Tuesday, October 27 & Wednesday, October 28 - 8pm
Pre-concert talks at 7:15pm
Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Strictly for adults - but only those who can see the lighter side of life. Ogden Nash, Edward Lear, Dennis Lee, and other playful wordsmiths provide the inspiration for music that is amusing, enchanting, and also thought-provoking - proof that a sense of humour is the best defense against the perils of the grown-up world.

guest artists

James McLennan, tenor
Doug MacNaughton, baritone
Ross Manson, actor/reader


Robert Jordahl: Verses from Ogden Nash for tenor, horn and piano.
Malcolm Forsyth: The Dong with the Luminous Nose for baritone, viola and piano. Verse by Edward Lear.
Leslie Uyeda: The Sex Lives of Vegetables for tenor, clarinet and piano. Poetry by Lorna Crozier. (audio sample)
Mátyás Seiber: The Owl and the Pussycat for tenor, violin and guitar. Verse by Edward Lear. (audio sample)
Elizabeth Raum: Renovated Rhymes for tenor, baritone, violin and piano. Text from nursery rhymes, 'renovated' by John V. Hicks.
John Greer: Palm Court Songs of the Bubble Ring for tenor, clarinet, cello and piano. Poetry by Dennis Lee. (audio sample)
Flanders and Swan: songs from The Bestiary, arr. by Laura Jones for baritone, horn and string trio. (audio sample)

spoken word

Selections from Fables for our Time by James Thurber.

programme notes