Tues. January 3, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Noam Lemish Quartet
The People's King: A Musical Tribute to Bhutan The People’s King is a musical tribute to the Himalayan nation of Bhutan, its king, its culture and people – all of whom touched pianist and composer Noam Lemish during his residence as a volunteer music teacher in Bhutan's capital city of Thimphu in 2009 and 2010. Arranged for jazz quartet (along with recorded chanting monks from the Dechen Phodrang Monastery in Thimphu), this multi-movement suite integrates jazz, classical Western music, and traditional Bhutanese folk music.
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Wed. January 4, 2017 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Turboprop
Jetstreamin' Jazz Innovative and electrifying, Toronto jazz drummer Ernesto Cervini has energy to burn. Cervini leads his newly formed sextet, Turboprop, in a concert that features highlights from the band’s latest recording. Cervini is joined by Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Adrean Farrugia (piano), Jim Vivian (bass), Tara Davidson (alto sax) and William Carn (trombone).
Thurs. January 5, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Marion Newman, mezzo-soprano Kathleen Kajioka, violin Adam Sherkin, piano
Echo/Sap'a Kwagiulth and Stó:lo First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman presents a concert on the theme of reconciliation, featuring works by Canadian composers. Dustin Peters’ song cycle, Echo|Sap'a, explores the journey of The Echo (or Sap’a in Kwakwala), a para-natural entity that mimics the sounds and movements she encounters throughout the woods and waters. Violinist Kathleen Kajioka joins the program in a performance of Kinanu, a lullaby composed by Newman for her baby sister.
Tues. January 10, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Artists of The Glenn Gould School
Across the Channel Singers from the Rebanks Family Fellowship at The Glenn Gould School perform a scintillating and varied program, including selections from Joseph Canteloube’s Chants d'Auvergne, and Samuel Barber's Dover Beach, accompanied by string quartet.
Wed. January 11, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Spectrum Percussion Trio
Bang the Drum! Canada’s Spectrum Percussion Trio (Jay Mannion, Andrew Rasmus and Jonny Smith) presents a high-energy hour of exuberant and imaginative works for percussion trio.
Tues. January 17, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Gadfly Dance
Dance Ontario's Dance Weekend Preview Creating movement at the junction where urban dance styles (house hip-hop, b-boying) meet jazz, contemporary and classical, Gadfly's distinctive choreography breathes with an energy and spontaneity found only in urban dance culture. In this presentation, they share excerpts from their latest innovative and exciting pieces to be performed at Dance Ontario’s upcoming Dance Weekend.
Wed. January 18, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Jingquan Xie, piano
Partita Aplomb Glenn Gould School student and winner of the Asian Pacific International Chopin Piano Competition, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s Concerto Competition, and Chamber Music Competition, Jingquan Xie has been praised for her maturity in music making, keyboard facility and sensitive use of tone colour. Xie’s program will include Bach’s Partita No. 6 and Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35.
Thurs. January 19, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Hannah Burgé Quintet
Green River Sessions Canadian jazz singer Hannah Burgé highlights songs from her debut album, Green River Sessions. Inspired by her English and Métis heritage, Burgé blends contemporary jazz with world music elements to create the soundscape of Green River Sessions. The program also features new original works by Burgé from her second album.
Tues. January 24, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Goran Jurić, bass Anne Larlee, piano
Lost in a Russian Forest Croatian-born bass Goran Jurić (Sarastro in the COC's The Magic Flute) presents a rich program of music from Russia including works by Tchaikovsky and Sviridov.
Wed. January 25, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Throwdown Collective and Lina Cruz, choreographer
Ylem (3 Eggs Ago)/Various Concert Contemporary dance trio Throwdown Collective brings a touch of magical realism to the stage with a preview of Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz’s Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) and the Collective’s own creation, Various Concert.
Thurs. January 26, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Artists of the COC Orchestra and Academy Jacqueline Woodley, soprano
Meet the Academy: Brilliant Baroque The COC Orchestra Academy is an opera-focused mentorship program which 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 of chamber music from the Baroque era. Joining them is Canadian soprano and COC Ensemble Studio alumna Jacqueline Woodley.
Tues. January 31, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Phillip Addis, baritone Emily Hamper, piano
Poetry in Song A rising star on the international stage, Canadian baritone Phillip Addis (Papageno in the COC’s The Magic Flute) is joined by accompanist Emily Hamper in an enchanting vocal program including the song cycles Waypoints by Erik Ross and Histoires Naturelles by Maurice Ravel.
Wed. February 1, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Peggy Baker Dance Projects Peggy Baker, choreographer Debashis Sinha, sonic environment
action/words Celebrated choreographer Peggy Baker shares the inspiration, methods and motives for a cycle of solos that integrate choreography with spoken word. Five superb performers, each speaking a different language, illuminate the symbolic meaning of the word that is their theme. More languages are spoken in Toronto than in any other city in the world, and composer Debashis Sinha captures a sample of this vast array of voices in an ever-evolving sound track designed expressly for this ongoing choreographic project.
Thurs. February 2, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Geoffrey Conquer, piano Elizabeth Polese, soprano
French and Russian Masterpieces This rich and captivating two-part program showcases pianist Geoffrey Conquer performing solo works by Debussy and Scriabin. He is also joined by soprano Elizabeth Polese singing “No Word from Tom” from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse by Debussy. These multi-award-winning young artists are part of the Rebanks Family Fellowship Program at The Glenn Gould School.