April Concert Listings

Week of April 4


Tues. April 5, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Marie Bérard and Aaron Schwebel, violins

Violin Masters
COC Concertmaster Marie Bérard and Associate Concertmaster Aaron Schwebel present a virtuosic program for two violins that includes works by baroque violin master Jean-Marie Leclair and Belgian composer and violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, regarded by many as “The King of the Violin.” Bérard and Schwebel round out the program with excerpts from Verdi’s La Traviata arranged for two violins.



Wed. April 6, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Rossina Grieco, piano

Chopin Preludes
Rising star pianist Rossina Grieco performs one of the most enduring piano works ever composed: Chopin’s famous Preludes, which consists of 24 short pieces, one in each of the 24 keys.


Week of April 11


Tues. April 12, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble
Denny Christianson, leader

Strayhorn @ 100
One of the top ensembles from Humber College’s illustrious jazz program celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of jazz’s greatest legends: Billy Strayhorn. Featuring original Strayhorn tunes like “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Chelsea Bridge,” the program also highlights the legendary collaboration between Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.



Thurs. April 14, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Kara Huber, piano

Baseball, Yoga, and Other Sports for the Contemporary Pianist
Quickly gaining an international reputation for her musical athleticism and flair for contemporary music, dynamic American pianist Kara Huber performs works by Canadian and American composers inspired by the world of sports. The program includes a world premiere by David Rakowski and the Canadian premiere of Douglas Pew’s Bagatelles, as well as Alexina Louie’s Put on Your Running Shoes and a work by Annie Gosfield inspired by the pivotal Yankees-Dodgers Game 4 in the 1941 World Series.


Week of April 18


Tues. April 19, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Clémentine Margaine, mezzo-soprano
Stephen B. Hargreaves, piano

Arena del Amor
French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine (appearing onstage in the title role of Carmen) and American pianist Stephen B. Hargreaves unite for an intimate program of some of Margaine’s favourite French and Spanish love songs.



Thurs. April 21, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Russell Thomas, tenor
Michael Shannon, piano

Songs for Springtime
Rising star tenor Russell Thomas (appearing on stage as Don José in the COC’s production of Carmen) teams up with pianist Michael Shannon for an intimate hour of some of his favourite art songs and arias.


Week of April 25


Tues. April 26, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Simone Osborne, soprano
Stephen B. Hargreaves, piano

Fruitful and Sacred Ground
Canadian soprano and COC Ensemble Studio graduate Simone Osborne (appearing on stage as Micaëla in the COC’s production of Carmen) joins forces with American pianist Stephen B. Hargreaves in a program of some of her favourite recital repertoire, including Richard Strauss’s song cycle, Mädchenblumen, as well as award-winning Canadian composer Matthew Emery’s Three Songs.



Thurs. April 28, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
and Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal

Collaborations
Singers from the young artist programs of the Canadian Opera Company and l’Opéra de Montréal join forces in a program of arias and ensembles.


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