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CLASSICAL, JAZZ, POP, AND WORLD MUSIC COME TO LIFE IN KOERNER HALL, MAZZOLENI CONCERT HALL, AND THE CONSERVATORY THEATRE

2014.15 CONCERT SEASON


WELCOME TO THE 2014.15 CONCERT SEASON AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY! We are excited to bring you a new series designed for family audiences, some of the finest classical artists teamed up for dynamic duo performances, musicians from countries that span the Americas, a salute to the big bands, a special gala concert, and a little comedy, too! With more than 95 concerts in the coming season, including performances by our world-renowned faculty and gifted students, we look forward to seeing you, often!

DR. PETER SIMON

MERVON MEHTA

President, The Royal Conservatory of Music

Executive Director, Performing Arts


THE BAILLIE VEIL, generously supported by Charles and Marilyn Baillie, floats above Koerner Hall. Evoking a musical instrument, it has been internationally acclaimed for its extraordinary beauty as well as its acoustical excellence. The unique design creates a stunning sculptural display for audiences to enjoy and it has become a distinctive feature in many of The Royal Conservatory’s print and electronic materials, which feature stylized graphic representations of the magnificent Baillie Veil.


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Antibalas The King’s Singers

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Angela Hewitt

Afiara String Quartet


Special Events Lu Jia conducts the China NCPA Orchestra with Xiaoyu Liu

SEASON GALA CONCERT! Sir James Galway & Lady Jeanne Galway Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 pm | KH Living legend Sir James Galway is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer, whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. One of the leading female flute soloists of the decade, Lady Galway appears regularly as the premiere flute duo partner with her husband. “All performing musicians aspire to the condition of James Galway: he has a technical mastery so complete that it makes everything look easy,” proclaimed the Los Angeles Times. “No one in their right mind, or ear, could object to such committed, insightful and lovable performances.” Tickets start at $60

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8 pm | KH One of China’s most adventurous and dynamic orchestras is comprised of distinguished musicians from around the world, with Principal Conductor Maestro Lu Jia. Their Koerner Hall program will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Qigang Chen’s Wu Xing (Five Elements ), along with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Minor with 17-year-old Chinese-Canadian pianist Xiaoyu Liu, the Grand Prize winner of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Competition in 2012. Tickets start at only $25 Presented in association with the National Arts Centre of Canada.

Lu Jia

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China NCPA Orchestra

Maple Blues Awards Sir James Galway & Lady Jeanne Galway

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 7 pm | KH Join us for the annual all-star concert, awards event, and after party! This celebration of Canada’s blues music will feature the finest guest musicians from across Canada representing the most current blues music on the scene, all backed by the renowned Maple Blues Band.

Tickets start at only $28 Presented in partnership with the Toronto Blues Society.

Maple Blues Band

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VENUE LEGEND: KH Koerner Hall MCH Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall CT Conservatory Theatre Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Orchestre Métropolitain with Stéphane Tétreault Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8 pm | KH Conducting phenomenon Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain – all Quebec musicians – in their Toronto debut. The Orchestre Métropolitain’s personality is palpable in its distinctive sound and energy. 20-year-old cellist Stéphane Tétreault “is technically commanding yet musically stylistic and sensitive. His vibrato and tone are varied, his bowing techniques immaculate and his awareness of harmony and consequent shading omnipresent.” (The Strad ) Program: Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations and Cello Concerto Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3, “Pastoral” Tickets start at only $50

Orchestre Métropolitain

PART OF THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S

PIANO EXTRAVAGANZA FESTIVAL Igudesman and Joo: Another Little Nightmare Music Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8pm | KH Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are two classical musicians whose hilarious theatrical shows combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. Their YouTube videos have gathered over 28 million hits and the duo can be seen in several films, including their own mockumentary, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music. Cellist Mischa Maisky says, “Igudesman & Joo are not only musical virtuosi but also comic maestros. Anything they touch turns to gold.”

Pianopalooza Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 1-5 pm | KH

Emanuel Ax

Join us at this fun and festive afternoon of piano mini-concerts as part of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Piano Extravaganza Festival! A plethora of pianists join Emanuel Ax for four free hours of music, including Yefim Bronfman, Robi Botos, Anagnoson & Kinton, and many more, each in short performances. Feel free to come and go throughout the afternoon!

Free Royal Subscribers receive special seating!

Anagnoson & Kinton

Robi Botos

Tickets start at only $40 Presented in partnership with Show One Productions.

Igudesman and Joo

Yefim Bronfman

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Music of the Americas A special concert series in anticipation of the Pan Am Games in Toronto 2015. SIX-CONCERT SUBSCRIPTION STARTS AT ONLY $206.00 OR MIX WITH CONCERTS FROM OTHER SERIES TO CREATE YOUR OWN PACKAGE

Diego El Cigala Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8 pm | KH Paco de Lucía once said, “Diego has one of the most beautiful flamenco voices of our time, a voice of sweetness that flows over everything.” Three-time Grammy Award winner Diego El Cigala will perform powerful Argentine pieces along with his passionate Spanish flamenco. “A conjurer of impulsiveness and abandon.” (The New York Times )

Tickets start at only $40

Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8 pm | KH “Monty Alexander’s blend of jazz and reggae [makes] for an outrageously good time.” (Wall Street Journal ) “Monty Alexander presented his refined concept of groove with the recent Harlem-Kingston Express project, blending a jazz trio and a steaming reggae unit, weaving back and forth between the idioms with orchestral finesse.” (Downbeat Magazine )

Tickets start at only $35

Gilberto Gil: Gilberto’s Samba Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 8 pm | KH Brazil’s musical ambassador for more than 40 years, the singer, composer, and guitar player (and former Minister of Culture) particularly known for his bossa nova, was also a pioneer of tropicalia and brasileira. “Enough warmth, love, intelligence and sheer talent on display to power an orchestra.” (Variety )

Tickets start at only $45

Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express Gilberto Gil

Diego El Cigala

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VENUE LEGEND: KH Koerner Hall MCH Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall CT Conservatory Theatre

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8 pm | KH

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8 pm | KH

Legendary Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie came to prominence during the mid 60s as part of New York’s Greenwich Village folk scene alongside contemporaries Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. Artists such as Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin and Taj Mahal turned her early songs into hits, while her own successful recording career has included more than fifteen albums and performances around the globe.

The best Latin big band this side of Havana! Eddie Palmieri brings his orchestra to Toronto for a night of mambo, salsa, and cha-cha-cha. After 36 records and nine Grammy Awards, the New York-born, Puerto Rican pianist shows no signs of slowing down. It’s going to be a party in Koerner Hall and dancing WILL be encouraged!

Tickets start at only $40

Tickets start at only $35

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8 pm | KH

Eddie Palmieri

“A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes.” (Georgia Straight ) Celebrating the work of folklorist and field recording pioneer, Alan Lomax, this project revives and re-imagines traditional roots music. “Stone is the consummate team player... always right in the middle with his polished, inventive banjo playing.” (Downbeat ) Joining the band are mandolinist Tim O’Brien, Kobo Town’s Drew Gonsalves, trumpeter Kevin Turcotte, and drummer Nick Fraser.

Tickets start at only $30

Jayme Stone

Buffy Sainte-Marie

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Family Concerts These grown-up concerts for 6-13 year-olds offer young audiences (and their parents, grandparents, and friends) an enlightening and entertaining experience of four different genres of music. Family concerts are approximately 75 minutes long.

FOUR-CONCERT FAMILY SERIES SUBSCRIPTION STARTS AT ONLY $92 OR MIX WITH CONCERTS FROM OTHER SERIES TO CREATE YOUR OWN PACKAGE

Stewart Goodyear with The Toronto Children’s Chorus and Canada’s National Ballet School Students

Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2pm | KH Stewart Goodyear

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2pm | KH Stewart Goodyear, a Conservatory graduate and one of the most innovative pianists on the scene, plays a solo piano version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Experience this annual holiday favourite with fresh ears and eyes, as Goodyear is joined by students from Canada’s National Ballet School and young singers from the Toronto Children’s Chorus!

Some may be surprised to know that reggae music actually has deep roots in jazz. Pianist Monty Alexander has been bringing jazz back to reggae music (and vice versa) for decades, and with Harlem-Kingston Express he explores the connections between traditional reggae and straight-ahead jazz, while also forging new ones. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Monty Alexander shot to fame when Sinatra first heard him in a tiny club.

Tickets start at only $25

Tickets start at only $25

Natalie Merchant Jon Batiste and Stay Human

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2 pm | KH

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2pm | KH New Orleans’ own jazz piano prodigy takes on an interactive trip to the Big Easy with his quintet of master musicians. They have played in concert halls, clubs, and Bonnaroo... now hear them live in Koerner Hall!

Pop icon and former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant has written a children’s book, Leave Your Sleep, and created music for it, featuring her band and a string ensemble. Hear the Toronto premiere in Koerner Hall!

Tickets start at only $25

Tickets start at only $25 Jon Batiste and Stay Human Monty Alexander

Natalie Merchant

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TD Jazz:

A Salute to the BIG BANDS FIVE-CONCERT JAZZ SERIES SUBSCRIPTION STARTS AT ONLY $183.50 OR MIX WITH CONCERTS FROM OTHER SERIES TO CREATE YOUR OWN PACKAGE

Marie Daulne of Zap Mama

Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass

Zap Mama & Antibalas

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8pm | KH

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8pm | KH Take a trip to Africa as Afrobeat band Antibalas joins forces with Zap Mama. Brooklyn-based Antibalas last appeared in Toronto as the house band in the Broadway musical Fela, the story of their mentor, Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti. Zap Mama is led by Congolese/Belgian artist Marie Daulne, who sings polyphonic and Afro-pop, a harmonic combination of African vocal techniques with urban and hip hop beats.

We kick off the TD Jazz series celebrating big bands with a rare reunion of one of Canada’s greatest – Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass. McConnell’s family has agreed to let The Royal Conservatory assemble 21 of Rob’s long time band members – the all-star line-up includes Guido Basso, Rob Brian Barlow, Terry Clark, and McConnell Lorne Lofsky, conducted by Rick Wilkins and featuring reminiscences by Ted O’Reilly.

Tickets start at only $40

Tickets start at only $40

Count Basie Orchestra with Scotty Barnhart Musical Director

Antibalas

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8pm | KH Hear “The Swingingest Band in All the Land!” William Count Basie founded his Orchestra in 1935, in Kansas City, Missouri, and within a year America was listening in on popular radio shows throughout the country. The Orchestra has since won 17 Grammy Awards and 20 Downbeat and Jazz Times polls, more than any other big band in jazz, and is still going strong today.

Tickets start at only $40 Count Basie Orchestra

Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project Ryan Saturday, March 28, 2015 Truesdell at 8 pm | KH One of New York’s best new big bands is conducted by Ryan Truesdell. His new CD, Centennial Project, delves into the work of Toronto-born composer Gil Evans, who was Miles Davis’s collaborator on albums such as Birth of the Cool, Sketches of Spain, and Porgy & Bess. “The year’s most illuminating act of jazz repertory was this bright and meticulous album by Mr. Truesdell... The playing is impeccable, as is the ensemble blend, underscoring both the composer’s genius and the interpreter’s clear vision.” (The New York Times )

Tickets start at only $40

Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8pm | KH Tickets start at only $40

Eddie Palmieri

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World Music

H’sao

A FOUR-CONCERT WORLD MUSIC SUBSCRIPTION STARTS AT ONLY $129.50 OR MIX WITH CONCERTS FROM OTHER SERIES TO CREATE YOUR OWN PACKAGE

Kiran Ahluwalia & Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali

Angélique Kidjo and special guest H’sao

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8pm | KH

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8pm | KH Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by TIME magazine. Born in Benin, West Africa, Kidjo performs rhythmic Afro-funk fusion with “irresistible energy and joie de vivre.” (Los Angeles Times ) Montreal Afro-pop group H’sao draws from gospel, soul, R&B, as well as their roots in the African country of Chad, to create a unique style that features masterful a capella singing.

South Asian vocal traditions share an evening when Kiran Ahluwalia explores the language of the heart through ghazals and Punjabi folk songs, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s nephews, Rizwan and Muazzam, bring the propulsive energy of qawwali to Koerner Hall.

Tickets start at only $35 Presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum. Part of the Small World Music Festival.

Tickets start at only $35 Presented in association with Batuki Music and Small World Music.

Ana Moura Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 8pm | KH Ana Moura, with her luxuriant voice and captivating stage presence, is at the forefront of the fado music renaissance. “Her mesmeric appeal radiates from within, even if you don’t know a syllable of Portuguese. Her ability to alternately whisper, growl and ring like a silver bell are the hallmarks of a fine singer.” (NPR Music )

Tickets start at only $35 Presented in association with Small World Music.

Angélique Kidjo

Idan Raichel & Vieux Farka Touré: The Touré-Raichel Collective Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 pm | KH Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré (son of Ali Farka Touré) are two virtuosic artists from vastly different musical traditions: one from Israel and the other from Mali.“The deeply affecting, at times hypnotic [music] rises from simmering grooves enriched by Mr. Touré’s stinging solos on acoustic and electric guitars and Mr. Raichel’s cascading piano. It’s not so much a cross-cultural exercise as an exploration of common ground.” (The Wall Street Journal )

Kiran Ahluwalia

Tickets start at only $35 Presented in association with Batuki Music and Small World Music. Ana Moura

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Idan Raichel

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Vieux Farka Touré


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Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits and special guest Kinobe Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8pm | KH

Pavlo

Pavlo Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8pm | KH Pavlo incorporates the world’s most exotic instruments into his classic Mediterranean sound. Influenced by his travels, his music captivatingly incorporates Chinese erhu, Portuguese guitarra, Arabic flute, Indian sitar, and, of course, the Greek bouzouki, all the while staying true to his distinct Mediterranean guitar signature.

Celebrate Zimbabwe’s Independence Day with one of Africa’s musical giants, Oliver Mtukudzi. Affectionately called “Tuku” by fans worldwide, Mtukudzi is gifted with a deep and gusty voice, and a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of his people. Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Kinobe has been captivating audiences with virtuoso performances of Ugandan and African roots music.

Tickets start at only $30 Presented in association with Batuki Music and Small World Music. Oliver Mtukudzi

Tickets start at only $40

Vusi Mahlasela & Hugh Masekela: 20 Years of Freedom Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8 pm | KH Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters, musical icons, and friends of Nelson Mandela – trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Hugh Masekala, and singer Vusi Mahlasela – have come together to honour 20 years of democracy in South Africa and the official end of apartheid.

Kinobe

Tickets start at only $40 Presented in association with Batuki Music and Small World Music. Vusi Mahlasela Hugh Masekela

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String Concerts FIVE-CONCERT STRING SERIES SUBSCRIPTION STARTS AT ONLY $165.50 OR MIX WITH CONCERTS FROM OTHER SERIES TO CREATE YOUR OWN PACKAGE

Leonidas Kavakos & Yuja Wang

Sarah Chang & Julio Elizalde

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8 pm | KH

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8 pm | KH

Yuja Wang is “quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today.” (San Francisco Chronicle ) Kavakos,“The Greek violinist has risen to the top of his profession in tandem with artistic evolution that few artists experience over a lifetime.” (Philadelphia Inquirer ) Together they perform Violin Sonatas No. 2 by Brahms and Schumann, as well as Stravinsky’s Suite italienne, and Respighi’s Violin Sonata in B Minor.

“Her gifts are at a level so removed from the rest of us that all we can do is feel the appropriate awe and then wonder on the mysteries of nature. The ancients would certainly have had Ms. Chang emerging fully formed from some Botticellian scallop shell.” (The New York Times ) “Chang is a complete package as a player – technically assured, colorfully expansive, subtly probing, boldly commanding.” (Grand Rapids Press ) The program will include Johannes Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 3; Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane ; and Béla Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances.

Tickets start at only $45

Gidon Kremer & Daniil Trifonov

Tickets start at only $35

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8 pm | KH Violinist Gidon Kremer produces a spectacular, concerto-like sound with his magical passion and bold bowing. Described as “freakishly brilliant” by The Washington Post, charismatic young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has “scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. He is also a thoughtful artist.” (The New York Times ) The program Gidon Kremer includes works by Mozart, Philip Glass, Mieczysław, Weinberg, and Schubert.

Tickets start at only $35

Leonidas Kavakos Daniil Trifonov

Yuja Wang

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Sarah Chang


VENUE LEGEND: KH Koerner Hall MCH Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall CT Conservatory Theatre

Lisa Batiashvili & Paul Lewis

James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8 pm | KH

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 8 pm | KH

“Batiashvili somehow manage[s] to find the perfect balance between the precision and technique displayed on her recordings, and the panache necessary to convey the solo part to the live audience.” (Bachtrack ) Celebrated British pianist Paul Lewis has been lauded for his keen emotional sensitivity and profound interpretive finesse with a “fine balance of Olympian poise and emotional engagement.” (Chicago Tribune ) The program includes works by Schubert, Bach, and Beethoven.

Hailed as “the Jascha Heifetz of our day,” (The Globe and Mail ) Grammy Award winner James Ehnes is one of the world’s most acclaimed violin soloists, founder of the Ehnes Quartet, and Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. He performs on the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715. “Ehnes’s playing glows. You get the feeling every time he puts bow to string that something special will, quite naturally, just happen.” (Gramophone ) He will perform works by Debussy, Andrew Bach, Elgar, and the Toronto premiere Armstrong of a new work by Alexina Louie.

Tickets start at only $30

Tickets start at only $35

Lisa Batiashvili

James Ehnes

Paul Lewis

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Vocal Concerts FOUR-CONCERT VOCAL SERIES SUBSCRIPTION STARTS AT ONLY $128 OR MIX WITH CONCERTS FROM OTHER SERIES TO CREATE YOUR OWN PACKAGE

Marcello Giordani with Bruce Stasyna & Ashley Thouret

Anne Sofie von Otter & Angela Hewitt

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8 pm | KH “Arguably the leading tenor of his generation,” (Opera News ) Marcello Giordani has been a frequent guest at La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera. Pianist Bruce Stasyna and Canadian soprano Ashley Thouret join Giordani in this performance of arias and songs by Verdi, Puccini, and Tosti. Tickets start at only $40 Marcello Giordani

The King’s Singers Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 3pm | KH A holiday season celebration, a capella! Described by Gramophone as “enchanting the ear from first to last note,” The King’s Singers are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text, incisive timing, and delightfully British wit. This festive concert will include Renaissance motets, hymns, carols, cantatas, and songs for Christmas by Lassus, Praetorius, Rutter, Poulenc, and Howells, as well as the King’s Singers’s own Christopher Gabbitas. The evening will conclude with traditional Catalan folk songs and seasonal songs in close harmony. Tickets start at only $35

Friday, January 9, 2015 at 8 pm | KH Angela Hewitt, a graduate of The Royal Conservatory, “is one of the reliably mesmerising Angela musicians of the day.” (The Hewitt Sunday Times ) Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is celebrated for her “unique ability to tell stories through music and to convey emotions.” (Bachtrack ) In this concert they will perform works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Fauré, Debussy, Chabrier, and Chaminade.

Tickets start at only $40

Christian Gerhaher & Gerold Huber Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 8pm | KH Enjoy Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey ), a song cycle setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller, on a chilly February evening! “There are some artists whose visits to these shores one should try never to miss. The outstanding German baritone Christian Gerhaher and his piano accompanist Gerold Huber now rank among this select group.” (The Guardian )

Tickets start at only $25

Christian Gerhaher & Gerold Huber

The King’s Singers

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Anne Sofie von Otter

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An Evening with Bruce Cockburn

Jarvis Church & Ivana Santilli

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8pm | KH

Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 8 pm | KH

A rare solo performance by Canada’s celebrated troubadour! Over four decades, Cockburn’s humanitarian travels to the far corners of the earth have led to the creation of memorable songs that relate observations about the human experience through his characteristic blend of folk, blues, jazz, and rock. At this concert, we also celebrate the November 4 release of Bruce Cockburn’s new autobiography, Rumours of Glory.

Jarvis Church shot to fame as frontman of The Philosopher Kings, back when he was known as Gerald Eaton. He changed his name and now performs as Jarvis Church. He was instrumental in Nelly Furtado’s rise to international stardom, and continues to write and produce for a wide range of artists, including K’Naan. In this concert, he and his band The Soul Station bring soulful classics, Philosopher Kings hits, and the best of Church’s solo originals to Koerner Hall. Ivana Santilli rode in a Funkmobile with nineties R&B group Bass is Base, but left the Juno-winning band to embark on her solo career. “She occupies a space between Esthero, Goapele, and Corinne Bailey Rae but is still distinctly her Toronto-born self.” (NOW )

Tickets start at only $40 Bruce Cockburn

Tickets start at only $30

Sultans and Divas Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8 pm | KH Be inspired by and discover some of the leading Canadian-Arab performers. This multi-artist concert features mezzo-soprano and CBC radio host Julie Nesrallah, soprano Miriam Khalil, OktoEcho, Juno nominees and Canadian Folk Music Award winners, Sultans of String, led by violinist Chris McKhool, and more!

Tickets start at only $35 For information about pre-concert gala reception tickets, please call 1.888.983.4775. Presented in partnership with The Canadian Arab Institute. Jarvis Church Julie Nesrallah

Miriam Khalil

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Hot Sardines

Hot Sardines & the Barbra Lica Quintet

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8 pm | KH

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8pm | KH Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2 pm | KH Dashing, dapper, and debonair, Max Raabe might have walked straight out of the Golden Age of Berlin in the 1920s. With his elegant poise, suave sophistication, and silky-smooth baritone, he brings to life the songs and style of a bygone age. He meticulously recreates standards as they used to be sung – in formal evening wear, with an orchestra, giving proper credits to the composers – and his deadpan jokes show that Raabe is not only a unique talent but a very funny man.

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, a magnetic, one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. This NYC outfit, complete with a tap dancer, has been called “consistently electrifying live.” (Popmatters ) Named one of Canada’s Top 5 Female Jazz Singers by CBC Radio 2, Barbra Lica will bring bandmates Reg Schwager, Kevin Turcotte, Lou Pomanti, Mark Rogers, and Mark Kelso with her.

Tickets start at only $25

Tickets start at only $35 Max Raabe

Barbra Lica

Jon Batiste and Stay Human

Natalie Merchant

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 8pm | KH Jon Batiste grew up in New Orleans as Jazz Royalty. The youngest Associate Artistic Director at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a Movado Future Legend award recipient, and a Steinway Performing Artist, Jon’s modern take on the American songbook shines through the channels of a virtuosic pedigree in jazz and classical music.“The dense, spicy stuff that fuels New Orleans: pounding rhythms and lively melodies, deceptively finessed and firmly steeped in gospel and the blues. But the Stay Human ensemble defies the conventions of any era of jazz.” (The Washington Post )

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8pm | KH “A singer who can conjure rare atmospheres.” (Rolling Stone ) Natalie Merchant’s career Natalie spans three decades. After rising to fame Merchant at the helm of 10,000 Maniacs, Merchant enjoyed even greater success as a solo artist. Her solo debut album, Tigerlily, had chart-toppers like “Jealousy,” “Carnival” and “Wonder.” Ophelia went platinum, and she headlined at Lilith Fair before releasing Motherland. Her most recent recording, “Giving Up Everything,” released in spring 2014, is the multi-platinum singer’s sixth solo collection, and her first of entirely original songs in 13 years. “Merchant is in a league of her own.” (Newsweek )

Tickets start at only $25

Jon Batiste and Stay Human

Tickets start at only $60

Bluebird North Saturdays, November 1, 2014; January 24, 2015 & May 2, 2015 at 8 pm | CT Top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs. Each concert will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians. Tickets are only $25 Presented in partnership with the Songwriters Association of Canada.

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Invesco Piano Concerts FIVE-CONCERT PIANO SERIES SUBSCRIPTION STARTS AT ONLY $142 OR MIX WITH CONCERTS FROM OTHER SERIES TO CREATE YOUR OWN PACKAGE

Rafał Blechacz

Richard Goode

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3 pm | KH

Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3pm | KH

Gilmore Artist Award-winning Blechacz is an interpreter of “engaging lucidity ... he builds long melodic phrases, tells stories of a great emotional range” (Der Tagesspiegel ), with “a gorgeous gift for the keyboard.” (Corriere della Sera ) Program: Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8, “Pathétique” Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E Major, Op. 62; 3 Waltzes, Op. 64; 3 Mazurkas, Op. 56; and Polonaise in F-sharp Minor

According to The New York Times, “It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtly or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself.”The New Yorker writes,“What one remembers most from Goode’s playing is not its beauty – exceptional as it is – but his way of coming to grips with the composer’s central thought, so that a work tends to make sense beyond one’s previous perception of it.”

Jeremy Denk

Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio in B Minor Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 Johannes Brahms: 8 Klavierstücke Claude Debussy: Children’s Corner Robert Schumann: Humoreske

Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3pm | KH

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Jeremy Denk has established himself as one of America’s most thought-provoking, multi-faceted, and compelling artists.“Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs.” (The New York Times ) He is the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur “genius” Award and has been named Musical America ’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year. Program includes works by Janácˇek, Schubert, Mozart, and Schumann.

Presented in association with Music TORONTO.

Tickets start at only $25 Presented in association with the Canadian Chopin Society.

Richard Goode

Tickets start at only $30

Rafał Blechacz

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Marc-André Hamelin

Hélène Grimaud

Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3pm | KH A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is renowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th centuries. “Hamelin’s legend will grow – right now there is no one like him.” (The New Yorker ) Program: John Field: Andante inédit Marc-André Hamelin: Chaconne Claude Debussy: Images, Book II Ronn Yedidia: Sonata No. 3,“Outcries” Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21

Tickets start at only $30 Presented in association with Music TORONTO.

Hélène Grimaud Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3pm | KH French pianist Hélène Grimaud could be called a Renaissance woman of our times. She is not only a deeply passionate musical artist whose pianistic accomplishments, poetic expression, and peerless technical control are proven, she has also established herself as a committed wildlife conservationist, a compassionate human rights activist, and a writer. “Grimaud liberated the music from the page. It soared free. It was one of the most wondrous things I have heard.” (The Herald ) For her return visit to Koerner Hall she has devised a program titled Water Music, consisting of works by Liszt, Schubert, Ravel, Debussy, Takemitsu, Berio, Janácˇek, Fauré, and Albéniz.

Tickets start at only $35 Marc-André Hamelin

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Zukerman ChamberPlayers Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 3pm | KH The Royal Conservatory celebrates internationally acclaimed violinist, conductor, and educator, Pinchas Zukerman, and his tenure as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Joining him is the Zukerman ChamberPlayers comprised of his first-chair string players and pianist Angela Cheng. “Elevated by an uncommon passion.” (The Chicago Tribune ) Program: Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet Tickets start at only $45

Canadian Brass

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8pm | KH Bold, lush, and exquisite piano quartets highlight this unforgettable program. The all-star cast includes CMSLC Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano), along with Daniel Hope (violin) and Paul Neubauer (viola).

Program: Passionate Piano Quartets Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet Movement in A Minor Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 Tickets start at only $30

Chilly Gonzales & Kaiser Quartett

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8pm | KH The tradition continues! Our beloved brass ensemble comes home to perform holiday favourites that celebrate the season. “These are the men who put brass music on the map.” (The Washington Post ) Tickets start at only $45

Kahane Swensen Brey Trio Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3pm | KH The virtuosi musicians of the Kahane Swensen Brey Trio have reunited in 2012 after a 25-year hiatus! Program: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Trio No. 4 Robert Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1 Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor Paul Schoenfield: Café Music Tickets start at only $30

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8 pm | KH Chilly Gonzales has worked with Drake, Feist, Daft Punk, and has plied his trade in classical, pop, hip hop, electronic music, and rock. Producer, arranger, composer, raconteur, pianist, provocateur, and Conservatory graduate, Gonzales looms large over an evening of his new works written for piano and the Kaiser Quartett.

Tickets start at only $35

Jeffrey Kahane

Chilly Gonzales

Zukerman ChamberPlayers

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Faculty& Student Concerts Royal Conservatory Orchestra & Opera

Nathan Brock conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra with Sijing Ye, piano Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8 pm | KH

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Tito Muñoz conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra with Emily Kruspe, violin Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8pm | KH Increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation, Tito Muñoz was recently appointed Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony. In this performance, he leads a program that includes Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 featuring Emily Kruspe, winner of The Glenn Gould School’s concerto competition.

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Leon Fleisher conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra Friday, November 28, 2014 at 8pm | KH Legendary pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher represents the highest standard of musicianship and continues to impart his life-affirming artistry throughout the world. Mr. Fleisher holds the Ihnatowycz Chair in Piano at The Royal Conservatory. The evening’s program features Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, Walton’s Partita for Orchestra, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 3.

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Resident Conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Nathan Brock is well regarded for his “ferocious intensity” (Chronicle Herald ) and his “deeply felt interpretations.” (La Presse ) The program includes John Weinzweig’s Edge of the World, Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 played by Sijing Ye, winner of The Glenn Gould School concerto competition. Nathan Brock Tickets start at only $25

The Glenn Gould School Opera Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm | KH Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm | KH The extraordinary artists of The Glenn Gould School vocal program and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra perform their annual staged opera performance in Koerner Hall. Tickets start at only $25 Generously supported by the D&T Davis Charitable Foundation.

Sir Roger Norrington conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8pm | KH “One of the great innovators of our musical life... It is difficult to think of anyone who has had a greater influence on orchestral playing styles today.” (The Guardian ) Over a revolutionary career, Sir Roger Norrington has changed the very way we hear the music of the Classical period. He will lead a performance of Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 5 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Sir Roger Norrington Tickets start at only $25

Prelude Recitals Each Royal Conservatory Orchestra concert is preceded by a short performance care of talented students of The Glenn Gould School. Prelude Recitals start at 6:45pm in Koerner Hall.

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Faculty& Student Concerts Musicians from Marlboro

Mazzoleni Masters

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:30pm | MCH The Musicians from Marlboro touring program is an extension of Vermont’s acclaimed Marlboro Music Festival. Mentored and led by violist Hsin-Yun Huang, this season’s ensemble features Emilie-Anne Gendron and Danbi Um, violins; Gabriel Cabezas and Angela Park, cellos; and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano.

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ARC Ensemble Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 7:30pm | MCH The Royal Conservatory’s flagship ensemble and the institution’s cultural ambassador abroad, the twice Grammy Award nominated ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) perform with “passion, polish and vitality.” (The New York Times ) For this concert, ARC presents “The Hell Where Youth and Laughter Go,” a commemoration of the start of WWI and features narrations of various contemporary writings. Program to include: George Butterworth: Suite for String Quartet Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet in A Minor Free Culture Days performance (ticket required)

Frank Morelli & Friends Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 2pm | MCH Frank

Tickets: $32

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:30pm | MCH In Tune Magazine says, “the horn playing of William VerMeulen is miraculous!... clearly one of today’s superstars of the international brass scene.” Tickets: $32 William VerMeulen

Alice Giles Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2pm | MCH “A fluent technique and a prismatic sense of tonal color” was how The New York Times described international harpist Alice Giles. For her Toronto performance, she will perform Bach’s Lute Suite, Saint-Saëns’s Fantaisie for Harp, Whitehead’s Toccata, and two Salzedo works: Ballade for Harp and Turkey Strut, Concert Fantasy on “Turkey in the Straw.” Tickets: $32

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Bassoonist Frank Morelli leads a program Morelli of solo and chamber works with musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The Miami Herald has described Morelli’s “breathtaking virtuosity” and Gramophone magazine calls his playing a “delicacy of articulation and colouring.”

William VerMeulen

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Harp Society.

Program: Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio in E-flat Minor, “Jacob’s Dream” Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No. 3 Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 2 in G Minor

Alice Giles

Adi Braun presents Speak Low Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:30pm | CT Join vocalist Adi Braun, pianist Dave Restivo, bassist Pat Collins, and drummer Daniel Barnes as they trace the musical and personal journey of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya from Berlin to Broadway in songs and words. Familiar songs include “Speak Low ”and “September Song ,” and Braun’s unique interpretations of such cabaret gems as “Schickelgruber ” and “Nanna’s Lied.”

Tickets: $32

Musicians from Marlboro

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Afiara String Quartet

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John O’Conor & Desmond Hoebig

John O’Conor

David Louie & Véronique Mathieu

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2pm | MCH

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2pm | MCH

The Glenn Gould School proudly presents two newly appointed, internationally known faculty members in recital: pianist John O’Conor and cellist Desmond Hoebig. The program includes a set of solo piano Nocturnes by John Fields and Fryderyk Chopin, and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3. In the second half of the concert they will be joined by other faculty members in Schumann’s Piano Quintet.

ARC Ensemble and GGS faculty member, pianist/harpsichordist David Louie, joins violinist Véronique Mathieu in a program of three Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord. The program will also include Händel’s Harpsichord Suite No. 5 and selected Scarlatti sonatas for solo harpsichord.

Tickets: $32 David Louie

Tickets: $32

Afiara String Quartet Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:30pm | MCH The Afiara String Quartet, known for its “remarkable sonic blend and heartbeat-synced ensemble attack,” (The Georgia Straight ) continues its Fellowship at The Glenn Gould School. The evening’s program will include Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 50, No. 2, and Schumann’s String Quartet in A Minor.

Véronique Mathieu

The Glenn Gould School Discovery Series

Tickets: $32 Presented in honour of R.S. Williams & Sons Company Ltd.

Taylor Academy Showcase Concerts

An Afternoon of Brass

Saturdays, October 18 & November 15, 2014 & February 7 & March 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm | MCH

Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2pm | MCH

Tickets: $32

The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists presents concerts by the leading young classical musicians in Canada. Following in the steps of lauded alumni such as Stewart Goodyear, Jan Lisiecki, Barry Shiffman, and Martin Beaver, hear these stars of tomorrow perform favourite works in this free series. Free (ticket required)

Andrés Díaz & Friends

The GGS Fall Opera

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2pm | MCH

Friday, November 21 & Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30pm | MCH

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Trombone Gordon Wolfe joins colleagues Christopher Gongos (TSO Principal Horn) and Andrew McCandless (TSO Principal Trumpet) in a concert featuring solo and brass ensemble pieces.

Alexandra Koerner Yeo Chair in Cello and Artist-inResidence at The Glenn Gould School, internationally renowned cellist Andrés Díaz leads a solo and chamber program, including Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major with the Arkadas String Quartet.

Tickets: $32

Students from The Glenn Gould School’s vocal program present their annual opera. Peter Tiefenbach serves as Music Director. Tickets: $15 Generously supported by the D&T Davis Charitable Foundation.

Andrés Díaz

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Faculty& Student Concerts Academy Chamber Orchestra Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 7:30pm | MCH Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:30pm | MCH String students from The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists come together as the Academy Chamber Orchestra to perform two special concerts. Free (ticket required)

Joaquin Valdepeñas Conducts Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:30pm | MCH Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet Joaquin Valdepeñas conducts The Glenn Gould School Chamber Ensemble and GGS alumnus pianist Benjamin Smith in a program that includes Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques for piano and small orchestra and Dvorˇák’s Serenade for Wind Instruments. Joaquin Valdepeñas Tickets: $15

The Glenn Gould School Vocal Showcase Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm | MCH A wonderful opportunity to see The GGS’s talented voice students present an evening of art songs and opera arias. Tickets: $15

The Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition Finals Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 10am | KH Hear the talented solo performers of The Glenn Gould School compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra during the 2015-16 season. Free (ticket required)

Epperson & Goldberg Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30pm | MCH ARC Ensemble member and Principal Cello of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Bryan Epperson, leads two of The Glenn Gould School’s top string players in Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s benchmark transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach’s the Goldberg Variations. Bryan Tickets: $15

2013.14 Rebanks Fellows

Rebanks Family Fellowship Concerts Tuesdays, March 31 & April 14, 2015 at 7:30pm | MCH The Glenn Gould School presents two outstanding concerts featuring artists on the cusp of major careers. Each concert features solo and chamber works performed by Rebanks Fellows enrolled in the special one-year Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program. Free (ticket required) Presented with the generous support of the Rebanks Family and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation.

The Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition Finals Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:30pm | MCH Hear the talented ensembles of The Glenn Gould School compete for over $11,000 in prizes and the chance to perform a Prelude Recital in Koerner Hall preceding a Royal Conservatory Orchestra performance. Free (ticket required) Presented in honour of R.S. Williams & Sons Company Ltd.

The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm | CT Brian Current directs The GGS New Music Ensemble in a program of cutting-edge contemporary music. Free (ticket required)

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ENHANCE YOUR CONCERT EXPERIENCE Postlude Performances After many Koerner Hall performances, ticket holders are invited to enjoy a cocktail, socialize, and hear more wonderful music in the Leslie and Anna Dan Galleria, Lower Level, located directly outside of Koerner Hall.

Prelude Recitals Each Royal Conservatory Orchestra concert is preceded by a short performance care of talented students of The Glenn Gould School. Prelude Recitals start at 6:45pm.

Artist Chats Get inside the music as Executive Director of Performing Arts, Mervon Mehta, talks with international artists on stage after intermission. The chats are packed with anecdotes, behind the scenes information, musical insight and inspiration, and more than a few laughs – you never know where the conversation will go!

Public Master Classes Everyone is welcome to listen and learn as international master musicians instruct students of The Glenn Gould School and The Royal Conservatory School in free public master classes. More than 60 master classes are presented each season. For more information visit rcmusic.ca orGGS email masterclass@rcmusic.ca.

The Glenn Gould School Student Recitals Hear the next generation’s great musicians in intimate recitals! More than 100 recitals are presented by students of The School throughout the academic year in Mazzoleni Concert Hall and the Conservatory Theatre. For more information visit Concerts & Events at www.rcmusic.ca/ggs.

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Every Seat Tells a Story SYLVIA’S STORY Jenifer Hosack McDonald’s mother, Sylvia Cockram Hosack, sang her way through life. During the 1940s, Sylvia studied at The Royal Conservatory under the tutelage of Healey Willan, also known as the “Dean of Canadian composers.” After she passed away, Jenifer and her husband, Stephen, decided to make a gift that would allow them to permanently remember her life and acknowledge her love of music by naming four seats in Koerner Hall in her memory.

SEATS 12 – 15 IN ROW C OF KOERNER HALL’S ORCHESTRA LEVEL TELL SYLVIA’S STORY.

MUSIC LOVERS, TAKE YOUR SEAT. Create a lasting tribute to someone whose love of music you wish to honour – a parent, teacher, child or friend, or express your own passion for music by naming a seat or row in Koerner Hall. It ensures that you or someone special in your life will remain forever part of The Royal Conservatory and provides an opportunity to celebrate a life committed to music and the arts. For more information, please contact us at 416.408.2824 x446 or nameyourseat@rcmusic.ca

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Jenifer Hosack McDonald and Stephen McDonald were photographed in Koerner Hall by Lisa Sakulensky.


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The Royal Conservatory 2014.15 Concert Season  

More than 95 classical, jazz, family, world, and pop music concerts to choose from, at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto. "Koerner Hall is...

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