Two of the best Latin jazz pianists and band leaders in the world bring their trios to Koerner Hall for an unforgettable double bill celebrating the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk and the 20th anniversary of Pérez’s album, Panamonk.
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Maestra Tania Miller is on the cutting edge of classical music. Her “experience and charisma are audible.” (Hartford Courant) As Music Director of the Victoria Symphony, and the first Canadian woman ever to be Music Director of a major symphony orchestra, she is used to blazing new paths and being on the cutting edge in the world of classical music.
There is intelligence and sophistication to Holly Cole’s singing. She takes tunes everybody thinks they know and discovers new undercurrents in the venerable anthems of contemporary composers, wrapping her honesty, compassion, and sardonic wit around their sometimes fragile creations. The results are sexy, provocative, and spellbinding.
“The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerizing musicians of the day. You sit entranced … She seems to me the complete performer … with the ability to convey a spiritual seriousness that nonetheless does not exclude an utter charm.” (The Sunday Times) “Ms.
Barbara Hannigan, who received the Order of Canada in June 2016, is known worldwide as a soprano of vital expressive force directed by exceptional technique. Blessed with a voice at once pure and hot, she also possesses an exciting stage presence, whether in opera or on the concert platform.
“Consistently dazzling,” (New Yorker) Joshua Bell “does nothing less than tell human beings why they bother to live.”(Interview Magazine) One of the world’s most beloved virtuosos and a classical music superstar, Bell transfixes audiences with his superb mastery, passionate readings and warm, richly nuanced tone.
“Controlled passion.” (The Guardian) Yasmin Levy’s “Judeo-Spanish ballads and prayers blend with fullblooded songs of love and loss; Moorish melodies suddenly detour into flamenco rhythms.” (Sunday Times) Inimitable NYC band, The Klezmatics, take one of the wildest approaches to klezmer, blending the traditional dance music and socially conscious lyrics with contemporary rock, funk, and jazz.
Nearly forty years after he began one of music’s most remarkable careers, Johnny Clegg is embarking on his final world tour. Johnny Clegg: The Final Journey World Tour represents the peak of a career that has combined near matchless music success with sustained - and significant - social, political and cultural impact.
The Miles Electric Band has powered onto the jazz scene, breathing new life into the music of Davis’s electric period with an all-star attitude. The Miles Electric Band brings together contemporaries of Davis’s with a whole new generation of musicians to perform music from the ground-breaking 1969-75 era. Artists in the band played with Davis during this seminal period when he released the albums Bitches Brew, On The Corner and Jack Johnson.
The one-and-only Bill Murray will read Hemingway, Whitman, and Mark Twain, dance a tango, and sing on the Koerner Hall stage. An ensemble led by his friend, cellist Jan Vogler, will perform works by Bach, Piazzolla, Ravel, and Bernstein, in this evening where music and literature meet.