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Pop Sherlock

August 19, 2017 9:00am to October 22, 2017 5:00pm

Sherlock Holmes is the ultimate pop culture icon. His influence is seen in every kind of popular media – from print, to stage and screen. Along the way, he has met and mixed with many of the most famous characters, brands, and stars of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Holmes first appeared in in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1887 novella A Study in Scarlet. Conan Doyle went on to write 59 more stories about Holmes, but the legend of the Great Detective continued to grow as many other writers took a turn at developing the character.

Pop Sherlock documents Holmes' role as an icon that has lasted generations and spanned the globe, showcasing a wide variety of his appearances in films, television, comic books and advertising.

The exhibit features an eclectic array of items from the library's Arthur Conan Doyle Collection including books, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, TV stills, movie scripts, ephemera and more.

Guided tours every Tuesday at 2 pm.

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/how-music-works-part-1/3570

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/how-music-works-part-2/3571

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!

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/how-jazz-works/3572

Curious Minds: LEARNING FROM PARIS: WHAT 1,000 YEARS OF PARISIAN ART, FOOD AND REVOLUTION HAVE GIVEN US.

September 18, 2017 10:00am to October 30, 2017 10:00am

Mondays, September 18–October 30, 10:00 a.m. to noon
*Please note there is no class October 9.

Governor General’s Award–nominated writer, journalist and host and co-writer of Discovery World’s travel show, Paris Next Stop, Lisa Pasold guides us through Paris’s incredible history.

From the muddy beginnings of Paris to today’s sparkling cosmopolitan centre, the City of Light has helped define Western ideas about city life. We’ll discuss historical turning points—including how Parisians invented the restaurant—and talk about literary Paris with celebrities like George Sand, Gertrude Stein and Hemingway. From revolutions that have torn up the city’s streets, to how the city was destroyed and rebuilt for modern living, this an unmissable and unmistakably impactful chronicle.

 Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)
6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)

Register: http://ow.ly/aM6v30dmUqo

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/strauss-women-their-families-and-their-lovers/3573

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: EATING ITALY: A DELICIOUS JOURNEY THROUGH ITALIAN CUISINE

September 22, 2017 10:00am to November 3, 2017 10:00am

Fridays, September 22–November 3, 10 a.m. to noon
*Please note there is no class on October 13

It is said that most people eat to live, while in Italy people live to eat. In this course, Hot Docs favourite Dr. Franco Gallippi returns to explore the history and cultural significance of some of the most famous dishes from his native land.

From a simple plate of “pasta e ceci” (pasta with chickpeas) to an elaborate “timballo di maccheroni” (Macaroni Timbale), Franco will use famous scenes in Italian cinema and literature to examine the ingredients and regional differences that have shaped these mouthwatering delicacies, and the identity and history of a people that never stops talking about food.

Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)
6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)

Register: http://ow.ly/FC9n30dmUDa 

The Royal Conservatory

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/eight-great-composers/3575

The Royal Conservatory

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/operas-and-their-musical-contexts/3771

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

LONG TIME RUNNING

September 29, 2017 4:00pm to October 26, 2017 8:45pm

In 2015, The Tragically Hip’s iconic frontman Gord Downie revealed he was battling incurable brain cancer. The following year the band set out on a final tour across Canada that captured hearts across the nation. In support of their album Man Machine Poem, The Tragically Hip went on to play 15 shows culminating in a historic final concert in Kingston broadcast on CBC to over 10 million viewers. In Long Time Running, filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Watermark, Act of God) capture the magic of the shows as well as the ups and downs of the band’s emotional journey. http://ow.ly/OyQt30ehzZy

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Noah's Ark: A Modern Take on a Biblical Story

October 1, 2017 9:00am to November 29, 2017 9:00am

Osnat Lippa uses digital photography and image manipulation to examine the morality tale of Noah’s Ark.
Third Floor Exhibit
info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x250

The Royal Conservatory

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/jazz-meets-classical-points-of-convergence/3772

The Royal Conservatory

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/franz-schubert-the-early-romantic-spirit/3582

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: CITY LIFE: TORONTO FROM 1945 TO 2020

October 19, 2017 10:00am to November 30, 2017 10:00am

Thursdays, October 19–November 30, 10 a.m. to noon
*Please note there is no class on November 9

In this exciting survey of Toronto’s modern history, the city’s former mayor, David Crombie, investigates the powerful ideas, institutions and events that have transformed “Toronto the Good” into one of the world’s most dynamic and culturally diverse metropolises.

Still passionately engaged in Toronto’s civic affairs, Mr. Crombie will draw on years of public service to explore the city’s history, assess its current challenges and opportunities, and look ahead at the issues that will define Toronto in the 21st century. Crombie is also a former Member of Parliament, federal cabinet minister, president of the Canadian Urban Institute and founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.

Single Class: $20 (Members: $17, $14, Free)
6-Week Course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)

Register: http://ow.ly/6zn430dmV5q

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

EX LIBRIS: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

October 20, 2017 1:00pm to October 26, 2017 1:00pm

Step inside the world renowned New York Public Library and explore its many facets, from newspaper archives to photo collections to after school classes to excerpts from talks featuring Elvis Costello and Patti Smith. Ex Libris also follows the high level staff as they try to balance public and private funding and face the challenges of bringing the library into the 21st century. Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman has made a career of studious dissections of institutions but this feels closer to a love letter. Exemplifying democratic ideals, this is a truly empathetic and heartfelt tribute to the library and the advancement of knowledge. http://ow.ly/XGBG30euReL

The Royal Conservatory

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.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Lecture by Newly Appointed Professor of the University of Toronto E. Tampõld Chair of Estonian Studies Dr. Andres Kasekamp

October 22, 2017 2:00pm

On Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm at Tartu College, the newly appointed professor of the University of Toronto E. Tampõld Chair of Estonian Studies Dr. Andres Kasekamp will be giving a lecture on the topic of How Estonia Leads Europe. The Opportunities and Challenges of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Reception to follow. In Estonian.
No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.

Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Modigliani Unmasked

October 23, 2017 1:30pm

Modigliani Unmasked  
Daytime Culture lectures with art history teacher Osnat Lippa
Learn how celebrated Italian artist Modigliani’s drawings, sculptures and paintings were influenced by his Sephardic Jewish heritage and the anti-Semitism he confronted.
Mondays: October 23 & 30
1:30 - 3:00 pm 
Drop-in: $16 
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre

Book Launch of “Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy” (Second Story Press) by Manjusha Pawagi

October 24, 2017 6:00pm to 8:00pm

A unexpected, wry, and funny memoir about one woman's experience with Cancer."

Manjusha Pawagi is a family court judge and author of the international best-seller “The Girl Who Hated Books.” Join us as we launch her memoir “Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy.” 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Music on Film: FLIGHT OF THE GUITAR: DREAMING OF PACO DE LUCIA

October 24, 2017 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Following the death of Spanish musical legend Paco de Lucía in 2014, his famous guitar of his own design, "La Maestro," goes on a journey across nine countries. Flight of the Guitar follows as this instrument, as revered as the master who wielded it, travels from one famous Latin guitarist to the next, taking you on a tour of the world of Flamenco and beyond from Spain to New York to Brazil to Cuba to Mexico to Argentina. Featuring musicians Tomatito, Caetano Veloso, Carlinhos Brown, Mariza, Alejandro Sanz and Luis Salinas, this is an inspiring spiritual odyssey through the Latin music world. http://ow.ly/cMhq30es1D1

Musician Kevin Laliberte will participate in a post-screening discussion and acoustic guitar performance. Moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Musical Chairs II

October 26, 2017 12:10pm to 1:00pm

Soprano Elizabeth McDonald, bass-baritone Giles Tomkins, clarinetist Peter Stoll, cellist Lydia Munchinsky and pianist Kathryn Tremills perform Vaughan Williams, Bach, Verdi, Strauss and Mahler.

All Thursdays at Noon concerts start at 12:10 pm in Walter Hall at 80 Queen's Park and are free.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Legacy of Honest Ed

October 26, 2017 1:30pm

Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Bill Gladstone
Toronto treasure "Honest Ed" Mirvish was a shrewd businessman and theatrical impresario who gave birth to the Entertainment District and transformed the Annex. As the curtain falls on his retail emporium, learn how his legacy is being preserved and transformed. info: lisar@mnjcc.org

$5 Drop-in

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Films Changing the World: ON PUTIN'S BLACKLIST

October 26, 2017 6:30pm

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

Russia’s relationship to the West has reached a strange and tense point that is growing increasingly uneasy under Donald Trump’s presidency. On Putin’s Blacklist traces this new Cold War from the ban on American citizens adopting Russian children to the Kremlin’s anti-LGBTQ campaign, which positions the international marriage equality movement as a national threat. President Vladimir Putin’s ‘Russia-versus-everybody’ tactics aim to control his country, while creating a long enemy blacklist list that includes NGOs and human rights groups. Filmmaker Boris Ivanov gets at the disconcerting core of Russia’s institutionalized xenophobia and looks ahead at an uncertain future. http://ow.ly/h6Em30f1oWl

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER

October 27, 2017 1:00pm to November 2, 2017 9:30pm

Is there a more romantic image of a writer than that of someone hunched over their typewriter passionately working away, the clicks and dings sounding off as they go? Discover extensive collections of trusty typewriters, all carefully selected by brand and generation, curated by those who are not so quick to shrug off old technology. Many artists and writers who still swear by the machine—among them Tom Hanks, John Mayer and the late Sam Shepard—share their thoughts on its value as a tool and source of inspiration. California Typewriter also looks at one of the last surviving typewriter repair shops, run by a man determined to keep the tradition alive. http://ow.ly/xcBV30f1jt6

Film subject and antique typewriter aficionado Martin Howard will be in attendance for post-screening Q&As following the screenings on Friday, October 27 at 6:15 p.m. and Saturday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Celebrating Shabbat in Song

October 27, 2017 1:00pm

Guest musicians: Cantor Charles Osbourne, accompanied by Susan Piltch on keyboard.
Friday October 27, Doors open: 12:30pm ; Program: 1:00-2:30pm
Celebrate Shabbat on Friday afternoons with a Jewish-themed concert, Shabbat ceremony and treats.
$5 (includes refreshments)
info: lisar@mnjcc.org
(416) 924-6211 x155

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Concert by the Girls' Choir Elise from Pärnu, Estonia

October 27, 2017 7:00pm

On Friday, October 27th at 7pm at Tartu College, the girls' choir Elise from Pärnu, Estonia will be performing a concert.

No admission fee. All donations will go towards supporting the young musicians.

Info: tel. 416 925 9405
Piret Noorhani: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca

The Royal Conservatory

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.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: THE MAGIC FLUTE

October 29, 2017 12:00pm

Premiered just two months before his death, this fantastical masterpiece is among Mozart’s finest achievements. The Queen of the Night enlists Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro with the help of the endearingly tactless bird-catcher Papageno but when they arrive, his priorities shift and he endures a series of trials to join Sarastro’s community. A supremely entertaining comedy featuring lively duets and arias, Mozart’s score runs the gamut from grandiose to poignant to playfully silly. David McVicar’s production brings this vibrant and inventive opera to life with stunning sets by John Macfarlane. http://ow.ly/DbYX30ehICZ

Includes one 15 minute intermission.

 

918 Bathurst

Piano Lightscapes feat. Teo Milea & Kurt Laurenz Theinert

October 29, 2017 7:00pm

PIANO LIGHTSCAPES | Teo Milea & Kurt Laurenz Theinert
Two composers. A classical piano. A visual piano.
Music meets light.

The fascinating and catchy notes of Teo Milea’s compositions meet the fantastic lightscapes of Kurt Laurenz Theinert for a night of magical visuals and spellbinding music.

Do not miss this unique chance to step into a mesmerizing, wonderful sensory world. Come to experience colors, shapes, and fantastic dancing visual effects embracing beautiful piano melodies.

Usually, you can describe how a piano recital sounded. Piano Lightscapes lets you describe what it looks like too!

Tickets for this event are available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/piano-lightscapes-teo-milea-kurt-laurenz-the...

More info can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1402678303181840/

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Modigliani Unmasked

October 30, 2017 1:30pm

Modigliani Unmasked  
Daytime Culture lectures with art history teacher Osnat Lippa
Learn how celebrated Italian artist Modigliani’s drawings, sculptures and paintings were influenced by his Sephardic Jewish heritage and the anti-Semitism he confronted.
Drop-in: $16 
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Joseph Johnson and James Parker

October 30, 2017 7:30pm

Joseph Johnson, Principal Cello with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and James Parker, Gryphon Trio pianist, team up for an unforgettable evening.

DEBUSSY Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
BEETHOVEN Sonata for Cello and Piano, No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5
BRAHMS Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

$40, $25 senior, $10 student | Tickets available online or by phone @ www.music.utoronto.ca or 416-408-0208

The Royal Conservatory

¡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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/hola-espa%C3%B1a-the-music-of-renaissance-spain/3816

The Royal Conservatory

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)

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Built to Remember

November 2, 2017 12:00pm to November 29, 2017 5:00pm

Gallery in the J
Neuberger Holocaust Education Week Feature Exhibit
An exhibit exploring Holocaust museums.
Info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x250

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Opera Spotlight, Don Giovanni

November 2, 2017 12:10pm

This free lunchtime concert will offer a preview of UofT Opera’s major fall production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Living Room Witnesses: The Holocaust on American Television

November 4, 2017 7:30pm

With Neuberger Holocaust Education Week 2017 Scholar-in-Residence, Professor Jeffrey Shandler, facilitated by critic and author Adam Nayman
In the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
Admission free with RSVP

The Royal Conservatory

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. 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society: Bogdan's Journey

November 5, 2017 4:00pm

Co-presented with Holocaust Education Week and the Polish Jewish Heritage Foundation
Guest Speaker: Professor Piotr J. Wróbel
(Poland, USA, 2016, Michal Jaskulski & Lawrence Loewinger directors, 83 min)
In 1946, forty Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in Kielce, Poland, were murdered by townspeople. For decades, Polish authorities suppressed the story. Bogdan’s Journey documents the Kielce Pogrom
and one man’s attempts to persuade people to face their past. In Polish with English Subtitles.
4:00 and 7:30 pm

Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
Box office is open on site at 3:30 pm for the 4:00 pm screening for rush ticket sales only. Box office is open on site at 6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm screening.
Advance Tickets are available online for the 7:30 pm screening only – no phone or in person sales.
Advance 7:30 pm tickets on Eventbrite
There are no online or other advance tickets available for the 4:00 pm screenings.
Day-of single tickets for each screening are subject to availability and are processed on a rush-only basis.
All single ticket door sales are cash only.
$15 General Admission (including seniors)
$10 Young Adults (age 18-35)
Info: esthera@mnjcc.org

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Ten Types of Tenors

November 6, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Discover the wonderful range of the tenor repertory, including such operatic giants as Enrico Caruso, Jon Vickers, Beniamino Gigli and Luciano Pavarotti.
Mondays: Nov 6 – Dec 4, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
November 6 “Counter” and “Leggiero” Tenors
November 13 “Mozart” and “Spiel” Tenors
November 20 “Lyric” and “Spinto” Tenors
November 27 “Dramatic” and “Robusto” Tenors
December 4 “Jugendliche” and “Helden” Tenors
Series: $90, Drop-in: $22
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155
To register call (416) 924-6211 x0
 

 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Recognizing Experiences of LGBTQ+ in the Holocaust and Beyond

November 6, 2017 7:00pm

For Holocaust Education Week
A Panel Discussion with Professor Kori Street of USC Shoa Foundation and Kimahli Powell of Rainbow Railroad.
Admission free with RSVP to akimmel@cija.ca

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

GRINGO: THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOHN MCAFEE - True Crime Tuesdays

November 7, 2017 6:30pm

True Crime Tuesdays: All is not what it seems in this six-part doc series, all accompanied by special guest discussions.

It’s a case of stranger than fiction when it comes to the life of tech millionaire John McAfee who made his fortune from his anti-virus software only to use it to surround himself by armed men in a compound in the jungle of Belize where he lived a libertine lifestyle. When one of his neighbours turns up dead, McAfee is wanted for questioning and flees to Guatemala. He turns up again in the U.S. in 2016 as the Libertarian Party’s potential nomination for president. In Gringo, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein is hot on the pursuit of the truth about the renegade mogul. http://ow.ly/3TxF30erZbY

Director Nanette Burstein will participate in a post-screening Skype Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

The Royal Conservatory

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/chorus-chorus-chorus/3580

Alliance Française de Toronto

Music, Cinema and Memory

November 8, 2017 1:00pm

A concert with French musicians Isabelle Durin (violin) and Michael Ertzcheild (piano) performing theme songs featured in films like Schindler’s List, Exodus, Life is Beautiful and Defiance.  Co presented by Alliance Française Toronto.

2 Concert times: 1:00 and 7:00 pm
At Spadina Theatre, 24 Spadina Rd
Pay-What-You-Can - $10 suggested donation
RSVP: (416) 924-6211 x250

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Our Beautiful City: SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY

November 8, 2017 6:30pm

Our Beautiful City: A doc-and-discussion series on the future of Toronto.

Our series on the future of Toronto returns with this portrait of the legendary "starchitect" and Toronto native Frank Gehry, directed by his dear friend, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sydney Pollack. Explore an artist's creative process and the impact his buildings have had on communities around the world. Watch as Gehry turns abstract drawings into boundary-pushing buildings. Learn how Gehry’s formative years in Toronto impacted his architecture, from his earliest building, a hay barn in California, to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Take a globe-trotting journey as two artists explore how a great building can redefine a city's identity. http://ow.ly/grGF30ehvGj

After the screening, we'll be joined for a special Q&A with Alex Bozikovic, the architecture critic for The Globe and Mail, who will help us relate the film back to civic and architectural issues in Toronto. We'll discuss Gehry's high-profile Toronto projects, the state of "starchitecture" in the city and whether Toronto will ever experience its own "Bilbao Effect", attracting architecture enthusiasts from around the world.

 

The Royal Conservatory

Get Happy: The Music of Hollywood's Golden Age

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

Join Jordan Klapman on Wednesday, November 8th for an interactive lecture and sing -along of the greatest hits 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. 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 evening will lift your spirits, get your toes tapping-- and have you humming and singing along!

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

PIRANDELLO150 Festival

November 9, 2017 12:00pm to November 11, 2017 8:00pm

In the Al Green Theatre:
The Pirandello Theatre Society presents PIRANDELLO150 Festival in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary and of the famed Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello.  Three one act plays will be preformed, THE IMBECILE, THE LICENSE , SICILIAN LIMES under the artistic direction of Frank Spezzano.
Tickets:
Matinee- $15.00 single ticket 
Evening- $30,00 single ticket
For Box Office Inquiries please call: 416-919-2356
or visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/pirandello-theatre-society-15200800945
For more information on The Pirandello Theatre Society, please visit www.pirandellotheatresociety.com

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and World War II

November 9, 2017 1:00pm

Guest speaker: Ellin Bessner
This interactive talk commemorates Remembrance Day and the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Second World War: why it’s time Canada recognizes the 17,000 Canadian Jews in uniform who defeated the Nazis and the Japanese during those dark years. Includes a special performance by the Miles Nadal JCC Daytime Choir.
Thursday November 9, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
$5 (includes refreshments)
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

The Royal Conservatory

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/f-j-haydn-the-neglected-master/3792

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Jazz Generations of Toronto

November 10, 2017 7:00pm

A special 'Sounds Like Toronto' concert - Collaboration between Toronto Downtown Jazz and U of T Jazz

For over 40 years, the University of Toronto has been a centre for post-secondary jazz instruction in Canada, starting with the legendary Phil Nimmons' appointment as instructor of Jazz Techniques in 1973. Since its establishment in 1991, the Faculty of Music’s Jazz Performance Program has produced some of the most important names in Canadian jazz – musicians who have made a significant impact on the local, national and international jazz scenes playing with the biggest names in jazz and beyond.

This special Sounds Like Toronto concert, a collaboration between Toronto Downtown Jazz and U of T Jazz, celebrates the past, present and future of jazz in Toronto, with performances by outstanding faculty, alumni and students. Highlights include the JUNO-nominated and Montreal Jazz Festival Galaxie Rising Star Award-winning quartet Peripheral Vision; the Carn/Davidson 9, co-led by JUNO nominees Tara Davidson (saxophone) and William Carn (trombone); the highly acclaimed Myriad 3; and the Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet, under the direction of multiple JUNO-Award winners Terry Promane (trombone) and Order of Canada Member Dave Young (bass).

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's park

Free

The Royal Conservatory

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.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

"Sharing Our Stories: Born in Canada" Symposium

November 11, 2017 2:00pm

On Saturday, November 11th at 2pm at Tartu College, the Baltic Canadian Imprints partnership will be hosting a symposium titled Sharing Our Stories: Born in Canada. Members from all four Baltic communities, Baltic German, Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian, will be discussing the challenges and advantages of being first generation Canadian Balts. A panel of first generation representatives from each community will be sharing their experiences with the audience. Special guest Dr. Jaak Rakfeldt (PhD, LCSW), Professor of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University, will be speaking. 

The Sharing Our Stories: Born in Canada symposium is a continuation of the group's work together and is open to everyone. The symposium will be in English. No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.

Please R.S.V.P. by November 6th to Piret Noorhani, piret.noorhani@vemu.ca or 416-925-9405

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Will’s Jams Live Multimedia Show

November 12, 2017 10:30am

In the Al Green Theatre:
Join JUNO-nominee Will Stroet and his Backyard Band for the Toronto premiere of the Will's Jams Live Multimedia Show, based on his popular Will's Jams TV series airing nationwide on CBC Kids.
Come early to meet Will with one of the CBC Kids TV hosts and get your photo taken.
Presented by Pebble Star Productions in partnership with the Al Green Theatre and Miles Nadal JCC
Tickets:
Early bird tickets are only $12 each until Oct 15. 
Regular tickets are $15 or $55 for a 4-pack
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wills-jams-live-multimedia-show-toronto-tickets-36780717115

 

The Royal Conservatory

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.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Ten Types of Tenors part II

November 13, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Discover the wonderful range of the tenor repertory, including such operatic giants as Enrico Caruso, Jon Vickers, Beniamino Gigli and Luciano Pavarotti.
Mondays: Nov 13 – Dec 4, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
November 13 “Mozart” and “Spiel” Tenors
November 20 “Lyric” and “Spinto” Tenors
November 27 “Dramatic” and “Robusto” Tenors
December 4 “Jugendliche” and “Helden” Tenors
Drop-in: $22
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155
To register call (416) 924-6211 x0
 

 

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Starting from Porcupine with William Aide

November 16, 2017 12:10pm

William Aide draws on 58 years as a professional pianist in a presentation including selections from CBC broadcasts and readings from his five books.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Hello Gorgeous! The Film Career of Barbra Streisand

November 16, 2017 1:00pm

With film critic, Shlomo Schwartzberg
From the moment she burst on to the Hollywood scene in Funny Girl almost 50 years ago, there has been no one quite like Barbra. Learn about this iconic actress and director and enjoy clips from some of her most memorable films.
$5 (includes refreshments)
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY

November 17, 2017 6:30pm to November 23, 2017 6:30pm

The 1990s TV phenomenon Bill Nye the Science Guy educated and entertained a generation with a mix of facts and zany fun that made learning exciting. Today, the bow-tied Bill Nye has returned to the public eye—but his mission has evolved as the stakes have risen. There’s a dangerous wave of people in power whose fundamental lack of scientific reasoning is causing destruction to the planet we all inhabit. As a public figure, Bill is now taking every opportunity he can to openly call out and debate those who are twisting facts or outright denying them. The Science Guy is back and more vital than ever. http://ow.ly/4McI30eJU0n

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

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.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Ten Types of Tenors part III

November 20, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Discover the wonderful range of the tenor repertory, including such operatic giants as Enrico Caruso, Jon Vickers, Beniamino Gigli and Luciano Pavarotti.
Mondays: Nov 20 – Dec 4, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
November 20 “Lyric” and “Spinto” Tenors
November 27 “Dramatic” and “Robusto” Tenors
December 4 “Jugendliche” and “Helden” Tenors
Drop-in: $22
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Chamber Music Series: Faculty Artists Ensemble

November 20, 2017 7:30pm

Uri Mayer, conductor
Edward Tait, music director

Monica Whicher, soprano 
Darryl Edwards, tenor

Members of the Faculty of Music present Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Symphony No. 4.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

$40, $25 senior, $10 student | Tickets available at music.utoronto.ca or 416-408-0208

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Music on Film: CONDUCT! EVERY MOVE COUNTS

November 21, 2017 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Every two years in Frankfurt, 24 young conductors from around the world are invited to take part in the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conductors' Competition. They only have 20 minutes to work with an orchestra they’ve never met before and to impress an intimidating panel of judges. This documentary Follows five conductors, the 20-year-old Aziz Shokhakimov from Uzbekistan, star New Yorker Alondra de la Parra, Englishman James Lowe, Andreas Hotz from Germany and Japan’s Shizuo Z Kuwahara who conducts with his bare hands. Conduct! is a rich with drama and fascinating insight into the dynamic between conductors and orchestras. http://ow.ly/3tZ130es1VO

Conductor Tania Miller will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

The Royal Conservatory

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/women-in-weimar/3774

The Royal Conservatory

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. 

The Royal Conservatory

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)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

November 26, 2017 12:00pm

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and her strange, delightfully confusing encounters in Wonderland with the instantly recognizable characters the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts in this exuberant and entertaining adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic from director Christopher Wheeldon. Marvelously staged, this modern production premiered in 2011 and explodes with imagination and feeling. With bursts of colour, elaborate dance choreography, and an appropriately dazzling visual design that keeps up with Carroll’s mad genius, this is a ballet for all ages that taps into wonderment and the nightmarish in equal measure. http://ow.ly/dm9a30ehHj3

Including two 15 min intermissions.

 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Ten Types of Tenors part IV

November 27, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Discover the wonderful range of the tenor repertory, including such operatic giants as Enrico Caruso, Jon Vickers, Beniamino Gigli and Luciano Pavarotti.
Mondays: Nov 27 – Dec 4, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
November 27 “Dramatic” and “Robusto” Tenors
December 4 “Jugendliche” and “Helden” Tenors
Drop-in: $22
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Enrico Elisi

November 30, 2017 12:10pm

Pianist Enrico Elisi presents a solo recital with music by J.S. Bach and Kye Ryung Park.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Enrico Elisi is a Steinway Concert Artist

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Duelling Clarinetists: Benny Goodman & Artie Shaw

November 30, 2017 1:30pm

With musician Jonno Lightstone
Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw were the Swing Era clarinetists who reigned supreme, but each had different styles: Goodman was the peddler of popular tunes, while Shaw was the ‘musician's musician’. 
Enjoy this historical lecture complete with live clarinet 

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Walter Isaacson and Heather Reisman Discuss Leonardo Da Vinci

November 30, 2017 6:30pm

Leonardo Da Vinci was history’s most creative genius—and now he has a biographer worthy of his talents. In this Canadian premiere, Walter Isaacson, the author of acclaimed bestsellers on Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, sits down with Indigo CEO Heather Reisman to discuss his ground-breaking new biography of the Italian master. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks, Isaacson's well-researched text was the focus of a competitive bidding war and is now being developed into a feature film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Discover how Da Vinci’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation and imagination. http://ow.ly/c04o30eJTIz

Tickets: $17

Member tickets:
Bronze: $12
Silver: $10
Gold: Free

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Indigo. Book signing to follow.

Presented by Simon and Schuster and Indigo.

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

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.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Ten Types of Tenors part V

December 4, 2017 1:30pm

Opera Appreciation with Iain Scott
Discover the wonderful range of the tenor repertory, including such operatic giants as Enrico Caruso, Jon Vickers, Beniamino Gigli and Luciano Pavarotti.
Monday, December 4 “Jugendliche” and “Helden” Tenors
Drop-in: $22
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

IN GOD WE TRUST - True Crime Tuesdays

December 5, 2017 6:30pm

True Crime Tuesdays: All is not what it seems in this six-part doc series, all accompanied by special guest discussions.

Filmmakers Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek craft an in-depth look at the crimes of Bernie Madoff in this incisive documentary bolstered by an unlikely protagonist: Madoff’s personal secretary of 25 years. Eleanor Squillari worked closely with Madoff with no idea he was pulling off the biggest financial scam in U.S. history. Devastated by the discovery she had been helping a criminal, she decides to help the FBI and digs into every record and document from over the years. In God We Trust is an effective overview of how Madoff made off with billions of dollars and how one woman helped take him down. http://ow.ly/iZn630erZqS

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

The Royal Conservatory

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.” 

The Royal Conservatory

The Nutcracker Ballet

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

Thursdays, December 7 & 14

1-3pm

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.

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/the-nutcracker-ballet/3775

The Royal Conservatory

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. 

The Royal Conservatory

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)

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society: The Concert

December 10, 2017 4:00pm

Co-presented with The Royal Conservatory of Music
Guest speaker: Musicologist Jordan Klapman
(France, 2009, Radu Mihaileanu director, 119 min)
Former Bolshoi conductor Andrei Simoniovich Filipov was fi red for engaging Jewish musicans. Now he works at the Bolshoi as a cleaner. Learning that the orchestra has been invited to play in Paris, he conspires to conduct the concert. Witness his triumph over his disastrous past in this delightful comedic drama. In French and Russian with English Subtitles.

4:00 and 7:30 pm
Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
Box office is open on site at 3:30 pm for the 4:00 pm screening for rush ticket sales only. Box office is open on site at 6:30 pm for the 7:30 pm screening.
Advance Tickets are available online for the 7:30 pm screening only – no phone or in person sales.
Advance 7:30 pm tickets on Eventbrite
There are no online or other advance tickets available for the 4:00 pm screenings.
Day-of single tickets for each screening are subject to availability and are processed on a rush-only basis.
All single ticket door sales are cash only.
$15 General Admission (including seniors)
$10 Young Adults (age 18-35)
Info: esthera@mnjcc.org (416) 924 6211 x606
 

The Royal Conservatory

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.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: THE NUTCRACKER

December 23, 2017 12:00pm to December 26, 2017 12:00pm

The young girl Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, the magician Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King and the Sugar Plum Fairy — the most beloved and recognizable ballet in history is the ultimate nostalgia for some and always a revelation for newcomers. Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker has become the definitive version of this beloved staple with Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score bolstered by dazzling stage magic and featuring the most familiar composition in all of ballet, The Nutcracker Suite with the sublime Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with this enchanting classic. http://ow.ly/gmcn30ehHG1

Includes one 15 min intermission.

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

BUS 174 - True Crime Tuesdays

January 9, 2018 6:30pm

True Crime Tuesdays: All is not what it seems in this six-part doc series, all accompanied by special guest discussions.

In Rio de Janeiro in the year 2000, an armed man hijacked a bus and held the passengers hostage while the incompetent and under-trained police force struggled to contain the situation. Quickly, it became a televised event on national Brazilian networks, reaching over 35 million people. The armed man is named Sandro do Nascimento, and he's one of Brazil’s countless homeless who has already endured his own share of tragedy. In Bus 174, filmmakers José Padilha and Felipe Lacerda look beyond this terrible incident and at the systemic neglect that has prisons overrun in inhumane conditions and the streets filled with forgotten people like do Nascimento. http://ow.ly/4A4i30erZWw

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere.

The Royal Conservatory

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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Music on Film: STRAD STYLE

January 30, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

The ancient art of violin-making requires a life’s dedication to the craft. Or does it? Danny Houck, a self-described “nobody” in rural Ohio becomes obsessed with famous violin makers Stradivari and Guarneri and wants to follow in their footsteps. With no formal training, just the internet and the “summoning” of help from the old masters, Danny vows to replicate Guarneri’s Il Cannone, a world famous violin, for virtuoso Razvan Stoica to play at his next concert. With the clock ticking, and Danny improvising his way through the process, Strad Style is a portrait of an eccentric dreamer with an unlikely ambition. http://ow.ly/DyX330es3TQ

Jonathan Crow, Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster (who plays a Guarneri similar to the one in the film), and one of his students will participate in a post-screening discussion with Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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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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AILEEN: LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER - True Crime Tuesdays

February 13, 2018 6:30pm

True Crime Tuesdays: All is not what it seems in this six-part doc series, all accompanied by special guest discussions.

Serial killer Aileen Wuornos murdered seven men between 1989 and 1990 and was sentenced to death. Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Wuornos focuses on her last days leading up to her 2002 execution featuring an exclusive final interview. What's apparent is that she's not of sound mind. She contradicts herself, makes bizarre statements and is clearly unwell and yet she's cleared as sane and executed. Broomfield pays special attention to her difficult childhood that led to her running away when she was 13, creating a challenging portrait of the making and unmaking of a serial killer in the American justice system. http://ow.ly/Lar930es0aa

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

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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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Music on Film: MAMA AFRICA

February 27, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Africa’s first international music star Miriam Makeba was a brilliant musician as well as an outspoken activist. Mama Africa is a comprehensive biography that pays tribute to her incredible legacy. Forced into exile after starring in the anti-apartheid film Come Back Africa in 1959, Mekeba performed with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Nina Simone and Dizzie Gillespie and married to musician Hugh Masekela and Stokely Carmichael, a radical Black Panther. Director Mika Kaurismaki draws from rare archive footage of over 50 years of performances and candid scenes as well as new interviews with friends and family in this inspiring portrait. http://ow.ly/xtM630es2FD

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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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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THE PROMISE - True Crime Tuesdays

March 6, 2018 6:30pm

Young lovers Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom were arrested in London in 1986 for cheque fraud—only to arouse suspicion when their love letters linked them to the gruesome murder of Elizabeth’s parents a year prior in Bedford County, Virginia. Extradited to the U.S., both have been in jail ever since, but Jens now maintains he committed the murders out of love for Elizabeth, who manipulated him. The Promise reveals all the bizarre twists and turns of this dark love story, featuring actors Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots reading the chilling letters. http://ow.ly/t7Oo30es0L7

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere. 

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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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Music on Film: THE ORCHESTRA OF PIAZZA VITTORIO

March 27, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

In a bid to save their beloved Apollo Theatre, musician-conductor Mario Tranco and documentarian Agostino Ferrente come up with a plan to put together an orchestra entirely made up of immigrants. With escalating tension around immigration in Italy, where foreigners are not easily welcomed, Tranco and Ferrente make a political statement. We follow their five-year journey to assemble a group in Rome until it comes together in beautiful harmony. The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio has gone on to record several albums and go on major tours. See how this unlikely group got started in this rousing documentary. http://ow.ly/8JnZ30es3Fn

Members of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, moderated by Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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THE IMPOSTER - True Crime Tuesdays

April 3, 2018 6:30pm

True Crime Tuesdays: All is not what it seems in this six-part doc series, all accompanied by special guest discussions.

In 1994, a young boy named Nicholas Barclay went missing in San Antonio, Texas. Three years later his family is overjoyed to hear he has turned up in Spain, claiming he was kidnapped. When he returns, he seems quite different, both in personality and physically, but his desperate family accept him, apparently not realizing that he is in fact another person, Frédéric Bourdin, a serial imposter. One of the strangest characters you’ll encounter in non-fiction, Bourdin claims to have assumed 500 false identities. This chilling documentary follows all the twists and turns of this bizarre true story. http://ow.ly/hYhH30es141

A special guest will be in attendance for a Q&A with film critic and author Geoff Pevere.

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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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DakhaBrakha

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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Music on Film: SONG OF LAHORE

April 24, 2018 6:30pm

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Once a beacon of musical culture in Pakistan, Lahore was a city that brought together the best in artists and musicians. Now divided by social and religious upheaval, it is a place tragically disconnected from its musical roots. In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a new space for traditional music. An experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments all of a sudden garners international acclaim and Wynton Marsalis invites the group to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York. Song of Lahore is a testament to the human ability to create under oppression. http://ow.ly/Spcl30es31N

Sitar master Anwar Kurshid, saxophonist Luiz Deniz, and percussionist Matias Recharte will participate in a post-screening discussion with Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of The Royal Conservatory of Music's Performing Arts Division.

Tickets: $17 (Members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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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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