Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in April

  • Week of April 3

    Tues. April 4, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Mark Fewer, violin

    Partita Perfection
    Canadian ace violinist Mark Fewer presents a program for solo violin that includes Eugène Ysaÿe's Ballade, as well as Partitas by J.S. Bach and Canadian composer Chris Paul Harman.


    Wed. April 5, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Rossina Grieco, piano

    Piano Panache
    A veteran of international stages since the age of eight, multi-award-winning American pianist Rossina Grieco showcases her passion and technical prowess in a program of virtuoso masterworks by Mozart (Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333) and Liszt (Piano Sonata in B minor).


  • Week of April 10

    Tues. April 11, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Brass of the COC Orchestra
    Rachel Kerr, piano

    The Beauty of Brass
    Members of the brass section from the COC Orchestra (Robert Weymouth, trumpet; Mikhailo Babiak, horn; Charles Benaroya, trombone) join forces with pianist Rachel Kerr in a concert featuring works by Poulenc, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Joseph Turrin and Canadian composer Ian MacDougall.


    Wed. April 12, 2017
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Mike Downes Trio

    Moving Mountains
    The Mike Downes Trio, comprising three of Canada’s top musicians, presents contemporary acoustic jazz with a Canadian bent. The music is melodic and blends compositional and improvisational elements in almost equal fashion.


    Thurs. April 13, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    V'ni Dansi's Louis Riel Métis Dancers

    Red River Special
    Rhythms and images of the Métis spirit come alive through traditional and contemporary styles of Métis dance and music. Enjoy a journey with visions of running horses, wild buffalo, Red River carts, and celebration of the Métis!


  • Week of April 17

    Tues. April 18, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.

    Toronto-based Collectìf is dedicated to exploring and expanding the world of art song performance by presenting innovative, song-based theatre. In a newly-compiled pastiche, entitled Fête, Collectìf presents staged vignettes of art song based on Verlaine’s iconic poetry cycle, Fêtes galantes.

    Thurs. April 20, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Métis Fiddler Quartet

    Northwest Voyage
    Join the siblings of the Métis Fiddler Quartet on a musical voyage across the trade routes of the Northwestern frontier. Clap, jig and sing along with this award-winning group and discover the history of the Métis people in Canada through fiddle tunes and songs passed down by elders from across the country.


  • Week of April 24

    Tues. April 25, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

    A Woman's Life and Love
    COC Ensemble Studio artists, mezzo-soprano Lauren Eberwein and soprano Danika Lorèn, explore themes of life, love and sensuality from a woman’s perspective in a program that includes Schumann’s beloved Frauenliebe und –leben.


    Wed. April 26, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Adam Sherkin, piano

    Testament of Youth: The Early Piano Music of Harry Somers
    Dynamic, Toronto-born pianist-composer Adam Sherkin presents a program that showcases the brilliant early music of Canadian composer Harry Somers (the opera Louis Riel) juxtaposed with Sherkin’s own works for solo piano. The program includes Somers’ First Sonata: Testament of Youth, written in 1945.


    Thurs. April 27, 2017
    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.