Tues. April 5, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Marie Bérard and Aaron Schwebel, violins
Violin Masters COC Concertmaster Marie Bérard and Associate Concertmaster Aaron Schwebel present a virtuosic program for two violins that includes works by Baroque violin master Jean-Marie Leclair and Belgian composer and violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, regarded by many as “The King of the Violin.”
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Wed. April 6, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Rossina Grieco, piano
Chopin Preludes Rising star pianist Rossina Grieco performs one of the most enduring piano works ever composed: Chopin’s famous Preludes, which consists of 24 short pieces, one in each of the 24 keys.
Tues. April 12, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble Denny Christianson, leader
Strayhorn @ 100 One of the top ensembles from Humber College’s illustrious jazz program celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of jazz’s greatest legends: Billy Strayhorn. Featuring original Strayhorn tunes like “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Chelsea Bridge,” the program also highlights the legendary collaboration between Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.
Thurs. April 14, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Kara Huber, piano
Baseball, Yoga, and Other Sports for the Contemporary Pianist Quickly gaining an international reputation for her musical athleticism and flair for contemporary music, dynamic American pianist Kara Huber performs works by Canadian and American composers inspired by the world of sports. The program includes a world premiere by David Rakowski and the Canadian premiere of Douglas Pew’s Bagatelles, as well as Alexina Louie’s Put on Your Running Shoes and a work by Annie Gosfield inspired by the pivotal Yankees-Dodgers Game 4 in the 1941 World Series.
Tues. April 19, 2016 12 – 1 p.m.James T. Shields, clarinetRory McLeod, violaEmily Rho, piano
Mozart to Yoshimatsu**New Program**Three stellar artists (James T. Shields, clarinet; Rory McLeod, viola; Emily Rho, piano) unite for a program that highlights works by masters both old and new: Mozart's "Kegelstatt" Trio and Takashi Yoshimatsu's Fuzzy Bird sonata, as well as Arvo Pärt's incredible Spiegel im Spiegel .
Thurs. April 21, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Russell Thomas, tenorLiz Upchurch, piano
Songs for Springtime Rising star tenor Russell Thomas (appearing on stage as Don José in the COC’s production of Carmen) teams up with pianist Liz Upchurch for an intimate hour of some of his favourite art songs, including Schumann's >Dichterliebe song cycle, and works by Mascagni, Verdi and Donaudy.
Fri. April 22, 2016 12 – 1 p.m.Clémentine Margaine, mezzo-soprano Stephen B. Hargreaves, piano
Arena del Amor French mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine (appearing on stage in the title role of the COC's production of Carmen) and American pianist Stephen B. Hargreaves unite for an intimate program of some of Margaine’s favourite French and Spanish love songs.
Tues. April 26, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Simone Osborne, soprano Stephen B. Hargreaves, piano
Fruitful and Sacred Ground Canadian soprano and COC Ensemble Studio graduate Simone Osborne (appearing on stage as Micaëla in the COC’s production of Carmen) joins forces with American pianist Stephen B. Hargreaves in a program of some of her favourite recital repertoire, including Claude Debussy's Ariettes oubliées, award-winning Canadian composer Matthew Emery’s Three Songs, and love songs by Mozart and Cole Porter.
Thurs. April 28, 2016 12 – 1 p.m. Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio and Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal
Collaborations Singers from the young artist programs of the Canadian Opera Company and l’Opéra de Montréal join forces in a program of arias and ensembles.