Have you ever wanted to try your hand at opera? Be part of a Korean drum choir? Meet a composer? Attend a world premiere? Now is your chance, with this month's performances in the Free Concert Series. Check out our March highlights below!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12 p.m. - Claudia Chan and Ryan MacEvoy McCullough - New Creations: John Adams and Hans Thomalla
In collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations Festival, pianists Claudia Chan and Ryan MacEvoy McCullough kick off a special week of piano concerts. They perform two important and exhilarating works of the contemporary two-piano repertoire: John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction and Hans Thomalla’s Noema. You won't want to miss this opportunity to hear both composers speak about their respective works! Preview version of Adams' Hallelujah Junction in the video below.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 5:30 p.m. - Robi Botos and Hilario Durán- Take 2
By popular demand, two of Canada’s hottest jazz piano masters, Robi Botos and Hilario Durán, come together again in the space that witnessed the magic of their first collaboration in 2012. The electric energy generated by the meeting of two cultures and two extraordinary musical minds must be experienced to be believed!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12 p.m. - Ensemble Jeng Yi - Rain, Wind, Clouds and Lightning
Ensemble Jeng Yi was the talk of the RBA last season with their impressive Ribbon Hat Dance (pictured). They're back for a special March Break concert and want you to join the fun! This interactive experience allows audiences of all ages to learn a bit of Korean, including greetings and the names for traditional instruments, and become a “drum choir.” There is also a Q&A following the performance.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12 p.m. - Kyra Millan and Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio - Opera Interactive
There's more interactive fun this March Break when opera comedienne Kyra Millan, with some help from members of the COC's Ensemble Studio, presents an interactive concert full of operatic favourites and well known classical tunes, including the Flower Duet from Lakmé, excerpts from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and an whirling adaptation of Mozart’s “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman” (aka “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”). Everyone in the family will enjoy listening to, learning about and trying their hand at the fascinating art of opera!
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12 p.m. - Canadian Art Song Project - A Celebration of Canadian Art Song
Under the direction of tenor Lawrence Wiliford and pianist Steven Philcox, the Canadian Art Song Project presents the world premiere of a new cycle by James Rolfe entitled Moths (on texts by André Alexis), performed by baritone Brett Polegato and Philcox. The program also includes Derek Holman's A Play of Passion and Three Songs of Mourning by Matthew Emery, performed by tenor Colin Ainsworth, soprano Monica Whicher and pianist Kathryn Tremills.
These are just a few of the exciting events in the Free Concert Series this month. Be sure to visit our website or Facebook page to see what else March has in store. Let us know which performances you're looking forward to in the comments!
Credits: (from top) Ensemble Jeng Yi. Photo: Karen Reeves; (middle) (l-r) Hilario Durán and Robi Botos. Photo: Chris Hutcheson; (middle) Ensemble Jeng Yi. Photo: Karen Reeves; (middle) Kyra Millan and audience participants. Photo: Karen Reeves; (middle) (l-r) Christopher Mokrzewski and Lawrence Wiliford. Photo: Chris Hutcheson
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001