• This Month in Free Concert Series: April

    By COC Staff

    The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre brings artists from around the world to share their talent and passion in one of Toronto's most breathtaking and intimate spaces.

    This month, join us for nine unique performances, featuring PhoeNX Ensemble, LARK Ensemble, COC Ensemble Studio artists, and more!

    Wednesday, April 12, at 12:00 p.m.

    Songs in Time of War—Revisited

    PhoeNX Ensemble

    Acclaimed Toronto-based mixed East/West PhoeNX Ensemble and celebrated tenor Lawrence Wiliford join forces to present a new cross-cultural revisit of Alec Roth’s Songs in Time of War. Based on the poetry of Du Fu as translated by Vikram Seth, this epic song cycle shares stories of adventure, friendship, solitude, love, loss, and the profound beauty of life.

    Tuesday, April 18 at 12:00 p.m.

    The Musical Offering
    LARK Ensemble

    The LARK Ensemble is formed by members of Toronto’s leading orchestras (COC Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and National Ballet of Canada Orchestra). Joined by special guest harpsichordist Christopher Bagan, they perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece The Musical Offering, arranged for traverso, string trio, and harpsichord. Dedicated to and based on a single musical theme given to Bach by Frederick II of Prussia, this piece is widely accepted as one of the greatest chamber works of the Baroque era.

    Tuesday, April 25 at 12:00 p.m.

    Blessed Moon, Blazing Sun
    Queen Hezumuryango, mezzo-soprano; Alex Hetherington, mezzo-soprano; Liz Upchurch, piano; Carolyn Blackwell, viola

    COC Ensemble Studio mezzo-sopranos Queen Hezumuryango and Alex Hetherington join Liz Upchurch, Head of the COC Ensemble Studio, and violist Carolyn Blackwell, for a program that explores the richness and depth of the mezzo soprano repertoire while taking the audience on a journey from twilight to dawn.

    See our full performance schedule on the Free Concert Series web page!

    As always, the Free Concert Series is free for all attendees, but arrive early! Doors open half an hour prior to the performance start time and admittance is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is presented by:

    Header photo: Karen E. Reeves
    Posted in 22/23 Season


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