Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in May

  • Week of May 1

    Tues. May 2, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Winds of the COC Orchestra

    Great Wind Octets
    Members of the wind section of the COC Orchestra perform a program featuring three outstanding works for wind octet: Haydn’s Octet in F Major, Beethoven’s Rondino in E-flat major, and Gordon Jacob’s Divertimento.


    Thurs. May 4, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Orchestra

    Schubert Octet
    Members of the COC Orchestra perform one of Schubert’s major chamber works, his Octet in F major. Technically demanding and emotionally stirring, Schubert’s octet boasts the largest scale of any of his chamber works.

  • Week of May 8

    Tues. May 9, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano
    Rachel Andrist, piano

    Women on the Edge
    Canadian mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy (Julie Riel in the COC’s Louis Riel) teams up with pianist Rachel Andrist in a concert about women “on the edge.” The program includes Schumann’s Poèmes de la reine Marie d’Ecosse, Zemlinsky’s Six Songs after Poems by Maeterlinck, and the Ophelia songs by Berlioz, Chausson, and Saint-Saëns.


    Wed. May 10, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Aaron Sheppard, tenor

    COC Ensemble Studio tenor Aaron Sheppard reflects on the brevity of life in Finzi’s A Young Man’s Exhortation, based on the poetry of Thomas Hardy.


    Thurs. May 11, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Lauren Eberwein, mezzo-soprano
    Artists of the COC Orchestra

    Bach Cantatas
    COC Ensemble Studio mezzo-soprano Lauren Eberwein joins members of the COC Orchestra in a special program featuring two of J.S. Bach’s best-loved cantatas: Ich habe genug, BWV 82, and Vergnügte Ruh, BWV 170.


  • Week of May 15

    Wed. May 17, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Canadian Art Song Project
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

    Dawn Always Begins in the Bones
    Multi-award-winning Canadian composer Ana Sokolović has earned international acclaim for her orchestral, vocal, chamber, operatic and theatrical pieces. In this world premiere of her Canadian Art Song Project-commissioned cycle, Dawn Always Begins in the Bones, COC Ensemble Studio artists perform songs and ensembles based on texts from across Canada, celebrating our country and the richness of its artistic traditions.


    Thurs. May 18, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio

    Les Adieux: Die schöne Müllerin
    Tenor Charles Sy and pianist Hyejin Kwon bid farewell to the COC Ensemble Studio in a performance of one of the greatest song cycles ever composed: Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin.


  • Week of May 22

    Tues. May 23, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Winners of the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition

    Young Artists Spotlight
    Some of the brightest rising stars on the Canadian classical music scene illuminate the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in an exciting hour of chamber music celebrating their victories at The Glenn Gould Chamber Music Competition.

    Wed. May 24, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Toronto Summer Music Festival

    2017 Festival Preview
    Now in its 12th season, the Toronto Summer Music Festival has firmly established itself as Toronto’s premier chamber music festival. Artistic Director Jonathan Crow presents a sneak preview featuring emerging artists and music from the festival.

  • Week of May 29

    Tues. May 30, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Toronto Children's Chorus
    Elise Bradley, artistic director
    Michael Ross, piano

    Colours of Peace—Global Illuminations
    Under the direction of international award-winning conductor Elise Bradley, the exuberant young artists of the Toronto Children’s Chorus present repertoire on the theme of hope and peace by composers from around the world. The program features Hussein Janmohammed’s newly commissioned work which captures the essence of Canada’s multicultural heritage.


    Thurs. June 1, 2017
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Ensemble Jeng Yi

    The Empress Dowager
    Ensemble Jeng Yi, a Toronto-based traditional Korean performing arts troupe, performs dynamic drum pieces and their renowned ribbon hat dance.