Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in March

  • Week of March 6

    Tues. March 7, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Charissa Vandikas, piano

    Romantic Inspirations
    Recently featured in CBC’s prestigious list, “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30,” Charissa Vandikas brings her “fabulous sense of style and musical expression well beyond her years” to a performance of works by Chopin, Schumann and Rachmaninov. This multi-award-winning young artist studies on full scholarship with John O’Conor at The Glenn Gould School and is coached by Michael Esch of the Esch Music Academy.


    Thurs. March 9, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Artists of the New Creations Festival

    Contemporary Originals: The 13th Annual TSO New Creations Festival
    In collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Creations Festival, the COC presents a rich and exhilarating concert showcasing contemporary music performed by some of today’s leading cutting-edge artists.


  • Week of March 13

    Tues. March 14, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Kyra Millan, soprano/opera educator
    Christina Faye, piano
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

    Millan & Faye present Opera for All Ages
    Join young artists of the COC Ensemble Studio and soprano/opera educator Kyra Millan in a lively interactive March Break concert featuring favourite operatic arias and sing-along choruses. Audience members of all ages can listen to, learn about, and try their hand at the fascinating art of opera.


    Thurs. March 16, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.

    Holy Cow(s)!
    Bessie- and Dora- Award-nominee Hari Krishnan, in collaboration with guest choreographers Sean Curran, David Brick and Jay Hirabayashi, presents a preview of a co-creation of solos and ensemble work set to a world music score by Niraj Chag. Holy Cow(s)! run rampant, toppling taboos of gender, identity, sexuality and cultural (mis)appropriation, provoking desire and derision through humour and eroticism infused, confused and diffused through a global dance lens.


  • Week of March 20

    Tues. March 21, 2017
    12 — 1 p.m.
    Canada's Ballet Jörgen

    Highlights from Swan Lake
    Canada’s Ballet Jörgen seeks to build dance from coast to coast to coast. In this program, the dancers present highlights from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, one of the world’s most magical, beloved ballets—a story of true love, the union of two souls and the ultimate sacrifice to be set free. Also on the program are new works from a variety of innovative Canadian choreographers.


    Wed. March 22, 2017
    5:30 — 6:30 p.m.
    Humber Vocal Jazz Ensemble
    Lisa Martinelli, leader

    Spring into Jazz!
    As one of Humber College’s flagship ensembles, this nationally acclaimed group has graced the stages of high profile festivals and venues across the province and beyond. The amazing Lisa Martinelli leads the ensemble in a high-octane concert of unique vocal arrangements in the jazz, folk, pop and contemporary vein.

  • Week of March 27

    Tues. March 28, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Justin Gray's Synthesis

    Justin Gray’s Synthesis is an Indo-Jazz ensemble that explores a unique and captivating combination of creative jazz and Indian classical music. The ensemble features Justin Gray on bass veena, an instrument he co-created with Canadian luthier Les Godfrey. Gray’s compositions blend the rich tonal pallet of the bass veena with unique percussion instruments and the resonance of pitched Tibetan meditation bowls.