2018 Fall Seminar 

Seminars are offered in addition to the annual lecture program schedule and provide an opportunity for an in-depth coverage of a specific subject and /or issue.  Some seminars are offered during the spring lecture series or shortly after the series and are usually on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. There is no homework in connection with seminars, but some attendees continue with their own research and reading after hearing the discussions and questions raised.  The cost of these seminars is included in the annual payment fee of $85.00 for your DLL subscription.


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Location :  Whitby Public Library   Central Branch Rm 1 A/B    
Seminar - Tues. - Sept. 25th -  1:00 - 3:00 pm



"Music as a tool for relaxation and meditation" 

Speaker:  Ted Brankston

Ted Brankston was born and raised in Toronto. He began the study of the clarinet and saxophone with Frank Urhen at the age of fourteen. His main interest at that time was in High School music and in Dance Bands. During his university years, music was kept to a minimum especially during medical school that was completed at Queen's University in 1976. In 1983, Ted undertook a serious study of the saxophone with Canada's renowned Paul Brodie. Since then, Ted has completed several Royal Conservatory examinations in Toronto and performed in many solo concert recitals. There have been many engagements with the Oshawa Symphony, both as a guest soloist and as a member of the Orchestra. The nine-year experience with Mr. Brodie culminated with a solo performance at the 10th World Saxophone Congress in Pesaro, Italy. On this occasion, it was Ted's honour and privilege to perform the world premiere of Srul Irving Glick's Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano.

In addition to his involvement in classical music, Ted has a keen interest in jazz. To this extent, he has been a member of the saxophone section of the Durham Big Band. This group has played locally as well as at several venues such as the Beaches Jazz Festival. More recently, Ted has initiated the formation of the Indigo Jazz Trio with Paul Grecco and Doug Matthews.

Currently, Ted Brankston is engaged in the full-time family practice at the Courtice Health Centre near Oshawa, Ontario.

Presentation synopsis:

The seminar will focus on how rhythmic breathing techniques using slow-tempo music can be an effective tool for relaxation and meditation purposes. There will be numerous opportunities for audience participation.