Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in November

  • Week of October 31

    Tues. October 31, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Lauren Eberwein, soprano
    Rosebud String Quartet
    From Another Planet
    COC Ensemble Studio soprano Lauren Eberwein joins forces with the Rosebud String Quartet for a program that showcases the musical chemistry between voice and strings, featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10.

    Thur. November 2, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Trio d’Argento
    Musica Universalis
    Trio d’Argento (flautist Sibylle Marquardt, clarinetist Peter Stoll, and pianist Todd Yaniw) present four energetic and colourful works including a newly commissioned work by award-winning Toronto composer Kevin Lau. The piece uses an array of instruments to connect music to the seemingly distant world of theoretical physics. The trio also presents works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Guillaume Connesson, and Canadian composer Alice Ho.

  • Week of November 6

    Tues. November 7, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Esmeralda Enrique
    Joanna de Souza
    DanceWorks 40th Anniversary Weekend
    To celebrate DanceWorks’ 40th anniversary with passion and flair, Joanna de Souza and Esmeralda Enrique are joined by a team of four musicians to present a new work, Amalgam. This new work builds upon their previous collaborations with DanceWorks, including Firedance: Old Roads/New World (1996) and Firedance: Collected Stories (1999).

    Wed. November 8, 2017
    5:30–6:30 p.m.
    Heather Bambrick Quintet
    You’ll Never Know
    Mulit-award-winning vocalist and broadcaster, Heather Bambrick, performs an all-new collection of songs from her latest JUNO-nominated recording, You’ll Never Know, plus a few jazz favourites!

    Thurs. November 9, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio
    Journeys of the Soul
    In a program centred on the bittersweet themes of love, anguish, and travel, soprano Samantha Pickett and pianist Rachael Kerr perform Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, set to five poems by Mathilde Wesendonck. Mezzo-soprano Megan Quick and pianist Stéphane Mayer perform Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, which follows the path of a journeyman in despair.

  • Week of November 13

    Tues. November 14, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    HAVEN trio
    Three Portraits
    (Vocal Series/Chamber Music Series)
    HAVEN Trio (soprano Lindsay Kesselman, clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano, and pianist Midori Koga) presents the world premiere of Toronto-based composer Kieren MacMillan’s Three Portraits, a dramatic setting of poems by Dana Gioia, the current Poet Laureate of California. Funded by an Ontario Arts Council Commissioning Grant, this work weaves together text settings and instrumental interludes into a narrative of nostalgia, emotional recollection, and a journey towards comfort. 

    Wed. November 15, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Mikhailo Babiak, horn
    Sheila Jaffé, violin
    Rachael Kerr, piano
    Horn Trios: Then and Now
    (Chamber Music Series)
    Members of the COC Orchestra (Mikhailo Babiak, horn and Sheila Jaffé, violin) join forces with COC Ensemble Studio pianist Rachael for two magnificent and contrasting horn trios: the Brahms Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40 and Twilight Music by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, John Harbison.

  • Week of November 20

    Tues. November 21, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Mariya Orlenko, piano
    The Lyrical Keyboard
    Ukrainian-Canadian pianist Mariya Orlenko has won numerous prizes including the Grand Prize at the Canadian Music Competition and First Prize at the 2015 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. In this recital, she displays pianistic lyricism in some of her favourite works for solo piano.

    Wed. November 22, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Al Qahwa Ensemble
    Arabic Coffee House
    Featuring Juno Award nominated artist Maryem Tollar, the newly formed Al Qahwa Ensemble performs a mix of classical and contemporary music from the Arab World. She will be joined by Demetri Petsalakis on oud, Ernie Tollar on flutes, and Naghmeh Farahmand on percussion.

  • Week of November 27

    Tues. November 28, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Palladium Duo:
    Ariane Brisson, flute
    Olivier Hébert-Bouchard, piano
    Faune & Naïades
    Dive into a legendary world where mythical figures from antiquity and literature are brought to life. Flutist Ariane Brisson and pianist Olivier Hébert-Bouchard perform works by Debussy, Vivier and Bartók in an original production, where the words play as much of a role as the notes.

    Thurs. November 30, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Schulich Singers
    Long, Long Ago
    Led by director Jean-Sébastien Vallée, the Schulich Singers, McGill University's premier choral ensemble, consists of 24 singers performing repertoire of all periods and styles. In this varied program, they present works by Henk Badings, Eric Whitacre, John Corigliano, Dan Forrest, and others.