Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in March

  • Week of March 5

    Tues. March 6, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Cheng² Duo:
    Bryan Cheng, cello
    Silvie Cheng, piano
    Moscow's Sound
    Cheng² Duo present virtuosic and lyrical works by renowned Russian composers, including Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, and take the audience on an exciting journey to the Land of the Tsars. The sweet complicity of this sibling duo showcases the soul of Bryan Cheng's ancient cello, communicated with an almost human voice, and carried by Silvie Cheng's expressive pianism.

    Wed. March 7, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the TSO New Creations Festival
    New Creations
    In collaboration with the 14th Annual 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.

    Thurs. March 8, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Canadian Children’s Opera Company
    The Monkiest King
    In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Canadian Children’s Opera Company presents a special preview of the world premiere of The Monkiest King, a new CCOC commission by award-winning composer Alice Ping Yee Ho and librettist Marjorie Chan. The Monkiest King transcends cultural boundaries and tells the Chinese legend of a mischievous yet determined mythological being who rises from humble origins to become a great protector of humanity.

  • Week of March 12

    Tues. March 13, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists
    Rising Stars
    The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music provides elite musical training in a nurturing environment for Canada’s brightest young musicians. In this performance, young pianists from the Academy showcase their prodigious technique and mature musicality.

    Wed. March 14, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Ineke Vandoorn, vocals
    Marc van Vugt, guitar
    Each letter, each picture, each memory
    Dutch jazz duo Ineke Vandoorn and Marc van Vugt return to the Free Concert Series as part of a cross-Canada tour. They perform original songs about their friendships and loved ones, inspired by the countryside of Provence, France. Although they reference different musical styles including jazz, virtuoso Brazilian music, and the fairy tale-like pop music of Scandinavia, their music is always unmistakably Vandoorn/Van Vugt.

    Thurs. March 15, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Millan & Faye
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
    Opera for All Ages
    Soprano and opera educator Kyra Millan, pianist Christina Faye, and special guest artists from the COC Ensemble Studio playfully explore opera in a lively interactive March Break presentation. Audience members of all ages can listen to, learn about, and try their hand at the fascinating art of opera. Fun for the whole family!

  • Week of March 19

    Tues. March 20, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of The Glenn Gould School
    L'Histoire du soldat
    Artists from The Glenn Gould School present Stravinsky’s L'Histoire du soldat, a theatrical work for small chamber ensemble which tells the story of a young soldier who trades his violin to the devil in exchange for unlimited economic gain.

    Thurs. March 22, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Fire & Grace:
    Edwin Huizinga, violin
    William Coulter, guitar
    Folk Meets Baroque
    Canadian-born violinist Edwin Huizinga and Grammy Award-winning guitarist William Coulter join forces in an eclectic exploration into the commonality of dance tunes worldwide and across history, as well as the fire and grace that connects the elements of classical, folk and contemporary musical traditions.

  • Week of March 26

    Tues. March 27, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Canada's Ballet Jörgen
    Bengt Jörgen, artistic director
    Highlights from Anastasia
    Canada’s Ballet Jörgen seeks to build dance from coast to coast to coast. In this program, the dancers present highlights from the magical tale of the Russian Grand Duchess, Anastasia, created by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director, Bengt Jörgen, and set to an original full orchestra score by Russian/Canadian composer Ivan Barbotin.

    Thurs. March 29, 2018
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of Opera Atelier
    Artists of Atelier Ballet
    Highlights from Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses
    Opera Atelier is Canada’s premier period opera/ballet company, reimagining and revitalizing opera from the Baroque era and beyond. In this program, Opera Atelier presents highlights from The Return of Ulysses, Monteverdi’s deeply moving opera which recounts the return of the Greek king Ulysses to his family after a twenty-year absence fighting in the Trojan War. A tale of tragedy and love for the ages, the highlights feature commentary by Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski, and performances by artists of Atelier Ballet and singers from Opera Atelier’s Toronto production.