Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in January

  • Week of January 2

    Tues. January 3, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Noam Lemish Quartet

    The People's King: A Musical Tribute to Bhutan
    The People’s King is a musical tribute to the Himalayan nation of Bhutan, its king, its culture and people – all of whom touched pianist and composer Noam Lemish during his residence as a volunteer music teacher in Bhutan's capital city of Thimphu in 2009 and 2010. Arranged for jazz quartet (along with recorded chanting monks from the Dechen Phodrang Monastery in Thimphu), this multi-movement suite integrates jazz, classical Western music, and traditional Bhutanese folk music.


    Wed. January 4, 2017
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    Jetstreamin' Jazz
    Innovative and electrifying, Toronto jazz drummer Ernesto Cervini has energy to burn. Cervini leads his newly formed sextet, Turboprop, in a concert that features highlights from the band’s latest recording. Cervini is joined by Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax), Adrean Farrugia (piano), Jim Vivian (bass), Tara Davidson (alto sax) and William Carn (trombone).


    Thurs. January 5, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Marion Newman, mezzo-soprano
    Kathleen Kajioka, violin
    Adam Sherkin, piano

    Kwagiulth and Stó:lo First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman presents a concert on the theme of reconciliation, featuring works by Canadian composers. Dustin Peters’ song cycle, Echo|Sap'a, explores the journey of The Echo (or Sap’a in Kwakwala), a para-natural entity that mimics the sounds and movements she encounters throughout the woods and waters. Violinist Kathleen Kajioka joins the program in a performance of Kinanu, a lullaby composed by Newman for her baby sister.

  • Week of January 9

    Tues. January 10, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Artists of The Glenn Gould School

    Chamber Offerings
    Artists of The Glenn Gould School perform a rich and varied program of music for chamber ensemble.


    Wed. January 11, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Spectrum Percussion Trio

    Bang the Drum!
    Canada’s Spectrum Percussion Trio (Jay Mannion, Andrew Rasmus and Jonny Smith) presents a high-energy hour of exuberant and imaginative works for percussion trio.


  • Week of January 16

    Tues. January 17, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Gadfly Dance

    Dance Ontario's Dance Weekend Preview
    Creating movement at the junction where urban dance styles (house hip-hop, b-boying) meet jazz, contemporary and classical, Gadfly's distinctive choreography breathes with an energy and spontaneity found only in urban dance culture. In this presentation, they share excerpts from their latest innovative and exciting pieces to be performed at Dance Ontario’s upcoming Dance Weekend.


    Wed. January 18, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Jingquan Xie, piano

    Partita Aplomb
    Glenn Gould School student and winner of the Asian Pacific International Chopin Piano Competition, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s Concerto Competition, and Chamber Music Competition, Jingquan Xie has been praised for her maturity in music making, keyboard facility and sensitive use of tone colour. Xie’s program will include Bach’s Partita No. 6 and Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35.

    Thurs. January 19, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Hannah Burgé Quintet

    Green River Sessions
    Canadian jazz singer Hannah Burgé highlights songs from her debut album, Green River Sessions. Inspired by her English and Métis heritage, Burgé blends contemporary jazz with world music elements to create the soundscape of GRS. The program also features new original works by Burgé from her second album.

  • Week of January 23

    Tues. January 24, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Goran Jurić, bass
    Anne Larlee, piano

    Lost in a Russian Forest
    Croatian-born bass Goran Jurić (Sarastro in the COC's The Magic Flute) presents a rich program of music from Russia including works by Tchaikovsky and Sviridov.


    Wed. January 25, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Throwdown Collective
    and Lina Cruz, choreographer

    Ylem (3 Eggs Ago)/Various Concert
    Contemporary dance trio Throwdown Collective brings a touch of magical realism to the stage with a preview of Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz’s Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) and the Collective’s own creation, Various Concert.


    Thurs. January 26, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Orchestra and Academy
    Jacqueline Woodley, soprano

    Meet the Academy: Brilliant Baroque
    The COC Orchestra Academy is an opera-focused mentorship program which offers talented young instrumentalists exposure to world-class opera productions under the mentorship of professional musicians in the COC Orchestra. In this special concert, members of the Academy perform alongside their mentors in a program of chamber music from the Baroque era. Joining them is Canadian soprano and COC Ensemble Studio alumna Jacqueline Woodley.


  • 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.