September 2013 Concert Listings


Week of September 23


Thurs. September 26, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

Meet the Young Artists
The Free Concert Series 2013/2014 season begins with a special recital dedicated to the late Lotfi Mansouri, the COC’s former General Director, featuring the rising stars of the company’s Ensemble Studio. His legacy lives on through the vibrant young artists in the program he created 33 years ago. In addition to the current Ensemble Studio members introducing themselves with their favourite arias, the concert features a special guest appearance by Ensemble Studio graduate Simone Osborne.

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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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