Parlando: The COC Blog

9/24/2012

Five Must–See Free Concerts this Fall

The RBA Free Concert Series launched on September 18, 2012 with a performance by the talented members of the COC's own Ensemble Studio program, and our free concerts feature more than just opera! From jazz to vocal to dance, we have a variety of artists performing throughout the year. To make your selection easier, here are five must–see free concerts at the RBA this fall.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12 p.m. - Dave Young Quartet - Aspects of Oscar

Who better to perform a tribute to the legendary Oscar Peterson than his friend and collaborator Dave Young? This performance will feature tracks from Young's Juno-nominated CD, Aspects of Oscar which features familiar gems and lesser-known material. Joining Young are his sidemen Kevin Turcotte, and Frank and Robi Botos. If you dig their sound, the Robi Botos Trio will return to perform at the Free Concert Series on January 9, 2013.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 12 p.m. - Dani and Sageev Oore - Radical Cycle

East coast musicians Sageev and Dani Oore (featured in the image above) reconstruct beautiful classical art songs (by Brahms, Schubert, Berg and others) into a magical cycle for piano and soprano saxophone. The music embraces a confluence of traditions: classical, jazz, klezmer and improvisation. Visit their website for excerpts from their most recent album.

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 12 p.m. - John Kameel Farah - Unfolding

Canadian pianist and composer John Kameel Farah presents his genre-bending mix of Eastern and Western music. Moving deftly between piano, synthesizer, laptop and various electronics, he draws on traditional and avant-garde influences as well as electronic and acoustic arrangements. John Kameel Farah will also be performing at Nuit Blanche on September 29 at the Canadian Music Centre in Earth's Shadow. Watch John perform "Uprising" below.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 12 p.m. - Aruna Narayan - Many Strings Attached; Spotlight on Sarangi

Virtuosa Aruna Narayan is one of very few people known to play this obscure instrument and is the only woman to play it professionally. The sarangi is an ancient North Indian bowed instrument that is considered one of the most difficult in the world to master. Born in Mumbai to renowned sarangi master Pandit Ram Narayan, Aruna and her father have helped this instrument re-enter the mainstream of Indian performing arts as a Hindustani classical instrument. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see a live sarangi performance and watch a short preview below.

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 12 p.m. - Myriad Trio - Myriad

The accidental, twist-of-fate encounter between Juno-nominated pianist Chris Donnelly, bassist Dan Fortin and drummer Ernesto Cervini in 2010 led to the creation of the Myriad Trio, one of Toronto’s most exciting young jazz ensembles. Described as modern jazz meets classical meets pop meets Oscar Peterson, Myriad’s performance will offers highlights from their debut album, featuring original music showcasing jazz improvisation. Watch the video below for a preview of Myriad Trio's style.

The Free Concert Series presents weekly performances in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre from September until June. Most performances start at 12 p.m. and a few performances start at 5:30 p.m. Click here for more information or like our Facebook page to follow our updates.

Photo: Dani Oore and Sageev Oore. 

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001