February Concert Listings

Week of January 29


Tues. January 30, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Leon Bernsdorf, piano
Bravura Piano
Leon Bernsdorf, winner of The Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition and prizewinner at the Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition, returns to the Free Concert Series for a performance marked by a dazzling display of technique and virtuosity that includes the works of Debussy and Liszt.



Thurs. February 1, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Artists of The Glenn Gould School
Topher Mokrzewski, conductor
Mr. Tambourine Man
Artists from The Glenn Gould School present Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan, a song cycle for soprano and chamber ensemble set to the words of Bob Dylan, by Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning composer, John Corigliano.

Week of February 5


Wed. February 7, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Dionysis Grammenos, clarinet
Ensemble Made in Canada
Brahms Clarinet Quintet
Hailed as “the new Prince of the clarinet” (Télérama, France), Dionysis Grammenos (assistant conductor for the COC’s The Abduction from the Seraglio) is joined by one of Canada's leading piano quartets, Ensemble Made in Canada, for an inspiring performance of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115.


Thurs. February 8, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Lauren Eberwein, soprano
Stéphane Mayer, piano
Cabaret through the Ages
Join COC Ensemble Studio artists Stéphane Mayer (piano) and Lauren Eberwein (soprano) as they explore the evolution of cabaret as a vocal art form. The performance features works by Schubert, Hahn, Poulenc, Weill, Britten, Bolcom, and Schoenberg.

Week of February 12


Tues. February 13, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Peggy Baker Dance Projects
Sarah Chase, choreographer/director
Debashis Sinha, sound designer
Peggy Baker, text/performer
unmoored/stories that move
In this rare encounter, celebrated dance artist Peggy Baker performs scenes from unmoored, an autobiographical timeline in which crucial episodes and encounters have been distilled as text and physical language. Through explanation, demonstration, movement, and voice, she shares the inspiration, methods, and motives behind this collaboration with choreographer/director Sarah Chase.


Wed. February 14, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Claire de Sévigné, soprano
Rachel Andrist, piano
The Truth about Love
Canadian soprano and COC Ensemble Studio graduate, Claire de Sévigné (Blonde in the COC’s The Abduction from the Seraglio) teams up with pianist Rachel Andrist for a special Valentine’s Day program. Through art song and poetry, the program follows the journey of a young woman’s love story gone wrong–will it end in heartache or a reawakening?


Thurs. February 15, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
Russian Romance
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio present a rich and romantic program of arias and art songs by Russian composers including beloved favourites by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, as well as lesser known gems.

Week of February 19


Tues. February 20, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Jane Archibald, soprano
Liz Upchurch, piano
Vienna to Paris
Praised for her brilliant vocal technique and artistry, celebrated Canadian soprano Jane Archibald (COC 2017/2018 Artist-in-Residence) joins forces with pianist Liz Upchurch in a varied program that includes the music of one of their favorite composers, Richard Strauss.

Week of February 26


Tues. February 27, 2018
12–1 p.m.
La Fiammata Duo:
Charissa Vandikas, piano
Linda Ruan, piano
Piano Four Hands
Linda Ruan and Charissa Vandikas (La Fiammata Duo) present virtuosic and dynamic works for piano four-hands, as well as a selection of solo repertoire. Both students at The Glenn Gould School, these two bright young musicians have recently garnered awards for their piano duo performances, including the Grand Prize at the Canadian Music Competition.


Wed. February 28, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Humber College’s Contemporary Jazz Workshop
Pat LaBarbera, director
Contemporary Creations
Led by Juno Award-winning saxophonist, Pat LaBarbera, the Humber College Contemporary Jazz Workshop brings together some of the brightest young jazz musicians in the country for an hour of great tunes and masterful musicianship.

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