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Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

MÜ 50! Forest University 50! Exhibit

April 1, 2017 2:00pm to September 17, 2017 4:00pm

The Kotkajärve Metsaülikool (Forest University) 50! exhibition will be open at VEMU all summer from April 1, 2017 to September 15, 2017. 

People of Estonian heritage have been going to reconnect with their roots at this total immersion cultural camp in the deep woods of Muskoka, Canada every summer since 1967. Discover what happens at this Estonian camp in Canada.

Cunard to Canada: “A Welcome Awaits You,” Nottingham, England: Thos. Forman & Sons, Ltd., broadside, 1930.
Toronto Reference Library

Destination Canada

May 20, 2017 9:00am to July 30, 2017 5:00pm

Toronto Public Library and Passages Canada are pleased to present Destination Canada, a new exhibit that explores our diverse experiences of migration, arrival and finding a place of belonging from early settlement to present day. Discover the stories of newcomers throughout our history through posters, photographs, written accounts and other materials from Toronto Public Library's Baldwin Collection of Canadiana and Chinese Canadian Archive. The exhibit also features personal mementos from storytellers with Passages Canada.

Free. Guided tours every Tuesday at 2pm.
Find out more at

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

I See: Difference in Perspective

July 15, 2017 12:00pm to September 4, 2017 12:00pm

At the Gallery at the J

A photographic exploration of identity and disability.
July 15 to September 4

Info: (416) 924-6211 x250

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 21, 2017 4:00pm to July 25, 2017 9:15pm

Replace the expert-led and distant views of the revolution in Syria with this deeply affecting doc carved from 300 hours of footage shot amidst conflict by everyday citizens. In this personal account, Damascus-based radio host Obaidah Zytoon immerses us in the euphoria of protest and feeling on the verge of real change in 2011, through the emotional trauma and bloodshed of the following years. Less a political statement than a window into a world coming apart at the seams, this moving documentary from TIFF 2016 brings us face-to-face with the realities of revolution from an average citizen's eye.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 21, 2017 6:30pm to July 27, 2017 6:30pm

It's the place where Charlie Chaplin became a movie legend, Donald Trump's family made its fortune and Jack London heard the 'call of the wild.' Dawson City, Yukon, is one of Canada's most storied communities—a place whose colourful history and stunning landscapes are shrouded in myth. Drawing from a collection of over 500 lost silent films made between the 1910s and 20s that were unearthed from a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory, Bill Morrison (Decasia) has created a singular movie experience. With a mesmerizing score from Sigur Ros collaborator Alex Somers, and delightful cameos from the likes of Calamity Jane, movie magnate Sid Grauman and the poet Robert Service, the film is a captivating time capsule and one of the most critically acclaimed docs of the year.

Co-presented by Toronto Silent Film Festival.


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 21, 2017 9:15pm to July 27, 2017 9:15pm

Called "America's greatest contemporary ballerina," Wendy Whelan is preparing to leave the New York City Ballet after a record-breaking three decades with the company. Having established herself as one of her generation's greatest dancers during her tenure at the NYCB, Whelan seeks out a new challenge with a new piece, Restless Creature. She enlists four young choreographers to each come up with a duet between them and herself. The documentary follows Whelan as she prepares to take her final bow. Restless Creature finds a seasoned master embracing the new with grace and style.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 26, 2017 6:15pm

Films Changing the World: Must-see docs revealing staggering new perspectives and stories.

As people around the world lose their faith in existing systems, this gripping deconstruction of how the powers that be are wielding media and culture to control us couldn't be more timely. Widely regarded as one of the most important thinkers alive, Noam Chomsky dissects our current condition with his signature cool and devastating intellectual power. Requiem for the American Dream takes a thought-provoking look at the decline of democracy, the disappearing middle class, the myth of social mobility, and whatever hope may exist to turn this ship around. Tracing a half-century of policies designed to favour the wealthy at the expense of the majority, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy, and undoing, of our time.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 28, 2017 4:00pm to August 3, 2017 9:00pm

Just last month, Dr. John Sarno passed away at the age of 93 after a lifetime of uncovering the mysteries of the interconnections between the mind and body. A controversial figure in medicine, Sarno made ground-breaking discoveries about the relationship between bodily ailments and stress, and believes that psychological treatment can often be of more help than drugs or surgeries—but that’s not what the industry wants to hear. This documentary reveals Sarno’s revelations about psychosomatic disorders with testimonials from some of his best known patients including Larry David, Howard Stern, John Stossel and Jonathan Ames.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


July 28, 2017 6:15pm to August 3, 2017 6:30pm

Winner of the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2017, RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD reveals an essential and, until now, missing chapter in the history of popular music: the Indigenous influence. Lifting the veil on the enormous impact made by First Nations and Native American musicians including Robbie Robertson, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charley Patton, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis and more, Rumble celebrates their genre-changing and undeniably catchy influence. Blending audio archives, concert footage and interviews with industry icons from Tony Bennett to Steven Tyler and Martin Scorsese, this Hot Docs hit and Sundance award-winner is an unforgettable and political exploration of a musical history that was silenced for too long.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Opera on Screen: OTELLO

July 30, 2017 12:00pm

Renowned German tenor Jonas Kaufmann gives the performance of a lifetime as Otello in Keith Warner’s new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano. This riveting production focuses on the psychological turmoil of Otello’s mental collapse and the clash of light and dark, good and evil. French baritone Ludovic Tézier adds richness as the devastating traitor, Iago. This is an intense and dark realization of the tragic masterpiece that is beautifully and ambitiously staged, opening with a violent storm and featuring stunning duets between Otello and his doomed wife, Desdemona.


Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Opera For All 2017

July 31, 2017 8:00pm

A Community in Concert

Maestro Alvaro Lozano Gutierrez conducts a chorus of over 100 community singers from the MNjcc’s Opera for All, SICA Opera and Opera Studio programs.
Hear favourite opera choruses and solos from Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Carmen and more! With Pianist Clive Walton.

Doors Open at 6:30pm

concert held at Trinity St. Paul’s
427 Bloor Street West

Purchase tickets in advance on Eventbrite!

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 2, 2017 6:15pm

Game Changers: Stories of remarkable individuals and their impact on our world.

Since emerging on the music scene as the “godmother of punk” in the 70s with her unmistakable voice, Patti Smith has never stopped evolving and expanding as an artist. Following her comeback after a 16-year hiatus while she raised a family, filmmaker Steven Sebring followed Smith for over a decade in the making of this extremely candid and unusual portrait. Narrated by Smith herself, Dream of Life is an unconventional biography that offers a window into her philosophies, musings, and personality as well as an examination of her poetry, music, writing and art work. A true original, Smith’s fierce talent and spirit are on full display here. 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 4, 2017 4:00pm to August 9, 2017 6:30pm

Step into one of the most eccentric and remarkable spaces in New York music history: W. Eugene Smith’s legendary jazz loft. In the heyday of jazz between 1957 and 1965, former LIFE photographer Smith lived in a chaotic mess of an apartment on Sixth Avenue. Musicians would play into the wee hours, including masters like Thelonious Monk, and unbeknownst to them, Smith had the whole joint set up with recording equipment. In his time in the building, he captured 4,000 hours of audio tape and took 40,000 photographs. This enthralling doc digs into his archives and tracks its eight-year saga—until it comes crumbling down.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 6, 2017 4:00pm

Game Changers: Stories of remarkable individuals and their impact on our world.

There are few food documentaries as fascinating as this one, with insider access to one of the most ambitious kitchens in the world at the world famous Ell Bulli, which has topped Restaurant Magazine's list of the best restaurants in the world a record five times. Closed for half the year to give its influential master chef Ferran Adrià and his genius team of innovators the time to step into the lab and create exciting new dishes, he uses meticulous scientific research to develop aesthetic and flavour experiences that have never existed before, having virtually transformed cuisine forever. This is the closest you can get to the making of today?s boldest experimental cuisine; you can almost taste it.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

WHEN WE WERE KINGS - Game Changers

August 7, 2017 3:30pm

Game Changers: Stories of remarkable individuals and their impact on our world.

More than just a boxer, Muhammad Ali was one of the 20th century's most significant cultural figures, and in 1974 the "Rumble in the Jungle" was his stage as he set to face the favoured George Foreman. On the heels of the collapse of Richard Nixon's presidency and with the Vietnam War—which Ali had publicly and provocatively denounced and dodged—still ongoing, it was a moment in history where the world needed a hero. With the odds stacked against him as he set to face the red hot Foreman, Ali would use a strategy that captured imaginations around the globe in this unforgettable showdown.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Member Screening: Hot Docs Shorts Program 2017

August 8, 2017 7:00pm

Join us for an exclusive member-only screening featuring eight of the best short films from Hot Docs 2017. Short films are some of the finest docs we screen at the festival each year and we've selected our favourites for you in this special program featuring some unforgettable characters. 

Davina Pardo, director of 116 Cameras, will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A.

Tickets: Members may reserve FREE tickets (one per Bronze member, two per Silver member, and three per Gold member) online or at the Cinema box office and can purchase one additional $8 ticket to bring a friend.


D: Charlie Lyne | 13 min | UK
Filmmaker Charlie Lyne crafts a ridiculously charming and downright fishy story of myth, memory and ingenious marketing.

D: Tim Grant | 4 min |  USA 
A professional wrestler, Chace Cauliflower Brown brings a new perspective to the art and craft of wrestling. His musings about this oft-derided sport embrace interesting narratives that unfold between opponents in the ring and not on a page, elevating this sport to art.

D: Nathan Truesdell | 6 min | USA 
In 1986, the city of Cleveland released 1.5 million balloons to capture a world record and shed its nickname of the Mistake by the Lake. But their inflated pride is quickly popped.

D: Kevin Fraser | 12 min | Canada 
The beauty and grandeur of the icebergs in Iceberg Alley, between Newfoundland and Labrador, are seen through the wistful eyes of residents and tourists. Bearing a special bond to the ancient and colossal structures, admirers share stories in deep awe of a sight they may never see the same way again.

D: Zuki Juno Tobgye | 12 min | Singapore
Patha, like many foreign workers in Singapore, makes the trip to a professional photo studio to have his portrait taken. It?s his golden ticket to securing a bride back home. But time is not on his side as his family races to find him a wife before his 32nd birthday. Though his marriage is arranged, there?s still some thrill to this chase.

D: Zofia Kowalewska | 19 min | Poland
Barbara and Zdzislaw's marriage has technically lasted 45 years. Despite spending the last eight years apart, they decide to host an anniversary lunch. For all their petty bickering over bills, furniture and their impending anniversary celebration, this couple does have a lasting and unbreakable love.

D: Juliette Guerin | 7 min | Canada
A Syrian refugee reminisces about his life back home, speaking about the people, place and culture with a bittersweet and palpable sense of nostalgia as he responds to images of Syria projected on a wall. We travel with him to different parts of the country, as he talks about his initial reluctance to leave and challenges popular stereotypes of the country.

D: Davina Pardo | 16 min | USA, Canada
Anne Frank's stepsister and Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss is the subject of an immersive interactive media project that seeks to preserve history and memory. By recording Eva's stories and experiences, future generations can learn from the horrors she saw and lived through.


The Royal Conservatory

Cadence Pop-Up Concert

August 10, 2017 1:00pm

Join Cadence for a free outdoors Pop-Up lunchtime concert at the Royal Conservatory of Music to spread the word about their upcoming A Cappella Bootcamp! This Juno-Nominated vocal group has been wowing audiences across the country and around the world for nearly 20 years, and is looking forward to host their 3rd annual Bootcamp at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 10, 2017 6:30pm

Game Changers: Stories of remarkable individuals and their impact on our world.

A pioneer who paved the way for female comics, the outrageous Joan Rivers opens up her life with all of its many ups and downs in what Roger Ebert called, "one of the most truthful documentaries about show business I've seen." Following a year in the life of the famous comic, filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg capture Rivers at her most hilarious and her most vulnerable, as she struggles to book work and strives to remain relevant in the increasingly competitive and cutthroat world of comedy. Covering her career and giving her the spotlight she deserved, A Piece of Work is warm, laugh-out-loud funny and surprisingly touching.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 11, 2017 6:30pm to August 17, 2017 6:00pm

One of the contemporary art world's biggest superstars and an award-winning filmmaker (Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Julian Schnabel is a versatile artist and boisterous personality. Director Pappi Corsicato observes the master at work and takes a comprehensive look at the painter's life: from his formative years in Brownsville, Texas, to his meteoric rise in the New York art scene and eventual superstardom as the leading figure of the Neo-Expressionism movement. Schnabel is a joy to encounter in this intimate documentary, which also feature interviews with friends, family and fellow artists including Laurie Anderson, Al Pacino, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Koons and more.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 11, 2017 9:30pm

Like Totally 80s!: Break out your dusty spandex and join us for a week of unabashed nostalgia.

Bringing brains, jocks, basket cases and princesses together for over 30 years, The Breakfast Club is a quintessential 80s classic that gets better with age. Join us for a special quote-along screening where we leave the subtitles on so you can say your favourite lines along with these unforgettable characters, whether its Mr. Vernon’s “Don't mess with the bull, young man. You'll get the horns.” Or bad boy Bender’s iconic, "Being bad feels pretty good, huh?" Relive the angst, the rebellion and the emotions of one of the most beloved high school movies of all time. 

Hosted by Thomas Rivas.

8:30 PM: Doors Open 
9:30 PM: Screening


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME - Like Totally 80s!

August 12, 2017 3:15pm

Like Totally 80s!: Break out your dusty spandex and join us for a week of unabashed nostalgia.

For many, John Hughes defined a generation. Has any filmmaker been able to capture the highs and lows of adolescence the way that he did? The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off—Hughes had a knack for pinpointing teenage angst and took it seriously. In Don’t You Forget About Me, a documentary crew sets out on a trip to Hughes’ hometown, talks about their personal connections to his films, and searches for the reclusive man himself. Featuring interviews with famous Hughes alumni and admirers like Kevin Smith and Jason Reitman, journey to the heart of his work in this unique road movie tribute.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 12, 2017 7:30pm

Like Totally 80s!: Break out your dusty spandex and join us for a week of unabashed nostalgia.

In 1981, Raiders of the Lost Ark blew the minds of three 11-year-old friends from Mississippi who were so inspired by the movie experience, they decided to remake it themselves—shot for shot. Little did they know they were embarking on a seven-year adventure dedicated to this labour of love, only to stop one sequence short of completion when they were torn apart and went their separate ways. Over 20 years later, the original trio reunite to film the missing explosive airplane set piece. Raiders! is a one-of-a-kind love letter and we're screening it alongside Spielberg's classic original in a double bill ode to movie magic.

Watch Raiders! with the film that inspired it (Raiders of the Lost Ark) for a special double-bill price of $16.


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - Like Totally 80s!

August 12, 2017 9:45pm

Like Totally 80s!: Break out your dusty spandex and join us for a week of unabashed nostalgia.

Nothing beats the original Indiana Jones, which still stands as one of the all-time most fun movie adventures and finds George Lucas and Steven Spielberg at their creative peaks. Our hero Indy (Harrison Ford), archaeologist and occult expert, is searching for the Ark of the Covenant, thought to hold the ten commandments, and soon finds Nazis hot on his tail. He pairs up with his ex-lover, Marion (Karen Allen), and the two embark on a thrilling quest complete with explosions, booby traps, rolling boulders, scary snakes and the supernatural. We're pairing the film with Raiders! The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, a true testament to the awe-inspiring nature of this undisputed classic.

Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark with the fan film it inspired (Raiders! The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made) for a special double-bill price of $16.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 13, 2017 3:15pm

Game Changers: Stories of remarkable individuals and their impact on our world.

Once a beloved public figure with an impressive legislative record, Ralph Nader spearheaded the modern Consumer Movement and his work with his citizen groups can be linked to things we take for granted like seat belts, airbags, product labeling and even the free ticket you get after being bumped from an overbooked flight. Then Nader ran for President as an independent, opening the door to Republican George W. Bush, and became one of the most despised men in America. An Unreasonable Man charts the stark rise and fall of his polarizing career and sets the record straight on the enigma that is Ralph Nader.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

URGH! A MUSIC WAR - Like Totally 80s!

August 13, 2017 9:00pm

Like Totally 80s!: Break out your dusty spandex and join us for a week of unabashed nostalgia.

Urgh! A Music War is a singular rockumentary that takes you back to 1981 and the peak of the New Wave scene, featuring nearly three dozen artists including Wall of Voodoo, Toyah Willcox, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Police, The Go-Gos, Devo, Oingo Boingo, X, The Cramps, Joan Jett and many more. Taking a no filler approach, Urgh! is a series of incredible performances recorded in 1980 in the UK and USA with no narration or explanatory text—just amazing music from the best punk rock and post-punk acts of the day. Long unavailable due to rights issues, we’re excited to share this rare experience.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

U2: RATTLE AND HUM - Like Totally 80s!

August 14, 2017 6:30pm

Like Totally 80s!: Break out your dusty spandex and join us for a week of unabashed nostalgia.

Included on Rolling Stone’s list of the best rock documentaries of all time, Rattle and Hum finds U2 at their most ambitious, on the heels of recording their masterpiece Joshua Tree and bent on changing the world through their soulful brand of rock and roll. Equal parts concert doc and a portrait of the band, we see Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton performing hits like “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “With or Without You,” as well as get to know the men behind the music, complete with interviews and studio outtakes.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 15, 2017 8:30pm

Like Totally 80s!: Break out your dusty spandex and join us for a week of unabashed nostalgia.

Join us for an evening of free pizza and classic arcade games! In this supremely entertaining documentary, two rival gamers go head to head for the World Record score in Donkey Kong. Record holder Billy Mitchell hit a score that was thought unbeatable for 20 years until the recently unemployed Steve Wiebe topped it in his garage. However, Mitchell disputes the validity of his taped proof and Wiebe sets off on a journey to beat the score in public once and for all. From there things take some weird twists and turns and King of Kong evolves into an unexpectedly rich portrait of two complex and very different individuals.

Play classic games on our big screen! Thomas Rivas will host a King of Kong Tournament of Champions, featuring classic video games (Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Galaga) played on screen before the film.

Each ticket comes with a slice of pizza!

8:30 PM: Doors Open
9:30 PM: Screening


Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Trad.Attack! Concert at Hugh's Room

August 16, 2017 8:30pm

On Wednesday, August 16th at 8:30pm the popular Estonian band, Trad.Attack!, will be performing in Toronto at Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas St. West). The band is on tour with their new album "Shimmer Gold," which was released in May 2017.

For more information and tickets visit:


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

WILD STYLE - Like Totally 80s!

August 16, 2017 8:30pm

Like Totally 80s!: Break out your dusty spandex and join us for a week of unabashed nostalgia.

Journey back to the origins of hip hop in New York in the early 1980s and follow graffiti artist Zoro (Lee Quinones) as he is commissioned to paint the stage of a huge rapper’s convention by an East Village art fancier (Patti Astor). Wild Style captures a remarkable frozen moment in time when hip hop culture was still in the streets and had yet to take over the mainstream. Featuring appearances from pioneers such as Grandmaster Flash, Fab Five Freddy, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers and more, this is a glimpse into the formative chapter of the Hip Hop Nation.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

DIRTY DANCING Quote-Along - Like Totally 80s!

August 17, 2017 9:00pm

Like Totally 80s!: Break out your dusty spandex and join us for a week of unabashed nostalgia.

“Oh, them. They're the dance people.” Have the time of your life with this unforgettable tale of teenage self discovery. With her youth slipping away, Baby (Jennifer Grey) is facing another boring summer stuck with her parents in the Catskills until she meets Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), a local dance instructor who whisks her away to a world of rhythm and blues that could change her life forever. For this special quote-a-long screening, we’re leaving the subtitles on so you know exactly when to say, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner”—and dancing in the aisles is encouraged.

Hosted by Gillian Bartolucci.

8:00 PM: Doors Open 
9:00 PM: Screening



Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 18, 2017 4:00pm to August 25, 2017 8:30pm

Fifty years on, the full story of Expo 67 mania is finally ready to be told. With incredible never-before-seen footage, Expo 67: Mission Impossible gives viewers the chance to relive Canada's landmark event in a whole new light. Travel back, take in the festivities and watch this transformative moment in Montreal's history when a whole new island was added to the city, 847 buildings were constructed, as well as three bridges, trains, an amusement park and more in just over 1,500 days. Go behind the scenes to see how this ambitious World's Fair was conceived and created—and barely finished in time.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 18, 2017 6:30pm to August 24, 2017 6:30pm

Ronald Reagan incomparably raised the level of staging and performance that go into being the leader of the free world, which we’re seeing today on a grander scale than could have been imagined at the time. Composed of archival footage and set against the backdrop of the Cold War, this remarkable documentary reconstructs the Reagan era almost as if it was a reality TV show. A gun-toting movie hero first and the 40th President of the United States second, Reagan was a born actor. Taking advantage of the wealth of video documentation that accompanied his presidency, The Reagan Show incisively digs into the made-for-TV approach to governing.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 20, 2017 11:00am

The Great Photographers: Become acquainted with some of history's greatest photographers in this screening and discussion series.

Long overdue, a comprehensive documentary has finally arrived on the life and work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. From the formative days of his upbringing, to his sudden emergence as an artist in New York, to his untimely passing from AIDS in 1989, Look at the Pictures provides an analytic and expansive overview of the genius provocateur. Mapplethorpe’s erotic and boundary-pushing image-making sparked controversy and conversation within and outside the art world. A hero of the LGTBQ community, friends, family and lovers reveal their intimate impressions of the man and his work, and featuring candid interviews with Mapplethorpe himself heard here for the first time.

Paul Roth, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre, will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion and Q&A on the work of Robert Mapplethorpe.


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


August 26, 2017 9:30pm

This Film Should Be Played Loud: See new, classic and rare concert films on the big screen.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of OK Computer with Radiohead as they perform their eternally classic album to stages around the world. This time capsule documentary captures the band at the apex of their career, conquering popular music and segueing into the experimental. In proper Radiohead fashion, this is not your typical concert doc: Meeting People is Easy also takes a look at the band’s obligatory photo sessions, interviews, and gruelling press junkets, shot here on Super 8 and handheld cameras, giving a more critical impression of what it means to be one of the biggest bands in the world.

Arrive early as we kick off the night with a pre-show of Radiohead video rarities curated by Peter Cho and drink specials.

8:30 PM: Doors Open
9:30 PM: Screening

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

MÜ City Lecture by Sirje Kiin

August 28, 2017 7:00pm

On Monday, August 28th at 7pm at Tartu College, Sirje Kiin will be giving a lecture from the MÜ (Forest University) Lecture Series titled Siuru 100, to celebrate the anniverary of the famous Estonian literary group.

In Estonian.
No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.
Info:, t. 416 925 9405

The Royal Conservatory

Beethoven: The String Quartets

September 13, 2017 1:00pm to October 4, 2017 3:00pm

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

September 13 - October 4

The string quartets by Beethoven (1770-1827) encompass his most personal and intimate thoughts and ideas, his purist writing, clearly tracing his evolution as a master composer. The early period quartets show Beethoven's grasp of the 18th century models of Haydn and Mozart, while establishing his own identity. In his middle period quartets, Beethoven expands the scope and range, providing music of more complexity and intensity. The late period quartets present a music of new spirituality and mysticism "otherworldly" as the composer strives for new methods of expression and creativity. It has often been said, that to only know the symphonies, concertos and sonatas by Beethoven is to have an incomplete picture of his musical genius.

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 1

September 15, 2017 10:00am to November 24, 2017 11:30am

If you've always wanted to understand how music "works," this practical session combining guided listening and active participation in basic musicianship exercises is for you. Explore the building blocks of music and how they create the magic of the music you love! We'll deconstruct selections from classical, folk, and popular repertoires---including Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," Pachelbel's "Canon," Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," Bach's cello suites, and pieces by Bernstein, the Beatles, B.B. King, and Gershwin, among many others---and unlock the secrets of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, form, genre, and more. Along the way, we'll cover topics such as basic staff notation, scales, intervals, time signatures, note and rest values, meters, chords, and cadences. In the final class, we'll put all the pieces together and apply our cumulative learning to an enlightening study of Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 5. Participants will emerge from this course with a deeper understanding of the music they experience.

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 2

September 15, 2017 12:00pm to November 24, 2017 1:30pm

September 15 - November 24

Fridays, 12pm - 1:30pm

A continuation of How Music Works, this series will explore a wide variety of musical genres spanning the centuries. The basic materials of music will be examined in a broad range of settings from symphonies to big band jazz, from opera to musical theatre, and from madrigal to popular song. This series will draw connections between these diverse genres by looking at works by an eclectic list of composers and groups from Monteverdi, Bach and Mozart to Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein and Radiohead.

The Royal Conservatory

How Jazz Works

September 15, 2017 2:00pm to November 24, 2017 3:30pm

September 15 - November 24

Fridays, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Jazz is a vibrant, exciting and vital art form that represents some of the most creative music-making from the early twentieth century through to the present day. This ten-week series will present a broad overview of the development of jazz styles including New Orleans traditional jazz, swing and big band music, bebop, the modern mainstream, and the avant-garde. Lectures will also cover musical features including melody, harmony, rhythm, form and the art of improvisation. Join us for an engaging exploration of the world of jazz!

The Royal Conservatory

Strauss' Women, Their Families and Their Lovers

September 20, 2017 10:00am to October 25, 2017 12:00pm

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm 

September 20 - October 25

Almost all of Richard Strauss's 15 operas are named for their principal female characters or focus on their heroines. Although he certainly created some vivid male characters, the composer clearly had a special fondness for the female voice, showcasing it in an astonishingly wide range of dramatic situations running the gamut from horrific abuse to high romance. From Salome and Elektra through Arabella, Ariadne and Aminta to the Empress, the Marschallin and the Countess Madeleine, this 6-week series surveys the dramatic and musical challenges Strauss set for his leading ladies through the artistry of the great interpreters who have brought them to life on stage.

Participants in this course will receive a ticket to the dress rehearsal of the Canadian Opera Company's Canadian premiere of Strauss's Arabella.

The Royal Conservatory

History of the Orcehstra

September 21, 2017 1:00pm to October 26, 2017 3:00pm

Thursdays, 1pm-3pm

September 21 - October 26

The orchestra holds a prominent place in Western music. This series traces the growth and development of the orchestra from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to the present day. The central focus of the course will be the development of orchestras and orchestral repertoire. This course will begin with Les 24 Violons du Roy at the court of Louis XIV. Later in the baroque era, Venice's Ospedale della Pietà and Leipzig's Collegium Musicum will be examined. In the Classical period, orchestras in Vienna and Mannheim will be studied to illustrate the development of symphonic form. In the Romantic era, orchestras in Leipzig and London will exemplify the development of the modern orchestral ensemble and orchestral canon. Finally, the proliferation of orchestras in the 20th century, and the further expansion of the repertoire, will be illustrated with orchestras in Paris, Boston and Toronto. Cultural, socio-economic and political forces shaping the orchestra throughout history will also be discussed.

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Eight Great Composers

September 26, 2017 10:00am to November 14, 2017 12:00pm

Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm

September 26 - November 14

Back by popular demand, this is another series of surveys of another eight composers. You'll learn about their lives and loves, the influences on them, some of the social history of the time and how it affected them. You'll discover some of the basic forms and structures of music, and of course, hear lots of great music, uncovering new insights into what to listen for and why this music has been loved by millions. Composers to be covered this time are Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Haydn, Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn, Brahms, Elgar, Sibelius and Ravel.

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Operas and their Musical Contexts

September 28, 2017 10:00am to November 16, 2017 12:00pm

Thursdays, 10am - 12pm

September 28 - November 16

While operas offer a rich feast of soaring music, grand themes and exotic settings, they are also stories - about people, strong emotions and the human condition.In this series, four or five specific operas will be selected for study. One week will be a musical and dramatic presentation of an opera. The next week will be an exploration of other music " symphonic, piano or art songs" written at the same time in history as the opera just presented. In all weeks, you will be immersed in the sound and meaning of what makes each work - opera or instrumental - "tick".Operas may include those by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini and Strauss. The glorious music of these operas will entice you to sit down and immerse yourself in the operatic listening experience!

This series is suitable for opera neophytes and aficionados alike. Some sessions will include live performances from students of the Glenn Gould School.

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Ensemble Made In Canada with Scott St. John

October 1, 2017 2:00pm

This piano quartet is known for their “dramatic, nuanced, and, where appropriate, playful performances.” (The WholeNote) Angela Park (piano), Elissa Lee (violin), Sharon Wei (viola), and Rachel Mercer (cello) are joined by violin/violist Scott St. John in quintets by Mahler, Suk, and Dvorák.


Sunday Interludes concert series generously supported by Dorothy Cohen Shoichet

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Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

October 6, 2017 8:00pm

Founder of the legendary Takács Quartet, Hungarian Maestro Gábor Takács-Nagy has been the music director of the Weinberger Kammerorchestra, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, MAV Symphony Orchestra Budapest, and Principal Artistic Partner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO), part of the Temerty Orchestral Program, is widely regarded as an outstanding ensemble and one of the best training orchestras in North America. It consists of instrumental students in the Performance Diploma Program and Artist Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School. Graduates of the RCO have joined the ranks of the greatest orchestras in the world. 


Please join us for a prelude performance in Koerner Hall at 6:45pm.



Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture in B Minor, op. 26

Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, S. 124 (León Bernsdorf, piano)

Pyotr Il′yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, op. 36

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Jazz Meets Classical: Points of Convergence

October 11, 2017 1:00pm to November 15, 2017 3:00pm

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

October 11 - November 15

Although the genres of jazz and classical music can be said to possess distinctive characteristics, both look to each other for inspiration and inevitably exert a subtle yet undeniable influence on one another. In this series, we?ll look at the similarities and differences between these musical styles, while exploring the intersections that have spawned new musical treasures.

We?ll look at classical composers who composed works inspired by jazz, such as Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Darius Milhaud, and Igor Stravinsky We?ll explore jazz icons like Duke Ellington, John Lewis, Gunther Schuller, all of whom interpreted classical music in interesting ways. And we?ll listen to innovative contemporary artists such as Uri Caine, Brad Mehldau, Wayne Shorter, and Patrick Zimmereli who combine the world of classical music and jazz improvisation to create new sounds and structures.

Through listening, lecture and discussion, you'll come away with a greater understanding of the jazz and classical genres and how their points of convergence come together to create a broad range of beautiful music.

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Franz Schubert: The Early Romantic Spirit

October 12, 2017 1:00pm to November 16, 2017 3:00pm

Thursdays, 1-3pm

October 12 - November 16

Although Franz Schubert (1797 -1828) lived a short life in Vienna of only 31 years, he left us a marvelous treasure chest of songs, piano music, chamber music and symphonies. With a natural gift for melody, Schubert brought a fresh, expressive and more emotional quality to his works, as the burgeoning 19th century Romantic trend in the arts developed into the full-fledged movement. Exhibiting innocence, passion, sorrow, joy and playfulness, the Viennese have long claimed that Schubert should be experienced with "one eye dry, the other wet." Using classic recordings from the past and present, Rick Phillips will present an informative and enlightening series, opening eyes and ears to Schubert's marvelous musical world.

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SEASON GALA: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and Friends – New Worlds SOLD OUT

October 13, 2017 8:00pm

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.

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Miles Electric Band

October 14, 2017 8:00pm

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. Like Davis, they continue to push the cultural envelope forward, with an eclectic fusion of jazz, rock, hip hop and world music, proving that the music of Miles will always transcend space and time.

Led by Grammy Award-winning drummer, former bandmate and nephew of Miles Davis, Vincent Wilburn, Jr., principal band members include two-time Grammy nominee Robert Irving on piano, legendary P-funk guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight, acclaimed percussionist Munyungo Jackson, saxophonist Antoine Roney (Lenny Kravitz, Elvin Jones), The Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones, programmer/re-mixer DJ Logic, and sitting in for Miles on trumpet is the Grammy nominated Christian Scott. 

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Get Happy: The Music of Hollywood's Golden Age

October 18, 2017 7:00pm to November 8, 2017 9:00pm

Wednesdays, 7-9pm

October 18 - November 8

Join Jordan Klapman on a joyful musical journey exploring many of the most beloved popular songs and musicals from Hollywood's Golden Age. We'll enjoy many of the most uplifting movie songs and musical scenes ever created by America's finest songwriters and directors-- performed by many of the biggest movie stars of the 20th century. From the early "all singing, all dancing" days of the first talkies, to the Oscar-winning magic of Singin' in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, West Side Story, Oklahoma, The Music Man, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, and The Sound of Music-- this course will lift your spirits, get your toes tapping-- and have you humming and singing along!

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Johnny Clegg: The Final Journey World Tour

October 18, 2017 8:00pm

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.

Clegg was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. He is currently finishing a new album and his autobiography. As he is in remission, Johnny has decided to use this opportunity to perform a final set of concerts to thank his fans for their support over the 35 year long journey that spans his career.

Through his bands Juluka and Savuka, Clegg pioneered a uniquely South African hybrid music during a time of cultural and racial segregation. His music always offered a vision of how South Africans could find each other and the possibilities of a non-racial future. Clegg’s recorded output as part of Juluka, Savuka, and solo, has earned him millions of record sales, countless awards and nominations (including a Grammy nomination) and multiple international releases, all eagerly consumed by a truly global audience. The concert is built around Clegg’s unparalleled repertoire of songs, from the release of Juluka’s Universal Men in 1979 through the Savuka years and his more recent solo work.

“Johnny Clegg is more than just one of this country’s finest musicians and entertainers. He is a national treasure who has brought together all South Africans and reminded us of what makes us great as a country.” - Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Khachaturian Trio

October 20, 2017 7:00pm

Critics have praised this Armenian ensemble’s virtuoso performances, subtle sense of style, warm sound, and deep musicality.  Named after Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, the trio, comprised of Armine Grigoryan (piano), Karen Shahgaldyan (violin), and Karen Kocharyan (cello),makes its Canadian debut. In this concert, they will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Khachaturian, and Arno Babadjanian


Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, op. 50, “In Memory of a Great Artist”
Sergei Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor
Aram Khachaturian: “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia” from Spartacus Suite No. 2, op. 82b
Arno Babadjanian: Trio in F-sharp Minor

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Flamenco Legends by Javier Limón: The Paco de Lucía Project

October 21, 2017 8:00pm

Created by 10-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón, The Paco de Lucía Project reassembles original band members that toured with the legendary flamenco guitarist for the last 10 years of his career, with de Lucía’s nephew on guitar and dancer Farucco.

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Inti-Illimani 50th Anniversary and Nano Stern

October 27, 2017 8:00pm

Legendary Chilean band Inti-Illimani recorded a new album in Havana to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Their songs, performed on more than 30 wind, string, and percussion instruments, are a treasure for the human spirit, weaving sacred places, people’s carnivals, daily lives, loves, and pains together.

Chilean singersongwriter, poet, and multi-instrumentalist, Nano Stern’s songs are outspoken, passionate, and experimental. Championed by the legendary Joan Baez, his love of traditional and revolutionary music is brilliantly layered with Indigenous, African, and European elements.

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¡Hola España! : The Music of Renaissance Spain

November 1, 2017 10:00am to November 22, 2017 12:00pm

Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm

November 1 - 22

In collaboration with The Toronto Consort, this series is an investigation of the vibrant and inventive music, composers and instruments of 16th- and 17th-century Spain, including some of the music which made its way across the Atlantic to the ?New World.? Over four weeks, this series will explore popular songs (villancicos) and evocative sacred works, energetic instrumental dance music, intradas, fantasias and more, in a format which combines listening, lecture, imagery and class discussion.

Registrants will also receive a free ticket to Navidad, the Toronto Consort?s December celebration of Spanish music for the festive season.

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Yasmin Levy and The Klezmatics

November 1, 2017 8:00pm

“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.

“The Klezmatics aren’t just the best band in the klezmer vanguard; on a good night, they can rank among the greatest bands on the planet.” (Time Out New York)

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Joshua Bell with Alessio Bax

November 4, 2017 8:00pm

“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. Alternating engagements as the Music Director of Academy of St Martin in the Fields with recitals in recent years, the Grammy Award-winning violinist makes his Koerner Hall debut in an intimate evening with “formidable” (The New Yorker) pianist Alessio Bax, who also creates a “ravishing listening experience.” (The Independent) Their program will include selections by Stravinsky, Grieg, and Brahms. 

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Chorus! Chorus! Chorus!

November 7, 2017 7:00pm to December 12, 2017 8:30pm

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

November 7 - December 12

This is an Opera Chorus for the uninitiated, NO singing experience necessary! Come for an evening of singing training, a crash course in learning a famous opera excerpt, and finish the evening by singing it together. Each week with feature a different selection, with a fun, informative introduction to that particular opera.

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F.J. Haydn: The Neglected Master

November 10, 2017 10:00am to December 8, 2017 12:00pm

Fridays , 10am - 12pm

November 10 - December 8

By the end of the 18th century, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was the most popular and influential composer in Europe. Mozart revered Haydn, claiming, "He alone has the secret of making me smile and touching me to the bottom of my soul," and Beethoven dedicated his first three piano sonatas to Haydn. And yet today we tend to neglect the works of Haydn, viewing them as light and superficial, and preferring those by Mozart, Beethoven and other composers. Our loss! Known as "Papa" Haydn for his invaluable developments of the symphony, string quartet and sonata, on the surface, Haydn's music contains infectious degrees of humour, warmth, tunefulness, liveliness, even mischief. And yet, underneath these traits are a depth, sublimity, and nobility often associated with other "greater" composers.

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Barbara Hannigan with Reinbert de Leeuw

November 10, 2017 8:00pm

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. In her Koerner Hall debut with pianist Reinbert de Leeuw, she will perform an artfully curated look at the Second Viennese School, where new musical language was developed through the extraordinary collaboration between composers, painters, writers, and other artists in the salons and cafes of Vienna at the turn of the century. The program features works by Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Alma Mahler, and Hugo Wolf.

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Angela Hewitt

November 12, 2017 2:00pm

“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. Hewitt is one of those rare musicians who seem to get something into their heads and hearts and find it at their fingertips instantaneously.” (The New York Times) An alumna of The Royal Conservatory, Angela Hewitt returns to Koerner Hall to perform an all Johann Sebastian Bach program, part of a three-year exploration of the composer.

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Holly Cole

November 17, 2017 8:00pm

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.

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PARIS! Le Spectacle

November 18, 2017 8:00pm

The charm of Paris returns to Koerner Hall. After the success of Piaf! The Show, which sold out Koerner Hall in 2015, we present a brand new program highlighting the greatest French songs of the post-war years. As Françoise, a young girl who dreams of becoming a famous artist in Paris arrives in Montmartre, we are transported to the stages of the great Parisian cabarets of the time. The evening features the songs of Édith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Lucienne Boyer, Charles Trenet, Josephine Baker, Jacques Brel, and many more.

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Women in Weimar

November 22, 2017 1:00pm to December 6, 2017 3:00pm

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

November 22 - December 6

Join cabarazz vocalist Adi Braun as she takes an in-depth look at the lives and artistry of key female cabaret performers of Weimar Berlin. This 3-week series explores the emergence of the Modern Woman in post-Wilhelmine German society.

Beginning in 1919 when given the right to vote, women began to play key roles in theatres and cabarets as club owners, managers, and performers with a new emancipated identity and artistic style. Breaking away from convention and the interpretive edicts of classical music, women found their voices in daring new material that addressed the socio-political realities of the day and their emerging sexual freedom.

Artists such as Margo Lion, Kate Kühl, Annemarie Hase, Claire Waldoff, and Blandine Ebinger put their signature stamp on the prostitute songs, murder ballads, and tales of everyday life in the music of Spoliansky, Hollaender, Eisler, and others. As the Nazis rose to power and World War II loomed, they risked their lives singing songs that eerily foreshadowed the horrors to come until the footlights went out forever in the cabarets of Berlin.

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Tania Miller conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

November 24, 2017 8:00pm

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. 

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO), part of the Temerty Orchestral Program, is widely regarded as an outstanding ensemble and one of the best training orchestras in North America. It consists of instrumental students in the Performance Diploma Program and Artist Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School. Graduates of the RCO have joined the ranks of the greatest orchestras in the world. 

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Danilo Pérez with Ben Street & Terri Lyne Carrington and Alfredo Rodríguez Trio

November 25, 2017 8:00pm

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.

Extravagantly gifted Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez has enjoyed a precipitous rise to international prominence, championed and produced by Quincy Jones. The Grammy nominated phenom released Tocororo in 2016, musical representation of the exuberance and colours of the world, through Rodriguez's Cuban lens.

“Effortlessly hip," (Guardian) Danilo Pérez’s trio consists of Ben Street on bass and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums. “Danilo Pérez is a man with some serious jazz cred. The Panamanian pianist got his start playing with Dizzy Gillespie and continued with Wayne Shorter. As a composer and bandleader himself, he’s practically peerless.” (NPR)

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

December 1, 2017 8:00pm

Lisa Fischer’s voice is described by Keith Richards as “powerful as the rest of the guys put together.” The powerhouse vocalist has performed at every Rolling Stones concert since 1989, graced shows by artists that include Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, and Nine Inch Nails, and was featured in the Oscar winning documentary film, 20 Feet From Stardom.

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SongBird North

December 2, 2017 8:00pm

Top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs. Each concert in this series, formerly known as Bluebird North, will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians.

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Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst, Torleif Thedéen, and Lucas Debargue

December 5, 2017 8:00pm

Janine Jansen’s violin playing has been described as “so golden, so delicate, almost ethereal” (The Times), “a tantalizing dance of colours and textures” (New York Times), and “a stunning display of sustained intensity” (The Guardian).


Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst is known for pushing musical boundaries. "Until you’ve heard Martin Fröst, you really haven’t heard the clarinet” (The Times). The New York Times describes his playing as having “a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinettist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in my memory.”


Swedish cellist Torleif Thedéen, described by the Irish Times as “musically arresting and technically commanding,”  has been honoured with a Cannes Classical Award and Editor’s Choice in BBC Music Magazine. 

In 2015, French pianist Lucas Debargue became the most talked-about artist of the International Tchaikovsky Competition where, despite placing fourth, his muscular and intellectual playing combined with an intensely poetic and lyrical gift for phrasing earned him the coveted Moscow Music Critics’ Award as “the pianist whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience.” 

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The Nutcracker Ballet

December 7, 2017 1:00pm to December 14, 2017 3:00pm

Thursdays, December 7 & 14


Eggnog, mistletoe, turkey with cranberry sauce, quality time with family and friends, favourite carols, Handel's Messiah, these are just some of the wonders of the holiday season in Toronto. To that list must be added The Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky, annually presented during the holidays by the National Ballet of Canada, and now a very popular event for Toronto children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. This series, with Rick Phillips and Toronto Star dance critic Michael Crabb, will uncover the history, music, choreography, wonders and lasting appeal of one of the most-loved ballets in the repertoire.

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Dianne Reeves Quintet

December 9, 2017 8:00pm

Dianne Reeves’s powerful, expressive voice has made her one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world. Heard live, the effect is that of a force of nature. An artist who embodies jazz’s enduring values of elegance, class and improvisational poise, she has won a string of Grammy Awards, including an unprecedented three consecutive Best Jazz Vocal Performance awards plus another for her contribution to the soundtrack of George Clooney’s film, Good Night and Good Luck. Her recording, Beautiful Life, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, melding jazz with elements of R&B, pop, and Latin music. Reeves is a performer with a gift for imbuing any performance space with the intimacy of a living room, who always gets to the heart of a song. She returns to Koerner Hall for an evening of vocal jazz classics and Christmas favourites. 

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Khatia Buniatishvili

December 10, 2017 3:00pm

Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili’s extraordinary talent has been recognized by London's Evening Standard for her “jaw-dropping virtuoso technique.” She has been a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and collaborated with Coldplay, violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon, and renowned orchestras under the batons of conductors Zubin Mehta and Charles Dutoit. The Financial Times of London has described her Liszt as “magisterial,” and in this solo recital she will perform works by Liszt and Mussorgsky. “A distinct and ever-present characteristic of Buniatishvili’s playing is that it is so full of imagination.” (Epoch Times)

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Emilie-Claire Barlow

December 17, 2017 7:00pm

Two-time Juno Award winning vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow celebrates her newest recording Lumières d’hiver, featuring original takes on an eclectic mix of Christmas and wintry tunes. Classics like River, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Noël Blanc, will be performed alongside Quebec favourites, As-Tu Vu le Père Noël, Marie Noël, and surprises such as a French version of the Wilson Sisters pop tune Hey Santa, and Tricot Machine’s Combien de Noel. An engaging performer, imaginative arranger Emilie-Claire and her incredible band bring fresh interpretations of holiday favourites, classics from her popular repertoire, and of course, Winter Wonderland.

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Maple Blues Awards

January 15, 2018 7:00pm

Join us for the annual all-star concert, awards event, and after party! This celebration of Canada’s blues music features the finest musicians from across Canada representing the most current blues music on the scene, all backed by the renowned Maple Blues Band.

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Calypso Rose with Kobo Town

January 26, 2018 8:00pm

Together, calypso and soca living legend, Calypso Rose, and nu-calypso pioneers, Kobo Town, create a lively Caribbean party. Calypso Rose is a true people’s diva who has been giving rousing performances since the 1950s, while Toronto’s Kobo Town takes a fresh approach to the old school calypso of Trinidad and Tobago.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Playlist & Skratch Bastid

January 27, 2018 8:00pm

Over the past 15 years, Canada’s own turntable champion and crowd favourite, Skratch Bastid, has been steadily taking his craft to new heights and pushing the boundaries of live DJing. His phenomenally successful collaboration with the Afiara String Quartet, Spin Cycle, premiered at Koerner Hall. Skratch returns with a new stereotype-busting, genre-defying show that features west Philadelphia’s DMC Champion and multiple Grammy and American Music Award winner, DJ Jazzy Jeff, known for his wildly successful hip hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, with Will Smith.

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Daniil Trifonov

February 1, 2018 8:00pm

“Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair.” (The New York Times) A sensation before he was 20, Trifonov has proven that he is more than just a young phenomenon and has become one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht described him as a pianist for the rest of our lives.”

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Gerald Clayton and Friends

February 3, 2018 8:00pm

Gerald Clayton’s music is steeped in the blues. He searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that promote true artistic synergy. Inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

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Ian Bostridge with Julius Drake

February 14, 2018 8:00pm

“Voices just don’t get much more distinctive than that of Ian Bostridge.” (The Baltimore Sun) The acclaimed English tenor is well known for his performances as an opera singer and as a song recitalist. His international recital career has taken him to stages around the world, and his recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards. He is also an award-winning author, Guardian columnist, and humanitas professor of classical music and music education at the University of Oxford. Bostridge returns to Koerner Hall on Valentine’s Day with “the peerless Julius Drake at the piano” (The Times) to perform an all Franz Schubert program.

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Leon Fleisher conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

February 16, 2018 8:00pm

Legendary pianist and conductor, Leon Fleisher, represents the highest standard of musicianship. He is the Ihnatowycz Chair in Piano at The Royal Conservatory and will be celebrating his 90th birthday in 2018.

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO), part of the Temerty Orchestral Program, is widely regarded as an outstanding ensemble and one of the best training orchestras in North America. It consists of instrumental students in the Performance Diploma Program and Artist Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School. Graduates of the RCO have joined the ranks of the greatest orchestras in the world. 

Please join us for a prelude performance in Koerner Hall at 6:45pm.

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Nicolas Altstaedt with Fazil Say

March 2, 2018 8:00pm

A combination of two brilliant soloists. “Nicolas Altstaedt is as an artist a category on its own.” (Hamburger Abendblatt) The German-French cellist is renowned worldwide for his creativity and versatility in captivating performances on both gut and modern strings. "Compelling.” (The New York Times) Born and raised in Turkey, Fazıl Say has been inspiring audiences and critics for more than 25 years with his extraordinary pianistic talents. His concerts are unique:  they are direct, open, exciting; in short, they go straight to the heart. “To put it mildly, Fazil Say is one of a kind … Say is a formidable and curious composer and performer, wholly capable of bringing freshness and a new light to music that we have heard many times before.” (Bachtrack)

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Angélique Kidjo

March 3, 2018 8:00pm

“Africa’s premier diva.” (TIME) Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, and songwriter Kidjo roves across boundaries, genres, and ethnicities. Her songs embrace rhythm & blues, soul music, jazz, and Beninese melodies, as well her own original works with “irresistible energy and joie de vivre.” (Los Angeles Times)

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SongBird North

March 17, 2018 8:00pm

Top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs. Each concert in this series, formerly known as Bluebird North, will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians.

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Clemens Hagen with Kirill Gerstein

March 18, 2018 3:00pm

Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen is a versatile recording artist, collaborator, member of the Hagen Quartet, and soloist with major orchestras worldwide. Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein has been described as “brilliant, perceptive and stunningly fresh” by The New York Times. Hagen and Gerstein will perform an all Ludwig van Beethoven program. 

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Black Arm Band: “Dirtsong”

March 23, 2018 8:00pm

Black Arm Band is celebrating the past and revolutionizing the future of indigenous Australia through music, as the collective’s multimedia performances are performed in 11 Indigenous languages. Their music speaks of endurance, challenge, unity, and the triumph of the spirit when faced with overwhelming adversity.

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Diego El Cigala

March 24, 2018 8:00pm

“A conjurer of impulsiveness and abandon.” (The New York Times)

The late Paco de Lucía once said, “Diego has one of the most beautiful flamenco voices of our time, a voice of sweetness that flows over everything.” This multiple Grammy Award winning flamenco guitarist has captivated audiences all over the world with his gravelly voice and passionate interpretations, and now returns to Koerner Hall for the third time.

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Takács Quartet

March 25, 2018 3:00pm

The Takács Quartet is renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. The New York Times lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more,” and the Financial Times has written “even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.” The Quartet is known for innovative programming, such as their performance of Philip Roth’s Everyman with Meryl Streep at Koerner Hall in 2015. We welcome them back for a program that includes works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. 

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Bernstein @ 100 featuring Jamie Bernstein, Wallis Giunta, Sebastian Knauer, and the ARC Ensemble

April 6, 2018 8:00pm

This concert will be a joyful celebration of Leonard Bernstein, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, lecturer, and composer of scores for West Side Story, On the Town, and other popular musicals, on the occasion of his centenary.

German pianist Sebastian Knauer “manages to give such an impression of spontaneity that he never seems to cover the same ground twice.” (The Times)

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, is a narrator, writer, and broadcaster who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others.

Canadian Wallis Giunta, alumna of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, has been praised by Opera News for her “delectably rich, silver-toned mezzo-soprano, with a beautiful sense of line and effortless, rapid runs.” 

The ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory), whose members are all senior faculty of The Glenn Gould School, has become one of Canada's pre-eminent cultural ambassadors. The Ensemble “sets the skin rippling at every turn, with its ear-tingling corporate intonation and magical phrasing.” (The Strad

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New Canadian Global Music Orchestra and Odessa/Havana

April 7, 2018 8:00pm

The Royal Conservatory’s New Canadian Global Music Orchestra features top notch musicians from all over the world who now live in Canada. Played on instruments from every corner of the globe, they perform original music which they wrote together and that can, arguably, only be created in Toronto.

They are joined by award-winning trumpeter and composer, David Buchbinder, and Grammy Award nominated Cuban piano master, Hilario Durán, with their band, Odessa/Havana, renowned for textured and tuneful music with powerful, swinging, and lyrical playing.

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Beatrice Rana

April 8, 2018 3:00pm

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana came to public attention in 2011 after winning First Prize and all special jury prizes at the Montreal International Competition. Her very promising career was brought to an even higher level in 2013 when she won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In September 2015, she was named a BBC New Generation Artist and, in April 2016, she was awarded a fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She will perform works by Schumann, Ravel, and Stravinsky.

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Fatoumata Diawara and Okavango

April 12, 2018 8:00pm

Fatoumata Diawara draws elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely contemporary folk sound – refracting the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of her ancestral Wassoulou tradition through an instinctive pop sensibility. Fatou’s warm voice and rhythmical guitar playing is centre stage following a set by 2017 Juno Award-winning group Okavango.

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April 13, 2018 8:00pm

Ukrainian “ethnic chaos” band DakhaBrakha’s concerts are truly a one of a kind experience, blending Ukrainian harmonies, surprising instrumentation, and theatrical flourishes. “The creative quartet from Kiev, Ukraine, makes music that sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard, with strands of everything I’ve ever heard... they play tight-knit tunes featuring accordion, drums, reeds and shakers while wearing tall, Marge Simpson looking wool hats that made me jealous.” (NPR)

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The Hot Sardines and Flávia Nascimento

April 14, 2018 8:00pm

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, a magnetic, one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. This NYC outfit, complete with a tap dancer, has been called “consistently electrifying live.” (Popmatters) Hot Sardine’s sound – wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around – is steeped in the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and Waller used to make: straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. And, by the way, Miz Elizabeth’s grandfather wrote the Centennial Song for Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967.

Since establishing herself in Québec City in 2001, Brazilian-born Flávia Nascimento criss-crosses the City in all its popular events and shows, as the leader of the musical bands Pé na Rua and Forrossanova.

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Max Raabe and Palast Orchester

April 18, 2018 8:00pm

Dashing, dapper, and debonair, Max Raabe might have walked straight out of the Golden Age of Berlin in the 1920s. With his elegant poise, suave sophistication, and silky-smooth baritone voice, he brings to life the songs and style of a bygone age. “The appeal is the timeless quality in the music, but also the humour,” he says. He meticulously recreates standards as they used to be sung – in formal evening wear, with an orchestra, giving proper credits to the composers – and his deadpan jokes show that Raabe is not only a unique talent but also a very funny man.

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Jazz Epistles featuring Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela

April 21, 2018 8:00pm

Iconic South African jazz instrumentalists reunite and perform on the same stage after almost 60 years – they last appeared together in 1960 at the State Theatre in Pretoria during the country’s first Freedom Day celebrations. The bohemian bebop ensemble was “a group of musicians who were obviously in love with the American modern jazz of artists such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and John Coltrane, but also beginning to forge a more distinctively South African sound which they would develop as individual artists over the coming decades.” (AllMusic) With Hugh Masekela on trumpet, Abdullah Ibrahim on piano, and his band Ekaya, the evening will feature music from their seminal Jazz Epistles recording - the first album recorded by a black South African band - Jazz Epistle, Verse 1, alongside music from each of the artist’s illustrious careers in the following years. 

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Gerald Finley with Julius Drake

April 22, 2018 3:00pm

Grammy Award-winning Canadian baritone “[Gerald] Finley possesses a warm, glowing baritone with a generous low range and silken top notes, as well as a knack for spinning out long and smooth legato lines. But just as important, he is an intelligent and committed actor.” (The New York Times)

Having received multiple Gramophone Awards with British pianist Julius Drake for their recordings, the artists return to Koerner Hall to perform works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, as well as American and English folk songs.

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Amici Chamber Ensemble 30th Anniversary with Isabel Bayrakdarian and Friends

April 27, 2018 8:00pm

The Amici Chamber Ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special concert featuring exquisite soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Friends. Joaquin Valdepeñas, one of the most distinguished clarinetists of his generation, cellist "[of] rare delicacy and clarity” David Hetherington, and "keyboard acrobat" pianist Serouj Kradjian have invited some of the finest musicians to join the celebration. Isabel Bayrakdarian, possessing “a soprano voice that combines lyricism with remarkable dramatic instincts,” (Time) Royal Conservatory faculty members, and principals from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra join Amici in a celebratory concert that features some of their favourite repertoire, including works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Bernstein. 

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Gautier Capuçon with Jérôme Ducros

April 28, 2018 8:00pm

French cellist Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. He is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and exuberant virtuosity, as well as for the glorious sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, which showcases his phenomenal technical skills. “It’s the rare performer who can bring such ease and refinement to this music, while still giving everything he plays a sense of dramatic urgency.” (San Francisco Chronicle) An artist with a remarkable flair for chamber playing and a composer himself, Jérôme Ducros is “a brilliant and very gifted and sensitive pianist.” (The Subterranean Review) Together, they will perform sonatas by Brahms and Rachmaninov, and some of their favourite French and Russian pieces. 

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Crosscurrents: Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland

April 29, 2018 7:00pm

American and Indian jazz meet as legendary tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and jazz bassist Dave Holland are joined by saxophonist Chris Potter, Bollywood playback vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, one of India’s finest pianists Louis Banks, and renowned guitarist Sanjay Divecha.“[Hussain’s] virtuosity is barely to be believed.” (The Washington Post) “Holland is a master bassist and bandleader, one of the most sophisticated composers and arrangers in the jazz world.” (The Boston Globe)

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SongBird North

May 5, 2018 8:00pm

Top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about the inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs. Each concert in this series, formerly known as Bluebird North, will feature a different lineup of distinguished musicians.

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Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI with Carlos Núñez

May 10, 2018 8:00pm

One of early music’s living legends, Spanish viol master Jordi Savall, leads his ensemble Hespèrion XXI and Carlos Núñez in a special program titled “Celtic Universe.” The evening will be a musical dialogue between ancient, historical, and modern traditions of north and south Europe: Ireland, Scotland, the French Brittany, Galicia, and the Basque Country.

Jordi Savall has had a truly exceptional life and career that has produced over 120 records, most released on his own label, and combined with a “never-ending tour” that takes him to the four corners of the world every year. His ensemble Hespèrion XXI is a Grammy Award winner for Best Small Ensemble Performance.

When the Los Angeles Times suggested that “if it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Núñez could be the man,” it may have been an understatement. Few pop stars pack the energy, virtuosity, imagination, daring, and charisma into their concerts and recordings as Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez. He is the world’s most famous player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia, Spain’s northwest, Atlantic Ocean-abutting region rich in vibrant, uniquely expressive Celtic traditional music. 

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Yuja Wang

May 13, 2018 3:00pm

“Quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today, and there’s nothing left to do but sit back, listen and marvel at her artistry.” (San Francisco Chronicle) Returning for her fourth Koerner Hall appearance, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. “One of the most gifted pianists of her generation … A passionate performer, Ms. Wang meshes an impeccable technique and insightful artistry.” (The New York Times) 

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Katia and Marielle Labèque

May 27, 2018 3:00pm

“The best piano duo in front of an audience today.” (The New York Times) Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. “Whether Mozart or Stravinsky, their musical line always sounds as if it’s being woven for the very first time ... the illusion of improvisation is the genius of their performances … there is a deceptive sprezzatura that is born of throwing the preparation to the winds and hanging onto each other’s ears.” (The Times)

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