Show­ing off its or­gan

na­tiv­ity Co-Cathe­dral cre­ates se­ries of per­for­mances around its Casa­vant

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there’ll be nu­mer­ous up­com­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy clas­si­cal or­gan mu­sic in a beau­ti­ful set­ting in Corn­wall.

na­tivite recitals at na­tivite Co-Cathe­dral will have its first show of 2019 on Jan. 20, with a per­for­mance by alexan­der Straus-Fausto.

Straus-Fausto, still a teenager and who was born in Kitch­ener in 2000, dis­cov­ered the or­gan at age eight, and be­gan tak­ing lessons a few years later.

the grad­u­ate of In­ter­lochen arts academy in Michi­gan and re­cip­i­ent of the Gon­za­les Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship is known for his cre­ative and innovative con­cert pro­grams.

Straus-Fausto is cur­rently at McGill uni­ver­sity in Mon­treal, where he stud­ies the or­gan with Christian lane, and the harp­si­chord with hank Knox.

his per­for­mance will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. ad­mis­sion is free with a sug­gested do­na­tion of $10.

or­ga­niz­ers call the per­for­mances at na­tivite Co-Cathe­dral “clas­si­cal or­gan mu­sic in a di­vine and con­tem­pla­tive set­ting,” and there will be sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to take in shows early in 2019.

“we are get­ting re­ally tal­ented peo­ple who give us very good con­certs,” said Michele Chau­vin-Bour­don, who along with her hus­band Jules Bour­don are two mem­bers of the church’s recitals com­mit­tee.

the plan is to have a con­cert each month; the first one was back in oc­to­ber.

a star at­trac­tion? the amaz­ing and his­toric Casa­vant or­gan, with 3,200 pipes.

“It’s the best or­gan in the re­gion,” Chau­vin-Bour­don said.

and to have great per­form­ers in the bal­cony, well, that’s di­vine.

“(the au­di­ence) can­not see the (per­former, who’s) in the bal­cony,” Chau­vin-Bour­don said. “It’s beau­ti­ful, clas­si­cal mu­sic that we’re hear­ing, and we don’t of­ten get an op­por­tu­nity to hear it live.”

on Sun­day, Feb. 17, raphael ashby will per­form. he was born in east an­gus in Que­bec’s eastern town­ships, and be­gan study­ing the or­gan at the Sher­brooke Cegep, and now at McGill uni­ver­sity.

the March show has yu­lia draginda in Corn­wall. the doc­toral student at McGill, who will per­form on March 17, is a grad­u­ate of the Moscow tchaikowsky Con­ser­va­tory in russia, and she’s an in­ter­na­tional con­cert, or­gan­ist, pi­anist and cham­ber mu­sic part­ner.

and on april 14, laura akmene will per­form. She was born in latvia and stud­ied there as well as in Bul­garia and Spain. akmene has re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree in or­gan per­for­mance at McGill uni­ver­sity.

na­tivite Co-Cathe­dral is lo­cated at 220 Mon­treal rd.


The Casa­vant or­gan and bal­cony, at the Na­tivite Co-Cathe­dral in Corn­wall.


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