October Concert Listings

Week of September 29

Tues. September 30, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Michael Shand Trio
Michael Shand, piano
Marito Marques, drums
Andrew Stewart, electric bass

Acclaimed Toronto-born pianist, arranger and music director Michael Shand teams up with stellar sidemen, Marito Marques (drums) and Andrew Stewart (electric bass), in a high-octane hour featuring highlights from their recently released album Patience for Life, as well as a sneak peek at new material for an upcoming release. Blues, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Funk, House, R&B, Soul and Latin music are the raw elements that form Shand’s musical identity, but jazz is the common thread that binds all these styles together.

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Thurs. October 2, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the UofT Opera

Brush Up Your Shakespeare
In celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, UofT Opera offers a selection of arias and ensembles from operatic and musical theatre works based on the plays of the legendary bard.

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Week of October 6

Tues. October 7, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Colin Ainsworth, tenor
Stephen Ralls, piano

A Play of Passion
Tenor Colin Ainsworth (appearing in the COC's mainstage production of Falstaff) and pianist Stephen Ralls perform three song cycles written for them by distinguished Canadian composer, Derek Holman: The Death of Orpheus, A Lasting Spring and A Play of Passion.

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Thurs. October 9, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure, tenor
Iain MacNeil, bass-baritone

A Shropshire Lad
Two of the newest members of the COC Ensemble Studio, tenor Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure and bass-baritone Iain MacNeil, perform two very different, yet equally beautiful and deeply felt settings of poems by A.E. Housman: Ivor Gurney’s Ludlow and Teme and George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad. Gurney’s own experience in the trenches as a private in the First World War and his own war poetry lend a particular poignancy to his setting, which casts a darker light on the wartime experience when compared to Housman’s idealized pre-war poetry.

This concert is part of the sub-series A Century of Change: Commemorating the World Wars and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Week of October 13

Tues. October 14, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of Opera Atelier and Atelier Ballet

Hosted by co-artistic director Marshall Pynkoski, singers and dancers from Opera Atelier present excerpts from the Canadian premiere of a fully staged production of Handel’s Alcina. This Baroque masterpiece tells the story of a sorceress whose world is a mirage composed of the souls of her past lovers and the Christian knight Ruggiero who is destined to set them free.

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Wed. October 15, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Anastasia Rizikov, piano

Russian Masterworks
Award-winning 15-year-old Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov showcases her virtuosity and passion in a program featuring some of the greatest masterworks of the Russian repertoire: Tchaikovsky's Romance in F Minor, a selection of Rachmaninov Preludes, Mussorgsky's monumental Pictures at an Exhibition and Balakirev's lavish “Oriental Fantasy”, Islamey.

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Week of October 20

Tues. October 21, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Vincent Boilard, oboe
Olivier Hébert-Bouchard, piano

Oboe con amore
Two of Canada's most passionate young performers, oboist Vincent Boilard and pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard, shine the spotlight on the oboe in a selection of spirited pieces by Mozart, Poulenc and everything in between.

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Thurs. October 23, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Lauren Segal, mezzo-soprano
Robert Gleadow, bass-baritone
Sandra Horst, piano

Gypsy Songs
Three distinguished graduates of the COC Ensemble Studio, mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal (Meg Page in the COC’s production of Falstaff), bass-baritone Robert Gleadow (Pistola in Falstaff) and pianist Sandra Horst (Chorus Master for Falstaff), present an engaging hour of art song featuring Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs, dde Falla’s Siete canciones populares Españolas, Ibert’s Chansons de Don Quichotte and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel.

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Week of October 27

Tues. October 28, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano

The Idea of North
Víkingur Ólafsson, Iceland's award-winning rising star pianist and host of the Icelandic TV series Útúrdúr (roughly translated as OutofTune), makes his Toronto debut performing music from his native Iceland and neighbouring Nordic countries. He also pays tribute to one of his greatest inspirations, legendary Toronto pianist Glenn Gould, in a performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations.

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Thurs. October 30, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra
Monique de Margerie, piano

Divertissement à 6
An all-female quintet featuring wind players of the COC Orchestra joins forces with pianist Monique de Margerie in a charming program of chamber works by Jean Françaix (Divertissement), Jacques Ibert (Trois Pièces Brèves) and Francis Poulenc (Sextet).

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