Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in April

  • Week of April 2

    Thurs. April 5, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Rosebud String Quartet
    Best of Britain
    The Rosebud String Quartet (Sheila Jaffé and Aaron Schwebel, violins; Keith Hamm, viola; and special guest cellist) showcase the best of British repertoire for the string quartet, including a piece by living Welsh composer Huw Watkins.

  • Week of April 9

    Tues. April 10, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Jeremy Dutcher, tenor/piano
    Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Our Maliseet Songs)
    Tenor and composer Jeremy Dutcher performs songs from his debut album: Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Our Maliseet Songs). Blending the tuneful melodies of his Wolastoq (Maliseet) First Nation roots into the music he creates, Dutcher explores composition, musical ethnography, and linguistic reclamation to create something entirely new.

    Wed. April 11, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Sara Schabas, soprano
    Laura D'Angelo, violin
    Geoffrey Conquer, piano
    Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance
    In recognition of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Canadian soprano Sara Schabas and pianist Geoffrey Conquer present a program that commemorates the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and the heroism of survivors and rescuers. The program includes Another Sunrise by Jake Heggie, based on the life and work of Holocaust survivor Krystyna Zywulska.

  • Week of April 16

    Tues. April 17, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Owen McCausland, tenor
    Stephen Hargreaves, piano
    Canadian tenor and COC Ensemble Studio graduate, Owen McCausland (Fisherman in the COC’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables ) and pianist Stephen Hargreaves present a collection of Romantic and early-modern art songs that centre on the theme of refuge.

    Wed. April 18, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
    Opera Out of the Box
    Led by soprano Danika Lorèn and pianist Stéphane Mayer, artists of the COC Ensemble Studio explore their creative side in a program that features original compositions, unique arrangements, and out-of-the-box interpretations.

    Thurs. April 19, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Meredith Arwady, contralto
    Sandra Horst, piano
    Old Songs, New Songs
    Hailed by critics as a “rarity” and “a genuine contralto,” Meredith Arwady returns to the COC for the role of Death in the COC’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. Joined by Sandra Horst on piano, she presents a recital ranging from Elgar to Sondheim that is anchored by humour and storytelling.

  • Week of April 23

    Tues. April 24, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
    Close Encounters in Vienna and Madrid
    Bohemian composer Johann Baptist Vanhal and Salzburg’s native son Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart both saw their careers flourish in Vienna, while the Italian cellist Luigi Boccherini composed music with a distinctive Spanish flair after settling in Madrid. Travel with them to their adopted cities in this program of bright and charming classical gems for oboe and string trio performed by members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

    Wed. April 25, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Gadfly Dance
    UNBXBL 2
    Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Portillo, the award-winning choreographers of Gadfly, Toronto’s urban dance phenomenon, present excerpts from UNBXBL 2 a mixed bill program which features two of their most requested works and two world premieres.

    Thurs. April 26, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
    and Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal
    Singers from the young artist programs of the Canadian Opera Company and l’Opéra de Montréal join forces in a program of arias and ensembles.