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 the great contemporary poets of his time. This season we delve into the song settings of two such poets: Goethe, whom Schubert idolized, and Heine, whose later poems full of deep feeling and revealing a bitter, disillusioned, cuckolded lover, appealed to Schubert in the final year of his life. Rising Canadian stars, soprano Jennifer Taverner and tenor Jeffrey Hill (in his Canadian debut!) as well as Off Centre favourite violinist Jacques Israelievitch join pianists Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin in our 19th Annual Schubertiad.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Though scientists are still locked in disputes, it is believed that the oldest flute (primitive as it was) can be dated back to about 43,000 years ago! The human voice notwithstanding, this makes the flute the earliest known musical instrument. Jumping forward several millennia, virtouso flutist Carol Wincenc is one of the most respected and accliamed flutist performing today. Who better, then, to lead us in an exciting programme celebrating all things flute that ranges from Telemann to Poulenc and even further on to Canadian composer Harry Freedman? After a sixteen-year hiatus, Carol returns to Off Centre, along with special guests (and fellow flutists) Nora Schulman and Susan Hoeppner.

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