COC Ensemble Studio member Adrian Kramer sang his farewell concert at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre with accompanist Christopher Mokrzewski last May.
The most significant concert presenter in this city outside the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is Nina Draganic, the unheralded doyenne of the Canadian Opera Company’s annual 10-months of free concerts at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.
The new season kicks off at lunchtime on Sept. 18, with a concert by the COC’s Ensemble Studio and will run its combination of classical, jazz, world and new music, dance and lecture concerts through to the end of June. Continue reading →
The Array Ensemble features among the guests at this year's first New Music 101 presentation at the Toronto Reference Library.
New Music 101, Part I at the Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, 7 p.m.
The Toronto Reference Library (the big one, on Yonge St, one block north of Bloor St) and the Toronto New Music Alliance launch the first of four consecutive Monday concert lectures — all free — about new music.
I hosted the inaugural New Music 101 series last spring, and found it a friendly, open and stimulating way to explore the multitude of types of music and the colourful types who make it happen in this city. Continue reading →
Tuesday's concert highlight is free chamber music from three of the city's top string players, at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre (Canadian Opera Company photo).
Trio Arkel (violinist Marie Bérard, violist Teng Li and Winona Zelenka, cello) at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, noon.
Canadian Opera Company concertmaster Marie Bérard is in for a busy day that starts with an hour of fine, free chamber music with two Toronto Symphony Orchestra colleagues — principal viola Teng Li and cellist Winona Zelenka — and ends with the opening night of Jacques Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, under COC music director Johannes Debus. Continue reading →
It’s hard to imagine a concert where Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love,” the Gershwin brothers’ “Lady be Good,” Orlando di Lasso’s “Bonjour, mon coeur,” John Dowland’s “Can She Excuse,” and a reading of Carl Sandburg’s poem, “Haze,” could comfortably sit shoulder-to-shoulder on the same programme.
But not only did they coexist, they melded happily for both performers and audience last night at Toronto Masque Theatre’s latest show, Masques of Love, at the acoustically and aesthetically rewarding Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.
The show repeats tonight at 8, and is as close as one can get to a guarantee of going home afterward with a big smile and a warmed heart. Continue reading →