• This Month in Free Concert Series: December

    By COC Staff

    As the winter season rolls in, cozy up with some world-class live music at the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre!

    Enjoy one of Toronto's most breathtaking and intimates spaces, all while supporting Toronto's vibrant music community. Read on to learn more about a few of this month's performances!

    Thursday, December 8, at 12:00 PM


    Olivia Shortt, saxophone; Alexandra Smither, soprano; Aliayta Foon-Dancoes, violin; Isidora Nojkovic, cello

    This exciting program features new works for voice, strings, and saxophone highlighting improvisation, Indigeneity, and the many shapes that the voice can take. All works are recently created by Anishinaabe-Irish artist Olivia Shortt in collaboration with Canadian duo Orbit (Aliayta Foon-Dancoes and Isidora Nojkovic) and British-Canadian soprano Alexandra Smither. The program highlight is bagaskaadagaazii, a work first commissioned in 2020 by the Orbit Duo and later re-imagined in 2021 that speaks about the clean water crisis and lack of access to clean drinking water on reservations all over what is currently known as Canada. 

    Tuesday, December 13, at 12:00 PM

    Midday Escape with Vaughan Williams
    Members of the COC Orchestra

    Artists of the COC Orchestra celebrate the 150th anniversary of Vaughan Williams with an afternoon of pieces from and inspired by the composer. Joined by tenor Marcel d’Entremont, the chamber ensemble will play Ludlow and Teme by Gurney and the Vaughan Williams quintet in C minor.

    Thursday, December 15, at 12:00 PM

    Winter Celebrations
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio celebrate the winter season with beloved songs, both sacred and secular, that evoke both the cold of the natural world and the warmth of the winter holidays.

    Check out our full schedule of Free Concert Series performances over at 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

    Olivia Shortt Photo: Alejandro Santiago. Glitter edits by Heshaka Jayawardena.

    Ensemble Studio Photo: Gaetz Photography
    Posted in 22/23 Season


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