May Concert Listings

Week of April 30


Tues. May 1, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano
Liz Upchurch, piano
An Afternoon of Bel Canto
Hailed as “one of the great opera stars in the world” (The Globe and Mail), Sondra Radvanovsky (title role in the COC’s Anna Bolena) has captivated the hearts of audiences and critics around the world. She is joined by pianist Liz Upchurch for a program showcasing her technical prowess and the dark beauty of her voice.


Thurs. May 3, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Danika Lorèn, soprano
Bruno Roy, baritone
Les Adieux: Italienisches Liederbuch
Soprano Danika Lorèn and baritone Bruno Roy bid farewell to the COC Ensemble Studio with selections from Hugo Wolf’s monumental collections of love songs set to anonymous Italian poems: Italienisches Liederbuch.

Week of May 7


Tues. May 8, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Linda Ippolito, piano
Impromptus and Improvisations
Pianist Linda Ippolito captures the spirit of the moment in a series of improvisations and impromptus by Poulenc, Rachmaninov, Gieseking, and Fauré.


Wed. May 9, 2018
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Rich Brown Quintet
The Abeng
Canadian bass legend Rich Brown presents repertoire from his third album, Abeng, which was nominated for a “Jazz Album of the Year: Solo” Juno Award in 2016. The music utilizes progressive concepts in rhythm, harmony, and melody, while keeping the listener (and the musicians playing the music) connected and engaged. 


Thurs. May 10, 2018
12–1 p.m.
GGS New Music Ensemble
Brian Current, director
Beautiful Minds
Under the direction of award-winning composer and conductor, Brian Current, The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble presents the 20th century masterpiece Rain Coming by Toru Takemitsu, Canadian icon Murray Schafer’s Hymn to Night for soprano and large ensemble, and the world premiere of Christopher Mayo’s exploration of the works of iconoclast filmmaker Arthur Lipsett for large ensemble and electronics.

Week of May 14


Tues. May 15, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra
Viola Quintets
Artists of the COC Orchestra perform two contrasting and masterful viola quintets: Mozart’s String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K. 515 and Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111.

Week of May 21


Tues. May 22, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Keri Alkema, soprano
Michael Shannon, piano
A Journey of Transformation
Soprano Keri Alkema (Giovanna Seymour in the COC’s Anna Bolena) has been praised for her “tonal opulence” (Washington Post) and “incisive musicality” (New York Times). Joined by pianist Michael Shannon, she reveals the full extent of her musical and dramatic range with a program of some of her favourite art songs and arias; demonstrating the transformative power of the human voice.


Wed. May 23, 2018
5:30–6:30 p.m.
JAZZ.FM Youth Big Band
Jules Estrin, director
Joy Spring
Comprised of some of this country’s most talented middle and secondary school music students, the JAZZ.FM Youth Big Band provides exceptional students with the opportunity to hone their skills and interact in a diverse, professional music setting. Under the leadership of Jules Estrin, the group presents a program of big band favourites.


Thurs. May 24, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Winners of the GGS Chamber Music Competition
Young Artist Spotlight
Some of the brightest rising stars on the Canadian classical music scene illuminate the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in an exciting hour of chamber music celebrating their victories at The Glenn Gould Chamber Music Competition.

Week of May 28


Tues. May 29, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Toronto Summer Music Festival
Jonathan Crow, Artistic Director
2018 Festival Preview
Now in its 13th season, the Toronto Summer Music Festival has firmly established itself as Toronto’s premier chamber music festival. Artistic Director Jonathan Crow presents a sneak preview featuring leading artists and music from the festival.


Thurs. May 31, 2018
12–1 p.m.
Artists from the Canadian Arabic Orchestra
Artistry of the East
The Canadian Arabic Orchestra is dedicated to connecting audiences with classical Arabic music while celebrating the freedom and diversity of Canada’s cultural landscape. It performs contemporary and historic repertoire that covers all parts of the Arab world and spans a time period that goes back to early Andalusia – sometimes with a Western Classical and jazz twist.

Nearby Hotels & Restaurants
Make a night of your visit to the opera.
Map & Directions
How to find the Four Seasons Centre.