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Free Concert Series Highlights in April

Myriad 3 in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

Spring is finally here! Well, at least that's what our calendar says. We're hoping that this month's line-up of classical, jazz and new music will help get you into the spring spirit, and maybe some real spring weather will follow!

Thursday, April 3, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Love Song Waltzes
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

2013/2014 Ensemble Studio

Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio (singers Gordon Bintner, Charlotte Burrage, Claire de Sévigné and Andrew Haji, with pianists Michael Shannon and Liz Upchurch) celebrate love, life and music in a performance of Brahms' tour-de-force for four voices and two pianists: Liebeslieder Walzer (Love Song Waltzes). The piece is paired with Canadian composer John Greer's whimsical modern answer to Brahms, the Liebesleid-Lieder on texts by Dorothy Parker and others.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Up Jumped Spring
Norman Marshall Villeneuve's Jazz Message Quartet

Montreal's Norman Marshall Villeneuve leads an all-star quartet (Norman Marshall Villeneuve, drums; Michael Shand, piano; Ron Johnston, bass; and Michael Stuart, tenor sax) in an uplifting and fun-filled hour of swinging jazz standards. This quartet's bebop tempos are sure to get your toes tapping and thinking of flowers in May!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Music in the Time of War
Philip Chiu

As a parallel to the COC's mainstage spring production of Hercules, which explores the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications of reunion, pianist Philip Chiu presents a program of music composed during, and in response to, the two world wars. The program includes Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, which can be heard in the video below, performed by Angela Hewitt.

Thursday, April 24, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Polar Bears and Lullabies

ArrayMusic’s artistic director Rick Sacks displays his inimitable artistry and showmanship in an eclectic and entertaining hour of solo percussion music featuring the MalletKat, a four-octave electronic percussion keyboard that triggers a vast palette of sounds. The program features the world premiere of Rick's own composition, entitled Necessary Outcome: A Meditation on Richard Dawkins, as well as three of his other works: Polar Bear, Journey, and Lullaby. See Rick's MalletKat improvisations in the video below! 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Legendary Ladies
Shannon Butcher Quartet

Toronto vocalist Shannon Butcher and her powerhouse quartet celebrate the sophisticated ladies of song, from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday, who brought swing and style to the golden age of jazz. Shannon's distinctive style is steeped in the great tradition of these legendary ladies yet possesses a contemporary sensibility and sophistication all her own.

Which concert are you most looking forward to? Let us know in comments or on our Facebook page!


Credits: (top) Myriad 3. Photo: Chris Hutcheson; (bottom) Artists of the 2013/2014 COC Ensemble Studio. Photo: Karen Reeves

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



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