The Happenstancers


"It rarely happens that a recital series strikes excellence in programming from the word go, but … clarinetist Brad Cherwin and [The Happenstancers] … are doing just that. Next time these people throw a recital, run don’t walk."

— Lydia Perovic, Definitely the Opera

The Happenstancers is the shared vision of clarinetist and visual artist Brad Cherwin, oboist Aleh Remezau, and cellist Sarah Gans. They are among “Toronto’s best young chamber musicians” (Bachtrack) and recipients of the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble in an Opera. The Happenstancers helm a rotating cast of innovative voices on Toronto’s classical scene. With a knack for combining cutting-edge contemporary repertoire with expressive works from the traditional canon, The Happenstancers feature “an obscene amount of talent” (The WholeNote), presenting concerts hailed as “bizarrely eclectic, ... very intriguing and rewarding” (John Gilks, operaramblings).

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Music by Judith Weir, Mary Dering, Thomas Ades, Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin, and others

March 31st, 7:30pm
918 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON

  • Hillary Jean Young, voice

  • Aleh Remezau, oboe

  • Katya Poplyansky, violin

  • Sarah Gans, cello

  • Brad Cherwin, clarinet

  • Kevin Ahfat, piano

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