October 2013 Concert Listings

Week of September 30


Tues. October 1, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Morgan Childs Quartet
Morgan Childs, drums
Kelly Jefferson, saxophone
Dave Restivo, piano
Jon Maharaj, bass

Swinging on a Star
A formidable force at the vanguard of the Canadian jazz scene, drummer Morgan Childs leads a dream team quartet consisting of award-winning saxophonist Kelly Jefferson, former Boss Brass pianist Dave Restivo, and one of Toronto’s hottest bassists, Jon Maharaj. Performing highlights from their upcoming album, this exciting new ensemble showcases their unique blend of sophistication and soul in a playful mix of standards and original tunes embracing the romanticism and swing of yesteryear and the exuberant edge and modern groove of the new generation.

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Wed. October 2, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra

Lunch with Ludwig
Artists of the COC Orchestra (Associate Concertmaster Benjamin Bowman and Associate Principal Cellist Alastair Eng) team up with colleagues from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Principal Violist Teng Li) and A Far Cry Orchestra (Co-Concertmaster Ashley Vandiver) to perform two of Beethoven’s masterworks for string quartet from the early and middle periods: Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2 and Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74, “The Harp.”

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Thurs. October 3, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Hank Knox, harpsichord

Have Harpsichord, Will Travel
Applauded across the globe for his “colorful, kinetic performances” (All Music Guide) that “abound in vitality” (Early Music America), Montreal-based harpsichordist Hank Knox bridges the gap between the study of early music on historic instruments and the vibrant, contemporary culture of our day. The culmination of his harpsichord road trip across the Prairies, Knox stops off in Toronto for a sparkling program of musical gems by Byrd, Frescobaldi, Rameau, Geminiani and Bach.

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Week of October 7


Tues. October 8, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Andrew Downing's Anahtar Project
Featuring Güç Başar Gülle, oud

Sketches of Istanbul
In a unique cross-cultural collaboration, award-winning Canadian cellist and composer Andrew Downing joins forces with Turkish oud sensation Güç Başar Gülle, percussionist Debashis Sinha and clarinettist Peter Lutek in a program inspired by the distinctive mosaic of cultures, beliefs and people of the great city of Istanbul. Traditional Turkish-Ottoman music alternates with an alluring fusion blending East and West, old and new, styled after centuries-old Makam music but coloured by Western performance sensibilities and forms.

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Wed. October 9, 2013
12 - 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
Gordon Bintner, bass-baritone
Charlotte Burrage, mezzo-soprano
Aviva Fortunata, soprano
Andrew Haji, tenor

Poetic Echoes: A Britten Celebration
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with a selection of the composer’s most enchanting songs and song cycles, including The Poet’s Echo (Aviva Fortunata, soprano), A Charm of Lullabies (Charlotte Burrage, mezzo-soprano), Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo (Andrew Haji, tenor) and excerpts from Tit for Tat (Gordon Bintner, bass-baritone).

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Thurs. October 10, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Nagata Shachu

Hibiki! Echoes of Japan
From the exhilarating assault of an arsenal of taiko drums to the mesmerizing melodies of bamboo flutes and traditional Japanese stringed instruments, internationally acclaimed taiko ensemble Nagata Shachu celebrates its 15th season with an unforgettable hour of heart-pounding and evocative music that masterfully combines unbounded spirit and passion with the highest levels of musicianship and discipline.

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Week of October 14


Tues. October 15, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Robert Pomakov, bass
The Gryphon Trio

Celebrating the Bard of Ukraine
COC bass Robert Pomakov (performing on the mainstage in Peter Grimes) is joined by The Gryphon Trio for the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Ukrainian composer Bohdana Frolyak, based on a text by the legendary 19th-century Ukrainian poet and painter, Taras Shevchenko.

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Thurs. October 17, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Yegor Dyachkov, cello

Solo
Award-winning Russian-Canadian cellist Yegor Dyachkov showcases his remarkable stage presence, depth of insight, nuance and generosity in an exquisite program of works for unaccompanied cello by Bach (Suite), Britten (Tema Sacher), Sokolovic (Vez) and Ligeti (Sonata).

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Week of October 21


Tues. October 22, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of COC Ensemble Studio
Claire de Sévigné, soprano
Clarence Frazer, baritone
Cameron McPhail, baritone

An Afternoon of English Song
Three artists of the COC Ensemble Studio (soprano Claire de Sévigné and baritones Clarence Frazer and Cameron McPhail) present an afternoon of English-language song, featuring excerpts from works by Ralph Vaughan Williams (Songs of Travel and The House of Life) and André Previn (Honey and Rue).

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Wed. October 23, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the UofT Opera Division

The MacMillan Theatre: Fifty Operatic Years
Under the direction of Sandra Horst and Michael Patrick Albano, University of Toronto Opera offers a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Faculty of Music’s MacMillan Theatre. The program includes highlights from works performed by UofT Opera in the MacMillan Theatre over the past half century, including Mozart's da Ponte operas, Donizetti's Lucia, Bernstein's Candide and Britten's Albert Herring, the opera that opened the theatre in March,1964.

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Week of October 28


Tues. October 29, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Julie Hereish, cello
Michel-Alexandre Broekaert, piano

Eternal Vienna
Award-winning young Montreal duo Julie Hereish (cello) and Michel-Alexandre Broekaert (piano) present an alluring program infused with the rich musical tradition of the eternal city, featuring works by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms.

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Wed. October 30, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Orchestra

Britten @ 100
Artists of the COC Orchestra (Aya Miyagawa and Ashley Vandiver, violins; Joshua Greenlaw, viola; Alastair Eng, cello; Mark Rogers, oboe) continue the Britten centenary celebrations with two of the composer’s most compelling chamber works: the rarely heard Phantasy Quartet, an early work showcasing Britten’s fondness for the oboe, and the powerful and emotionally charged String Quartet No. 2 in C Major.

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Thurs. October 31, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Ilya Poletaev, piano

Keyboard Conjurers: Rameau and Schumann
“Among the most significant pianists of his generation” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), award-winning Russian-Canadian pianist and harpsichordist Ilya Poletaev has been praised for his “lively imagination,” “unfailingly gorgeous tone” and “luminous intelligence.” In a rare Toronto performance, the Montreal-based pianist weaves together the music of two of music history’s greatest keyboard masters: Rameau and Schumann.

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