These could be the words of a fiery-tempered Spaniard or those of an ardent Russian! A vast 4094 kilometers separate Madrid from Moscow. That’s 40 long hours in a car. 798 hours if you wanted to walk… A whole world apart! And yet, and yet… Join us as we pay homage to the music – […]

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FRENCH SALON: a midday in Paris

Join us on a tour-de-Paris as we traipse on and off-the-beaten path of the Great Parisian Salons! From the salon of George Sand hosting her tempestuous lover Chopin, to the salon of Princesse Winnaretta Singer de Polignac – whose biographical details alone hold enough intrigue to keep us on the edge of our seats for […]

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23rd ANNUAL SCHUBERTIAD

In his journal of music Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, Robert Schumann once described the “heavenly lengths” of Schubert’s 9th Symphony. Indeed, Schubert’s mastery transcended all genre: he was equally at home composing one-page-wonder Lieder and sweeping Symphonic works. This year, we would like to dedicate the afternoon to what we’ve lovingly nicknamed his “heavenly shorts”: […]

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MEDICINE + MUSIC: a cardiac affair

MEDICINE + MUSIC: A CARDIAC AFFAIR There is an almost uncontested romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are somehow linked. While researchers have endlessly debated the finer points of this argument, we can all agree that eminent creators have often triumphed over their suffering – both physical and mental – by transforming it, dissecting […]

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TOUR DE 4…CE!

We are so honoured to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Isabel Bayrakdarian’s first Off Centre appearance… What an incredible artist – then and now! Four singers, four hands and two of the most exciting love-song cycles… Now that is an equation worth pondering! Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer sung by some of our favourite voices. With: […]

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In the words of Audrey Hepburn: “Paris is always a good idea.” Our unlikely, but “mighty” four – Chopin, Wagner, Rossini and Meyerbeer – certainly thought so. Our programme will include Chopin’s twelve op. 28 Preludes, a piano four-hand arrangement of Wagner’s Tannhäuser Ouverture as well as beloved scenes from Rossini and Meyerbeer operas. Featuring: Michèle BOGDANOWICZ, mezzo-soprano Lucia […]

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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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