Twenty unique digital concerts
The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, presented by TD Bank Group, brings artists from around the world to share their talent and passion in one of Toronto's most breathtaking and intimate spaces. Located within the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room at the Four Seasons Centre, this iconic, glass-enclosed space connects the building to its surroundings and community.
Throughout the 21/22 season, we captured the vibrant, resilient, and inspiring spirit of Toronto with The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre: City Sessions. These short, five-minute digital performances support the city’s cultural ecosystem with much-needed performance opportunities and provide a globally inspired, locally focused array of artists with a platform to share the music and stories that resonate most with them.
All concerts will be available on select COC social channels.
Padideh Ahrarnejad & Ali Massoudi
Renowned Iranian-Canadian instrumentalists Padideh Ahrarnejad and Ali Massoudi demonstrate their virtuosity on the tar and handpan in a showcase of Persian music.
Jonah Spungin & Vladimir Soloviev
COC Ensemble Studio baritone Jonah Spungin and pianist Vladimir Soloviev perform “Zueignung” by Strauss and "Largo al factotum" from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
Award-winning pianist Rudin Lengo displays his profound and imaginative musicality in a performance of Frédéric Chopin’s "Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39."
Mike Downes and Robi Botos
Leading Canadian jazz musicians and multiple JUNO-award winners, Mike Downes and Robi Botos, join forces to perform an original piece by Mike Downes called “A Reflection.”
This week, Patty Chan (erhu) and Sanya Eng (harp) of PhoeNX Ensemble deliver a moving rendition of “The Golden Fish” by celebrated Canadian composer Alice Ping Yee Ho.
Alex Halliday and Frances Thielmann
COC Ensemble Studio bass-baritone Alex Halliday and pianist Frances Thielmann perform “Così dunque tradisci... Aspri rimorsi” by Mozart and “Chanson de la Mort” from Ibert’s Chansons De Don Quichotte.
Internationally acclaimed pipa virtuoso, Wen Zhao, gives a tour-de-force performance of traditional Chinese Music that demonstrates the full expressive range of her instrument.
Eliana Cuevas Trio
Venezuelan-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Eliana Cuevas performs one of her original compositions, entitled “Seré Libre” which means “I Will Be Free."
Sean Donald and Alex Samaras
Singer-songwriters Sean Donald and Alex Samaras create soothing and healing atmospheres through their hauntingly beautiful original compositions.
COC Ensemble Studio pianist Frances Thielmann returns to the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, delivering an inspired rendition of “Cloches à travers les feuilles” from Claude Debussy’s Images.
Matthew Cairns & Vladimir Soloviev
COC Ensemble Studio artists Matthew Cairns and Vladimir Soloviev performing “La fleur que tu m'avais jetée” from Bizet’s Carmen and “Ah, la paterna mano” from Verdi’s Macbeth.
Sina Bathaie & Siavash Sadr Mahdavi
Toronto-based santur Sina Bathaie & percussionist Siavash Sadr Mahdavi perform an original composition titled "Childhood Memories."
Pianist Vladimir Soloviev of the COC Ensemble Studio performs "Sposalizio" from Franz Liszt's Italian Years of Pilgrimage.
Charlotte Siegel & Frances Thielmann
COC Ensemble Studio soprano Charlotte Siegel and pianist Frances Thielmann perform "Song to the Moon" from Dvořák's Rusalka, followed by an original song.
Jessy Kim & Jean-Luc Thierren
Artists from the Royal Conservatory of Music, violinist Jessy Kim and pianist Jean-Luc Therrien, perform the first movement from Poulenc's Sonata for Violin and Piano.
Vartan Gabrielian & Vladimir Soloviev
COC Ensemble Studio artists Vartan Gabrielian and Vladimir Soloviev perform Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni" from Bellini's La Sonnambula and "La calunnia" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville.
Pianist Morgan-Paige Melbourne performs a semi-improvised original composition titled "Beneath the Rivers."
Midori Marsh & Frances Thielmann
Two artists from the COC Ensemble Studio, soprano Midori Marsh and pianist Frances Thielmann perform "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Debussy's "C'est l'extase".
Our inaugural artist is BLISK, a Toronto-based group synthesizing polyphonic Eastern European song, dance, and movement with hypnotic percussion.