April Concert Listings

Week of March 30


Tues. March 31, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Jaffa Road

Where the Light Gets In
Award-winning Toronto-based world music group Jaffa Road creates a unique sonic landscape that draws organically from the worlds of Jewish, Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, electronica, rock, pop and dub. With on-stage chemistry as electrifying as it is intense, the band mixes ancient and original poetry in Hebrew, Spanish and English with belly dance rhythms, pulsating dub grooves, exhilarating improvisations, and a global mix of instrumentation. In this special presentation, the group presents highlights from their Juno-nominated album, Where the Light Gets In, as well as a sneak peek of new material from an upcoming release.



Wed. April 1, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Canadian Children's Opera Company
Ann Cooper Gay, conductor

Alice in Operaland
Under the direction of Ann Cooper Gay, the exuberant young artists of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company perform excerpts from Alice in Wonderland, a magical newly commissioned opera with music by Errol Gay and libretto by stage director Michael Patrick Albano. Gergely Szokolay accompanies the performance on piano.



Thurs. April 2, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of The Glenn Gould School
Cordelia Paw, violin
Mikhailo Babiak, horn
Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, piano

Chamber Connections: Brahms
Three exciting international rising stars from The Glenn Gould School unite to perform one of the undisputed highlights of the entire chamber music repertoire: the Trio for horn, violin and piano in E-flat Major by Johannes Brahms.


Week of April 6


Tues. April 7, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Alice Gi-Young Hwang, piano

Croquis Français
Award-winning American pianist Alice Gi-Young Hwang presents a colourful selection of French repertoire that captures the humour, subtlety and sonority of the French aesthetic. The program includes works by Poulenc (Nocturne No. 1, Toccata), Ravel (Sonatine), Satie (Gymnopédie No. 1 with Prelude by the performer), Chopin (Nocturne Op. 62 No. 1, Étude Op. 25 No. 6), Debussy (L’Isle Joyeuse), Philip Lasser (Still Life in Toccata Style) and Jean Françaix (Cinq Bis No. 1, 4).



Thurs. April 9, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Poetic Love
Tenor Andrew Haji and bass-baritone Gordon Bintner, both award-winning young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio, tackle two of the towering masterpieces of the German Lied repertoire: Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Schubert’s Schwanengesang.


Week of April 13


Tues. April 14, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra

Contrasts and Connections
Artists of the COC Orchestra (James Shields, clarinet; Csaba Koczó, violin; Emily Rho, piano) unite with Toronto Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Joseph Johnson in a program of works written at the dawn of the two world wars: Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and Bartók’s Contrasts. The program is rounded out by the Concerto à Tre by German-born American composer Ingolf Dahl, who was forced to leave his native Germany during the Nazi rise to power, and whose work is tied to those of Bartók and Stravinsky through a connection with Benny Goodman.

This concert is part of the sub-series A Century of Change: Commemorating the World Wars and the Fall of the Berlin Wall



Wed. April 15, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Peggy Baker Dance Projects

elegant equations
Celebrated choreographer Peggy Baker shares the inspiration, methods and motives that underlie the conception and creation of locus plot, a full evening work set to premiere in her company’s upcoming Toronto season. locus plot takes the pristine mathematical underpinnings of locus (schematic renderings of mathematic formulae) and disrupts this abstraction with explosions, collapses and slides into dramatic dance-theatre scenes that refocus the dynamics of mathematics as charged interactions on a human level. Thrilling music by Canadian composer and pianist John Kameel Farah is showcased in this intimate preview performance by the superb dancers of Peggy Baker Dance Projects: Ric Brown, Sarah Fregeau, Kate Holden, Sean Ling and Sahara Morimoto.


Week of April 20


Tues. April 21, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Raagini Dance
Bageshree Vaze, artistic director

Paratopia
Raagini Dance creator Bageshree Vaze reveals 21st-century Kathak and Indian classical dance aesthetics in a contemporary, global reality. Dynamic solo performances by the award-winning Vaze and excerpts from the world premiere Kathak trio, Paratopia, highlight signature qualities of Kathak dance: complex footwork, sparkling pirouettes, intricate facial and hand gestural language and dynamic movements. The program includes live tabla music by Vineet Vyas.



Thurs. April 23, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Erik Lawrence, piano

The Baroque Dance Transfigured
American pianist Erik Lawrence explores the rich and fascinating world of Baroque dance forms on a contemporary keyboard in a program featuring a Baroque dance suite by Bach (Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830) paired with Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.


Week of April 27


Tues. April 28, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

The Futile Precaution: Highlights from The Barber of Seville
The young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio present highlights from one of the most beloved and sparkling works in the operatic repertoire: Rossini’s comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville.



Thurs. April 30, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Stephen Hargreaves, harpsichord

In Praise of Women: Music for Harpsichord
American pianist and COC music staff member Stephen Hargreaves presents a richly varied program of harpsichord music composed or inspired by women. Alongside harpsichord compositions by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Patricia Morehead, the concert features piano music by women transcribed for harpsichord, including Hargreaves’ own transcription of Fleurs de France by the only female member of Les Six, Germain Tailleferre, as well as various transcriptions by the legendary Wanda Landowska. Music celebrating women in mythology, such as Jacques Duphly’s Les grâces and Medée and works by Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, round out the program.


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