May Concert Listings

Week of May 1

Tues. May 2, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Winds of the COC Orchestra

Great Wind Octets
Members of the wind section of the COC Orchestra perform a program featuring three outstanding works for wind octet: Haydn’s Octet in F Major, Beethoven’s Rondino in E-flat major, and Gordon Jacob’s Divertimento.

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Thurs. May 4, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra

Schubert Octet
Members of the COC Orchestra perform one of Schubert’s major chamber works, his Octet in F major. Technically demanding and emotionally stirring, Schubert’s octet boasts the largest scale of any of his chamber works.

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Week of May 8

Tues. May 9, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano
Rachel Andrist, piano

Women on the Edge
Canadian mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy (Julie Riel in the COC’s Louis Riel) teams up with pianist Rachel Andrist in a concert about women “on the edge.” The program includes Schumann’s Poèmes de la reine Marie d’Ecosse, and Zemlinsky’s Six Songs after Poems by Maeterlinck.


Wed. May 10, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Aaron Sheppard, tenor

COC Ensemble Studio tenor Aaron Sheppard, accompanied by pianist Stéphane Mayer, reflects on the brevity of life in Finzi’s A Young Man’s Exhortation, based on the poetry of Thomas Hardy. The concert also features performances by soprano Samantha Pickett and mezzo-soprano Megan Quick.


Thurs. May 11, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Lauren Eberwein, mezzo-soprano
Artists of the COC Orchestra

Bach Cantatas
COC Ensemble Studio mezzo-soprano Lauren Eberwein joins members of the COC Orchestra in a special program featuring two of J.S. Bach’s best-loved cantatas: Ich habe genug, BWV 82, and Vergnügte Ruh, BWV 170.


Week of May 15

Wed. May 17, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Canadian Art Song Project
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Dawn Always Begins in the Bones
Multi-award-winning Canadian composer Ana Sokolović has earned international acclaim for her orchestral, vocal, chamber, operatic and theatrical pieces. In this world premiere of her Canadian Art Song Project-commissioned cycle, Dawn Always Begins in the Bones, COC Ensemble Studio artists perform songs and ensembles that celebrate our country and the richness of its artistic traditions, with texts from celebrated poets: George Elliott Clarke, Lorna Crozier, Marilyn Dumont, Rienzi Crusz, Roo Borson, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Herménégilde Chiasson, Christian Bök, Claude Gauvreau, Nick Avis, Ariel Gordon, and E.J. Pratt.


Thurs. May 18, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Les Adieux: Die schöne Müllerin
Tenor Charles Sy and pianist Hyejin Kwon bid farewell to the COC Ensemble Studio in a performance of one of the greatest song cycles ever composed: Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin.


Week of May 22

Tues. May 23, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Winners of the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition

Young Artists Spotlight
Some of the brightest rising stars on the Canadian classical music scene illuminate the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in an exciting hour of chamber music celebrating their victories at The Glenn Gould Chamber Music Competition.

Wed. May 24, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Toronto Summer Music Festival

2017 Festival Preview
Now in its 12th season, the Toronto Summer Music Festival has firmly established itself as Toronto’s premier chamber music festival. Artistic Director Jonathan Crow presents a sneak preview featuring emerging artists and music from the festival.

Week of May 29

Tues. May 30, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Toronto Children's Chorus
Elise Bradley, artistic director
Michael Ross, piano

Colours of Peace—Global Illuminations
Under the direction of international award-winning conductor Elise Bradley, the exuberant young artists of the Toronto Children’s Chorus present repertoire on the theme of hope and peace by composers from around the world. The program features Hussein Janmohammed’s newly commissioned work which captures the essence of Canada’s multicultural heritage.


Thurs. June 1, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Ensemble Jeng Yi

The Empress Dowager
Ensemble Jeng Yi, a Toronto-based traditional Korean performing arts troupe, performs dynamic drum pieces and their renowned ribbon hat dance.

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