May 1 – May 28, 2008
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.)
The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre includes concerts, performances and presentations by young artists, Canadian and international opera stars and COC staff. This is an exciting opportunity for Torontonians to experience the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of the city. All performances are free to the public.
May 1, 2008
12 – 1 p.m. Vocal Series The graduating artists of the current Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio accompanied by Liz Upchurch, perform a special “farewell” concert of their favourite arias and ensembles, titled Les Adieux.
May 6, 2008
12 – 1 p.m. Urban Music Series Recording artists and RCM faculty members Dan-e-o and Kamau present the first show of the new Urban Music Series, Hip-Hop 101. This program explores the history of rap music and hip-hop culture, as well as provides an opportunity for the audience to discover what it is like to perform.
May 7, 2008
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Urban Music Series The Royal Conservatory of Music and the Canadian Opera Company present Opera Meets Hip-Hop. This world premiere presentation for turntables and operatic voices, brings together two musical worlds: hip-hop and opera. DJ lil Jaz and T.R.A.C.K.S. are joined by baritone Justin Welsh, soprano Teiya Kasahara and pianists Liz Upchurch to perform their new compositions.
May 8, 2008
12 – 1 p.m. Chamber Music Series COC harpist Sanya Eng performs Murray Schafer’s dazzling work for harp and percussion instruments, The Crown of Ariadne, which recounts the classical myth of Theseus and Ariadne, the Minotaur and the Labyrinth.
May 13, 2008
12 – 1 p.m. Urban Music Series DJ lil Jaz and T.R.A.C.K.S. present Scratch from Scratch, an entertaining demonstration of modern DJ techniques that explore the range of musical possibilities offered by a pair of DJ turntables.
May 15, 2008
12 – 1 p.m. Chamber Music Series Dynamic ensemble Fluterra, featuring two flutes and piano, present Silver, Black and White. A musical program highlighting the technical brilliance of this young ensemble.
May 20, 2008
12 – 1 p.m. Vocal Series Pianists Andrea Grant, Mia Bach and guests present Opera “a Casa” a unique program which explores opera before the dawn of recorded opera.
May 21, 2008
12 – 1 p.m. Piano Virtuoso Series The Arms and Elbows, Palms and Nails concert showcases pieces that explore extended piano technique including Henry Cowell’s seminal work, Banshee, where the pianist never even touches the keyboard. Also featured is Alexina Louie’s haunting triptych Scenes from a Jade Terrace and Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues.
May 22, 2008
12 – 1 p.m. Vocal Series Music Picnic presents Operatic theatre and chamber music of Njo Kong Kie, a music program featuring selections from the album of Kong Kie’s band Day OFF and excerpts from his chamber operas Knotty Together and Shattered Glass.
May 27, 2008
12 – 1 p.m. Chamber Music Series Dynamic young cellist Soohyun Nam teams up with pianist Bryan Wagorn to present The Russian Soul, a program of passionate and soulful works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
May 28, 2008
12 – 1 p.m. Chamber Music Series The low brass section of the Canadian Opera Company and special guests double bassist, Hilda Cowie from the National Arts Centre Orchestra and renowned pianist Peter Longworth, present a program of Solos and Chamber Music from the 14th to the 21st centuries.
For more information about the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre please visit the COC Web site at www.coc.ca.