February 2014 Concert Listings

Week of February 3

Tues. February 4, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Tracy Dahl, soprano
Liz Upchurch, piano

Songs from the Heart
Acclaimed for her remarkable agility, clarity and a sound “filled with sunshine, rainbows and laser light” (Opera magazine), Canadian coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl (Despina in the COC’s Così fan tutte) reunites with pianist Liz Upchurch in a selection of her favourite art songs and arias.

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Wed. February 5, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Mark Kieswetter, piano
Ross MacIntyre, bass

These Things
“Kieswetter and MacIntyre have captured the true essence of what the best piano/bass duos are all about: elegance, economy, precision, fluidity, style, intimacy, grace, and that magical, intangible chemistry – the simpatico.” (The Wholenote). Pianist Mark Kieswetter and bassist Ross MacIntyre present an alluring mix of standards, selections from their exquisite 2011 album, green edge sky, green edge sun, and a tantalizing preview of tunes from their upcoming release, These Things.

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Thurs. February 6, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Signal Theatre
Michael Greyeyes, choreographer/director
Dancers: Louis Laberge-Côte, Kate Holden, Michael Caldwell and Ana Groppler

A Soldier's Tale
Acclaimed Canadian choreographer/director Michael Greyeyes offers a sneak preview of A Soldier's Tale, a powerful new dance theatre work portraying the lives of soldiers and their families in the aftermath of war. Written by Tara Beagan, artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts, with music by John Gzowski, A Soldier's Tale loudly echoes George Santayana’s soliloquy: only the dead have seen the end of war.

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Week of February 10

Tues. February 11, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Paul Appleby, tenor
Anne Larlee, piano

The Art of Song
A recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program and one of the most inspiring new voices of his generation, tenor Paul Appleby (Ferrando in Così fan tutte) performs a selection of German and American art songs by Schubert, Schumann, John Harbison and John Musto.

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Thurs. February 13, 2014
12 - 1 p.m.
Sir Thomas Allen
Rachel Andrist, piano

Songs of the Sea
Internationally acclaimed baritone Sir Thomas Allen (Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte) teams up with pianist Rachel Andrist in a bittersweet program of folk songs, art songs and arias including works by Haydn, Schubert, Britten, Eric Coates and Arthur A. Penn.

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Week of February 17

Tues. February 18, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Kara Huber, piano

Women in the Powerhouse
Award-winning young American pianist and new music advocate Kara Huber pays tribute to some of the leading female composers of our day, including Sofia Gubaidulina (Toccata-Troncata, Invention, Chaconne), Alexina Louie (Warrior), Joan Tower (No Longer Very Clear) and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by emerging American composer Natalie Draper.

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Wed. February 19, 2014
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Michael Occhipinti and Shine On

The Universe of John Lennon
Acclaimed guitarist and arranger Michael Occhipinti is joined by an all-star band and two of Canada's most distinctive jazz vocalists, Elizabeth Shepherd and Yvette Tollar, as they continue the journey of exploration that is “The Universe of John Lennon.” Remaining true to the integrity of Lennon’s cherished tunes and stories, their strikingly new and imaginative reinterpretations are sure to surprise and delight Beatles fans of all ages.

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Thurs. February 20, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Artist of the COC Ensemble Studio
and Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal

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.

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Week of February 24

Tues. February 25, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Ballet Jörgen

Dance Through Time
Ballet Jörgen Canada returns to present a diverse program of classical and contemporary ballet that showcases the company’s trademark innovation, warmth, humour and beauty. This one-hour program will feature gems from the repertoire, including excerpts from Romeo & Juliet and other great classics, a peek at Robert Desrosier’s new creation, Bouffonia, and intimate dance pieces capturing the beauty of life.

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Wed. February 26, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Capella Intima
Toronto Continuo Collective

Gagliano's La Dafne
Capella Intima and the Toronto Continuo Collective join forces to present La Dafne, a rarely performed masterpiece of the early Baroque. Premiered in 1608 at the Gonzaga court, Ottavio Rinuccini’s colourful libretto is masterfully set by composer Marco da Gagliano. An ensemble of dramatic voices accompanied by lutes, theorbos, harpsichord, and viola da gamba bring Ovid’s ancient tale of Apollo and Daphne to vivid life.

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