April 2014 Concert Listings

Week of March 31

Tues. April 1, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of The Glenn Gould School

Chamber Connections: Corigliano
Artists of the Glenn Gould School perform an exciting program of solo and chamber works featuring the music of acclaimed American composer John Corigliano, as well as works by Osvaldo Golijov and Aaron Jay Kernis.

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Thurs. April 3, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Love Song Waltzes
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.

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Week of April 7

Tues. April 8, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of Opera Atelier and
Atelier Ballet

Hosted by co-artistic director Marshall Pynkoski, singers and dancers from Opera Atelier present excerpts from Lully’s Persée, a lavish retelling of the classical myth in which the heroic Perseus battles the monstrous Medusa to rescue princess Andromeda from her terrible fate. “An exquisite piece fit for a king.” (Globe and Mail)

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Thurs. April 10, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Norman Marshall Villeneuve’s Jazz Message Quartet

Up Jumped Spring
Montreal's Norman Marshall Villeneuve leads an all-star quartet (Norman Marshall Villeneuve, drums; Michael Shand, piano; Ron Johnston, bass; and Bob Brough, tenor sax) in an uplifting and fun-filled hour of swinging jazz standards, welcoming spring in true jazz form with "Up Jumped Spring" and other songs of the season. This quartet's bebop tempos are sure to get your toes tapping and thinking of flowers in May.

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Week of April 14

Tues. April 15, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Philip Chiu, piano

Music in the Time of War
Pianist Philip Chiu presents a program of music composed during, and in response to, the two world wars: Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, the second and third movements of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major and Chiu’s own arrangement of the Suite for Oboe and Piano, Op. 17 by Pavel Haas.

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Thurs. April 17, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Jacques Israelievitch, violin
Valentina Sadovski, piano

Violin Caviar
Internationally acclaimed violinist Jacques Israelievitch teams up with Russian pianist Valentina Sadovski in an exquisite program of Russian violin masterpieces by Prokofiev (Five Melodies), Shostakovich (Nine Preludes from Op. 34) and Stravinsky (Suite italienne).

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Week of April 21

Tues. April 22, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
The Sicilian Jazz Project

Modicani nel Mondo
A masterpiece of cross-cultural fusion, the Sicilian Jazz Project has been dazzling audiences since its debut at the Distillery Jazz Festival in 2004. With its intriguing mix of Sicilian folk music and the best elements of modern jazz, it is a musical project like no other. The brainchild of Juno Award nominee Michael Occhipinti, The Sicilian Jazz Project features some of Canada’s finest jazz musicians and Italian traditional vocalists, including Roberto Occhipinti, Dominic Mancuso, Louis Simão, and Kevin Turcotte.

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Thurs. April 24, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Rick Sacks, solo percussion

Polar Bears and Lullabies: New Works for MalletKat
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 4-octave electronic percussion keyboard that triggers a vast palette of sounds. The program includes the world premiere of Sacks's own composition, Andronicus, three of his other works: Polar Bear, Dragnet, and Lullaby, as well as works by David Lidov and Giles Gobeil.

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Week of April 28

Tues. April 29, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Shannon Butcher Quartet

Legendary Ladies
Ella, Billie, Sarah, Blossom and more. Toronto vocalist Shannon Butcher and her powerhouse quartet celebrate the sophisticated ladies of song who brought swing and style to the golden age of jazz. Acclaimed for her sultry vocals, sassy sense of fun and the “honest emotion and raw power” (Toronto Star) of her interpretations, Butcher’s distinctive style is steeped in the great tradition of these legendary ladies yet possesses a contemporary sensibility and sophistication all her own.

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Thurs. May 1, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Leonard Gilbert, piano

Award-winning young Canadian pianist Leonard Gilbert showcases his virtuosity and expressive range in a dynamic program of works by Bach (Prelude in A Minor from English Suite No. 2), Beethoven (Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, the “Appassionata”), Ravel (“Ondine” from Gaspard de la nuit), Chopin (Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E-flat Major, Op. 22) and Liszt (Transcendental Etude No. 10 in F Minor, "Appassionata”).

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