March 2014 Concert Listings

Week of March 3

Tues. March 4, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Claudia Chan, piano
Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano

New Creations: John Adams and Hans Thomalla
In collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Creations Festival, pianists Claudia Chan and Ryan MacEvoy McCullough join forces to perform two important and exhilarating works of the contemporary two-piano repertoire: John Adams’s iconic Hallelujah Junction (1996) and Hans Thomalla’s extended fantasy for two prepared pianos, Noema (2004). Both composers will be present to add insight into their works.

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Wed. March 5, 2014
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Robi Botos, piano
Hilario Durán, piano

Take 2
By popular demand, two of Canada’s hottest jazz piano masters, Robi Botos and Hilario Durán, come together again in the space that witnessed the magic of their first collaboration. The electric energy generated by the meeting of two cultures and two extraordinary musical minds must be experienced to be believed!

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Thurs. March 6, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Duo Volando
Michael Berkovsky, piano
Lang Ning Liu, piano

One of Canada’s most exciting young piano duos, Duo Volando (Michael Berkovsky and Lang Ning Liu) explores the rich tonal palette of the two-piano format in a captivating program of original arrangements of Chinese folk themes and the complete set of Sirens, a new work commissioned by the duo from Canadian composer Constantine Caravassilis.

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Week of March 10

Tues. March 11, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Ensemble Jeng Yi
Charles Hong, artistic director

Rain, Wind, Clouds and Lightning
Ensemble Jeng Yi performs an exciting interactive program of Korean drumming and dance that audiences of all ages will find engaging and educational. Dynamic drum pieces and the much-talked-about ribbon hat dance are interspersed with entertaining information and stories about the instruments and music. Learn a bit of Korean and something about Korean drumming!

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Thurs. March 13, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Kyra Millan, soprano
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

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

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Week of March 17

Tues. March 18, 2014
12 — 1 p.m.
Jason Stoll, piano

Virtuoso Masterworks
Award-winning young American pianist Jason Stoll showcases his virtuosity and expressive range in an exciting program of virtuoso masterworks by Haydn, Schumann, Villa-Lobos and Gershwin.

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Wed. March 19, 2014
12 — 1 p.m.
Ballet Brass

International Scenes
The National Ballet Brass Quintet (Richard Sandals and Robert Weymouth, trumpets; Derek Conrod, horn; David Pell, trombone; Sasha Johnson, tuba) presents its debut concert with an exploration of original brass chamber music by Russian, Armenian, American and Canadian composers: Armenian Scenes by Alexander Arutunian; Gollyardes Grounde by Malcolm Forsyth; Music for Brass Instruments by Ingolf Dahl and Brass Quintet No.3 by Victor Ewald.

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Week of March 24

Tues. March 25, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Peggy Baker Dance Projects

nature studies for dancers and musicians
Celebrated choreographer Peggy Baker shares the inspiration, methods, and motives behind the conception and creation of two works to be featured in her company’s upcoming Toronto season. Powerful music by Canadian composers Heather Schmidt and Chan Ka Nin is showcased in this intimate performance, featuring company dancers Ric Brown, Sean Ling, Mateo Galindo Torres and Sahara Morimoto, and acclaimed instrumentalists Shauna Rolston (cello), John Kameel Farah (piano) and Max Christie (clarinet).

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Wed. March 26, 2014
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Humber Faculty 6
Denny Christianson, leader

Jazz 606
A veritable Who’s Who of jazz in Canada, Humber Faculty 6 represents Humber's renowned music program all around the world. They have toured extensively in Korea, France, and Canada, performing all-original music written by the members: Brian Dickinson (piano), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Mike Downes (bass), Mark Kelso (drums), Kirk MacDonald (saxophone) and Denny Christianson (trumpet).

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Thurs. March 27, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Canadian Art Song Project

A Celebration of Canadian Art Song
Under the direction of tenor Lawrence Wiliford and pianist Steven Philcox, the Canadian Art Song Project presents the world premiere of a new cycle by James Rolfe entitled Moths (on texts by André Alexis), performed by baritone Brett Polegato and Philcox. The program also includes Derek Holman's A Play of Passion and three works by Matthew Emery, performed by tenor Colin Ainsworth, soprano Monica Whicher and pianist Kathryn Tremills.

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Week of March 31

Tues. April 1, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of The Glenn Gould School

Chamber Connections: Corigliano
Artists of the Glenn Gould School perform an exciting program of solo and chamber works featuring the music of acclaimed American composer John Corigliano, as well as works by Osvaldo Golijov and Aaron Jay Kernis.

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Thurs. April 3, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Love Song Waltzes
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio (singers Gordon Bintner, Charlotte Burrage, Claire de Sévigné and Andrew Haji, with pianists Michael Shannon and Liz Upchurch) celebrate love, life and music in a performance of Brahms’ tour-de-force for four voices and two pianists: Liebeslieder Walzer (Love Song Waltzes). The piece is paired with Canadian composer John Greer's whimsical modern answer to Brahms, the Liebesleid-Lieder on texts by Dorothy Parker and others.

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