May Concert Listings

Week of May 2

Tues. May 3, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Anita Rachvelishvili, mezzo-soprano
David Aladashvili, piano

Georgian Romance
Internationally renowned Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili (appearing onstage in the title role of Carmen) and pianist David Aladashvili present a unique program of some of their favourite songs, including works by Rachmaninov, De Falla, Ravel, Faure, and Georgian composer Otar Taktakishvili.

Wed. May 4, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
605 Collective
Josh Martin and Lisa Gelley, co-artistic directors

Vital Few
Led by artistic co-directors Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin, 605 Collective is a Vancouver-based dance company dedicated to producing original works through a shared creative process. As part of a generation inspired by the exchange between urban and contemporary forms, 605 places emphasis on movement innovation and physically demanding works, valuing collaboration as an essential tool for new directions in dance. Vital Few highlights autonomy and responsibility within a collective consciousness, based on six individual dancers' choice-making within a group dynamic.

Thurs. May 5, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Canadian Art Song Project

A Celebration of Canadian Art Song
Canadian Art Song Project presents a program of works by John Beckwith and Sylvia Rickard performed by emerging artists from University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. The program culminates in a performance of a new song cycle by Erik Ross entitled The Living Spectacle, set to poems by Baudelaire and featuring COC Ensemble Studio graduates soprano Ambur Braid and pianist Steven Philcox.

Week of May 9

Tues. May 10, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
and COC Orchestra

Les Adieux: Let Beauty Awake
COC Ensemble Studio soprano Aviva Fortunata and bass-baritone Iain MacNeil perform a special concert featuring John Greer’s arrangements for singer and piano quintet of Strauss’s inimitable Four Last Songs, and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel.

Thurs. May 12, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists and Friends of the COC Orchestra

Sound Revolutions
Members and friends of the COC Orchestra unite in a program of stirring contemporary chamber works that includes Canadian composer Kevin Lau’s Eagle’s Ascent, Guillaume Connesson’s Techno Parade, and Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1, arranged by Webern.

Week of May 16

Tues. May 17, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Les Adieux: Moonlit Night
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio bid farewell before graduating, in a program that includes Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Tenor Andrew Haji performs Britten's moving work which is set to poetry about both the beauty and disquiet of night.

Wed. May 18, 2016
12 – 1 p.m.
Toronto Summer Music Festival

2016 Festival Preview
Now in its 11th season, the Toronto Summer Music Festival has firmly established itself as Toronto’s premier chamber music festival. Artistic Director Douglas McNabney presents a sneak preview featuring emerging artists and music from the Festival.

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