We're welcoming spring to the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre with two world premieres of Canadian compositions, a silver anniversary celebration of dance, and concerts from young, rising talent. You won't want to miss any of April's diverse performances in the Free Concert Series. Here are some highlights.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - Ballet Jörgen Canada- Ballet Express!
Dancing into Canadian hearts for 25 years, Ballet Jörgen Canada returns to present a diverse program of classical and contemporary ballets to celebrate its silver anniversary. Showcasing a selection of gems from the repertoire, the program features excerpts from the great classics, cutting-edge contemporary works, and intimate dance pieces capturing the beauty of life. Get a taste of what this company has to offer in the preview below from its production of Swan Lake.
Thursday, April 9, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Christopher Mokrzewski - Bill Evans: The French Connection
Christopher Mokrzewski, one of Toronto’s most versatile and exciting young pianists, explores the influence of French classical composers on the music of legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans. With Evans’ iconic “Peace Piece” as a point of departure, this unique program weaves together the music of Ravel, Poulenc and Messiaen with some of Evans’ greatest signature tunes. Listen to Evans' "Peace Piece" in the video below.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Canadian Art Song Project - A Celebration of Canadian Art Song
Co-directed by tenor Lawrence Wiliford
and pianist Steven Philcox, the Canadian Art Song Project
is a new Toronto-based collective dedicated to the creation
and performance of Canadian art song. Wiliford and Philcox present the
world premiere of a new cycle by Norbert Palej entitled Fourteen Small Songs
(on texts by Jan Zwicky). The program also includes the Toronto
premiere of a new work by Andrew Ager, dedicated to and performed by COC Ensemble studio alumna, soprano Shannon Mercer, and a selection of Jean Coulthard songs performed by fellow Ensemble Studio alumnus, baritone Peter McGillivray. Both artists will be accompanied by Liz Upchurch.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12 p.m. - The Arkadas Quartet - Quartet Masterworks: Beethoven and Ravel
The recently formed Arkadas Quartet
celebrates its victory in the University of Toronto's Felix Galimir Chamber Music
Competition with a performance of two of the masterworks of the string quartet repertoire, the Quartet in F Minor by Maurice Ravel and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, nicknamed the “Harp.” Listen to the quartet perform Bartók's String Quartet No. 6 in the video below.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Queen of Puddings Music Theatre in Concert - Inspired by Lorca: La selva de los relojes
Led by co-artistic directors Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre presents the world premiere of La selva de los relojes ("The Forest of Clocks"). Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s Suites, this new chamber work by Toronto composer Chris Paul Harman explores the conflicting metaphors of the natural world and of a clockwork world. This final Queen of Puddings performance features COC Ensemble Studio alumna mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó.
Photos: (top) Ballet Jörgen performs in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, 2012. Photo: Chris Hutcheson; (middle) Pianist Christopher Mokrzewski and tenor Lawrence Wiliford perform in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, 2012. Photo: Tracy Kay; (bottom) Federico García Lorca.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001