Black History:  Songs & Stories

What an incredible night!…. Superb artists…. A great way to celebrate Black History Month… Some of what we heard from audience members after last Friday’s Black History: Songs and Stories. Kudos to our maestro and pianist, Jordan Klapman and vocalist Shelley Hamilton for assembling such a stellar lineup of performers.

While traditional jazz has been featured in our Mardi Gras concerts in the past, this year Our Music at St. Andrew’s team decided to change things up. We chose to mark Black History Month with a wide-ranging program highlighting the profound contributions made by Black artists to the soundtrack of our lives. The audience responded with warmth and enthusiasm to beloved classics such as Billie Holiday’s God Bless the Child, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On? and Bill Withers’ Lean on Me. And who could forget the lovely a cappella rendition of Jesus Loves Me performed by Mark Cassius?

Will we reprise this program next February? Stay tuned!



Friday Noontime Recitals returned on February 2, 2024.  For a full list of February and March performers please click HERE

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About Music at St. Andrew’s

Music at St. Andrew’s is a community outreach program of historic St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Toronto. We present top flight, affordably priced (and free) concerts and multimedia events. Our music program was inspired by the church’s 2011 purchase of a Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano, which we share with the greater community. The magnificent piano has been used extensively in our free, mostly classical Friday Noontime Recitals, launched in 2013.


Our thanks to the New Classical 96.3 FM for their promotional support of this and other Music at St. Andrew’s events.


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