January 2014 Concert Listings

Week of January 6

Tues. January 7, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Mehdi Ghazi, piano

The Colours of Passion
Lauded for the exquisite sensitivity and poetry of his interpretations, 24-year-old Algerian pianist Mehdi Ghazi explores a rich palette of expressions of passion in a captivating program of works by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Messiaen and Liszt.

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Wed. January 8, 2014
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Joe Sealy Trio

Winter Reflections
Canadian jazz icon Joe Sealy and his acclaimed trio (Joe Sealy, piano; Paul Novotny, bass; Daniel Barnes, drums) ease us into the New Year in mellow tone with an intimate hour of standards and original compositions reflecting on life’s seasons.

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Thurs. January 9, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Gadfly Dance
Ofilio Portillo and Apolonia Velasquez, artistic directors/choreographers

Creating movement at the junction where urban dance styles (house hip-hop, b-boying) meet jazz, contemporary and classical, Ofilio Portillo and Apolonia Velasquez’s distinctive choreography breathes with an energy and spontaneity found only in urban dance culture. Rightly named Gadfly, they personify innovation and stand out from the masses. In this presentation, they share an excerpt from one of their latest works, Arkemy.

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Week of January 13

Tues. January 14, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Humber College’s Gord Sheard Brazilian Workshop
Gordon Sheard, director

Road to Rio
If you can’t make it to Brazil this winter, be sure to plan a trip to the RBA to hear this group! One of Canada’s most gifted pianists and composers, Gordon Sheard is a recognized authority and font of knowledge about Brazilian music, and has his gifted students playing as if they were born in Rio.

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Thurs. January 16, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Christopher Goodpasture

Études and Fantasies
Award-winning 23-year-old American pianist Christopher Goodpasture performs works by Schumann (Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17), Chopin (Étude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12), Debussy (a selection of Études from Book II) and Jacques Hétu (Impromptu, Op.70).

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Week of January 20

Tues. January 21, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Infusion Dance
Parul Gupta, artistic director

The Colours of Kathak
Infusion artistic director Parul Gupta illuminates the ancient art of Kathak in a performance demonstrating the beauty and elegance of this classical dance from the temples and courts of North India. Between a series of choreographed works, she provides the audience with insight into the rhythmic and narrative elements of Kathak, and the various colours that form the basis of the technique.

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Thurs. January 23, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Humber Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
Kirk MacDonald, director

Contemporary Currents
Kirk MacDonald, one of Canada's greatest jazz composers and tenor saxophonists, leads a group of Humber College's top students in an exploration of MacDonald’s award-winning compositions. Don’t miss this hour of passionate music played with the inimitable energy of inspired youth.

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Week of January 27

Tues. January 28, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio, piano

The School for Lovers: Highlights from Così fan tutte
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio present highlights from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, one of the greatest and most enduring pieces about relationships ever written. Full of farce and folly, yet with profoundly moving depictions of the intimate struggles of love and temptation, Mozart’s sublime score contains some of the most beloved arias and ensembles in the operatic repertoire.

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Thurs. January 30, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Trio Arkel
Les Allt, flute
Erica Goodman, harp

Tour de France
Join Trio Arkel (Marie Bérard, violin; Teng Li, viola; Winona Zelenka, cello) and friends (Les Allt, flute and Erica Goodman, harp) on a midday escape to France in a program of music by three rarely heard French composers hailing from Paris, Brest and Bordeaux: Désire-Émile Inghelbrecht (Sonatine), Jean Cras (Trio) and Jean-Michel Damase (Quintet).

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