamber music to create a magical performance. From toe-tapping fiddle tunes to sizzling tangos, popular classics to hot jazz, Triola delights in presenting eclectic programs for audiences of all ages.

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