December Concert Listings

Week of December 1

Tues. December 2, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Canada's Ballet Jörgen

Ballet 360
The creation of new ballets is at the heart of Canada's Ballet Jörgen, a company seeking to build dance from coast to coast to coast. Enjoy the diversity of artistic expression during this hour-long program of classical and contemporary ballet. Dancers present highlights from Cinderella, The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition and other excerpts from the company's extensive repertoire, including Robert Desrosiers' Bouffonia.

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Wed. December 3, 2014
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Mike Downes Trio
Mike Downes, bass
Robi Botos, piano
Larnell Lewis, drums

Ripple Effect
Juno Award-winning bassist and composer Mike Downes teams up with powerhouse pianist Robi Botos and one of Canada’s hottest young drummers, Larnell Lewis, in a sophisticated and swinging hour of original music, including the title track and other highlights from the award-winning album, Ripple Effect, and a sneak preview of new tunes from an upcoming recording.

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Thurs. December 4, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Rossina Grieco, piano

Virtuoso Masterworks
A veteran of international stages since the age of eight, multi-award-winning 20-year-old American pianist Rossina Grieco showcases her passion and technical prowess in a program of virtuoso masterworks by Beethoven (Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, “Appassionata”) and Liszt (“Dante Sonata”).

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Week of December 8

Tues. December 9, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of The GGS New Music Ensemble
Brian Current, conductor

Under the direction of Brian Current, the talented young artists of The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble present a program of music commemorating the two world wars and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Highlights include a work by visiting Italian composer Marco Stroppa from 1989 (the year of the fall of the Berlin Wall) and a new work by Canadian composer Brian Harman.

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

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Wed. December 10, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
The Alex Dean Saxophone Quartet

Sax Appeal
Four of the most talented and inventive young artists of Humber College’s acclaimed jazz program unite for an engaging hour of music that spans generations and genres. They are led by one of Canada’s foremost jazz saxophonists, Alex Dean, who has worked with the likes of Gil Evans, Aretha Franklin and Rob McConnell’s Grammy Award-winning Boss Brass and brings a lifetime of musical experience to both the bandstand and the classroom.

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Week of December 15

Tues. December 16, 2014
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto

Cantautore: Here and Now
With “the sensuousness of Sophia Loren blended with the earthiness of Anna Magnani” (JazzTimes), award-winning singer-songwriter Daniela Nardi presents her jazz-world music project Espresso Manifesto, whose mission is to discover, showcase and reinterpret the scintillating spirit of Italian music and culture. In this special presentation she performs selections from her three internationally acclaimed recordings, including a sneak preview of Canto, her latest album recorded in Toronto and Naples and scheduled for release in 2015.

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Thurs. December 18, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Amanda Martinez

Gracias a la Vida: A Holiday Celebration
Known for her passionate and soulful singing and infectious onstage energy, Canada’s Amanda Martinez blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with elements of flamenco, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Mexican folklore to create an irresistible signature sound that is very much her own. In this special holiday presentation, she celebrates life and the joys of the season with a spicy selection of tunes from her much-lauded discography, as well as a mix of beloved seasonal songs.

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