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Muppets, Hockey Night in Canada … great start as Trinity’s noon Organ Recital series returns in August

GRAVENHURST - From the opening strains of the Muppets theme song, you knew the first annual Trinity United Church’s Organ Recital season was going to be a fun one Thursday.

Bill Stevenson and his wife and grandkids were front row for the first concert of the season at Trinity.

Bill Stevenson and his wife and grandkids were front row for the first concert of the season at Trinity.

Then it was Ca-na-da - we love thee …, followed by a rousing rendition of a bullfighter’s favourite music.

All that was missing was the red cape, as Ian M. Clark channelled children’s favourites and Spain’s unofficial national anthem.

And when the one-time organist who played Maple Leaf Gardens as a 15-year-old pulled out all the stops on the Casaveates pipe organ for the theme from Hockey Night in Canada, it was hard to keep the crowd of more than 100 in their pews.

And that was only the half of the half.

In the first seven or eight minutes, Clark was just getting started on his 15 minutes of fame.

Ian M. Clark played the theme from Hockey Night in Canada, which he first played at age 15 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Ian M. Clark played the theme from Hockey Night in Canada, which he first played at age 15 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

And warming up for his wife, who was up next for the final half of the half-hour noon-hour mini concert recital.

She’s the church organist at the United Church in Kitchener.

Both were returning favourites from last year’s season start, as hosted by Gravenhurst church organist Danny McCoy.

Up next Thursday is another crowd favourite from last year – Jackson, who grew up in Bracebridge and is home for a summer visit with his parents.

This stunning organist is a coup for the Trinity series, as he is in great demand for his amazing organ talents in Canada and the U.S.

Concert times are 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. each Thursday in August.

Admission is by donation.

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