Jubilee United Church

40 Underhill Drive | Toronto, Ontario, M3A 2J5 | 416.447.6846

The Jubilee Living and Learning


FALL 2019 – SPRING 2020

Fall Series:


Four Wednesday afternoons

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Nov. 6 / 13 / 20 / 27


Spring Series:


Four Wednesday afternoons

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Mar.  4 / 11 / 18 / 25

Cost of Each Series $25

Individual Lectures $10


(Cheques payable to Jubilee United Church)

Jubilee United Church Office

40 Underhill Drive, Don Mills M3A 2J5





November 6:  Fire:  The Spark that Ignited Human Evolution 

The association between our ancestors and fire, somewhere around four to six million years ago, had a tremendous impact on human evolution.  Archaeological and anthropological evidence of the earliest human-controlled fires will be used to explore the profound physical and biological impacts fire has had on human evolution.

Presenter:  Dr. Francis Burton


November 13:  The Art of Music-Making:  A Chat with a Soprano

What is it like performing classical music in the twenty-first century?  More exciting than you think!  Join Soprano Claire Latosinsky, a voice student at U of T, as she discusses performance, the challenges of making music approachable, and why she chose to study music.  She’ll also perform and share the stories of some of her favourite pieces, from Opera to Art Song!

Presenters:  Claire Latosinsky and Benjamin Gabbay


November 20:  Travels in “Ghostly Japan: A Survey of  Japanese Mythology, Goblins and Ghosts

In this lecture, we will explore the world of Japanese mythology and its iconic gods, monsters, ghouls and ghosts.  We will learn how some of these ancient oral and written traditions gave rise to Japan’s imperial system of governance.  We will also see how scholars and folklorists such as Yanagita Kunio and Lafcadio Hearn promoted these tales to a wider audience.

Presenter:  Dr. Max Dionisio


November 27:  Rembrandt:  Artist and Genius

From portraits to landscapes, allegorical and historical scenes, biblical and mythological themes, Rembrandt’s works and styles tell an array of stories that uncover the depth, beauty and mystery of our hidden lives.  We will explore the life of this genius and examine some of the most beautiful paintings of the Dutch Golden Age.

Presenter:  Paul Dias




March 4:   Opera Choruses

No opera is complete without a least one good chorus.  In this presentation, we’ll enjoy some of the best known opera choruses by Verdi, Wagner, Weber and Puccini and get to know their context.


March 11:  The Songs of Franz Schubert

The art song (“Lied”), the perfect marriage of poetry and music, is the flower of romanticism.  Join Joseph as he takes you on a journey through nature, love and tragedy in the early 19th century.


March 18:  Curious Instruments

Names like Pan-flute, Baryton or Jew’s Harp might not be common in the concert hall, but they are not merely musical curiosities – they have interesting history, as well as unique repertoire, written by well-known composers (and some less well-known).


March 25:  Female Composers

It’s a man’s world – certainly when it comes to creating music.  Yet, throughout history, we encounter talented females who dared to challenge this belief and create music.  In this presentation, we will meet not just ‘wife of …” or “sister of …” but great artists in their own right.

Joseph Sharon will present all four programs.


A few words about our presenters:

FRANCES BURTON has taught at the U of T for 40 years, and was appointed to full professorship at what is considered to be a very young age. Her studies have taken her to many parts of the world, including Malaysia, Barbados, Gibraltar and Guang XI in China. Dr. Burton has published several books, the most recent on the effect of firelight in the process of becoming human.  A grandmother of three, she and her husband live in Cobourg with two cats and a very large dog.


CLAIRE LATOSINSKY is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto.  Claire has enjoyed singing since the age of three, when her father taught her “Wild Thing” by the Troggs.  She will talk about her life and will share a selection of her favourite repertoire.  Benjamin Gabbay will be interviewing her, and will also be her accompanist. 


MAX DIONISIO received his PhD in Japanese studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He has taught several university courses on Japanese culture, history and literature. Currently he is the head librarian at the H. H. Mu Far Eastern Library at the Royal Ontario Museum.  Max came to Canada in 2007 to attend library school at the Univerity of Toronto.


PAUL DIAS is a former journalist as well as an avid student and teacher of the humanities.  His main areas of interest include philosophy, history, literature, drama and art.  He is delighted to promote these subjects with people of all ages as he believes they deepen and enrich the human spirit.


JOSEPH SHARON has been immersed in the arts from a very young age.  This passion led him to earning a Bachelor’s Degree at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel, prior to travelling to Milan, Italy to study at the Civica Scuola di Musica, and later to Switzerland where he studied Performance Practice of Music from the Renaissance and Middle Ages at the Schola Cantorum in Basel.