December 2013 Concert Listings

Week of December 2

Tues. December 3, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
GGS New Music Ensemble
Brian Current, director

Power Chords
Under the direction of Brian Current, The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble presents an inventive program of music for chamber orchestra and small ensembles. It features works by John Rea and Martin Bresnick and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Canadian composer and trombonist Scott Good.

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Wed. December 4, 2013
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Shepherd
Elizabeth Shepherd, vocals/piano
Scott Kemp, bass/backup vocals
Colin Kingsmore, drums/backup vocals

“Whether you’re a hipster, a purist, or a Diana-Krall-loving softie, she will win you over.” (Montreal Gazette)

Since bursting onto the international scene in 2006, vocalist/pianist Elizabeth Shepherd has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today. “Cool, smart and sexy” (Globe and Mail), the globetrotting souljazz innovator and three-time Juno nominee has released four albums and received extensive praise for her arrestingly original compositions and distinctive musical voice. Performing highlights from her latest album Rewind, Shepherd showcases her extraordinary skills as an arranger and interpreter, breathing new life – and soul – into songs both familiar and forgotten.

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Thurs. December 5, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Ensemble Made in Canada
Elissa Lee, violin
Sharon Wei, viola
Rachel Mercer, cello
Angela Park, piano

French Impressions
Rapidly gaining recognition as Canada’s premier piano quartet, the dynamic all-female Ensemble Made in Canada showcases the elegance, energy and intensity of their remarkable ensemble playing in two masterpieces of the French chamber music repertoire: Debussy’s Violin Sonata in G Minor (his final work) and Faure’s Piano Quartet in C Minor.

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Week of December 9

Tues. December 10, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Stefan Chaplikov, piano

Still in his 20s, Bulgarian rising star pianist Stefan Chaplikov fearlessly scales the Mount Everest of piano sonatas, Beethoven’s monumental Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, the “Hammerklavier.” While the sheer scale of this work, to say nothing of its intellectual and technical demands, daunt pianists twice his age, Chaplikov embraces its challenges and rewards with a fierce passion and authority belying his years.

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Wed. December 11, 2013
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Eliana Cuevas Quintet

Canada’s award-winning “Reina Latina” (Latin jazz queen), flanked by some of the country’s top jazz musicians (George Koller, Jeremy Ledbetter, Mark Kelso and Daniel Stone), performs highlights from her highly anticipated and much lauded new recording, Espejo. With the distinctive purity, versatility and dexterity of Cuevas’ vocals now deeper and more nuanced than ever, this sophisticated and deeply personal oeuvre showcases her vastly expanded range as a composer and performer and takes the audience on an intense and passionate journey of the soul.

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Week of December 16

Tues. December 17, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Lucas Marchand, tenor
Ross Lynde, tenor
Carl Berger, baritone/bass
Kurt Sampson, bass/vocal percussion

Cool Yule
Famous for their infectious energy and uncanny verve, Canada’s premier a cappella vocal ensemble has been wowing audiences across the country and around the world for nearly 15 years. Whether performing seasonal songs, classics by Joni Mitchell or Louis Prima, bebop standards or cheeky arrangement of 1980s hits, their hypnotic blend of complex harmonies, intricate arrangements, vocal dexterity and on-stage antics are simply irresistible!

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