Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in February

  • Week of January 29

    Tues. January 30, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Leon Bernsdorf, piano
    Bravura Piano
    Leon Bernsdorf, winner of The Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition and prizewinner at the Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition, returns to the Free Concert Series for a performance marked by a dazzling display of technique and virtuosity that includes the works of Debussy and Liszt.

    Thurs. February 1, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of The Glenn Gould School
    Topher Mokrzewski, conductor
    Mr. Tambourine Man
    Artists from The Glenn Gould School present Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan, a song cycle for soprano and chamber ensemble set to the words of Bob Dylan, by Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning composer, John Corigliano.

  • Week of February 5

    Wed. February 7, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Dionysis Grammenos, clarinet
    Ensemble Made in Canada
    Brahms Clarinet Quintet
    Hailed as “the new Prince of the clarinet” (Télérama, France), Dionysis Grammenos (assistant conductor for the COC’s The Abduction from the Seraglio) is joined by one of Canada's leading piano quartets, Ensemble Made in Canada, for an inspiring performance of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115.

    Thurs. February 8, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Lauren Eberwein, soprano
    Stéphane Mayer, piano
    Cabaret through the Ages
    Join COC Ensemble Studio artists Stéphane Mayer (piano) and Lauren Eberwein (soprano) as they explore the evolution of cabaret as a vocal art form. The performance features works by Schubert, Hahn, Poulenc, Weill, Britten, Bolcom, and Schoenberg.

  • Week of February 12

    Tues. February 13, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Peggy Baker Dance Projects
    Sarah Chase, choreographer/director
    Debashis Sinha, sound designer
    Peggy Baker, text/performer
    unmoored/stories that move
    In this rare encounter, celebrated dance artist Peggy Baker performs scenes from unmoored, an autobiographical timeline in which crucial episodes and encounters have been distilled as text and physical language. Through explanation, demonstration, movement, and voice, she shares the inspiration, methods, and motives behind this collaboration with choreographer/director Sarah Chase.

    Wed. February 14, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Claire de Sévigné, soprano
    Rachel Andrist, piano
    The Truth about Love
    Canadian soprano and COC Ensemble Studio graduate, Claire de Sévigné (Blonde in the COC’s The Abduction from the Seraglio) teams up with pianist Rachel Andrist for a special Valentine’s Day program. Through art song and poetry, the program follows the journey of a young woman’s love story gone wrong–will it end in heartache or a reawakening?

    Thurs. February 15, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
    Russian Romance
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio present a rich and romantic program of arias and art songs by Russian composers including beloved favourites by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, as well as lesser known gems.

  • Week of February 19

    Tues. February 20, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Jane Archibald, soprano
    Liz Upchurch, piano
    Vienna to Paris
    Praised for her brilliant vocal technique and artistry, celebrated Canadian soprano Jane Archibald (COC 2017/2018 Artist-in-Residence) joins forces with pianist Liz Upchurch in a varied program that includes the music of one of their favorite composers, Richard Strauss.

  • Week of February 26

    Tues. February 27, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    La Fiammata Duo:
    Charissa Vandikas, piano
    Linda Ruan, piano
    Piano Four Hands
    Linda Ruan and Charissa Vandikas (La Fiammata Duo) present virtuosic and dynamic works for piano four-hands, as well as a selection of solo repertoire. Both students at The Glenn Gould School, these two bright young musicians have recently garnered awards for their piano duo performances, including the Grand Prize at the Canadian Music Competition.

    Wed. February 28, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Humber College’s Contemporary Jazz Workshop
    Pat LaBarbera, director
    Contemporary Creations
    Led by Juno Award-winning saxophonist, Pat LaBarbera, the Humber College Contemporary Jazz Workshop brings together some of the brightest young jazz musicians in the country for an hour of great tunes and masterful musicianship.