January Concert Listings

Week of January 2

Tues. January 3, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Noam Lemish Quartet

The People's King: A Musical Tribute to Bhutan
The People’s King is a musical tribute to the Himalayan nation of Bhutan, its king, its culture and people – all of whom touched pianist and composer Noam Lemish during his residence as a volunteer music teacher in Bhutan's capital city of Thimphu in 2009 and 2010. Arranged for jazz quartet (along with recorded chanting monks from the Dechen Phodrang Monastery in Thimphu), this multi-movement suite integrates jazz, classical Western music, and traditional Bhutanese folk music.

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Wed. January 4, 2017
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Jetstreamin' Jazz
Innovative and electrifying, Toronto jazz drummer Ernesto Cervini has energy to burn. Cervini leads his newly formed sextet, Turboprop, in a concert that features highlights from the band’s latest recording. Cervini is joined by Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Adrean Farrugia (piano), Jim Vivian (bass), Tara Davidson (alto sax) and William Carn (trombone).

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Thurs. January 5, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Marion Newman, mezzo-soprano
Kathleen Kajioka, violin
Adam Sherkin, piano

Kwagiulth and Stó:lo First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman presents a concert on the theme of reconciliation, featuring works by Canadian composers. Dustin Peters’ song cycle, Echo|Sap'a, explores the journey of The Echo (or Sap’a in Kwakwala), a para-natural entity that mimics the sounds and movements she encounters throughout the woods and waters. Violinist Kathleen Kajioka joins the program in a performance of Kinanu, a lullaby composed by Newman for her baby sister.

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Week of January 9

Tues. January 10, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of The Glenn Gould School

Across the Channel
Singers from the Rebanks Family Fellowship at The Glenn Gould School perform a scintillating and varied program, including selections from Joseph Canteloube’s Chants d'Auvergne, and Samuel Barber's Dover Beach, accompanied by string quartet.

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Wed. January 11, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Spectrum Percussion Trio

Bang the Drum!
Canada’s Spectrum Percussion Trio (Jay Mannion, Andrew Rasmus and Jonny Smith) presents a high-energy hour of exuberant and imaginative works for percussion trio.

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Week of January 16

Tues. January 17, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Gadfly Dance

Dance Ontario's Dance Weekend Preview
Creating movement at the junction where urban dance styles (house hip-hop, b-boying) meet jazz, contemporary and classical, Gadfly's distinctive choreography breathes with an energy and spontaneity found only in urban dance culture. In this presentation, they share excerpts from their latest innovative and exciting pieces to be performed at Dance Ontario’s upcoming Dance Weekend.

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Wed. January 18, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Jingquan Xie, piano

Partita Aplomb
Glenn Gould School student and winner of the Asian Pacific International Chopin Piano Competition, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s Concerto Competition, and Chamber Music Competition, Jingquan Xie has been praised for her maturity in music making, keyboard facility and sensitive use of tone colour. Xie’s program will include Bach’s Partita No. 6 and Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35.

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Thurs. January 19, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Hannah Burgé Quintet

Green River Sessions
Canadian jazz singer Hannah Burgé highlights songs from her debut album, Green River Sessions. Inspired by her English and Métis heritage, Burgé blends contemporary jazz with world music elements to create the soundscape of Green River Sessions. The program also features new original works by Burgé from her second album.

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Week of January 23

Tues. January 24, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Goran Jurić, bass
Anne Larlee, piano

Lost in a Russian Forest
Croatian-born bass Goran Jurić (Sarastro in the COC's The Magic Flute) presents a rich program of music from Russia including works by Tchaikovsky and Sviridov.

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Wed. January 25, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Throwdown Collective
and Lina Cruz, choreographer

Ylem (3 Eggs Ago)/Various Concert
Contemporary dance trio Throwdown Collective brings a touch of magical realism to the stage with a preview of Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz’s Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) and the Collective’s own creation, Various Concert.

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Thurs. January 26, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra and Academy
Jacqueline Woodley, soprano

Meet the Academy: Brilliant Baroque
The COC Orchestra Academy is an opera-focused mentorship program which offers talented young instrumentalists exposure to world-class opera productions under the mentorship of professional musicians in the COC Orchestra. In this special concert, members of the Academy perform alongside their mentors in a program of chamber music from the Baroque era. Joining them is Canadian soprano and COC Ensemble Studio alumna Jacqueline Woodley.

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