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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Royal Conservatory Adds New Concerts to 2011-12 Concert Season



Rock, Pop, World, and Classical Music Additions

Buika Replaced by Lila Downs and Susana Baca,

and The Heath Brothers Replaced by the Christine Jensen Quartet

New Book Club Announced for Concert Patrons

The Royal Conservatory Welcomes TD Bank Group, Roland Canada, World MasterCard®, Georgian Capital, and the Toronto Arts Council

to the Family of Corporate and Government Supporters

Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Royal Conservatory, just announced an additional nine concerts to the 2011-12 concert season, spread out across Koerner Hall; Mazzoleni Concert Hall, located in historic Ihnatowycz Hall; and the Conservatory Theatre. Tickets go on sale Monday, July 25, 2011.

Among the performers added to the Koerner Hall concert season is legendary guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson, whom Rolling Stone named one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time. He appears in a solo concert on Thursday, September 8, 2011. For the third consecutive year, the Toronto Blues Society Maple Blues Awards take place in Koerner Hall on Monday, January 16, 2012. Presented in partnership with the Toronto Blues Society, the 15th anniversary celebration of Canadian blues features the finest musicians from across Canada, all backed by the Maple Blues Band. Following the successful and sold-out Beethoven and Your Brain concert/lecture from last season, neuroscientist and author Dr. Daniel Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music) and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Music Director Edwin Outwater take us to the next level in their exploration of the cognitive impact of hearing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, in Beethoven and Your Brain Part II on Saturday, February 25, 2012. Returning to Koerner Hall following her 2009 sold-out debut, and launching her new CD, Amanda Martinez brings flair and variety to her blend of flamenco inspired rhythms, Afro-Cuban beats, and Mexican folk music on Thursday, May 17, 2012.

Spanish songstress Buika, scheduled to appear on March 7, 2012, has retired from performing and hence cancelled all of her future engagements. In her place – on the same date – The Conservatory presents a double-bill of strong, soulful women with deep Central and South American roots: Lila Downs, the Mexican/American singer-songwriter who performed on the soundtrack to the film Frida, and Susana Baca, a key figure in the revival of Afro-Peruvian music. Additionally, The Heath Brothers have cancelled their appearance with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet on February 4, 2012, and have been replaced by the Christine Jensen Quartet, whose CD Treelines won a 2011 Juno for best Contemporary Jazz Album of the year. The Montreal-based saxophonist, composer, and Conservatory alumna has been described as “an original voice on the international jazz scene … [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers” by The Globe and Mail. Jensen is joined for this appearance by her sister, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

Mazzoleni Hall Concerts continue with The Conservatory’s very own ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, in a special concert that is also part of Holocaust Education Week. The program includes the "Carillon" Quartet by Karl Amadeus Hartmann and the String Sextet by Adolf Busch. Taking place in Mazzoleni Concert Hall, but part of our series Music From Across the Middle East, composer and pianist Malek Jandali appears on Sunday, February 12, 2012. Jandali is inspired by the folk and ancient music of Syria, incorporating both Arabic music and Western harmony in his compositions. His new CD Echoes from Ugarit is based on the oldest music notation in the world, dating back to 3400 B.C., discovered in the ancient city of Ugarit, Syria.

Bluebird North: Where Songwriters Sing and Tell returns for a third consecutive season to the Conservatory Theatre on three Saturday evenings. Presented in partnership with the Songwriters Association of Canada, the informal concerts feature top Canadian songwriters performing and sharing their inspiration, songwriting process, and some behind-the-scenes stories. The series is hosted by Blair Packham, co-founder of the Humber College Songwriting Summer Workshop.

We are also thrilled to announce that Asha Bhosle, appearing in Koerner Hall on October 2, was recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the IIFA Bollywood Awards show held in Toronto. Meanwhile, DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll recognized Joe Lovano Us Five (appearing on October 29) as the Jazz Group of 2011, and Anat Cohen (appearing November 12) as the top clarinettist of 2011 as well as a Rising Star Soprano Saxophone Winner.

New Sponsors

The Conservatory welcomes TD Bank Group as the sponsor of our A Year of Great Sax series, as well as concerts by Asha Bhosle, The Tallis Scholars, and Meow Meow. World MasterCard®, a long time supporter of The Conservatory, has renewed its commitment and is the lead sponsor on our World, Pop, and Everything in Between series. Georgian Capital will sponsor Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester and Roland Canada has joined us to sponsor both our Sō Percussion concert and a student concert featuring the group. Additionally, the Toronto Arts Council has made a commitment to The Conservatory by supporting our Music from Across the Middle East series. “I am grateful to our ever growing government and corporate partners whose support allows us to present the finest programs at affordable ticket prices,” said Mervon Mehta. "We have been supporting access to music and music festivals across Canada for years and this new sponsorship fits perfectly with our program of encouraging Canadians to experience firsthand the power of great music," says Alan Convery, National Manager Community Relations, TD Bank Group.

Announcing the new Concert Book Club

Heather Kelly, director of marketing for the Performing Arts division of The Conservatory and an avid reader, invites concertgoers to join her in casual discussions on books and music. Ms. Kelly has chosen books relating to specific performances and looks forward to lively post-concert dialogues about the book, the performance, and their shared themes. No prior knowledge of the performers or the music is required, and there is no fee to participate in the Club – each discussion is open to ticket holders of that evening’s performance. Pre-registration is required and discussion locations will be announced by email prior to the corresponding concert. More information about the Concert Book Club, including a full list of titles and related Koerner Hall performances, can be found at

The Royal Conservatory’s 2011-12 concert season is made possible through the generous support of:

Donors/Sponsors: Aaron Brock Foundation; D&T Davis Charitable Foundation – The Glenn Gould School Vocal Program sponsor; Invesco Trimark – Piano Concerts Series sponsor; Jackson Triggs & Inniskillin; World MasterCard® – World, Pop, and Everything in Between Concert Series sponsor; RBC Foundation – Royal Conservatory Orchestra Guest Conductor Program sponsor; R. S. Williams and Sons Co.; TD Bank Group – Year of Great Sax Concert Series sponsor; Yamaha

Government: Department of Canadian Heritage; Ontario Arts Council; Toronto Arts Council

Media: Classical 96.3 FM – Classical series media sponsor (Chamber, Vocal, String, Early Music, and Royal Conservatory Orchestra and Opera Concerts); Jazz FM – A Year of Great Sax and Kabaret at Koerner! media sponsor; NOW – World, Pop, and Everything in Between; and Kabaret at Koerner! media sponsor

New Concerts for The Royal Conservatory’s 2011-12 Season:

Richard Thompson (Rock): Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 8:00pm (KH); starting at $39

ARC Ensemble (Mazzoleni Masters): Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 7:30pm (MCH); $31.50

Bluebird North: Where Songwriters Sing and Tell (Pop): Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 8pm (CT); $37

Toronto Blues Society Maple Blues Awards (Blues): Monday, January 16, 2012 at 7pm (KH); staring at $28

Ravi Coltrane Quartet and Christine Jensen Quartet featuring Ingrid Jensen (A Year of Great Sax):

Saturday, February 4, 2011 at 8pm; starting at $39

Malek Jandali (Middle Eastern Music): Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3pm (MCH); starting at $37.00

Bluebird North: Where Songwriters Sing and Tell (Pop): Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 8pm; (CT); $37

Beethoven and Your Brain Part II (Classical): Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 8pm; (KH); starting at $45

Lila Downs and Susana Baca (World): Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 8pm (KH); starting at $33.50

Bluebird North: Where Songwriters Sing and Tell (Pop): Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8pm (CT); $37

Amanda Martinez (World): Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 8:00pm (KH); starting at $39

(KH) – Koerner Hall; (MCH) – Mazzoleni Concert Hall; (CT) – Conservatory Theatre

NEW THIS SEASON! We have not increased ticket prices but, to make it easier for our patrons,

all advertised prices now include service charge and 13% HST.

Create your own package: select any 4-6 concerts and save 10%; select any 7+ concerts and save 15%

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

All concerts take place at The Royal Conservatory

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

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