RUSSIAN SALON: 4 SEASONS OF MOTHER RUSSIA

“And the town is frozen solid in a vice, Trees, walls, snow, beneath a glass.” – Anna Akhmatova Featuring songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and the Toronto premiere of Valery Gavrilin’s extraordinary song cycle “Seasons”, as well as Arensky’s Piano Trio in D minor (op. 32). With: Igor GEFTER, cello Joni HENSON, soprano Inna PERKIS, […]

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SCHUBERTIAD: 4 MEMORIES

We remember our beloved Franz Schubert through the eyes of his friends and contemporaries Franz von Schober, Leopold Kupelwieser and Josef von Spaun. The concert’s fourth memory is Schubert’s own – a musical one – in the form of his Fantasia for four hands in F minor. “Oh hallowed Art, how often, when depression and life’s […]

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Die Schone Mullerin, one of Schubert’s most famous song cycles, tells the story of a young Wanderer who comes upon a brook. He follows it to the mill. There, of course, he falls in love with the Mullerin of the title, but his love is unrequited. In truly Romantic fashion, he obsesses and despairs and […]

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THE COCKTAIL EPOQUE

Les Annees Folles. The Roaring Twenties. Die Goldene Zwanziger. These names alone suggest a time of joyful abandon, perpetual motion, great clamour, unhinged experimentation.. And, of course, drink. Join us for an intoxicating musical journey to a decade bursting with innovation. From the sophistication and complexity of Hindemith, Berg, Schoenberg and Paris’ Les Six, to […]

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THE GEOMETRY OF LOVE

Dedicated to the memory of Jacques Israelievitch. Ah LOVE.. Even though it may look like a straight line from A to B, it can often dissolve into a convoluted labyrinth. Sometimes there are triangles. Even squares. Five pointed stars too, sometimes!!! The possibilities, as you can imagine, are endless. In the complex maze of romantic […]

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RUSSIA CAST ADRIFT

This is the time. The Romanoffs hold court, but the great divide between the Aristocrats and the Common Folk is growing too wide. And then it’s 1917 – and the whole thing comes crumbling down. From the ashes, the great promise, the new way: Communism. And of course, the even greater disappointment that follows. But […]

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20th Anniversary Season: 2014-2015

June 7, 2015 20th Anniversary Gala We are thrilled to announce that we will be celebrating our 20th birthday in style, with some of Off Centre’s favourite artists (and Canadian treasures!) Isabel Bayrakdarian, Russell Braun, Krisztina Szabo, Nathalie Paulin, Norine Burgess, Joni Henson, Jeffrey Hill, Elina Kelebeev, Joseph Macerollo, Carolyn Maule, Christopher Mokrzewski, Jimmy Roberts, […]

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19th Season: 2013-2014

Sunday, October 20, 2013 In 1822, Schubert wrote in a letter to his friend Spaun, “our life together in Vienna is quite agreeable now. We hold readings at Schober’s three times a week, as well as a Schubertiad”. Throughout his short life, Schubert regularly attended a “reading society” where he first encountered the works of […]

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18th Season: 2012-2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013 Imagine Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as nothing more than a lowly harmony teacher. Imagine Ludwig van Beethoven as a gigging pianist struggling to make ends meet. These chilling scenarios would have left the world starved of some of the greatest music we know. For as long as artists have created, philanthropists have […]

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17th Season: 2011-2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012 “There is no true love, save in suffering.” Sounds Russian, doesn’t it? These are actually the words of Miguel de Unamuno, a Spanish essayist, poet, playwright and philosopher. Though Spain and Russia are geographically and culturally very far apart , there is a virtually identical saying about Russians who are “only […]

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