Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in October

  • Week of October 3

    Tues. October 4, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    New Orford String Quartet

    Quartet Masterworks: Beethoven
    Hailed as “Canada's top string quartet” (CBC Music), the New Orford String Quartet brings together four high-powered string players to form an ensemble that The Toronto Star has described as “nothing short of electrifying.” The quartet has developed an especially cohesive sound and rapport while achieving enormous success with unanimous critical acclaim, two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year, and a JUNO nomination.


    Wed. October 5, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Leon Bernsdorf, piano

    Virtuoso Masterworks
    Second prize winner of the prestigious Liszt International Piano Competition in Moscow, Leon Bernsdorf has made concert appearances in Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and the United States and currently studies at The Glenn Gould School. He brings his extraordinary talent to a program of works by Liszt, Debussy, and Barber.


    Thurs. October 6, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Sina Bathaie, santur/composer
    Siavash Sadr Mahdavi, percussion

    Infinite Sea: Journeys from Persia
    Born in Iran, Sina Bathaie began learning the santur from his father, Master Javad Bathaie, at age seven. Known for his unique style and approach toward Persian contemporary music, Sina Bathaie's hypnotic performances have garnered him fans from across the globe.


  • Week of October 10

    Tues. October 11, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Dimitry Ivashchenko, bass
    Rachel Andrist, piano

    Darkness and Love
    Russian bass Dimitry Ivashchenko (Oroveso in the COC's Norma) joins forces with pianist Rachel Andrist in a program celebrating Russian song that includes Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death and works by Rachmaninov, Borodin, and Tchaikovsky.


    Wed. October 12, 2016
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Fantahun Shewankochew, vocals/composer/krar
    Jay Danley Quartet

    Music of Ethiopia
    Ethiopian-born, Toronto-based vocalist, composer and krar player Fantahun Shewankochew explores the rich musical textures of Ethiopia. Joined by the Jay Danley Quartet, this concert showcases the incredibly diverse worlds of both Ethiopian traditional music and Ethio-Jazz.


    Thurs. October 13, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Artists and Friends of the COC Orchestra

    Quartet for the End of Time
    Captured in 1940 by the German army, Olivier Messiaen composed his moving Quartet for the End of Time while imprisoned in a prisoner of war camp. Among his fellow prisoners were a violinist, cellist and clarinetist, and Messiaen’s Quartet premiered in January 1941 at the camp, outdoors and in the rain. Seventy-five years after its premiere, four stellar musicians join forces to perform this stirring work.

  • Week of October 17

    Tues. October 18, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Architek Percussion

    Marimba Plus
    Montreal-based Architek Percussion presents a concert influenced by the rhythmic realities of our daily lives. The repertoire, almost exclusively by Canadian composers, takes the audience down unexpected musical paths where jazz, world music, and pop influences intersect in a unique concert that's all about mallets! From Russia's traditional choirs to the Montreal Metro, prepare to be transported by the rhythmic symbiosis of this exceptional ensemble.

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    Wed. October 19, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Artists and Friends of the COC Orchestra

    Haydn, Father of the String Quartet
    Artists of the COC Orchestra play quartets by Franz Josef Haydn, the composer who elevated the genre of the string quartet to monumental greatness. Haydn's genius is masterfully presented in a program performed by violinists Sheila Jaffé and Aaron Schwebel, violist Keith Hamm, and special guest from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra cellist Leana Rutt.

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    Thurs. October 20, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Tristan Savella, piano

    Passion and Impressions
    Currently a candidate in the artist diploma program at The Glenn Gould School, Filipino-American pianist Tristan Savella, whose performances have earned awards in New York, Paris and Miami, explores the contrasting compositional styles of two of music history’s most brilliant composers: Schumann and Debussy.

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  • Week of October 24

    Tues. October 25, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    UofT Opera

    Porgi, Amor: The Operatic Music of Mozart
    Artists from UofT Opera present a compilation of scenes reflecting Mozartian rarities as well as beloved favourites, from operas such as The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and The Abduction from the Seraglio.


    Wed. October 26, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    Jennifer Murphy, violin
    Joanna Wu, flute
    Jeanie Chung, piano

    Chamber Connections
    Remarkable young violinist Jennifer Murphy is joined by pianist Jeanie Chung in a performance of Elgar’s Violin Sonata in E minor, followed by flutist Joanna Wu in a performance of the Sonata Undine by Carl Reinecke. Both Jennifer Murphy and Joanna Wu are students in the prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship program at The Glenn Gould School.


    Thurs. October 27, 2016
    12 – 1 p.m.
    UofT Jazz Orchestra
    Gordon Foote, director

    Studies in Jazz
    The University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra (UTJO) is the flagship ensemble of the Jazz Studies Program at the Faculty of Music. Directed by Gordon Foote, UTJO performs a wide variety of music, from jazz standards of the 1930s and '40s to works by internationally known composers and arrangers, and contemporary music written by UofT students and faculty.