October Concert Listings

Week of September 28

Tues. September 29, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.

Love Shards of Sappho
Toronto's Arraymusic celebrates women composers and the female voice in a program of vocal and chamber music featuring Barbara Monk Feldman's The Love Shards of Sappho and Linda Catlin Smith's Hieroglyphs

Thurs. October 1, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Micah Barnes Trio

New York Stories
Inspired by the song writing of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim, Canadian jazz and indie treasure Micah Barnes presents New York Stories, a romantic collection of original songs inspired by the Big Apple’s rich musical history, as well as Barnes’ own experience in the city that never sleeps.

Week of October 5

Tues. October 6, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Ensemble Les Songes

Alma Innamorata
Passionate love, faithful love, naive love and jealous love. Discover Italian baroque music of the 18th century through the dynamic young musicians of Ensemble Les Songes in a program that includes works by Handel, Corelli and Scarlatti.

This concert is part of the Emerging Artists Concerts Presented by Desjardins in Partnership with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.

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Thurs. October 8, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
John Kameel Farah, piano

Between Carthage and Rome
Pianist-composer John Kameel Farah presents a unique program that showcases his creative hybrid of improvisation, composition and electronics that mixes elements of early music, contemporary classical, Arabic music and forms of Electronic Dance Music. Simultaneously using piano, synthesizer, and computer, Farah takes the audience on a journey through works from his recently released album, Between Carthage and Rome.


Week of October 12

Tues. October 13, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Tom Brouillette, choreographer/dancer

Artists and Lovers
Visionary choreographer and dancer Tom Brouillette presents a preview of his latest work, Artists and Lovers, a piece for six dancers set in 1920s Paris. Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano conjures up the heady sensuality of the cafés, clubs and salons of Montparnasse.


Wed. October 14, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Joseph Johnson, cello

Cello Suites: Bach and Britten
Internationally acclaimed cellist Joseph Johnson (principal cello of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra) performs an intimate hour of two great solo cello works: the third cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach and Benjamin Britten.


Thurs. October 15, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
UofT Opera

The Art of the Prima Donna
UofT Opera presents a charming program of operatic gems by Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and others, interposed with anecdotes from the great 19th-century prima donnas.

Week of October 19

Tues. October 20, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Afiara Quartet
Graham Campbell, guitar

Ritmos Brasileiros
Campbell/Afiara unites the formidable talents of the Afiara String Quartet and versatile guitarist, composer and arranger Graham Campbell. This new fusion ensemble brings a lush chamber sound to jazz, the infectious sounds of Brazilian choro, and new works.

Thurs. October 22, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.

Cross-Cultural Synthesis
Monsoon is an Indo-Jazz collective that combines elements of creative jazz and traditional Indian classical music into a rich cross-cultural expression. Performing their own original compositions, Monsoon's synthesis of the deep spirituality and penetrating moods of India’s Ragas with the creative and harmonic expression from the West brings a fresh and innovative approach to Indo-Jazz.


Week of October 26

Tues. October 27, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Quinn Kelsey, baritone
Rachel Andrist, piano

Songs from the Heart
Hawaiian baritone Quinn Kelsey, winner of the 2015 Beverly Sills Award and appearing as Giorgio Germont in the COC’s production of La Traviata, presents a program of some of his favourite art songs and Lieder, including Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel and Finzi's Let Us Garlands Bring.

Wed. October 28, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
McGill Jazz Orchestra
Joe Sullivan, musical director

The MJO Sessions
The McGill Jazz Orchestra has earned a reputation as one of the finest university jazz ensembles anywhere. Led by jazz composer and trumpeter Joe Sullivan, the MJO performs traditional and contemporary jazz masterworks and takes on challenging new repertoire that embraces Canadian composers and music written by their own students.

Thurs. October 29, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Tussah Heera, piano

Love, Death, Madness
Award-winning young pianist Tussah Heera showcases her passion and virtuosity in a program that features works by some of her favourite master composers, including Chopin’s impressive Sonata No. 3.

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