Wed. January 6, 2016 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Julie Michels Trio
Come Together Soulful Canadian jazz vocalist Julie Michels brings her powerful voice and exciting trio to a program that includes excerpts from her latest release as part of the Braden/Michels Project, Come Together. The concert features arrangements by pianist David Restivo, including “Come Together,” “Nature Boy,” “Skylark,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and Michels' own composition, “Valerie’s Tune.” Virtuoso bassist and composer Neil Swainson rounds out the trio for this enticing blend of show-stopping arrangements and jazz standards.
Thurs. January 7, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. KasheDance Kevin A. Ormsby, artistic director
Re-imagining: TPM Embodying artistic diversity in technique, form, and presentation, KasheDance ushers in a new genealogy of Afro-contemporary dance drawing its inspiration from the Diaspora. This program includes excerpts from choreographer Kevin A. Ormsby’s latest work, Re-imagining: TPM (Time Place Memory). KasheDance explores the musical interrelationships of the classical period in Europe and Africa while the pulsating polyrhythms invite the audience to ponder on the importance of traditions in contemporary life.
Tues. January 12, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Eric St-Laurent Quintet
Hyperborea Eric St-Laurent and his quintet bring a unique style of Afro-Cuban rhythms combined with jazz and blues elements. With Hyperborea, St-Laurent presents an “imaginary tradition” of music from a place that never existed, where the only way to know this culture’s music is to invent it. Infectious, energetic grooves, plenty of interaction and a strong taste for adventure create the imagined world of Hyperborea.
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Thurs. January 14, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Erik Lawrence, piano
Beethoven and Brahms Rising star pianist Erik Lawrence presents a program of two solo piano masterpieces: Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 4 and Brahms' Six Pieces for Piano.
Tues. January 19, 2016 12 – 1 p.m.Gordon Bintner, bass-baritoneAndrew Haji, tenorJennifer Szeto and Liz Upchurch, pianists
Où dort la fantaisie COC Ensemble Studio members bass-baritone Gordon Bintner and tenor Andrew Haji present a program comprised of two stirring works. Bintner performs for the final time in the Free Concert Series before graduating from the Ensemble Studio, singing Schumann's Liederkreis. Haji sings Liszt's moving Sonetti del Petrarca.
Thurs. January 21, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Artists of the COC Orchestra Academyand COC Orchestra Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure, tenorAnne Larlee, piano
La bonne chansonMembers of the COC Orchestra Academy perform alongside their mentors from the COC Orchestra in a concert featuring Mendelssohn's Octet and Fauré’s moving song cycle, La bonne chanson, with COC Ensemble Studio tenor Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure.
Tues. January 26, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Byungchan Lee, violin Philip Chiu, piano
The 2014/2015 Golden Violin Winner Winner of McGill Schulich School of Music’s 2014/2015 Golden Violin Award, violinist Byungchan Lee unites with pianist Philip Chiu in a program of virtuoso masterworks for violin and piano, with works by Brahms, Bach, Mozart and Sarasate.
Thurs. January 28, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Peggy Baker Dance Projects
reassembled Celebrated choreographer Peggy Baker shares the inspiration, methods, and motives behind the conception and creation of her latest full work, Phase Space. Choreographic fragments from across the spectrum of Baker’s repertoire have been disrupted, expanded, compressed, reframed and restructured to create thoroughly new and unique solos and duets. Innovative composer and pianist John Kameel Farah displays his tremendous facility and imagination in this intimate performance by the stellar dancers of Peggy Baker Dance Projects: Ric Brown, Sarah Fregeau, Kate Holden, Sean Ling, Andrea Nann and Sahara Morimoto.