November 2013 Concert Listings

Week of November 4

Tues. November 5, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Justin Gray, bass veena
Ed Hanley, tabla
Derek Gray, Tibetan bowls/percussion

Meditations for Bass Veena
Synthesis marries tradition with invention in an hour of North Indian ragas and original compositions featuring the bass veena, tabla and Tibetan singing bowls. The bass veena is an instrument designed by bassist Justin Gray, and co-created with Canadian luthier Les Godfrey to adapt the fretless bass into a form more suitable for Indian Classical and Indo-jazz music. In this special performance, Justin Gray (bass veena), Ed Hanley (tabla) and Derek Gray (Tibetan bowls and percussion) conjure a unique and compelling sound world that takes the audience on a powerful musical journey.

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Wed. November 6, 2013
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Adi Braun Quartet
Adi Braun, vocals
Dave Restivo, piano
Pat Collins, bass
Daniel Barnes, drums

Speak Low
Join vocalist Adi Braun and pianist Dave Restivo, bassist Pat Collins and drummer Daniel Barnes, as they trace the musical and personal journey of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya from Berlin to Broadway in songs and words. Adi Braun spins her signature magic in familiar tunes "Speak Low" and "September Song" and surprises with her interpretations of cabaret gems "Schickelgruber" and "Nanna’s Lied." These well-known and lesser-known musical selections are interspersed with excerpts from Kurt and Lotte's intimate letters to provide us with a fascinating glimpse into the lives of this enigmatic couple.

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Thurs. November 7, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Amstel Quartet
Remco Jak, soprano saxophone
Olivier Sliepen, alto saxophone
Bas Apswoude, tenor saxophone
Ties Mellema, baritone saxophone

Transatlantic Sax
Old music, new music, world music, classical music, Holland’s hottest new chamber group, the award-winning saxophone ensemble Amstel Quartet, plays it all and presents it in unexpected and innovative ways. The vibrant virtuosity and youthful exuberance of this group have captivated audiences throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear them on their first Canadian tour.

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Week of November 11

Tues. November 12, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Simone Osborne, soprano
Anne Larlee, piano

Songs of Life and Love
Winner of the inaugural Maureen Forrester Prize, soprano Simone Osborne teams up with pianist Anne Larlee to pay homage to the legendary Canadian contralto in a compelling program featuring beloved classics by Schumann, R. Strauss, Hahn and Bellini as well as the Toronto premiere of two newly commissioned songs by Canadian composer Brian Current, Birefringence and Extreme Positions, on texts by Canadian poets Christian Bök and bpNichol.

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Wed. November 13, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Tony Yike Yang, piano

Don't miss this opportunity to hear one of Canada's most exciting young rising stars. Award-winning 14-year-old pianist Tony Yike Yang showcases a virtuosity and depth belying his years in a dramatic program featuring Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7.

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Week of November 18

Tues. November 19, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of The Glenn Gould School

Chamber Connections: Brahms
Two of Canada’s most exciting rising stars and GGS Rebanks Fellows, violinist Luri Lee and cellist Jonathan Lo, team up with two of the country’s most established artists and young artist mentors, pianist Jamie Parker and violist Barry Shiffman, to perform Brahms’s youthful masterwork, the Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, whose tour-de-force “Rondo alla Zingarese” is guaranteed to bring the house down.

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Wed. November 20, 2013
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Shirantha Beddage Quartet
Shirantha Beddage, saxophone
Dave Restivo, piano
Mike Downes, bass
Mark Kelso, drums

One of the most compelling new voices on the Canadian jazz scene today, baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage teams up with stellar sidemen Dave Restivo (piano), Mike Downes (bass) and Mark Kelso (drums) in a high-octane hour of original music from their Juno Award-nominated album, Identity. Always unique and distinctive, Beddage infuses gospel and blues into modern hard bop, drawing inspiration from jazz legends ranging from John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins to Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk and Chick Corea.

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Thurs. November 21, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Rudin Lengo, piano

Hungarian Masters: Liszt and Ligeti
Albanian-Canadian pianist Rudin Lengo presents a powerful program of masterworks by two of Hungary's greatest composers: Franz Liszt's legendary Sonata in B Minor and Györgi Ligeti's Musica Ricercata. The program also includes Liszt's prelude after Bach's cantata "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen."

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Week of November 25

Wed. November 27, 2013  
12 – 1 p.m.
Dharma Santi and guests

Balinese Music and Dance: Temple, Court and Village Traditions
University of Toronto's vibrant 20-piece Balinese Gamelan Dharma Santi unites with two of Bali's most distinguished performing artists, World Music Artists-in-Residence Vaughan Hatch and Putu Evie Suyadnyani, in an hour of music and dance celebrating the rituals, ceremonies and rich artistic traditions of Indonesia's most colourful island.

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Thurs. November 28, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Sharghi Persian Percussion Ensemble

Naghmeh Farahmand, internationally acclaimed percussionist and daughter of one of Iran’s leading percussion masters, Mahmoud Farahmand, leads an inspiring all-female group of percussionists in a program of traditional music from Persia and the Middle East.

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