May 2014 Concert Listings

Week of April 28


Tues. April 29, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Shannon Butcher Quartet

Legendary Ladies
Ella, Billie, Sarah, Blossom and more. Toronto vocalist Shannon Butcher and her powerhouse quartet celebrate the sophisticated ladies of song who brought swing and style to the golden age of jazz. Acclaimed for her sultry vocals, sassy sense of fun and the “honest emotion and raw power” (Toronto Star) of her interpretations, Butcher’s distinctive style is steeped in the great tradition of these legendary ladies yet possesses a contemporary sensibility and sophistication all her own.

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Thurs. May 1, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Leonard Gilbert, piano

Appassionato
Award-winning young Canadian pianist Leonard Gilbert showcases his virtuosity and expressive range in a dynamic program of works by Bach (Prelude in A Minor from English Suite No. 2), Beethoven (Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, the “Appassionata”), Ravel (“Ondine” from Gaspard de la nuit), Chopin (Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E-flat Major, Op. 22) and Liszt (Transcendental Etude No. 10 in F Minor, "Appassionata”).

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Week of May 5


Tues. May 6, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano
Liz Upchurch, piano
Artists of the COC Orchestra

Of Love and Longing
Canadian mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy (currently performing in Roberto Devereux on our mainstage) teams up with pianist Liz Upchurch, tenor Andrew Haji and COC principal violist Keith Hamm in a poignant program of songs by Brahms (Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91), Britten (Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac), and Canadian composer Robert Fleming (The Confession Stone).

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Thurs. May 8, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Marie Bérard, violin
Bryan Epperson, cello
David Louie, piano

German Romanticism
COC concertmaster Marie Bérard and principal cellist Bryan Epperson join forces with acclaimed Canadian pianist David Louie to perform two masterpieces of the German Romantic period: Brahms’ rich and sweeping Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87 and Schubert’s rarely heard but sublime Notturno in E-flat Major, Op. 148.

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Week of May 12


Tues. May 13, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Russell Braun, baritone
Artists of the COC Orchestra

Journeys of the Soul
Russell Braun (Nottingham in Roberto Devereux) is joined by pianist Carolyn Maule, COC concertmaster Marie Bérard and artists of the COC Orchestra in Samuel Barber’s profoundly moving Dover Beach and Fauré’s La bonne chanson.

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Thurs. May 15, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra
and Ensemble Studio soprano Sasha Djihanian

War and Peace: Handel and Albinoni
Artists of the COC Orchestra and Ensemble Studio soprano Sasha Djihanian perform some of the most exquisite chamber works and arias of the Baroque era, including works by Handel (Trio Sonata, excerpts from Alexander’s Feast, Teseo and Amadigi) and Albinoni (Sonata à 5).

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Week of May 19


Tues. May 20, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
Liz Upchurch, piano

Les Adieux
Graduating artists of the COC Ensemble Studio (soprano Sasha Djihanian, baritone Cameron McPhail and pianist Michael Shannon) present a special farewell concert featuring their favourite art songs, including works by Debussy, Dvořák, Poulenc and Lee Hoiby.

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Thurs. May 22, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Stephen R. Clarke, lecturer

Chaliapin: A Portrait in Recordings
Stephen R. Clarke, lecturer and curator of the acclaimed Stratton Estate, offers a fascinating portrait of Feodor Chaliapin, one of the greatest basses of his day and the first artist to sing the part of Don Quichotte for Massenet in 1910.

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Week of May 26


Tues. May 27, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
David West

Ayawaska
Ecuadorian-born multi-string and vocal prodigy David West has thrilled audiences worldwide with his compelling fusion of contemporary jazz with rhythms and harmonies from the Andes, Pacific Coast and Amazon. In this special presentation he illuminates ancestral traditions from the Ecuadorian rainforest and shares new works from his latest project, New Fingerstyle.

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Thurs. May 29, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Toronto Summer Music Festival

2014 Festival Preview
In a sneak preview of the 2014 Toronto Summer Music Festival, one of Montreal’s most exciting young ensembles, the Sonoro Quartet (Ewald Cheung and Byungchan Lee, violins; Ryan Davis, viola; and Eli Weinberger, cello) presents two towering masterworks of the quartet repertoire: Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 5 and Dvořák’s “American” Quartet, Op. 96 in F Major.

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