Tues. January 31, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Phillip Addis, baritone Emily Hamper, piano
Poetry in Song A rising star on the international stage, Canadian baritone Phillip Addis (Papageno in the COC’s The Magic Flute) is joined by accompanist Emily Hamper in an enchanting vocal program including the song cycles Waypoints by Erik Ross and Histoires Naturelles by Maurice Ravel.
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Wed. February 1, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Peggy Baker Dance Projects Peggy Baker, choreographer Debashis Sinha, sonic environment
action/words Celebrated choreographer Peggy Baker shares the inspiration, methods and motives for a cycle of solos that integrate choreography with spoken word. Five superb performers, each speaking a different language, illuminate the symbolic meaning of the word that is their theme. More languages are spoken in Toronto than in any other city in the world, and composer Debashis Sinha captures a sample of this vast array of voices in an ever-evolving sound track designed expressly for this ongoing choreographic project.
Thurs. February 2, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Geoffrey Conquer, piano Elizabeth Polese, soprano
French and Russian Masterpieces This rich and captivating two-part program showcases pianist Geoffrey Conquer performing solo works by Debussy and Scriabin. He is also joined by soprano Elizabeth Polese singing “No Word from Tom” from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse by Debussy. These multi-award-winning young artists are part of the Rebanks Family Fellowship Program at The Glenn Gould School.
Tues. February 7, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Kerson Leong, violin Philip Chiu, piano
The Belle Époque Young violin virtuoso Kerson Leong, with pianist Philip Chiu, immerses the audience in the unique ambiance of France’s Belle Époque in a concert featuring great violin works by Ravel, Poulenc, and Dompierre. This voyage through time and emotion is imbued with French charm and a playful salute to François Dompierre’s Les Diableries.
Thurs. February 9, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
Mélodies of the Heart Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio perform a sumptuous recital of French mélodies. Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo presents Messiaen’s Trois Mélodies and Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis, while baritone Bruno Roy explores the intersection of music, art and literature in Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée and Poulenc’s La fraîcheur et le feu.
Mon. February 13, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.* Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio *Note extended performance time
The Christina and Louis Quilico Awards In this special presentation, artists of the COC Ensemble Studio compete in the 7th edition of the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards. Each artist will perform an aria of his or her own choosing and a second aria will be selected by the panel of judges. Awards will be presented at the end of the evening.
Tues. February 14, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Andrew Haji, tenor Liz Upchurch, piano
Serenade Tenor and recent COC Ensemble Studio graduate Andrew Haji (Tamino in the COC’s The Magic Flute) presents a program fit for Valentine's Day! He will sing love songs that are certain to warm the heart.
Wed. February 15, 2017 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Humber Sax Quartet Alex Dean, leader
Sax to the Max Some 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.
Thurs. February 16, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Elena Tsallagova, soprano Sandra Horst, piano
Azaleas, Roses and Lilacs Internationally acclaimed Russian soprano Elena Tsallagova (Pamina in the COC's The Magic Flute) graces the stage in a concert of French and Russian music that evokes images of pastoral beauty and serenity. The program includes Debussy's Rondel Chinois and Bizet's song cycle Feuilles d’album, as well as Rachmaninov's Lilacs and Rimsky Korsakov's Romance Orient.
Tues. February 21, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Sae Yoon Chon, piano
Haydn to Prokofiev International award-winning pianist Sae Yoon Chon performs a thrilling program of two contrasting piano sonatas: Haydn’s Sonata No. 49 in E-flat Major and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major. This remarkable young artist is under the tutelage of John O’Conor and James Anagnoson at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto.
Thurs. February 23, 2017 12 – 1 p.m. Ileana Montalbetti, soprano Rachel Andrist, piano
Since Then... Five years ago to the day, Canadian soprano Ileana Montalbetti (Gutrune/Third Norn in the COC’s Götterdämmerung) bid farewell to the COC Ensemble Studio in her Les Adieux recital accompanied by pianist Rachel Andrist. Together again, these two gifted artists and friends stroll down memory lane in a program of works by Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and Britten and also perform the Toronto premiere of Robert Ursan's songs based on the poetry of Shakespeare.