Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in February

  • Week of January 30

    Tues. January 31, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Phillip Addis, baritone
    Emily Hamper, piano

    Poetry in Song
    A rising star on the international stage, Canadian baritone Phillip Addis (Papageno in the COC’s The Magic Flute) is joined by accompanist Emily Hamper in an enchanting vocal program including the song cycles Waypoints by Erik Ross and Histoires Naturelles by Maurice Ravel.


    Wed. February 1, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Peggy Baker Dance Projects
    Peggy Baker, choreographer
    Debashis Sinha, sonic environment

    Celebrated choreographer Peggy Baker shares the inspiration, methods and motives for a cycle of solos that integrate choreography with spoken word. Five superb performers, each speaking a different language, illuminate the symbolic meaning of the word that is their theme. More languages are spoken in Toronto than in any other city in the world, and composer Debashis Sinha captures a sample of this vast array of voices in an ever-evolving sound track designed expressly for this ongoing choreographic project.


    Thurs. February 2, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Geoffrey Conquer, piano
    Elizabeth Polese, soprano

    French and Russian Masterpieces
    This rich and captivating two-part program showcases pianist Geoffrey Conquer performing solo works by Debussy and Scriabin. He is also joined by soprano Elizabeth Polese singing “No Word from Tom” from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse by Debussy. These multi-award-winning young artists are part of the Rebanks Family Fellowship Program at The Glenn Gould School.


  • Week of February 6

    Tues. February 7, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Kerson Leong, violin
    Philip Chiu, piano

    The Belle Époque
    Young violin virtuoso Kerson Leong, with pianist Philip Chiu, immerses the audience in the unique ambiance of France’s Belle Époque in a concert featuring great violin works by Ravel, Poulenc, Fauré, and Debussy. This voyage through time and emotion is imbued with French charm and a playful salute to François Dompierre’s Les Diableries.


    Thurs. February 9, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

    Mélodies of the Heart
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio perform a sumptuous recital of French mélodies. Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo presents Messiaen’s Trois Mélodies and Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis, while baritone Bruno Roy explores the intersection of music, art and literature in Ravel’s Don Quichotte à Dulcinée and Poulenc’s La fraîcheur et le feu.


  • Week of February 13

    Mon. February 13, 2017
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.*
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
    *Note extended performance time

    The Christina and Louis Quilico Awards
    In this special presentation, artists of the COC Ensemble Studio compete in the 7th edition of the Christina and Louis Quilico Awards. Each artist will perform an aria of his or her own choosing and a second aria will be selected by the panel of judges. Awards will be presented at the end of the evening.


    Tues. February 14, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Andrew Haji, tenor
    Liz Upchurch, piano

    Tenor and recent COC Ensemble Studio graduate Andrew Haji (Tamino in the COC’s The Magic Flute) presents a program fit for Valentine's Day! He sings Britten’s beautiful Serenade and rounds out the program with love songs certain to warm the heart.


    Wed. February 15, 2017
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Humber Sax Quartet
    Alex Dean, leader

    Sax to the Max
    Some of the most talented and inventive young artists of Humber College's acclaimed jazz program unite for an engaging hour of music that spans generations and genres. They are led by one of Canada's foremost jazz saxophonists, Alex Dean, who has worked with the likes of Gil Evans, Aretha Franklin and Rob McConnell’s Grammy Award-winning Boss Brass, and brings a lifetime of musical experience to both the bandstand and the classroom.


    Thurs. February 16, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Elena Tsallagova, soprano
    Sandra Horst, piano

    Azaleas, Roses and Lilacs
    Internationally acclaimed Russian soprano Elena Tsallagova (Pamina in the COC's The Magic Flute) graces the stage in a concert of French and Russian music that evokes images of pastoral beauty and serenity. The program includes Debussy's Rondel Chinois and Bizet's song cycle Feuilles d’album, as well as Rachmaninov's Lilacs and Rimsky Korsakov's Romance Orient.


  • Week of February 20

    Tues. February 21, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Sae Yoon Chon, piano

    International award-winning pianist Sae Yoon Chon fearlessly scales the Mount Everest of piano sonatas, Beethoven’s monumental Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, the “Hammerklavier.” This remarkable young artist is under the tutelage of John O’Conor and James Anagnoson at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto.


    Thurs. February 23, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Ileana Montalbetti, soprano
    Rachel Andrist, piano

    Since Then...
    Five years ago to the day, Canadian soprano Ileana Montalbetti (Gutrune/Third Norn in the COC’s Götterdämmerung) bid farewell to the COC Ensemble Studio in her Les Adieux recital accompanied by pianist Rachel Andrist. Together again, these two gifted artists and friends stroll down memory lane in a program of works by Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and Britten and also perform the Toronto premiere of Robert Ursan's songs based on the poetry of Shakespeare.