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2/5/2013

February Free Concert Series Highlights

Unleash your inner romantic, travel back to 1930, or experience performances by renowned jazz and dance masters. This February, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - Stephen B. Hargreaves - Variations on 1930

American pianist, harpsichordist and conductor Stephen B. Hargreaves presents a colourful snapshot of the year 1930 with an eclectic program of piano music ranging from Copland's Piano Variations, Britten's Three Character Pieces, and Kodály's Dances of Marrosszék to Art Tatum's Tea for Two.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Franz-Josef Selig - Love's Dark Shore 

If you haven't had the chance to experience internationally acclaimed German bass Franz-Josef Selig's powerful performance as King Marke in the COC's current production of Tristan und Isolde, now is your opportunity to hear him explore the dark side of love in a rich and compelling program of lieder by Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss. See him perform with WDR Sinfonienorchester in the video below!  

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 12 p.m. - COC Ensemble Studio and Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal - Vive l'Amour! 

This Valentine's Day, treat that special someone in your life to an afternoon of opera's most romantic arias and duets. Young artists from the COC Ensemble Studio and Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal will melt even the coldest of hearts with music from Roméo et Juliette, La Bohème, Lakmé, and more.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 12 p.m. - Peggy Baker Dance Projects - MotionMusic

Music and dance come together in a quartet of works presented by legendary Canadian dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker, featuring live accompaniment from pianist John Kameel Farah. Each piece of music sets in motion the extraordinary dancers of Peggy Baker Dance Projects.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 5:30 p.m. - Nancy Walker and Kirk MacDonald - Contemporary Conversations

Make sure to leave work on time so you can head to the Four Seasons Centre and watch jazz pianist Nancy Walker and saxophonist Kirk MacDonald tug at the boundaries of structure and freedom, playing original material and a selection of jazz standards. Catch Nancy Walker perform in the video below.

Click here for more information about all of our February performances in the Free Concert Series.

Photos: Peggy Baker Dance Projects performs in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre (top); Sasha Djihanian performs in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre (bottom). Photos by Chris Hutcheson.

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001