Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in January

  • Week of January 8

    Tues. January 9, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Orchestra
    Martinů and Korngold
    Artists of the COC Orchestra perform two contrasting chamber works: Martinů’s Three Madrigals for violin and viola, and Korngold’s String Sextet in D major, Op. 10, a piece filled with romantic melodies, rich textures, and distinctive personal style.

    Wed. January 10, 2018
    5:30–6:30 p.m.
    Eliana Cuevas Quintet
    Golpes y Flores
    Hailed as “Canada’s emerging Latin Music Queen” (680 News), award-winning singer/songwriter Eliana Cuevas performs a unique blend of Latin jazz with her signature soaring vocals. Backed by her stellar four-piece band, she will include fresh songs from her newest album Golpes y Flores, which blends jazz and Afro-Venezuelan rhythms creating a sound that is both timeless and contemporary.

    Thurs. January 11, 2018
    Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
    Dance Ontario's Dance Weekend Preview
    Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is a captivating Aboriginal dance company that creates, produces and presents original dance works which draw inspiration from innovative contemporary and Aboriginal dance. In this special presentation, they present a preview of excerpts from a new work.

  • Week of January 15

    Tues. January 16, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Benjamin Baker, violin
    Daniel Lebhardt, piano
    The English Violin
    International award-winning, London-based violinist Benjamin Baker and his duo partner Daniel Lebhardt perform two wartime masterpieces of the violin repertory. The Elgar Sonata is a heart-wrenching reflection on the atrocities of World War I while the Britten Suite characterizes the composer's more youthful outlook pre-World War II.

  • Week of January 22

    Tues. January 23, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Joshua Guerrero, tenor
    Andrea Grant, piano
    Interpretations of Love
    Proclaimed a “gifted young tenor” (New York Times), Joshua Guerrero makes his Canadian and COC debut as The Duke of Mantua in the COC’s Rigoletto. In this solo recital, he demonstrates his youthful charisma and rich tone while exploring different interpretations of love songs.

    Wed. January 24, 2018
    5:30–6:30 p.m.
    Humber College Latin Jazz Ensemble
    Hilario Durán, director
    Jazz Cubano
    Take a break from the winter blues with Humber College Latin Jazz Ensemble’s unique blend of Afro-Cuban and jazz sounds, led by Grammy and Juno Award-winner Hilario Durán.

    Thurs. January 25, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Orchestra Academy, Ensemble Studio, and Orchestra
    Meet the Orchestra Academy
    The COC Orchestra Academy is an opera-focused mentorship program that 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 featuring artists from the COC Ensemble Studio.

  • 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.