March Concert Listings

Week of March 2

Tues. March 3, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Fandango Guitar Quartet

Modern Sketches
Quatuor Fandango, four dynamic young classical guitarists from the Outaouais region, delight audiences across the country with their unique and compelling blend of Latin rhythms and classical arrangements of works by composers as diverse as Luigi Boccherini, Edvard Grieg, Jürg Kindle, Patrick Roux, Dušan Bogdanovic and Sergio Assad.

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Wed. March 4, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Marie France Forcier and Tracey Norman, choreographers

Through works aesthetically different, but astutely crafted and rich in imagery, two of Toronto’s favourite indie choreographers, Marie France Forcier (Scars are all the Rage*) and Tracey Norman (what goes between), explore the impact of loss and transformation.

*This work depicts mature content and may be disturbing to some patrons.

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Week of March 9

Tues. March 10, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
Blair Mackay, artistic director
Claire de Sévigné, soprano

Gamelan Plus
The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan has delighted and challenged audiences worldwide for over 30 years. Performing traditional and cutting-edge new music on an assortment of bronze and wooden instruments, collectively known as a gamelan, the eight-member group breathes new life into the centuries-old tradition of the Indonesian archipelago. The only ensemble of its kind in Canada, the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan regularly commissions new works featuring guest soloists and auxiliary media, creating a repertoire that reflects an intermingling of cultural sensibilities within a global perspective. The program features works by John Siddall, Nic Gotham and Allen Cole.

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Wed. March 11, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Alex Samaras and Bobby Hsu present A Sondheim Jazz Project

Chansons Refusées
“A big-hearted tenor” with an actor’s gift for storytelling through song (All About Jazz), Alex Samaras is quickly becoming one of the leading vocalists on the Canadian jazz and new music scene. Along with Bobby Hsu and a trio of kindred musical spirits, he explores the forgotten songs of Broadway with an emphasis on the music of Stephen Sondheim and other legendary theatre songwriters, bridging the worlds of musical theatre and modern jazz in a unique and compelling new way.

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Thurs. March 12, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Yao Guang Zhai, clarinet
Jeanie Chung, piano

Clarinet Fantasy
Still in his 20s, clarinettist Yao Guang Zhai is one of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s hottest new stars and has rapidly established a reputation as one of the most notable young players in the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him strut his soloistic stuff in a rich and romantic program featuring music by Gershwin (Three Preludes for Clarinet and Piano), Stravinsky (Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet) and Messager (Solo de Concours). He rounds out the program with a musical nod to the opera house with Luigi Bassi’s dazzling Concert Fantasy on themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto. He is joined by one of Toronto’s finest collaborative pianists, Jeanie Chung.

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Week of March 16

Tues. March 17, 2015
12 — 1 p.m.
Humber Latin Jazz Ensemble
Hilario Durán, director

Spice up your March Break with Humber College’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, whose unique blend of Afro-Cuban and jazz sounds is guaranteed to get your salsa on. Percussive, melodic, zesty and always inspired, Humber College’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, led by Grammy and Juno Award-winner Hilario Durán, is a performance not to be missed.

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Thurs. March 19, 2015
12 — 1 p.m.
Mike Ford, singer-songwriter

Canada Needs You
With his encyclopedic knowledge of Canadian history, Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Mike Ford takes audience members on a break-neck musical journey through First Nations lore, explorers’ tales, the War of 1812, rebellions, Confederation, and finally skidding to a halt for a decade-by-decade examination of Canada’s explosive 20th Century. This concert is perfect for history buffs of all ages!

Week of March 23

Tues. March 24, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Heidi Hatch, violin
Jeanie Chung, piano

Violin Fireworks
Award-winning young Spanish-American violinist Heidi Hatch showcases her passion and virtuosity in a program of violin fireworks by Paganini, Wieniawski and Sarasate.

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Thurs. March 26, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Nights and Dreams
Two graduating artists of the COC Ensemble Studio, mezzo-soprano Charlotte Burrage and baritone Clarence Frazer explore the realm of night and dreams in a rich and evocative program of art songs and duets by Schubert, Brahms, Mahler and Gounod.

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Week of March 30

Tues. March 31, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Jaffa Road

Where the Light Gets In
Award-winning Toronto-based world music group Jaffa Road creates a unique sonic landscape that draws organically from the worlds of Jewish, Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, electronica, rock, pop and dub. With on-stage chemistry as electrifying as it is intense, the band mixes ancient and original poetry in Hebrew, Spanish and English with belly dance rhythms, pulsating dub grooves, exhilarating improvisations, and a global mix of instrumentation. In this special presentation, the group presents highlights from their Juno-nominated album, Where the Light Gets In, as well as a sneak peek of new material from an upcoming release.

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Wed. April 1, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Canadian Children's Opera Company
Ann Cooper Gay, conductor

Alice in Operaland
Under the direction of Ann Cooper Gay, the exuberant young artists of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company perform excerpts from Alice in Wonderland, a magical newly commissioned opera with music by Errol Gay and libretto by stage director Michael Patrick Albano. Gergely Szokolay accompanies the performance on piano.

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Thurs. April 2, 2015
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of The Glenn Gould School
Cordelia Paw, violin
Mikhailo Babiak, horn
Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, piano

Chamber Connections: Brahms
Three exciting international rising stars from The Glenn Gould School unite to perform one of the undisputed highlights of the entire chamber music repertoire: the Trio for horn, violin and piano in E-flat Major by Johannes Brahms.

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