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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,...

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21st Annual Schubertiad: Beyond The Brook

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,...

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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...

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IN HARMONY (dérangé 2.0)

IN HARMONY is a celebration of the human voice and of its extraordinary versatility. From Monteverdi duets and traditional Georgian trios, to untraditional vocal ensembles (think looping and distortion pedals), improvisers and songsters with the most enviable ears. Moreover, IN HARMONY gives us the rare opportunity to present one of our favourite vocal artists working today, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE yArDs fame), as the many-faceted wonder that she is! Also featuring Toronto-based vocalists Alex Samaras, Robin Dann, Felicity Williams, Ilana Zarankin and the Zari Trio.  

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TEA FOR TWO (dérangé 2.0)

“If Art Tatum took up classical music seriously, I’d quit my job the next day.” TEA FOR TWO is inspired by the fabled friendship of classical piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz and jazz piano monster Art Tatum. The two shared a deep mutual admiration for one another, but after a round of musical show-and-tell in which they each played their own arrangements of “Tea for Two” (one improvised on the spot, the other toiled over for weeks), Horowitz vowed never to play it in public again. Exploring this idea of “Mastery” that knows no bounds of genre or context, we will pit classical wizards against their popular/jazz/improvised-music counterparts. Featuring Jazz Pianist Chris Donnely (Myriad3) vs. Classical pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough (who will both tip their hats to that now-infamous jazz standard) as well as improvising vocalist Christine Duncan vs. indie-folk artist Alex Lukashevsky vs. classical soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon performing their takes on a handful of standard folk songs.

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20th Season: 2014-2015

October 26. 2014 20th Annual Schubertiad Our 20th Annual tribute to the beloved Schubert – from the darkness of Winterreise to the light of the B flat Major trio – with soprano Allison Angelo, baritone Giles Tomkins, cellist Winona Zelenka, violinist Jacques Israelievitch and pianists Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin....

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20th 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...

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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...

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