Hat trick in the Amphitheatre

Hat trick in the Amphitheatre

Jenna Simeonov

The Free Concert Series in the Four Seasons Centre’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is winding down for the summer, and this week marks the end of the Vocal Series performances. At noon this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, you can catch some stellar singing, for free.

Tuesday, May 19th: Mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova and pianist Rachel Andrist perform Songs of Love and Death, a program of Tchaikovsky’s Three Songs and Mussorgsky’s chilling Songs and Dances of Death. If you’ve heard Ekaterina as Judith in the COC’s Bluebeard’s Castle, you know she’s not one to be missed; if you haven’t heard her, get thee to the Amphitheatre.

Wednesday, May 20th: Singers of the COC Ensemble Studio perform Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared. It’s a great chance to catch up with tenor Owen McCausland, and hear Charlotte Burrage (fresh from her performance of Rosina with the COC’s The Barber of Seville) in some entirely different music.

Thursday, May 21st: Against the Grain Theatre is presenting a preview of their upcoming Death & Desire, which fuses together two densely expressive song cycles: Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin and Messaien’s Harawi. Stephen Hegedus sings selections of Schubert, and Krisztina Szabó shows off a taste of Messaien; at the piano will be AtG’s Music Director, Christopher Mokrzewski.

Like I said, get thee to the Amphitheatre. The doors open at 11:30am all three days, and although seating goes fast, this venue has some of the best standing room around.

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