February Concert Listings

Week of February 2


Tues. February 3, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
Liz Upchurch, piano
Kerry DuWors, violin

Poèmes pour Mi
Two sopranos of the COC Ensemble Studio, Aviva Fortunata and Karine Boucher, present Poèmes pour Mi, the first of Messiaen’s three song cycles, a heartfelt and deeply moving expression of love for his wife, violinist Claire Delbois, nicknamed “Mi”. The cycle is complemented by the Theme and Variations for violin and piano, the composer’s wedding present to his wife, who also gave the work its public premiere in 1932.



Thurs. February 5, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Emanuel Ax, host
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano
Orion Weiss, piano

Opera Transcriptions for Piano
In collaboration with the Toronto Symphony’s RBC Piano Extravaganza, curated and hosted by master pianist Emanuel Ax, two of the most exciting rising stars on the international scene today, Russian Honens Prize Laureate Pavel Kolesnikov and award-winning American pianist Orion Weiss, perform a program of operatic transcriptions by Granados and Wagner-Liszt.


Week of February 9


Mon. February 9, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Please note extended concert time)
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

The Christina and Louis Quilico Awards
In this special presentation, artists of the COC Ensemble Studio compete in the 6th edition of the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards, which will be presented at the end of the evening. Each artist will perform an aria of his or her own choosing and a second aria will be selected by the panel of judges.



Tues. February 10, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Jane Archibald, soprano
Liz Upchurch, piano

Songs of Love and Longing
Internationally acclaimed for her “brilliant vocal pyrotechnics” (Globe and Mail) and “remarkable dramatic presence” (Le Figaro), Canadian coloratura soprano Jane Archibald (making her role debut as Donna Anna in the COC’s production of Don Giovanni) teams up with pianist Liz Upchurch for an intimate hour of her favourite art songs and arias.



Wed. February 11, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Minor Empire

Turkey: A Musical Odyssey
Since releasing their debut recording, Second Nature, Toronto-based world music ensemble Minor Empire has generated excitement and rave reviews for their scintillating soundscape of psychedelia, electronica, jazz and traditional Turkish music. Inspired by the rich folk traditions of their homeland, guitarist/composer/producer Ozan Boz and vocalist Ozgu Ozman have forged a distinctive sound that is simultaneously contemporary and traditional, both a collision and confluence of Turkish and Western music.


Week of February 16


Tues. February 17, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Janina Baechle, mezzo-soprano
Rachel Andrist, piano
Keith Hamm, viola

Urlicht
Praised for her “luxuriously luminous sound” and powerful dramatic presence (Das Opernglas), German mezzo-soprano Janina Baechle (making her COC debut as Fricka in Die Walküre) presents an intimate hour featuring the repertoire for which she has garnered unanimous international acclaim: the bittersweet Lieder of Mahler (her album Urlicht received the 2014 Orphée d’or award for best Lied recording). With pianist Rachel Andrist and COC principal violist Keith Hamm, she rounds out the program with the “viola songs” by Brahms and Loeffler (Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91 and Four Poems for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 5).



Thurs. February 19, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Artist 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.


Week of February 23


Tues. February 24, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Barbara Hannigan, soprano

Rapture
In collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Creations Festival, celebrated Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan showcases her “supple and subtle voice” and “smouldering physicality” (The Times) in a captivating program of vocal chamber music. The program features Chausson’s mesmerizing Chanson perpétuelle and Schoenberg’s impassioned String Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp minor, inspired by the poems of Stefan George.


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