March Concert Listings

Week of February 29

Tues. March 1, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Beauty of Baroque
Join members of the esteemed Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra on a Grand Tour of baroque Europe, in a delightful program featuring chamber music from England, France, Germany, Austria, and Italy.

Wed. March 2, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.

Avataar marries Hindustani raag and taal, hardbop jazz, Brazilian lyricism, electronica, atmospheric textures and ambiance, Javanese gamelan, and contemporary improvisation. The resulting confluence is a mesmerizing blend of rhythmic hypnotism, sonic landscapes and soaring melody that marries old and new musical sounds. Led by Sundar Viswanathan, this concert features excerpts from Avataar’s upcoming release, Petal, which speaks to the fragility and delicate nature of a flower petal and its metaphor for the impermanence of life and our universal consciousness.

Week of March 7

Tues. March 8, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
The Danforth Four

Music of Ireland
The Danforth Four present a stirring concert of traditional Irish music and song. Featuring haunting airs, toe-tapping dance-tunes, and old-style Irish songs, this talented ensemble celebrates the musical traditions of Ireland, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

Thurs. March 10, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
The National Ballet of Canada Brass Quintet

Brass Brilliance
The National Ballet Brass Quintet explores a century of tradition in a program of original brass chamber works from the past 100 years.

Week of March 14

Tues. March 15, 2016
12 — 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
Kyra Millan, soprano/opera educator

Opera Interactive
Join young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio and soprano/opera educator Kyra Millan in a lively interactive March break concert featuring favourite operatic arias and sing-along choruses. Audience members of all ages can listen to, learn about, and try their hand at the fascinating art of opera.

Thurs. March 17, 2016
12 — 1 p.m.
Cawthra Park Chamber Choir
Charles Sy, tenor
Bob Anderson, conductor

Choral Journeys: Then and Now
Cawthra Park Chamber Choir and conductor Bob Anderson take the audience on a journey through various choral traditions and styles from the Renaissance to contemporary Canadian works. COC Ensemble Studio member and Cawthra Park alumnus tenor Charles Sy reunites with his high school alma mater in a special performance.

Week of March 21

Tues. March 22, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Canada's Ballet Jörgen

Excerpts from Sleeping Beauty
The creation of new ballets is at the heart of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, a company seeking to build dance from coast to coast to coast. In this program, the dancers present highlights from the new full-length production of Sleeping Beauty (premiering October 2015) along with other works.

Thurs. March 24, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of The Glenn Gould School

Exquisite Chamber
Talented young artists from The Glenn Gould School perform a rich and varied program of music for chamber ensemble.

Week of March 28

Tues. March 29, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Four Tenors
The four tenors of the COC Ensemble Studio (Andrew Haji, Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure, Charles Sy, and Aaron Sheppard) team up in a program featuring beloved arias and ensembles that showcase the beauty of the tenor voice.

Thurs. March 31, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Danielle Baskerville, artistic producer
DA Hoskins, choreographer

Jackie Burroughs is Dead (and what are you going to do about it?)
Artistic producer Danielle Baskerville and choreographer DA Hoskins present a preview of their new work which focuses on how energy reverberates and grows through exchange—an echoing forever permeating the present and speaking of the residuals of loss. Throughout the creative process, dancers drew upon personal experiences, including the loss in 2010 of Canadian stage and film actress Jackie Burroughs, a highly dedicated contemporary dance enthusiast whose enduring presence inspired many dance artists throughout her lifetime. The work explores the power of reaction—how we observe, absorb and ultimately respond.

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