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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Royal Conservatory of Music Announces 2013-14 Concert Season


In celebration of Koerner Hall’s fifth anniversary, Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal ConservatoryMervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, revealed today the details of the complete 2013-14 concert season. Many of the classical and jazz concerts had already been announced in January, including the season opening gala with Broadway star Audra McDonald on Saturday, September 28, at 7:00 pm.

“Acclaimed as one of the finest halls in the world, Koerner Hall is synonymous with the successful presentation of diverse and compelling programming by internationally celebrated performers,” says Dr. Peter Simon. “Koerner Hall continues to inspire audiences and students as diverse as Canada itself, and supports The Royal Conservatory’s efforts to advance the transformative effect of music to enrich the lives of all Canadians.”

Mervon Mehta said: “Audiences have come to expect a high level of artistry and diversity in the concert presentations at The Royal Conservatory. The season we announce today includes concerts by some of our trusted friends, showcases the brightest new talents on the scene, and challenges us to hear new sounds with open ears. Music from Italy to Mali, from Beethoven to R. Murray Schafer, from Indian ragas to hip hop, all performed by the world’s foremost musicians.”     

La Dolce Musica
A celebration of Italian music features Metropolitan Opera tenor Marcello Giordani, the Vesuvius Ensemble and the Sicilian Jazz Project, an all-Vivaldi program with baroque specialists Europa Galante and violinist Fabio Biondi, the Richard Galliano QuartetDaniela Nardi and John Pizzarelli singing from the Frank Sinatra and Paolo Conte songbooks, and a free concert with The Royal Conservatory’s very own ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) with Peter Barrett.

TD Jazz: Celebrating Dinah & Sarah
We pay homage to jazz greats Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan on their 90th birthdays in five specially curated concerts, including the Regina Carter Quartet & Nnenna FreelonKurt Elling & Denzal Sinclaire, along with Ramsey Lewis, Joe Sealy, Jackie Richardson, Arlene Duncan, Ranee Lee, and Terri Lynne Carrington’s Mosaic Project.

21C Music Festival
The Conservatory is proud to announce the first edition of the 21C Music Festival, an annual event that will bring some of the most intrepid and adventurous composers and musicians to Toronto for five days of newly-minted music. More than 20 world, Canadian, and/or Toronto premieres will be presented by Christos Hatzis, Chilly Gonzales, Javier Limón, Louis Andriessen, Jennifer Higdon, Shulamit Ran, Brian Current, Uri Caine, and more.
Other World Premieres
More new works will be presented, including Nicole Lizée’s 2012: Triple Concerto for Power Trio and Orchestra (Fantasia on Themes by Rush), two new pieces by electronica composer Dan Deacon, and an orchestral showcase by Bryce Dessner of the indie band The National, all to be performed by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Another Lizée world premiere, Behind the Sound of Music (original music set to the Sound of Music film), will be performed by The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble. Canadian premieres include new pieces by Nitin Sawhney written for Anoushka Shankar and new works written by Béla Fleck for himself and Brooklyn Rider.

R. Murray Schafer Turns 80!
Pre-eminent Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, who was appointed to the position of Composer-in-Residence at The Glenn Gould School in 2010, is turning 80 years old this year. The Conservatory is celebrating his birthday all year long with performances of his String Quartet No. 1 by the New Orford String Quartet, Crown of Ariadne by Judy Loman, a piece that will be part of the 21C Music Festival, and a world premiere commissioned by The Conservatory to be performed by the Royal Conservatory Orchestra.

All 10 Beethoven Violin Sonatas
Toronto audiences were able to experience all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano sonatas in one day, care of Canadian pianist and Conservatory alumnus, Stewart Goodyear, on June 9, 2012. In January and February 2014, audiences will be able to hear all 10 of Beethoven’s violin sonatas: Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov perform Sonatas Nos. 4, 3, 9, and 10; Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Enrico Pace offer Sonatas Nos. 1, 5, and 7; Luri Lee, a Rebanks Fellow of The Glenn Gould School, plays Sonatas Nos. 2 and 8 with one of the finest interpreters of Beethoven of our time, pianist Anton Kuerti; to complete the cycle, Sarah Kim performs Sonata No. 6 in a Royal Conservatory Orchestra Prelude Recital.

African Celebration
The World Music series includes three special performances by African musicians. Malian singer Rokia Traoré’s new recording, Beautiful Africa, is a “heartfelt plea on behalf of Mali, her homeland, [and] is also a simply brilliant piece of music.” (The Guardian) Two other Malians will be seen at Koerner Hall: named by TIME magazine in late 2012 as one of the next 10 artists poised for stardom, singer Fatoumata Diawara performs with ngoni ace Bassekou Kouyate. Kouyate has been called “a genius” by Taj Mahal, who also performs in the World Music series alongside Vusi Mahlasela. South Africa’s Johnny Clegg rounds out our celebration of African music with his infectious blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms that have earned him the affectionate nickname “Le Zulu Blanc” (the white Zulu).

Music Mix Highlights
Mary Chapin CarpenterBruce Hornsbyand two dance companies: Rennie Harris Puremovement (hip-hop dance company), Israel Galván (flamenco dancer).

Conservatory Debuts
Audra McDonaldMary Chapin CarpenterBruce HornsbyAna MouraRokia TraoréFatoumata Diawara, Taj MahalVusi MahlaselaChris ThileMarcello GiordaniDaniela NardiNatalie DessayMischa MaiskyIsabelle Faust, Rennie Harris PuremovementIsrael GalvánKhatia BuniatishviliKirill Gerstein,Stephen HoughEuropa Galante with Fabio BiondiRichard Galliano QuartetNew Orford String Quartet.

Returning Friends
MidoriLeonidas KavakosYuja WangAndrás SchiffMenahem PresslerAnoushka ShankarJohnny CleggShawn ColvinBéla FleckThe Manhattan Transfer.

Media Contact: Barbora Kršek, Concert Publicity Manager and Publications Editor

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