Free Saturday classical music concert for the classical curious

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The Timmins Symphony Orchestra is presenting “Mits and Friends,” a free afternoon of classical repertoire featuring woodwind instruments, Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Timmins Museum.

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The concert is part of a series dedicated to the memory of Ken Alexander, a well-known Timmins lawyer who was an avid patron of the symphony who was also a member of their music programming board. His wife, Anda, still plays upright double bass with the orchestra, and is one of the symphony’s founding members.

The afternoon programme is presented by Mits Takayesu-Douglas, woodwind teacher with the TSO.

“These were pieces that I personally find very rewarding to play,” said Takayesu-Douglas from the TSO music school between classes. “Three of the bassoon pieces come out of one particular collection arranged by one of the giants of the bassoon world, Sol Schoenbach.”

Takayesu-Douglas, who has performed with orchestras in Guelph, London and Hamilton, will perform two solo pieces.

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The program will include works by Bach, Handel, Bizet, Yacov, Gluck and Jacob van Eyck. Takayesu-Douglas said it’s a great introduction for those who are curious about classical music.

The afternoon will feature Takayesu-Douglas on bassoon and recorder, Nicky Alexander on flute, Peter Colbert on clarinet, Sam Heikkila on recorder, Maya Louvelle on alto saxophone, Sara Wigelsworth on oboe, and Vicky Hook on piano.

The Kenneth Alexander series of concerts was made possible by Anda Alexander. It was launched in 2020, then put on hiatus because of the pandemic. Saturday’s performance will be the first series’ performance in three years.

“He played piano wonderfully at after-parties,” Takayesu-Douglas said of Kenneth. “If there was a piano in somebody’s home, he’d play it with no music in front of him. He would play anything that came into his head, and it was wonderful.”

“Mits and Friends” takes place at the Timmins Museum, Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

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