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 stood in the shadows behind them. The list of these complex relationships goes far beyond Tchaikovsky and Mme von Meck and Beethoven and the Lichowsky family – there is Stravinsky and Diaghilev, Ravel, Poulenc, and Mme de Polignac, and many more. Join us as we delve into these fruitful collaborations and celebrate Off Centre’s own generous philanthropists, in a programme featuring bass baritone Peter McGillivray, mezzo soprano Lauren Segal, violinist Jacques Israelievitch, accordionist Joseph Macerollo and pianists Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin.

This concert is sponsored by JACKIE AND HORATIO KEMENY & TAKETO MURATA


Sunday, October 14, 2012

It is no surprise that the first “hearty meal” of our 18th season should be devoted to our beloved Schubert! Robert Schumann once described Schubert’s magical ability to create great works of “heavenly length”, and indeed his final piano Sonata (in B flat major) is just that – full of expansion, musical space and breath. Pianist Boris Zarankin‘s interpretation of his sprawling work has been praised for its power to “cause time to slow down and [even…] stand still as his fingers indulge the composer’s creative ramblings”. To sweeten your palate, for dessert we offer an array of favourite lieder performed by soprano Allison Angelo and tenor Lawrence Wiliford.

This concert is sponsored by the BMO FINANCIAL GROUP

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Last season, in an unprecedented twist of fate, we set our sights on sunny Italy and ended up in “The Big Apple”: New York, New York. Our inaugural American Salon left us all wanting more – especially more of composer/pianist Jimmy Roberts! This year, Jimmy is joined by Met sensation tenor John Easterlin, sopranos Sarah Halmarson and Ilana Zarankin, baritone Vasil Garvanliev and violinist Marie Berard in a programme of Sondheim, Gershwin, and Berstein, among others!

This concert is sponsored by ANNA AND LESLIE DAN & KATALIN SCHAFER

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A couple of years ago we watched composers face off in our musical heavyweight championships – it was a very exciting match to watch but we thought this year our German Salon ought to be devoted to the more peaceful relationships between our favourite composers. With the help of Canadian superstar baritone Russell Braun, Off Centre newcomer mezzo soprano Rihab Chaieb, pianists Carolyn Maule, Elina Kelebeev, Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin, we will be delving into the fruitful musical worlds born of the lasting friendships of Schumann and Brahms, Wolf and Mahler, and finally, Haydn and Mozart. Join us… “this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”I

This concert is sponsored by ROGER MOORE & CROWE SOBERMAN

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