February Concert Listings

Week of February 1

Tues. February 2, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Gryphon Trio
Robert Pomakov, bass

Classics Reimagined
Canada’s Gryphon Trio and bass Robert Pomakov (appearing as Dr. Bartolo in the COC’s production of The Marriage of Figaro) join forces in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre for the third time, in a performance of Heather Schmidt's Lunar Reflections and classic works by Mozart.

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Wed. February 3, 2016
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band
Jules Estrin, musical director

In for the Count
Comprised of some of this country’s most talented middle and secondary school music students, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band presents a toe-tapping program under the leadership of musical director Jules Estrin. Expect favourite big band standards, including tunes by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Bill Holman.

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Thurs. February 4, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of The Glenn Gould School

Chamber Explorations
Talented young artists from The Glenn Gould School and Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy perform a rich and varied program of music for chamber ensemble, including Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 2 and Arensky's Piano Trio No. 1.

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Week of February 8

Tues. February 9, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Christopher Purves, bass-baritone
Liz Upchurch, piano

The Art of Song
Internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Christopher Purves (appearing as Alberich in the COC's production of Siegfried) and pianist Liz Upchurch present an intimate program of some of their recital favourites, including Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death and works by Handel and Duparc.

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Wed. February 10, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

A Song on the Breeze: Highlights from The Marriage of Figaro
The young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio present highlights from one of the most popular and vibrant works in the operatic repertoire: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

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Thurs. February 11, 2016
12 – 1:15 p.m. **Note extended performance time**
Josef Wagner, bass-baritone
Rachel Andrist, piano

Internationally acclaimed Austrian bass-baritone Josef Wagner (making his company debut in the title role of the COC’s production of The Marriage of Figaro) joins forces with pianist Rachel Andrist in a very special performance of one of the most significant works in the Lieder repertoire: Schubert’s stirring song cycle, Winterreise.

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Week of February 15

Tues. February 16, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Doug MacNaughton, baritone and guitar

Light and Shadow
Canadian baritone and guitarist Doug MacNaughton (appearing in the COC’s production of The Marriage of Figaro) presents a concert of music for voice and guitar. Spanning centuries, the program includes John Rutter’s song cycle, Shadows, as well as MacNaughton’s own arrangements of beloved songs from the folk, jazz, and classical traditions, including a world premiere by Canadian composer Dean Burry.

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Thurs. February 18, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Winds of the COC Orchestra

Members of the COC Orchestra present an intimate concert featuring music by Mozart for wind octet, including the enigmatic Serenade in C Minor, K. 388.

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Week of February 22

Tues. February 23, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Chopin's Third
Award-winning young pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin performs a program featuring works by Beethoven and Enescu, and Chopin's great Piano Sonata No. 3.

This concert is part of the Emerging Artists Concerts Presented by Desjardins in Partnership with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.

Wed. February 24, 2016
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Shepherd

The Signal
Velvety voiced singer and pianist Elizabeth Shepherd has wowed audiences from the moment she broke onto the international jazz scene over a decade ago. Since then, the Montreal-based soul-jazz innovator has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today. Shepherd’s fifth album, The Signal (2014), has been hailed as the best of her career.

Thurs. February 25, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Julia Sasso dances

Sporting Life
Award-winning choreographer Julia Sasso presents a preview of her re-imagined work, Sporting Life, which examines the nature of violent behaviour. Placing five characters in conflict, Sporting Life reveals the ridiculousness, vulnerability, pain and potential for redemption through a series of vignettes linked together in theme, movement style and content. With an arc that is clear, potent and often darkly humorous, this highly anticipated, rigorously physical, technically and emotionally challenging piece is set for one female and four male dancers.

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