Learn more about the Free Concert Series performances in October

  • Week of October 2

    Tues. October 3, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the Esprit Orchestra
    Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano
    Berio Folk Songs
    Led by Music Director and Conductor Alex Pauk, artists of the Esprit Orchestra are joined by Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano and COC Ensemble Studio alumna Krisztina Szabó for Luciano Berio’s rousing Folk Songs.

    Wed. October 4, 2017
    5:30–6:30 p.m.
    UofT Jazz Orchestra
    Gordon Foote, director
    Autumn 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 to works by internationally known composers and arrangers, and contemporary music written by UofT students and faculty.

    Thur. October 5, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Luca Buratto, piano
    White on White
    Italian pianist and 2015 Prize Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition, Luca Buratto, showcases his technical prowess and graceful interpretations in a program that features Ligeti’s Études Book III, Janáček’s Piano Sonata, and Schumann’s Humoreske.

  • Week of October 9

    Tues. October 10, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    UofT Opera
    Golden Age of Opera
    Although opera had its beginnings the late 16th century and continues with vitality to our present day, it is the 19th century which many consider to be the apogee of romantic vocal writing. From Donizetti to Delibes, from Verdi to Wagner, artists from UofT Opera invite you to join them for this performance highlighting opera’s golden age.

    Wed. October 11, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Dreamwalker Dance
    Andrea Nann, choreographer
    Dual Light 
    Dual Light is a collection of discrete visual poems featuring six exceptional artists, Brendan Wyatt, Yuichiro Inoue, Kristy Kennedy, Joshua Van Tassel, Simon Rossiter, and Andrea Nann, meditating on togetherness and causality in shifting environments of light, sound, story and memory. It is a moving “concept album”, unfolding layers of consciousness to reveal the presence of past and future in every moment. 

  • Week of October 16

    Tues. October 17, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Artists of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada:
    Bryan Cheng, cello
    Martin Mangrum, horn
    NYO Canada Laureates
    As part of a partnership between the COC and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, cellist Bryan Cheng (the winner of the Canada Council for the Arts Michael Measures Prize) and horn player Martin Mangrum (winner of the NYO Canada 150 Commemorative Award), perform a joint program focused heavily on Spanish repertoire.

    Thurs. October 19, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Simone Osborne, soprano
    Gordon Bintner, bass-baritone
    Liz Upchurch, piano
    Songs and Duets
    In their very first duo recital, COC Ensemble Studio graduates Simone Osborne and Gordon Bintner (co-starring as Adina and Belcore in the COC’s The Elixir of Love) present a program of songs and duets on the theme of love.

  • Week of October 23

    Tues. October 24, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Erin Wall, soprano
    Sandra Horst, piano
    The World of Yesterday
    Canadian soprano Erin Wall (title role in the COC’s Arabella) has received critical acclaim for her performances around the world of Strauss, Mozart, Mahler, and contemporary opera. In this solo recital, she presents a stunning program that features the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold as well as other late romantic German and Austrian composers.

    Wed. October 25, 2017
    12–1 p.m.
    Daniel Lebhardt, piano
    Sonatas and Mazurkas
    Hailed for his thoughtful interpretations and outstanding virtuosity, Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt presents a program of two contrasting sonatas by Mozart and Prokofiev, and two contrasting sets of mazurkas by Chopin and Thomas Adès.


  • 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.