January Concert Listings

Week of January 8

Tues. January 9, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra
Martinů and Korngold
Artists of the COC Orchestra perform two contrasting chamber works: Martinů’s Three Madrigals for violin and viola, and Korngold’s String Sextet in D major, Op. 10, a piece filled with romantic melodies, rich textures, and distinctive personal style.

Wed. January 10, 2018
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Eliana Cuevas Quintet
Golpes y Flores
Hailed as “Canada’s emerging Latin Music Queen” (680 News), award-winning singer/songwriter Eliana Cuevas performs a unique blend of Latin jazz with her signature soaring vocals. Backed by her stellar four-piece band, she will include fresh songs from her newest album Golpes y Flores, which blends jazz and Afro-Venezuelan rhythms creating a sound that is both timeless and contemporary.

Thurs. January 11, 2018
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Dance Ontario's Dance Weekend Preview
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is a captivating Aboriginal dance company that creates, produces and presents original dance works which draw inspiration from innovative contemporary and Aboriginal dance. In this special presentation, they present a preview of excerpts from a new work.

Week of January 15

Tues. January 16, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Benjamin Baker, violin
Daniel Lebhardt, piano
The English Violin
International award-winning, London-based violinist Benjamin Baker and his duo partner Daniel Lebhardt perform two wartime masterpieces of the violin repertory. The Elgar Sonata is a heart-wrenching reflection on the atrocities of World War I while the Britten Suite characterizes the composer's more youthful outlook pre-World War II.

Week of January 22

Tues. January 23, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Andrea Grant, piano
Interpretations of Love
Proclaimed a “gifted young tenor” (New York Times), Joshua Guerrero makes his Canadian and COC debut as The Duke of Mantua in the COC’s Rigoletto. In this solo recital, he demonstrates his youthful charisma and rich tone while exploring different interpretations of love songs.

Wed. January 24, 2018
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Humber College Latin Jazz Ensemble
Hilario Durán, director
Jazz Cubano
Take a break from the winter blues with Humber College Latin Jazz Ensemble’s unique blend of Afro-Cuban and jazz sounds, led by Grammy and Juno Award-winner Hilario Durán.

Thurs. January 25, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra Academy, Ensemble Studio, and Orchestra
Meet the Orchestra Academy
The COC Orchestra Academy is an opera-focused mentorship program that offers talented young instrumentalists exposure to world-class opera productions under the mentorship of professional musicians in the COC Orchestra. In this special concert, members of the Academy perform alongside their mentors in a program featuring artists from the COC Ensemble Studio.

Week of January 29

Tues. January 30, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Leon Bernsdorf, piano
Bravura Piano
Leon Bernsdorf, winner of The Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition and prizewinner at the Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition, returns to the Free Concert Series for a performance marked by a dazzling display of technique and virtuosity that includes the works of Debussy and Liszt.

Thurs. February 1, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Artists of The Glenn Gould School
Topher Mokrzewski, conductor
Mr. Tambourine Man
Artists from The Glenn Gould School present Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan, a song cycle for soprano and chamber ensemble set to the words of Bob Dylan, by Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning composer, John Corigliano.

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