TOUNKANDE, FEUX D'ARTIFICE and More Set for Canadian Opera Company's March 2013 Lineup
Canadian Opera Company, COC, Feux d’artifice, Tounkande
March 21, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
World Music Series
Award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Louis Simão, Latin jazz flute specialist Bill McBirnie and percussionist Daniel Stone present a compelling hour of songs rooted at the crossroads of Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) music. Drawing on traditions ranging from Simão’s native Portugal, to Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola and beyond, the trio weaves a unique musical tapestry of rhythms and melodies from the Portuguese-speaking world and infuses them with the energy and improvisational spirit of jazz.
March 26, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Words and Music
Under the direction of pianist Steven Philcox and vocal coach Darryl Edwards, artists of the University of Toronto’s Voice and Collaborative Piano departments present an afternoon of art song and poetry.
March 28, 2013
12 – 1 p.m.
Piano Virtuoso Series
Award-winning 20-year-old Chinese pianist Sijing Ye sets off piano fireworks in a program of works by Chopin (Ballade No. 1), Debussy (Étude No. 7; Préludes: “Bruyères” and “Feux d’artifice”), Liszt (Rhapsodie Espagnole) and Chinese composer Qian Yi Wang (Toccata).
TOUR THE FOUR SEASONS CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue)
Cost: $20/adults; $15/seniors and students
The Canadian Opera Company opens the doors to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on March 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2013, with 90-minute tours for the general public. Public tours are an exciting opportunity to learn more about the first purpose-built opera house in Canada, its history, architecture and innovative acoustic design. Starting at 10:30 a.m., each tour is led by trained docents and includes information and access to the magnificent Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and R. Fraser Elliott Hall, as well as backstage areas like wig rooms and dressing rooms, the orchestra pit, and other spaces that only a stage door pass could unlock.
Tickets for public tours are $20/adults and $15/seniors and students, and can be purchased in advance at coc.ca or at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets will also be available on the morning of the tour starting at 10 a.m. at the welcome desk located in the main lobby.