Welcome to Off Centre Music Salon's 19th Season: a year of revisiting old favourites and dancing into our third decade!
When we first founded Off Centre in 1994, it was to create a holistic musical and artistic experience for our performers and our audience - a chance to play and hear vocal, chamber and solo repertoire in an atmosphere that evokes a 19th century European salon. From our first concerts at Euromusic in Markham to our current venue - CBC's intimate and acoustically superior Glenn Gould Studio - via a few memorable seasons held at Toronto's historic Arts and Letters Club, Off Centre has kept its promise to our city's Sunday afternoon concert-goers. That is: to combine music with her sister arts, as was done in the age of Schubert, to program an innovative blend of traditional repertoire alongside rarely performed musical, poetic, literate and visual gems, and finally, to create a world in which the concert becomes a feast for all five senses. Along the way, we have also managed to form a delightfully "off centre" family of artists and patrons that join us, season after season, for our increasingly adventurous musical journeys.
We've filled up our "dance card" this season with some of our favourites, beginning with our beloved Schubert in a programme devoted to his relationship to the poetry of Goethe and Heine. Our next dancing partner is the world renowned Carol Wincenc (back to Off Centre after a sixteen year hiatus) who takes the lead in a light-hearted hommage to all things flute in Tutti Flutti! We've saved the divertissement for another long-long Off Centre collaborator - the incomparable Jeannette Zingg of Opera Atelier who returns to choreograph a dance in our first ever Salon devoted entirely to the music of dance. In the coda of our 19th season, we pay a visit to the most misunderstood musical figures of Russia - composers born in the wrong century.
Our guest artists include internationally acclaimed musicians performing alongside rising stars on the Canadian scene. Distinguished Canadian critics, filmmakers and actors from Soulpepper Theatre provide dramatic performances that compliment our musical offerings. Our hosts will offer witty and erudite narratives to introduce each concert and its themes. This years, we invite you to join us for a musical whirl through the ages - let us sweep you off your feet in a musical experience that will transport you to an era when music was a form of intimate conversation as well as entertainment.
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Inna Perkins and Boris Zarankin
Founders and Artistic Directors
Off Centre Music Salon
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