the royal conservatory 2013.14 concert season: koerner hall 5th anniversary

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More than 70 classical, jazz, world music, dance, and pop concerts are presented in the Conservatory's three spectacular downtown Toronto venues. See blues legend Taj Mahal, mandolin genius Chris Thile, songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, the one and only Bruce Hornsby, Broadway star Audra McDonald, the TD Jazz series celebrating Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, fado singer Ana Moura, Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara, some of the world's best classical pianists, violinists, vocalists, and ensembles, including Yuja Wang, András Schiff, Midori and more. Tickets start at only $25! 416.408.0208 www.performance.rcmusic.ca

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  • KOERNER HALL FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

    2013.14 ConcertSeason

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

  • THE BAILLIE VEIL, generously supported by Charles and Marilyn Baillie, floats above Koerner Hall. Evoking a musical instrument, it has beeninternationally acclaimed for its extraordinary beauty as well as itsacoustical excellence. The unique design creates a stunning sculpturaldisplay for audiences to enjoy and it has become a distinctive feature inmany of The Royal Conservatorys print and electronic materials, whichfeature stylized graphic representations of the magnificent Baillie Veil.

    Toronto Star

    Magnificent in its acoustics,as much as in its design.

  • 2013.14 CONCERT SEASON

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    CelebratingKoernerHallsth AnniversaryFifth anniversaries are traditionally celebratedwith gifts of wood. That could not be more perfect as we celebrate five years of extraordinary music inKoerner Hall, where the wood is integral to both thebeauty and the spectacular acoustics that make KoernerHall one of the finest concert halls in the world. We lookforward to celebrating five years of wonderful music in our magnificent concert hall with you!

    Create your ideal ticket package with your ownmix of performances customized from among theexceptional concerts being presented this season.Choose from a variety of music from Italy, a jazz series that honours Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington in the year of their 90th birthdays, top musicians from Africa,inspiring roots and blues musicians, and some of theworlds best classical pianists, violinists, vocalists, andensembles, as well as our world-class faculty and students.This season we will also launch 21C, a newly mintedfestival that celebrates todays most daringly innovativemusicians and composers. You can opt for a festival passor tickets to individual events in the festival. The wide rangeof music, reasonable ticket prices, and flexible ticketpackages are all part of our commitment to making it easy for you to join us many times this season.

    We look forward to seeing you, often!

    MERVON MEHTAExecutive Director, Performing Arts

    DR. PETER SIMONPresident, The Royal Conservatory

    JAMES ANAGNOSONDean, The Glenn Gould School

  • 4 5FULL PROGRAM DETAILS AT PERFORMANCE.RCMUSIC.CA

    SEASON OPENINGCONCERT!Audra McDonald Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7pm | KH

    Audra McDonald has five Tony Awards, two GrammyAwards, a long list of other accolades to her name,plus she is the new host of Live From Lincoln Center.Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparablegift for drama, she is equally at home on Broadwayand concert stages as in roles on film and television.After four seasons on the TV series Private Practice,Audra McDonald returned to the stage as Bess in a sold-out new production of The GershwinsPorgy and Bess, for which she was awarded the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics CircleAwards for best leading actress in a musical. She previously won Tony Awards for roles inRagtime, Master Class, Carousel, and A Raisin in the Sun. This special gala performance willinclude McDonalds trademark mix of show tunes, classic songs from movies, and pieceswritten specially for her.

    Tickets start at $50Contact Aurelia Kay at 416.408.2824 x428 oraurelia.kay@rcmusic.ca for Broadway on Bloor gala dinner ticket information.

    Marcello GiordaniFriday, December 13, 2013 at 8 pm | KHArguably the leading tenor of his generation, (Opera News) Giordani sings with ringing power and sweeping fervour. (The New York Times) A native of Sicily, he has been a frequent guest at La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera.Giordanis tenor is a searing lirico spinto, delivered with tremendouspower and an almost uncontainableenergy. (The Opera Critic ) In thisperformance, he will sing Paolo Tosti,Georges Bizet, Francesco Cilea, andGiacomo Puccini.Tickets start at $40

    Natalie Dessay and Michel Legrandwith Les Violons du RoySunday, December 15 and Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7 pm | KHSimply put, Natalie Dessay possesses one of the worldsgreatest voices.It is pointless to separate singing andacting in a Dessay performance. Every vocal phrase isimpelled by the emotion and dramatic intention of themoment. (The New York Times ) Dessay will sing theMichel Legrand songbook selected from more than200 film and television scores, several musicals, andover 100 albums. Legrands most famous films includethe Oscar-winning Summer of 42, The Thomas CrownAffair, Ice Station Zebra, Yentl, Les Demoiselles deRochefort, and Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. QuebecCitys Les Violons du Roy and Catherine Michel,former principal harp of the Opra de Paris,accompany our two special guests.Tickets start at $50Presented in association with Attila Glatz Concert Productions.

    VocalConcerts

    5FULL PROGRAM DETAILS AT PERFORMANCE.RCMUSIC.CA

    AudraMcDonald

    Marcello Giordani

    MichelLegrand

    NatalieDessay

    TWENTY-FIRST CENTURYMUSIC FESTIVALMAY 21-25/2014

    21C PREMIUM FESTIVAL PASS = $195.0021C FESTIVAL PASS = $170.0021C FESTIVAL PASS LEVEL 2 = $120.00SINGLE TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE:Koerner Hall concerts start at $30, Mazzoleni Concert Hallconcerts are $32, Late Night events are $25

    IN THIS NEWLYMINTED FESTIVAL,

    TODAYS MOSTFEARLESS MUSICIANS

    AND COMPOSERSBRING US FRESH NEWSOUNDS AND IDEAS

    THE 21C MUSIC FESTIVAL IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THEGENEROUS ASSISTANCE OF MICHAEL AND SONJA KOERNERThe Afiara String Quartet appearance is generously supported by R.S. Williams and Sons Co.

    8 CONCERTS5 NIGHTS

    MAY 21 MAZZOLENICONCERT HALL New Music Concerts Wei-Wei Lan

    Jia Guoping (World Premiere)Shi Fuhong (World Premiere)Qin Wenchen (World Premiere)Alexina Louie: Imaginary Opera

    MAY 22 KOERNER HALLAfiara String Quartet 21C Festival Ensemble

    Christos Hatzis (World Premiere)R. Murray Schafer (in celebration of his 80th birthday)Brian Current: Faster Still(Toronto Premiere)Louis Andriessen: Anas Nin(Canadian Premiere)

    MAY 23 KOERNER HALLAfiara String Quartet Eve Egoyan 21C Festival Ensemble

    Chilly Gonzales (World Premiere)Uri Caine: Piano Quintet(World Premiere)Javier Limn (World Premiere)Eve Egoyan and David Rokeby:Surface Tension(World Premiere)

    MAY 23 LATE NIGHT IN CONSERVATORYTHEATRE21C Festival EnsembleNew works by Canadian composers

    MAY 24 KOERNER HALL Marc-Andr HamelinPacifica Quartet

    John Cage: The PerilousNight (solo piano)Jennifer Higdon: Dooryard Bloom(Canadian Premiere)Leo Ornstein: Piano Quintet

    MAY 24 LATE NIGHT IN CONSERVATORYTHEATREPacifica Quartet 21C Festival Ensemble

    Shulamit Ran: GLITTER,DOOM, SHARDS, MEMORY(Canadian Premiere)New works by Canadian composers

    MAY 25 MAZZOLENICONCERT HALLMarc-Andr Hamelin

    Morton Feldman: For Bunita Marcus

    MAY 25 KOERNER HALL Esprit Orchestra

    Zosha Di CastriChristopher MayoSamy Moussa

    17+ PREMIERES!

    VENUE LEGEND:KH Koerner Hall

    MCH Mazzoleni Concert Hallin historic Ihnatowycz HallCT Conservatory Theatre

    21C

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    Celebrating Frank Sinatra and Paolo Conte with John Pizzarelli and Daniela NardiSaturday, December 7, 2013 at 8 pm | KH

    We celebrate two iconic Italian singers on a single night. First, one of Torontos hippest singers, Daniela Nardi, explores the Paolo Conte songbookfeatured on her CD, Espresso Manifesto. Nardisband features Italian superstar Fabrizio Basso ontrumpet. Then singer, guitarist, and Jazz.FM91 radio host John Pizzarelli pays homage to Frank Sinatrawith songs from his CD, Dear Mr. Sinatra.

    Tickets start at $45

    Marcello GiordaniFriday, December 13, 2013 at 8 pm | KH

    See page 5 for details.

    Tickets start at $40

    ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory)with Peter Barrett Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 3pm | KH

    ARC Ensemble sets the skin rippling at every turn,with its ear-tingling corporate intonation andmagical phrasing. (The Strad ) The Grammy Awardnominated ensemble-in-residence at The RoyalConservatory has become one of Canadas pre-eminent cultural ambassadors. They play withfierce conviction. (The New York Times ) Recipient of numerous international awards, baritone Peter Barrett is one of Canadas most important new faces on the opera and concert stage.

    Program: Igor Stravinsky: Suite italienneGiacomo Puccini: ChrysanthemumsOttorino Respighi: The SunsetHugo Wolf: Italian SerenadeMario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Piano Quintet No. 1

    FREE Culture Days concertTickets must be reserved in advance

    VENUE LEGEND:KH Koerner Hall

    MCH Mazzoleni Concert Hallin historic Ihnatowycz HallCT Conservatory Theatre

    La DolceMusica

    Vesuvius Ensemble and The Sicilian Jazz ProjectSaturday, November 2, 2013 at 8 pm | KH

    Travel south to Naples and Modica with the Vesuvius Ensemble and The Sicilian Jazz Projectfor an evening of classic folk and Mediterraneanjazz. This evenings music is delivered with southernItalian panache care of former La Scala tenorFrancesco Pelleg