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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Royal Conservatory Announces November Lineup of Concerts


Highlights include pianists András Schiff and Menahem Pressler,
violinist Midori, debut by the New Orford String Quartet,
and R. Murray Schafer 80th birthday celebration

This November, Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Royal ConservatoryMervon Mehta, is proud to welcome back pianists András Schiff and Menahem Pressler, and violinistMidori, as well as the debuts of the New Orford String Quartet and conductor Lior Shambadal.

As part of the Invesco Piano Concerts on November 3, András Schiffwho received the 2012 International Classical Music Award in the Solo Instrumental Recording of the Year category, will present a vast program consisting of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120, “'Diabelli Variations.” Because of the length of the program the concert has an earlier start time of 2pm.

On November 24, pianist and founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler, celebrates his 90th birthday joined by the New Orford String Quartet (featuring the Concertmasters of the Toronto and Montreal Symphonies Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan on violins, Eric Nowlin, Associate Principal Viola with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Brian Manker, Principal Cellist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra). The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6; R. Murray Schafer’s String Quartet No. 1 (in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday); and Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34.

Violinist Midori has established a record of achievement that sets her apart as a master musician, innovator, and champion of the developmental potential of children. In her return concert on November 8, she is joined by Turkish-American pianist Özgür Aydin for a program of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Sonata No. 25 in F Major, K. 377; Ernest Bloch’s Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, “Poème mystique;” Paul Hindemith’s Sonata in E Major; Gabriel Fauré’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13; and Franz Schubert’s Rondo for Violin and Piano in B Minor, Op. 70, D. 895, “Rondeau brilliant.”

The last classical Koerner Hall concert features Israeli conductor Lior Shambadal (Chief Conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, Colombia, and the Principal Guest Conductor of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia) leading the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore OvertureNo. 2, Op. 72a and Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, “Eroica,” and Paul Hindemith’sSymphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber. As usual, the concert is preceded by a prelude performance care of The Glenn Gould School students in Koerner Hall, starting at 6:45pm.

Mazzoleni Concert Hall, located in historic Ihnatowycz Hall, concerts include HarpFest onNovember 10. In conjunction with the Toronto Harp Society, esteemed harpist Judy Lomancurates and performs along with fellow harpist Angela Schwarzkopf. The program includes R. Murray Schafer's Tanzlied, for mezzo-soprano and harp (featuring mezzo Eleanor James), and works by Glenn Buhr, Kevin Lau, and the two prize-winning selections from the Society's 2012 composition competition: Daniel Brophy's The Red Sky, for harp, violin, cello, and marimba; and Cecilia Livingston's Garden, for harp and vibraphone.

Musicians from Marlboro return for their annual concert on November 18. This year's tour features alumnus Scott St. John on violin, joined by emerging artists Michelle Ross (violin),Emily Deans (viola), Matthew Zalkind (cello), and Gabriele Carcano (piano), in a program of Beethoven’s Variations in G Major on Müller’s “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu,” Thomas Adès’sArcadiana, Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Trio in D Minor, and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor.

On November 15 and 16, students from The Glenn Gould School’s vocal program present the Canadian premiere of Korngold’s only operetta, The Silent Serenade, in Conservatory Theatre. The musical comedy focuses on the love of a famous fashion designer for his famous actress client and the many unlikely events that lead to them being able to share their love together.Peter Tiefenbach serves as Music Director.

Major Sponsors: BMO, Invesco, Michael and Sonja Koerner, RBC Foundation, TD Bank
Concert Sponsors: Bar Mercurio, Georgian Capital, Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, R. S. Williams and Sons Co., Rebanks Family Foundation
Wine & Beverage Sponsors: Amsterdam Brewery, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, ESKA Natural Spring Water, Inniskillin
Government Supporters: Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council
Media Sponsors: Classical 96.3 FM, JAZZ.FM91, CBC, NOW,, ATN

Classical Music Concerts at The Royal Conservatory in November
András Schiff (Invesco Piano Concerts): Sun. 3rd at 2 pm | KH; $45-$90
Midori with Özgür Aydin (String Concerts): Fri. 8th at 8 pm | KH; $35-$90
HarpFest (Mazzoleni Masters): Sun. 10th at 2 pm | MCH; $32
Korngold’s The Silent Serenade (Discovery Series): Fri. 15th & Sat. 16th at 7:30 pm | CT; $15
Musicians from Marlboro (Mazzoleni Masters): Mon. 18th at 7:30 pm | MCH; $32
Royal Conservatory Orchestra with Lior Shambadal (Orchestra Concerts): Fri. 22nd at 8 pm | KH; $25-$55
Menahem Pressler & the New Orford String Quartet (Chamber Music Concerts): Sun. 24th at 3 pm | KH; $35-$75

Venue Legend: KH Koerner HallMCH Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall

Tickets are available online at, by calling 416.408.0208,
or in person at the Weston Family Box Office

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All concerts take place at The Royal Conservatory
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