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Free Concert Series Highlights for November

Dharma Santi's 2008 performance in the Free Concert Series.

This November, the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is all about opening yourself up to new sounds and performance experiences. Explore the musical and dance traditions from cultures around the world, or challenge yourself with original contemporary compositions and innovative arrangements. But don't worry if you're feeling a little less adventurous, we'll still be featuring classic compositions and virtuoso performances too!

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Amstel Quartet- Transatlantic Sax

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Holland's hottest new chamber group, the Amstel Quartet, on their first Canadian tour. Old music, new music, world music, classical music - the award-winning saxophone ensemble plays it all and presents it in unexpected and innovative ways. Hear their version of Michael Nyman's Song for Tony in the video below.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Simone Osborne and Anne Larlee - Songs of Life and Love

Winner of the inaugural Maureen Forrester Prize, soprano Simone Osborne teams up with pianist Anne Larlee to pay homage to the legendary Canadian contralto in a compelling program featuring beloved classics by Schumann, Strauss, Hahn and Bellini, as well as the Toronto premiere of two newly commissioned songs by Canadian composer Brian Current.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 5:30 p.m. - Shirantha Beddage Quartet- Identity

One of the most compelling new voices on the Canadian jazz scene today, baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage presents a high-octane hour of original music from his JUNO Award-nominated album, Identity.  Shirantha infuses gospel and blues into modern hard bop, drawing inspiration from jazz legends ranging from John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins to Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk and Chick Corea. Watch Shirantha Beddage's Quartet perform at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2013 in the video below.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Dharma Santi and guests - Balinese Music and Dance: Templte, Court and Village Traditions

University of Toronto’s vibrant Balinese Gamelan Dharma Santi unites with Balinese gendèr wayang (keyed metallophone quartet) Seka Rat Nadi and UofT World Music Artists in Residence Vaughan Hatch and Putu Evie Suyadnyani, two of Bali’s most distinguished performing artists. This program of music and dance celebrates the rituals, ceremonies and rich artistic traditions of Indonesia’s most colourful island. Want to give this beautiful art form a try yourself? Check out this tutorial from Putu Evie!

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Shargi Persian Percussion Ensemble - Unbound

Naghmeh Farahmand, internationally acclaimed percussionist and daughter of one of Iran’s leading percussion masters, Mahmoud Farahmand, leads an inspiring all-female group of percussionists in a program of traditional music from Persia and the Middle East. See Naghmeh perform with the Sarv Ensemble in the video below.

Which concerts are you most looking forward to this November? Let us know in the comments!

Photos: (top) Dharma Santi performing in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, 2008. Photo by A. Chandra; (middle) Simone Osborne and Anne Larlee.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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