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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Royal Conservatory of Music's 2010-11 Season






Although the gala concert with superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott on Thursday,October 14 at Koerner Hall has been sold out for some time, there are more than 70 concerts during The Royal Conservatory’s 2010.11 concert season to choose from.

The season will begin on Sunday, September 26, with the Conservatory’s very own, twice Grammy Award-nominated ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) in the beautifully restoredMazzoleni Concert Hall located in historic Ihnatowycz Hall. The concert will be part of Culture Days, the Canada-wide interactive celebration of arts and culture, and will therefore be free – first come, first served. Another free event will be The Royal Conservatory’s participation, for the second year in a row, in the popular Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on Saturday, October 2. The festivities will begin at 8:00pm with a concert in Koerner Hall. Uri Mayer, Director of the Orchestral Program and Resident Conductor at the Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, will conduct the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in a work by the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, after which the visitors will have a chance to interact with a massive sculptural light installation by the visionary Toronto architect Philip Beesley. Additionally, thanks to TELUS support, the Conservatory and the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab will present an installation called "Musical Rumble: Jazz vs Classical." In this ‘battle,’ larger-than-life musicians will be projected through the windows to the outside of the building as they play jazz and classical interpretations of the same musical excerpt and compete for votes. Everyone in the Reta Lila Weston Music Court on Bloor Street will see and hear the projected performances and, using smart phones, vote to see their favourite version in its entirety.

The Koerner Hall season will officially open on Wednesday, October 6, with the American pop-alt-folk singer Brandi Carlile, whose music has been featured on the hit TV shows Grey’s Anatomy andPrivate Practice. Opening for her will be the Canadian singer-songwriter Luke McMaster, who participated in the popular Bluebird North series last season, and whose songs have become multiplatinum and gold sales for many of his collaborators such as Rihanna, Nick Lachey, Kyle Riabko, Bret Ryan, Rex Goudie, Kalan Porter, and Marc Jordan.

The first two jazz concerts of the Koerner Hall season will be truly remarkable. The South African trumpet phenomenon Hugh Masekela, recently featured in the opening concert for the FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg and broadcast live around the world, will make his Royal Conservatory debut on Saturday, October 23. On October 30, guitarist Reg Schwager, pianist Robi Botos, bassistDave Young, drummer Terry Clarke, trumpeter Kevin Turcotte, and vocalist Carol Welsman will participate in the first concert of the Aspects of Oscar series, titled Oscar’s Songbooks. Assembled by Young, all of these musicians had a special relationship with Oscar Peterson, Carol Welsman being one of his favourite singers.

Two extraordinary vocalists will be making their Koerner Hall debuts in October. Buika, the songstress who is already a legend in her native Spain and in Europe, and includes the likes of film director Pedro Almodóvar among her greatest fans, will make her Canadian debut on October 16 as part of her North American tour. She will be presenting her latest album, El Último Trago (The Last Drink), a tribute to Chavela Vargas, the legendary rancheras singer who has been one of Almodóvar’s muses and one of Buika’s greatest influences. Next, Broadway legend and multiple Tony Award winner Barbara Cook, who starred in the original productions of such hits as Candide and The Music Man, will grace the stage of Koerner Hall on October 22. Now in her eighties, she is still one of the foremost interpreters of Sondheim, cabaret, and the American popular song.

The Royal Conservatory will welcome the return of three different groups who appeared during the 2009.10 season. The Conservatory faculty member, pianist Andrew Burashko, will bring his Art of Time Ensemble on October 21 with a unique interpretation of Abbey Road, one of the most popular albums by the Beatles. He will be joined by singers Kevin Hearn, Andy Maize, Steven Page,Alejandra Ribera, Sarah Slean, John Southworth, and Martin Tielli; Page and Slean appeared with the Art of Time in Koerner Hall last season. Another returning ensemble is the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, conducted by Edwin Outwater. On October 27, Outwater and Daniel Levitin, author of the best-selling books This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs, will produce a concert titled Beethoven and Your Brain. In this unique and unusual interactive performance, the audience will use the latest technology to participate in surveys as they explore what happens to the brain when listening to Beethoven’s music. The last group is the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, which will perform more concerts than ever before at the Conservatory during a single season. Conducted by the Canadian Opera Company’s Music Director, Johannes Debus, who made his Conservatory debut last year with the Orchestra, the October 29 concert will feature the 2010 Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition winner, soprano Jennifer Taverner, in Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, among other works.

Staying close to home, two concerts will be performed by the friends of The Glenn Gould School inMazzoleni Concert Hall. As part of the Mazzoleni Masters Series, the award-winning Russian harpist Natalia Shamayeva, formerly from the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra in Moscow, will perform a unique all-Russian recital on October 17, and will also conduct a master class for The Royal Conservatory students prior to her recital. The first concert of the Discovery Series, on October 24, will feature the Hungarian violinist Ádám Banda. Banda, from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, will make his North American debut and thus mark the beginning of a performance partnership between The Glenn Gould School and the outstanding young performers of Hungary.

September and October events at The Royal Conservatory:

ARC Ensemble (Mazzoleni Masters): Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 7:30pm (MH); FREE

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at the TELUS Centre: Sat., October 2, 2010 from 7:00pm until 7:00am; FREE

Brandi Carlile with Luke McMaster (Pop): Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $30-$50

Yo-Yo Ma with Kathryn Stott (Strings): Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 7:00pm (KH); $50-$200

LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture: His Highness the Aga Khan: Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7:30pm(KH) TBA

Buika (World): Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $30-$60

Natalia Shamayeva (Mazzoleni Masters): Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 2:00pm (MH); $25

Art of Time Ensemble: Abbey Road (Pop): Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $30-$60

Barbara Cook (Vocal): Friday, October 22, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $50-$100

Hugh Masekela (Jazz & World): Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $25-$65

Ádám Banda (Discovery): Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 2:00pm (MH); $10

Beethoven and Your Brain (Words & Music): Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $20-$65

Royal Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Johannes Debus (Orchestra): Fri., Oct. 29, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $20-$40

Aspects of Oscar: Oscar’s Songbooks (Jazz): Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 8:00pm (KH); $20-$65

(KH) – Koerner Hall; (MH) – Mazzoleni Concert Hall

Tickets are available online at, by calling 416.408.0208,

or in person at the Weston Family Box Office at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

Select any 4-6 concerts and save 10%; Select any 7+ concerts and save 15%; premium tickets available upon request

A limited number of $10 rush tickets are available starting 90 minutes before all performances presented by The RCM

All concerts take place at The Royal Conservatory,

TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto



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