January Concert Listings

Week of January 5

Tues. January 6, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Newton Moraes Dance Theatre

Brazil, The Land of Tears and Soul
Brazil-born choreographer and company founder Newton Moraes celebrates his vibrant native culture, connecting it with Toronto and today’s world in an evocative series of vignettes that reflect on the soulful complexity of contemporary Brazilian culture.

Performers include: Marco Placencio, Michelle Zimmerman, Patrizia Gianforcaro, Nicheshia Garrick, Falciony Pacino Cruz, Christian Camilo Girardo, Mikhail Morris, Geanderson Mello and Vanessa Faria

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Wed. January 7, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Amy McConnell & William Sperandei Quartet
Amy McConnell, vocals
William Sperandei, trumpet
Brian Dickinson, piano
Ross MacIntyre, bass

Easy to Love: The Cole Porter Songbook
Vocalist Amy McConnell and trumpeter William Sperandei are joined by pianist Brian Dickinson and bassist Ross MacIntyre in a heartwarming hour dedicated to some of the best-loved songs from master composer and lyricist Cole Porter. The inspired sound and irresistible musical chemistry between McConnell and Sperandei has propelled them to the top of the jazz charts across Canada, garnering rave reviews and a Juno nomination for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for their debut album Stealing Genius. The program includes McConnell’s renditions of perennial favourites such as “Just One of Those Things”, “Night and Day”, “I've Got You Under My Skin”, “Easy to Love”, “All of You” and “Ev'ry Time We Say Good-bye”.

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Thurs. January 8, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Ritmo Flamenco Dance and Music Ensemble

A Sirocco is a powerful Mediterranean wind hailing from the Sahara desert that crosses North Africa and settles in southern Spain. Award-winning dancer/choreographer Anjelica Scannura (recently featured in the COC’s production of Don Quichotte) moves beyond geographical and stylistic boundaries searching for the obscure Arabic roots of flamenco. Joined by her parents, Ritmo Flamenco’s music director and master composer/flamenco guitarist Roger Scannura and dancer/teacher/artistic director Valerie Scannura, Canada’s pre-eminent flamenco family seamlessly works together, as only a family can, to create a beautiful, heart-felt piece.

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Week of January 12

Tues. January 13, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Victor Fournelle-Blain, violin
Philip Chiu, piano

The Golden Violin
Winner of McGill Schulich School of Music's 2014 Golden Violin Award and concerto competition, Prix d'Europe 2012 and numerous other awards, violinist Victor Fournelle-Blain teams up with pianist Philip Chiu in a program of virtuoso masterworks for violin and piano.

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Thurs. January 15, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
McGill Honours Jazz Combo
Rémi Bolduc, director/saxophone

All or Nothing at All
Saxophonist Rémi Bolduc, one of Canada’s foremost and most inspiring jazz musicians, is known for his formidable energy and spontaneity. He leads a dynamic ensemble of some of the Schulich School of Music’s most talented young artists in a high-octane hour of jazz standards and original compositions.

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Week of January 19

Tues. January 20, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Huimber College’s Indo-Jazz Collective

Cross Cultural Journey
Indo-Jazz is an emerging genre that explores the synthesis of two musical worlds. Humber College alumnus, professor and bassist Justin Gray leads the audience and the talented young artists of the Indo-Jazz Collective on a cross-cultural journey through his unique compositions that blend elements of traditional Indian classical raga music and contemporary jazz.

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Thurs. January 22, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Songs of Love and War
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio present a thought-provoking program of music commemorating the world wars, featuring works by Erich Korngold, Francis Poulenc, Hanns Eisler, Charles Ives and Benjamin Britten.

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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Week of January 26

Tues. January 27, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Canadian Art Song Project

A Celebration of Canadian Art Song
The Canadian Art Song Project presents the world premiere of Enchantments of Gwendolyn, a new song cycle by Marjan Mozetich based on texts by Gwendolyn MacEwen, performed by mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy and pianist Adam Sherkin. The program also includes sopranos Joni Henson and Nathalie Paulin performing works by some of Canada’s finest composers of song. Henson presents Godfrey Ridout’s Cantiones Mysticae (based on the poetry of John Donne), while Paulin sings André Prévost’s Musiques Peintes; Tu te souviens; Soleils d'été (based on poems by Gatien Lapointe) and Clermont Pépin’s Cycle-Éluard. Both singers will be accompanied by pianist Robert Kortgaard.

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Thurs. January 29, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra Academy

Introducing the Academy
One of the COC’s most exciting new initiatives was the recent launch of the COC Orchestra Academy. This unique opera-focused mentorship program offers talented young artists from The Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music exposure to world-class opera productions, under the mentorship of professional musicians in the COC Orchestra. In this special performance, members of the Academy perform alongside their mentors in a program of gems from the chamber music repertoire.

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