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Toronto Reference Library

I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art

November 11, 2017 9:00am to January 21, 2018 5:00pm

Children's picture books tell many stories about what it is like to grow up in Canada. This exhibit celebrates the work of best-loved Canadian illustrators who bring these stories to life.

I Am Canada showcases original picture book art from Toronto Public Library's Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books and the private collection of Scholastic Canada, which has been introducing young people to the joys of reading for 60 years.

Admission is free. The TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library is open during regular library hours. Free guided tours every Tuesdays at 2 pm.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Hello, Other Moon

December 2, 2017 12:00pm to January 21, 2018 12:00pm

In the Gallery in the J
Illustrations by Yaara Eshet after poems by Ronna Bloom, an exhibition of loss, longing, compassion and a bowl of soup.
Join Yaara Eshet and Ronna Bloom for a conversation on their creative process in poetry, art, inspiration and collaboration on December 3 at 4:00pm
Info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x250

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CHAVELA

December 8, 2017 3:30pm to December 17, 2017 5:15pm

A singular force of nature, Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas dared to live openly and proudly as a queer diva who followed in nobody’s footsteps as she pushed her culture’s boundaries. A controversial icon who spoke her mind, dressed against the norm, and created beautiful music, Vargas was also a tortured soul who struggled with alcoholism and fame. With never-before-seen interview footage, the award-winning Chavela gives you the chance to discover this extraordinary woman­­­-her story, wisdom, infectious spirit and emotionally stirring art. Featuring remarkable musical performances and touching tributes from loved ones and experts, including filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.

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HUMAN FLOW

December 13, 2017 8:45pm to December 21, 2017 6:00pm

World renowned artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei creates an immersive and compassionate portrait of the refugee crisis in this globe-spanning documentary. Shot in 23 countries, Human Flow is a singularly expansive and urgent look at one of the most pressing issues of our time that captures its staggering scale and devastating toll. Taking us to far flung places-from Afghanistan to Greece to Germany to Iraq to Kenya and beyond-we meet extraordinary individuals and hear their stories as they bear unbelievable hardship with courage and resilience. A tremendously moving testament to the human spirit, Human Flow challenges our world to come together and shape a new, more compassionate, global society.

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Free Screening: WHITE CHRISTMAS

December 16, 2017 12:00pm

Michael Curtiz’s timeless Christmas musical is back! Irving Berlin’s excellent score features many cherished Christmas songs, including the film’s namesake ”White Christmas” itself! Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) are old army buddies and entertainers, and they set out to save their friend’s struggling inn in Vermont with a grand gesture?and hopefully win over their sweethearts in the process. Ever since its release in 1954, White Christmas has been a perennial holiday favourite, as generation after generation of filmgoers have fallen in love with its music, dance and charm.

Tickets: FREE

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

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Exhibition on Screen: CANALETTO AND THE ART OF VENICE

December 16, 2017 2:45pm

In this alluring Exhibition on Screen season opener, become immersed in the life and work of Venice view-painter Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768). Known for his paintings of Italy's most magical city, Canaletto created over 200 works that immortalize Venice’s scenery, architecture and daily life in the 18th century. Embark on a breathtaking tour of the sites that inspired him, from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Featuring the expertise of Royal Collection Trust curators and Venetian historians, learn about the man, his art and this singular place.

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Free Screening: NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION

December 16, 2017 9:00pm

Chevy Chase leads this National Lampoon's holiday favourite as family man Clark Griswold, whose attempts to put on a proper Christmas for his kin goes terribly and hilariously awry. From electric shocks to exploding turkeys to being under siege by a SWAT Team, it’s an unforgettable holiday get together that will make you better appreciate your dysfunctional family’s Christmas dinner snafus. With a stellar supporting cast featuring Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Juliette Lewis and a non-stop onslaught of laugh-out-loud gags from writer John Hughes, Christmas Vacation is a bonafide comedy classic.

Tickets: Free

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

Free Screening: A CHRISTMAS STORY

December 17, 2017 12:00pm

Yes, Bob Clark’s hilarious perennial holiday classic A Christmas Story is back again this year! Poor little Ralphie. Like other nine-year-old children all over the country, all he wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder B.B. gun with a compass and “this thing that tells time.” But his mother, his teacher, not to mention Santa Claus, have other ideas. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Whether this is your first or 50th time watching, A Christmas Story is great for young and old alike. Join the Parker family for another year of dodging snowballs and smelly hound dogs!

Tickets: FREE

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

Bata Shoe Museum

Holiday Crafts at the BSM

December 17, 2017 12:00pm

Come celebrate the holiday season at the BSM with some shoe-inspired holiday fun! Kids can decorate a cookie, make a special craft, play ISpy in the galleries and try on some funky shoes, perfect for the holiday family picture!

Drop-in until 4pm | Included with museum admission | Perfect for children 3-12

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.

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Free Screening: LOVE ACTUALLY

December 17, 2017 8:00pm

Love is in the air this holiday season—a lot of love, and a lot of laughter. From the makers of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill, comes a singularly splendid romantic comedy that’s overflowing with heartwarming romance, witty banter and Christmas cheer. Love Actually shares the stories of eight couples and all the ways their lives intertwine with a star-studded cast featuring Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Keira Knightley.

Tickets: FREE

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

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BLUEFIN

December 19, 2017 6:30pm

Off the breath-taking coast of Prince Edward Island in North Lake-the so-called “tuna capital of the world”- the prized giant Bluefin tuna disappeared after years of overfishing, only to recently return in staggering numbers. But something isn’t right. Once wary of humans, they are now seemingly unafraid. Just what has happened to this majestic creature and its habitat? John Hopkins’ eye-opening documentary unravels this baffling mystery, revealing of how our exploitation of resources can alter environments and ecosystems in unexpected ways.

Director John Hopkins will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

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Free Screening: ELF

December 21, 2017 9:00pm

Buddy does not look like your usual Christmas elf. For one thing, he's six foot three and he’s had a beard since he was 15. But that might have something to do with the fact that he’s actually a human who wandered into Santa’s toy sack as a baby and grew up among the elves. The hilarious story of Buddy the Elf’s return to the realm of humans has become a holiday classic. Whether seeking out some comedic holiday cheer, or just hoping to meet another human that shares your affinity for elf culture, Elf does not disappoint.

Tickets: FREE

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

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NAPLES '44

December 22, 2017 4:00pm to December 30, 2017 6:30pm

This beloved and iconic Italian city is the subject of this singular documentary that brings remarkable stories of courage and survival to life while capturing the exotic sights and sounds of one of the world's most colourful and mysterious places. Naples ’44 is adapted from the notebook of Norman Lewis, a British officer who entered Naples during WWII with the American Fifth Army. Writing down all the unbelievable things he saw, Lewis created a vivid record of history from an on-the-ground perspective. This creative imagining of the man in the present day shows him to revisiting Naples and recalling a series of unforgettable tales with stunning archival footage and narration from Benedict Cumberbatch.

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RAMEN HEADS

December 22, 2017 6:00pm to December 31, 2017 5:00pm

Ramen, the beloved and deceptively simple combination of slurpable broth and noodles, is a traditional Japanese dish that many may enjoy, but that a few elevate to an art. Osamu Tomita, one of the most revered ramen chefs in Japan, takes viewers on a tour of the best ramen shops in his country while serving up secrets, recipes and insight into the philosophy and history of the culinary phenomenon. There are fewer foods more comforting than a hot bowl of ramen-especially in the winter-and Ramen Heads will leave you with both an insatiable craving and a new appreciation for the chefs who make it so delicious.

Free Screening: THE HOLIDAY

December 22, 2017 8:30pm

Nothing chases away the winter blues quite like a Christmas rom-com! Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) and Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) live on opposite sides of the Atlantic, but they have the same problem—the men in their lives are no-good cheaters! They need to get out of town for a fresh start. Luckily, they find each other online and agree to swap houses for a holiday vacation. Will a trip across the pond help turn their love lives around? Jack Black and Jude Law support in this film from Nancy Meyers, director of Something’s Gotta Give and What Women Want.

Tickets: FREE

We will be accepting donations to The Stop (dried beans, rice or monetary donation).

Members: tickets are available for pick up at the box office and online now. Tickets for non-members available for pick up at the cinema box office beginning December 3 at 1 p.m. Maximum of two tickets per person. A limited number of same day tickets will be available.

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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.

 

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DIE HARD Quote-Along

December 23, 2017 9:00pm

It’s just not Christmas on Bloor Street without a visit to Nakatomi Plaza. This year, we’re blowing the roof off with a special quote-along edition. Kick off your Christmas with a night filled with audience participation, festive drink specials, a hilarious pre-show and more. That’s right, Hans, we have the detonators! Bring your friends and family (but leave the younger kids at home) for Die Hard on the big screen, with the sound cranked and subtitles for quoting along. Yippee ki-yay!

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

Bring a donation of rice or dried beans in support of The Stop and we'll give you a prop bag full of goodies!

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2017 Cannes Lions Awards: The World's Best Commercials

December 25, 2017 6:30pm to December 31, 2017 2:30pm

Every year, over 12,000 members of the global creative communications industries come together to screen the best advertisement work from around the world at the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity. From the hundreds of ads selected for the festival, ranging from the hilarious and off-the-wall to the touching and unique, we’re screening the best of the best in a showcase of excellence from the realm of creative communications. Brought to you by The Globe and Mail, please join us at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema this holiday season to see this inspiring work once again.

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The Dude's New Year's: THE BIG LEBOWSKI

December 31, 2017 9:30pm

Join us for one of our most hallowed and wildest cinema traditions: the sixth annual Dude’s New Year’s event featuring The Big Lebowski! The Dude, Walter, Donny and the gang are back for another round of White Russians, Creedence and unforgettable hijinks. Hundreds of “Little Achievers” will ring in the New Year in style (sunglasses and bathrobes recommended). From the very first frame until well after the ball drops, even the nihilists will have something to believe in. Watch the countdown on the big screen and toast the New Year. Don’t forget to visit the White Russian express bar!

8:00 PM: Doors Open
9:30 PM: Screening

Tickets: $22 (Members: $17, $15, $9). Ticket includes screening, one drink, popcorn and party favours.

***note that FREE Members Tickets cannot be used towards this event
 

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Binge Watch: THE UP SERIES

January 1, 2018 9:00am to January 2, 2018 1:50am

This New Year's join us for a unique binge watch and experience a lifetime. Beginning in 1964, and for every seven years thereafter, the same grouping of then seven-year-olds was interviewed on camera. The 14 children were selected from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Their compelling personalities, personal narratives and perspectives evolve over time, as this series transcends all sentimental clichés and fascinates us still. From childhood to adolescence to adulthood to middle-age (the latest entry finds the participants at 56), this singular film project is truly one-of-a-kind. All eight episodes of the Up Series will be screened back-to-back in this not-to-be-missed New Year’s Day binge watch.

Tickets: $20 (Members: $17, $13, Free) *One ticket for the whole day.

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NO STONE UNTURNED

January 5, 2018 3:30pm to January 11, 2018 1:00pm

In 1994, in Northern Ireland's small village of Loughinisland, two loyalist terrorists stormed a pub during a World Cup soccer match and shot 11 people in their backs, killing six and wounding five. A police investigation, which was perfunctory at best, led to zero arrests, leaving the case to eventually go cold. Decades later, Oscar-nominated documentarian Alex Gibney re-visits this riveting true crime tale, digging deeper into witness testimony and piecing together clues overlooked by law enforcement. A hit at our Doc Soup Sundays series, No Stone Unturned offers convincing evidence of a coverup that reaches to the highest levels of the British government and seeks to answer several troubling questions about this infamous attack.

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Resolutions: REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM

January 5, 2018 9:00pm

THE RESOLUTION: GET INFORMED

New Year’s Resolutions - Our Ultimate Film Guide: Whether you want to travel more, unplug from technology, or dust off your running shoes, we’ve got the right film to help you keep that resolution and live your best life in 2018.

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.

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Resolutions: ITALY: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT

January 6, 2018 11:30am

THE RESOLUTION: SEE THE WORLD

New Year’s Resolutions - Our Ultimate Film Guide: Whether you want to travel more, unplug from technology, or dust off your running shoes, we’ve got the right film to help you keep that resolution and live your best life in 2018.

We should all be so lucky to cruise through Italy's scenic landscape and breathtaking landmarks, but at least we can tag along with award-winning filmmakers Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi (Suddenly, Last Winter). Italy and its culture has changed drastically over the years, with many Italians emigrating elsewhere around the world. Gustav and Luca off in a Fiat 500 through the country to search for the real Italy and a reason to still call it home. Driving from place to place, encountering different people and icons, Gustav and Luca find out for themselves if the Italian way of life is alive and well, or a clichéd part of a great nation?s history?and what lies ahead for their country's future. 

In Italian with English subtitles

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Resolutions: WALKING THE CAMINO: SIX WAYS TO SANTIAGO

January 6, 2018 4:00pm

THE RESOLUTION: GO ON AN EPIC TREK

New Year’s Resolutions - Our Ultimate Film Guide: Whether you want to travel more, unplug from technology, or dust off your running shoes, we’ve got the right film to help you keep that resolution and live your best life in 2018.

A group of travellers from the ages of three to 73 attempt a pilgrimage across an entire country on foot, carrying only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws their heart and soul into their physical trek to Spain’s Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and into their personal journey to find themselves. This 500-mile trek is no small undertaking, yet more than 200,000 people attempt the arduous journey across the rugged landscape each year. Whatever their motivation, no one can predict just how their paths will unfold, or what transformations they will undergo as they reach the trail’s end. Featuring breathtaking vistas, the Camino comes to life in this inspiring look at its magnetic and miraculous power to change lives.

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Resolutions: THE BARKLEY MARATHONS: THE RACE THAT EATS ITS YOUNG

January 6, 2018 8:30pm

THE RESOLUTION: GET IN SHAPE

New Year’s Resolutions - Our Ultimate Film Guide: Whether you want to travel more, unplug from technology, or dust off your running shoes, we’ve got the right film to help you keep that resolution and live your best life in 2018.

Somewhere in the hills of Tennessee, there is a notorious race with a changing route, no set start date and a hidden application process from which most are rejected. And if you make it in: participants face vague directions, an unknown start time (signaled by the lighting of a cigarette) and of course a 60-hour physical endurance test which is the competition itself. Interested? Welcome to the Barkley Marathons, a trail race that only saw 10 runners complete the course in its first 25 years. Running completely counter to the idea that anything is achievable if you put your mind to it, the race has gained international cult status, thanks in no small part to its eccentric and irresistible founder Lazarus Lake, who will grant you entry for $1.60, a flannel shirt and a license plate. Oddly inspirational and wildly funny, The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young introduces the world to this tiny microcosm of tradition, ambition and camaraderie.

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Resolutions: LIFE OFF GRID

January 7, 2018 9:00pm

THE RESOLUTION: UNPLUG FROM TECHNOLOGY

New Year’s Resolutions - Our Ultimate Film Guide: Whether you want to travel more, unplug from technology, or dust off your running shoes, we’ve got the right film to help you keep that resolution and live your best life in 2018.

In an age where we're glued to our phones, tablets and laptops, taking a break from our gadget addiction is a resolution we could all aspire to—but some people are taking it a step further. Meet the pioneers creating a new model for sustainability. Industrious, dedicated and creative people across Canada are living off grid without any connection to the electrical or natural gas infrastructures that criss-cross our nation. These renegades are wary of the dangers of a too-convenient lifestyle that comes on the back of huge environmental costs and unseen masses of workers. But how can we be fully responsible for ourselves in a world where modern conveniences seem inescapable? From the frigid arctic, to the lush West Coast rainforest, old problems are met with inventive solutions and a new, long-sighted approach to civilization is forged.

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Resolutions: BILL W.

January 8, 2018 9:15pm

THE RESOLUTION: CUT BACK ON ALCOHOL

New Year’s Resolutions - Our Ultimate Film Guide: Whether you want to travel more, unplug from technology, or dust off your running shoes, we’ve got the right film to help you keep that resolution and live your best life in 2018.

If you're looking to cut out your vices in 2018, there may not be a better example to follow for bouncing back in the new year than William G. Wilson. In elite company amidst TIME Magazine’s “100 Persons of the 20th Century,” Bill Wilson co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous after battling his own struggle with alcoholism that nearly took his life. Now a worldwide support system of more than 2 million people, A.A. has changed countless lives. Between interviews, recreations and rare archival footage, Bill W. shines light on Wilson’s dedication and sacrifice in a touching tribute to a reluctant hero’s life and legacy.

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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.

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Resolutions: THE HAPPY FILM

January 10, 2018 3:30pm

THE RESOLUTION: EMBRACE POSITIVITY

New Year’s Resolutions - Our Ultimate Film Guide: Whether you want to travel more, unplug from technology, or dust off your running shoes, we’ve got the right film to help you keep that resolution and live your best life in 2018.

Celebrated graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister—known best for designing iconic album covers for the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Jay Z and Aerosmith—takes on a series of psychological experiments to determine if a person can truly train their mind to get happier. Through meditation, therapy and drugs, he embarks on a journey to redesign himself, painting an insightful and deeply-personal picture of the human pursuit of happiness. While there’s no exact science when it comes to emotion and experience, The Happy Film will leave you inspired to take control of your outlook.

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Doc Soup: THE FAMILY

January 10, 2018 6:30pm to January 11, 2018 6:45pm

Doc Soup: Hot Docs' monthly screening series that presents Festival hits and award-winning docs.

For decades, the beautiful and charismatic Anne Hamilton-Byrne led an apocalyptic sect known as The Family. Like many cult leaders, she convinced her followers to relinquish their money, homes and marriages; but she also acquired many infants and young children, both through adoption scams and from her followers. Convinced she was their mother and the messiah, the children were kept in seclusion, beaten, starved and dosed with psychiatric drugs and LSD. They were rescued in a police raid in 1987, but Hamilton-Byrne was never captured or charged. With first-hand accounts from survivors, cult members and the detectives who worked the case, The Family investigates the lasting trauma of Australia’s most notorious sect.

 

 

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Bev @ 60!

January 11, 2018 12:10pm to 1:00pm

[Part of the Thursdays at Noon Series]

Percussionist Beverley Johnston and guests mark her 60th birthday year with a retrospective of commissioned works by Kontogiorgos, Hatzis, Wijeratne and Ho.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

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MOUNTAIN

January 12, 2018 6:30pm to January 16, 2018 8:45pm

Travel the globe and visit some of the most gorgeous regions in the world in this ambitious exploration of our human fascination with mountains. An epic adventure scored by the renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra and narrated by Willem Dafoe, Mountain is a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience from director Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa). What compels us to conquer landscapes and to reach unfathomable heights? Mountains capture our imaginations and evoke awe like nothing else in nature. For anyone that has dreamed of scaling a mountain or has had the chance to do so, this documentary will awaken the adventurer in you and leave you inspired.

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AIDA'S SECRET

January 12, 2018 8:30pm to January 17, 2018 9:15pm

In this Hot Docs hit, two brothers separated at birth are reunited in a moving quest to uncover their mother's family secrets. Izak Szewelwicz was born in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. He connects with his birth mother years later, only to discover that there is even more to her story. Filmmakers Alon and Shaul Schwarz set out to find answers as Izak finally meets his brother Shep - both nearly 70 years old before taking him to visit their elderly mother, Aida, for the first time. This stunning story of displacement, identity and the fracturing effects of tumultuous political periods is a testament to the resilience of family and the ties that bind us together.

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BOB DYLAN: TROUBLE NO MORE - This Film Should Be Played Loud

January 13, 2018 9:00pm

Featuring rare never-before-seen footage from Bob Dylan’s Buffalo and Toronto performances in 1980, Trouble No More hones in on the musician’s gospel period. A unique moment in his storied career, Dylan produced three albums between 1979 and ’81 (Slow Train Coming, Saved, Shot of Love) that found him exploring a new spiritual side of both himself and of music. With actor Michael Shannon reciting sermons in dramatic sequences interspersed with the tunes, Trouble No More is an unforgettable concert documentary that takes you beyond the stage with Dylan and into his frame of mind.

Arrive early as we kick off the night with a DJ and drink specials.

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

Sponsored by Mill Street Brewery

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Concert-Workshop "EESTI LAULUD" (Estonian Songs)

January 14, 2018 3:00pm

On Sunday, January 14th at 3pm at Tartu College, Andres Raudsepp will be leading a concert-workshop "EESTI LAULUD" on Estonian songs featuring traditional group and solo songs by Estonian composers from five historical periods.

Compiled by: Andres Raudsepp
Contributors: Urmas Kärner, Ilo Maimets, Leena Tiismann, Järvi-Linda Raudsepp, Charles Kipper.

Admission by donation

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Curious Minds: STARCHITECTS: THE MEN WHO BUILT AMERICA

January 15, 2018 10:00am to February 26, 2018 10:00am

Capture the creative spirit of the 20th century with this lively survey of the visionaries who reinvented modern architecture. As the USA gradually evolved into a modern state, its burgeoning cities attracted brilliant builders and designers like Louis Sullivan, Frederick Law Olmsted, and one of Sullivan’s most gifted—and controversial—apprentices, Frank Lloyd Wright. Architects immigrating to America also began to reimagine the country’s homes and skylines: Walter Gropius; Mies van der Rohe; and especially the Canadian expat Frank Gehry. With the emergence of Louis Kahn, Eero Saarinen, Philip Johnson, and the decidedly“oddball” Bucky Fuller, exciting new forms and aesthetics took shape, resulting in buildings that continue to amaze and inspire us today.

This course will be led by Peter Harris, the former assistant dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto. A former senior lecturer in the University's German Department, Dr. Harris has also served as a special lecturer in the new Vic One Program at Victoria College. In these different capacities, he has lectured on topics ranging from German Film to Expo '58, from the German Reichstag Building to Rosie the Riveter.

Doors will open one hour before the first class. 
Registrants will receive supplementary materials in advance of their first class.

Mondays, January 15 - February 26 
*Please note: no class February 5.

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite.

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GULISTAN - LAND OF ROSES

January 15, 2018 6:30pm

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

In the rough mountains and deserts of Kurdistan is an all-female guerilla brigade fighting ISIS. The battlefield is one of the only places these women can escape constricting gender roles. Fierce and proud, they instill fear in their enemy, not only for their bravery and skill, but also because, for ISIS soldiers, dying at the hands of a woman means they'll never reach paradise. Opening up to filmmaker Zaynê Akyol—who particiapted in Pitch In here at Hot Docs—these militant members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are united by a vision of freedom in every sense, putting their lives at risk for what they believe in.

Director Zaynê Akyol will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

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.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: SHADOW STATES: POLITICS ON FILM

January 16, 2018 10:00am to February 27, 2018 10:00am

The birth of the movies coincided with one of the great periods of global upheaval and unrest. They were born in a heated political context, and they have carried the traces of that revolutionary impulse ever since. There's something about the medium that conveys hopes, ideals, anger and insurgence like no other art form, and to this day there's no clearer mirror into our collective political dreams, nightmares, fantasies and (yes, every now and then) reality. Starting at the turn of the 20th century and ending in the age of Trump, Shadow States will tell the story of how movies have reflected—and instigated—political change, and the lessons they can teach us in this moment of political uncertainty and turmoil.

This lecture series is presented by film writer Geoff Pevere, who has been writing, teaching and broadcasting about movies, media and popular culture for more than 30 years. A former film critic with The Toronto Star and regular contributor to The Globe and Mail, he runs thebigshadow.com, a website devoted to the depiction of crime in pop culture.

Doors will open one hour before the first class.

Registrants will receive supplementary materials in advance of their first class.

Tuesdays, January 16-February 27 
*Please note: no class February 6

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite.

 

The Royal Conservatory

Comedy in Mozart Operas

January 17, 2018 10:00am to February 7, 2018 12:00pm

About half of Mozart's operas have comic storylines and a rich array of characters etched musically with a knowing tongue in cheek. With the action set everywhere from exotic harems to the upstairs/downstairs world of aristocratic mansions, the operas are comedies of manners that highlight the foibles of the passionate human heart. This four-week series traces the evolution of Mozart's comic genius, focusing especially on the decade from 1782, which started with Die Entführing aus dem Serail, included Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte, and ended with Die Zauberflöte. 

Registrants will receive a ticket to the Canadian Opera Company's Dress Rehearsal of The Abduction From Seraglio on Saturday, February 3rd, 7:30pm at The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Book Release for Eerik Purje's New Book "Aja puudutus"

January 17, 2018 7:00pm

On Wednesday, January 17th at 7pm at Tartu College, a book release will take place for Eerik Purje's new novel "Aja puudutus" based on real events.

In Estonian. No admission fee. A small donation would be apprectiated.
Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Timothy Ying & Lydia Wong

January 18, 2018 12:10pm to 1:00pm

[Part of the Thursdays at Noon Series]

Violinist Timothy Ying and pianist Lydia Wong present a program of music for violin and piano by UofT faculty and student composers, both current and past.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Public Lecture with George E. Lewis

January 18, 2018 3:30pm

George E. Lewis, Kenneth H. Peacock Lecturer

Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park

Free

Biography: George Lewis, Professor of American Music at Columbia University, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. His other honours include a MacArthur Fellowship (2002) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015). A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis is the author of A Power Stronger Than Itself:  The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008), and co-editor of the two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016). His creative work is documented on more than 150 recordings, as presented by the London Philharmonia Orchestra, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Spektral Quartet, Talea Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, and others. His opera Afterword (2015) was most recently performed at the Ojai Festival, with additional performances in the U.S., Europe, and the U.K. Lewis holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Edinburgh and New College of Florida. 
https://music.columbia.edu/bios/george-e-lewis.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THE FINAL YEAR

January 19, 2018 3:30pm to January 26, 2018 4:00pm

With an unprecedented level of access to the inner workings of the White House, The Final Yeartakes you behind the scenes of Barack Obama’s last 12 months in office: a time that eerily already feels like ancient history. A testament to how advocates for change can make a difference, Obama and his foreign policy team, including Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Ambassador Samantha Power, work around-the-clock to try and bring their goals for the country to fruition against a constant series of obstacles. With time running out on their term in office, the stakes and urgency rise everyday as a different course for America’s future catches them by surprise and threatens everything they stand for.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

WHERE YOU'RE MEANT TO BE

January 20, 2018 9:00pm to January 25, 2018 6:30pm

Scottish musician Aidan Moffat is best-known as the frontman of cult indie rock band Arab Strap, but in 2014 he went in a new direction, embarking on an ambitious and divisive solo tour to perform modern re-interpretations of his country’s oldest folk songs. An irresistible road movie set amidst the scenic Scottish landscape, Moffat's journey takes an unexpected turn when 79-year-old folk balladeer Sheila Stewart takes issue with his re-workings and challenges Aidan’s notions of tradition. Where You’re Meant to Be is a moving story about two genuine artists and how their meaningful relationships to heritage and culture define them.

Nicole Lizée
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival

January 21, 2018 to January 28, 2018

New Music Festival with Nicole Lizée, Roger D. Moore Distinguished Visitor in Composition

The 2018 New Music Festival features Canadian composer, sound artist and keyboardist Nicole Lizée. Known for creating new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and modernism, Lizée is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and well-worn technology. Offering a wide spectrum of chamber, electroacoustic, opera, jazz and orchestral music, master classes and a composers’ forum, the festival will explore Lizée’s ever-evolving oeuvre and contemporary creativity.

Events are free unless noted otherwise. Visit the Faculty's Upcoming Events listing and filter by "NEW MUSIC CONCERTS" for individual event details.

Musicians from Marlboro
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Chamber Music: Musicians From Marlboro

January 22, 2018 7:30pm

The Musicians from Marlboro include Anthony McGill, clarinet, Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin, David McCarroll, violin, Daniel Kim, viola and Marcy Rosen, cello.

BEETHOVEN String Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3
PENDERECKI Quartet
BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

$40, $25 senior, $10 student (Free for UofT students with a valid T-Card) | BUY TICKETS 

Marlboro Music and the University of Toronto express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Günes N. Ege-Akter for making this concert possible.

Nicole Lizée
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: Composers' Forum with Nicole Lizée

January 23, 2018 7:00pm

New Music Festival: Composers' Forum with Nicole Lizée

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Nicole Lizée
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: Composition Master Class with Nicole Lizée

January 24, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm

New Music Festival: Composition Master Class with Nicole Lizée

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: LEONARD COHEN: WORD AND MUSIC

January 25, 2018 10:00am to March 8, 2018 10:00am

Leonard Cohen was one of the great literary and musical figures in Canadian history. From his affecting and skillful early poetry and novels to his stunning and enduring music, Cohen's work has captivated generations of fans across the country and around the world. Best remembered for iconic musical compositions like "Hallelujah" and "Suzanne," and for his hypnotic baritone singing voice, Cohen was also a fascinating public figure, with passionate love affairs, rich friendships and life-changing adventures in places like Israel, the Greek island of Hydra and the Zen Center in California where he became a Buddhist monk. A year after his death at 82, Cohen’s life and work are as inspirational as ever, full of keen observations and impassioned writing and music that will stand the test of time.

In this six-week course, Hot Docs favourite Dr. Mike Daley (The Beatles and their World, Bob Dylan: Words and Music) tells the incredible life story of Leonard Cohen in detail, using the best available research. Mike will select some of Cohen's best poetic, prose and lyric work for deeper discussion, but we won't forget about his music—the memorable melodies, Cohen's haunting Spanish-style guitar playing and his laconic vocal delivery.

Doors will open one hour before the first class. 
Registrants will receive supplementary materials in advance of their first class.

Thursdays, January 25-March 8
*Please note: no class February 15

Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free) 
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite.

The Royal Conservatory

Recorder Romp!

January 25, 2018 10:00am to February 1, 2018 12:00pm

If you thought the recorder was just an instrument for school concerts, think again! In February 2018, Tafelmusik presents A Recorder Romp, which highlights the instrument in ebullient concertos by Vivaldi and Telemann for one, two, three and more soloists, and a set of 'nightingale' variations from 17th-century Holland. The music and instruments which grace these concerts will be explored in this two-session RCM survey course by Tafelmusik's recorder soloist Alison Melville, who will also offer some 'insider' insight on the individual and collaborative creative processes which bring such a program to life. Join us to enhance your enjoyment of the concert, and to broaden your horizons about this often-misunderstood instrument!

Registrants will also receive a 15% discount to Tafelmusik's Recorder Romp performance featuring Alison Melville on February 8 - 11, 2018 at Jeanne Lamon Hall in Trinity St. Paul's Centre.

"Melville shapes the phrases marvellously; music, breath, and ornaments are as one. This is art beyond time - the moment might last forever." - Early Music America.

Architek Percussion
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: Architek Percussion

January 25, 2018 7:30pm

Montreal’s Architek Percussion performs an amplified concert of pop culture technology infused works by Nicole Lizée and Eliot Britton.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Presented by Eliot Britton.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: Composition Master Class with Nicole Lizée

January 26, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm

New Music Festival: Composition Master Class with Nicole Lizée

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

FREE LUNCH SOCIETY

January 26, 2018 4:00pm to February 1, 2018 1:00pm

As economic disparity grows and the middle class evaporates, is guaranteed basic income such a crazy idea? Free Lunch Society takes a deep dive into the revolutionary concept that might not just be a utopian pipedream, but a necessary course of action that's gaining traction globally—including right here at home. Experts around the world factor in on this controversial debate and what it would take to make it a reality. Director Christian Tod intercuts fascinating interviews with archival footage featuring the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., surveying the history of basic income going back to the 70s. Just imagine: what would you do if you got a cheque covering your basic needs?

Xak Bjerken
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: In Memory of Steven Stucky - A piano recital by Xak Bjerken

January 26, 2018 7:30pm

Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park

Free

Presented by Norbert Palej.

The Royal Conservatory

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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University of Toronto Faculty of Music

DM@X Fourth Annual Conference

January 27, 2018 9:00am to 5:00pm

Digital Media at the Crossroads

Digital Media at the Crossroads returns to examine the future of content in digital media. DM@X keynote speakers, panels and guest speakers offer digital media students and professionals a full day of wide-ranging, informative and provocative programming. Open to students, faculty and the general public.

Topics Include:

  • An Action Plan for Canadian Film and Television
  • An Action Plan for Canadian Music
  • An Action Plan for Canadian Journalism and News Media
  • Developments Supporting Cultural Industries in Europe

Speakers Include:

  • Michael MacMillan, CEO, Blue Ant Media
  • Richard Stursberg, former Vice-President, English Network, CBC
  • Carole Tongue, Chair, European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity
  • Christopher Waddell, Professor, School of Journalism & Communication, Carlton University

Rates:

  • Regular Rate: $399
  • University Faculty Rate: $99
  • Alumni# Rate: $99
  • Creator* Rate: $99
  • Special Student Rate: $39

# of the educational institutions who are sponsors of DM@X.
* includes members or employees of members of creative institutions who are sponsors of DM@X.
Rates include program materials and buffet lunch.
For Ontario lawyers, this program contains 7.0 Substantive CPD hours.

Visit digitalmediaatthecrossroads.ca for conference details and registration information.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

The Royal Conservatory

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.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: Jazz Faculty with Special Guests

January 28, 2018 7:30pm

UofT Jazz presents jazz faculty and special guests, along with current students, in a night of improvising and new music. Our Jazz faculty includes some of the finest in Canadian improvisers, and the music is influenced by modern trends in improvised music, composition, and the jazz tradition of free improvising.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park

Free

Presented by Jim Lewis.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Member Screening: LIVING PROOF

January 29, 2018 6:30pm

Twenty years after receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), documentarian and activist Matt Embry turns the camera on himself to examine the incurable condition. Along with his father, Dr. Ashton Embry, the two embark on a global journey to find and share hope for treatment. Instead, they discover a web of controversy, confusion--and even possibly collusion, between Big Pharma, who charges thousands of dollars for a month’s worth of medication, and the associations that endorse them. A gripping revelation of the politics behind MS, Living Proof spreads word that there may be another way.

Film subject and director Matt Embry will be joined by journalist Anne Kingston (Maclean's Magazine), Health reporter André Picard (The Globe and Mail), and more for a post-screening discussion moderated by Hot Docs President, Chris McDonald.

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.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

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.

The Royal Conservatory

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.”

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 1

February 2, 2018 10:00am to April 27, 2018 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

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.

The Royal Conservatory

Double Agents: Musician Spies

February 6, 2018 10:00am to February 27, 2018 12:00pm

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a court musician had access to the private chambers of royalty, diplomats and other dignitaries both at home and abroad, and therefore was a prime candidate for the secret intelligence service of monarch and realm. This course will surveil the double careers of John Dowland (1563-1626), Thomas Morley (1557-1602), Alfonso Ferrabosco the Elder (1543-1588), Peter Phillips (1560-1628) and one of Cavalli's opera singers, Atto Melani (1626-1714), and others, while exploring the wider musical worlds in which they played their double roles of musician and spy.

The Royal Conservatory

Great Violin Concertos

February 8, 2018 10:00am to March 8, 2018 12:00pm

Often said to be the instrument closest to the human voice, the musical properties and characteristics of the violin have attracted composers through the centuries. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and many others composed violin concertos that are now popular repertoire in concerts around the globe. With the ability to "sing" melodies, as well as handle fast, agile sequences, the violin's versatility combines tender lyricism with pyrotechnical brilliance, making it one of the most communicative and expressive of all instruments. As one of today's top violinists, Joshua Bell, has said, "When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story." This series will trace the development of the violin concerto from the Baroque to the present day, using classic recordings featuring legendary violinists from the past and present.

The Royal Conservatory

Beethoven Symphonies: The Universe in Music

February 13, 2018 1:00pm to April 10, 2018 3:00pm

Beethoven (1770-1827) once said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” That belief is perhaps no better illustrated than in his nine symphonies. They are the most famous and frequently-performed symphonies ever composed - often likened to other great masterpieces of art, such as the plays of Shakespeare or the sculpture of Michelangelo. But what makes them so legendary, and what can they express and communicate to us today, in our busy, hectic lives, two hundred years later? In this series, we’ll look into Beethoven’s life and times, their impact on him and his art, and his powerful skills and methods of musical communication and expression through his wonderful world of the symphony.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

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. 

The Royal Conservatory

Rachmaninoff: Russian Romantic Extraordinaire

February 14, 2018 10:00am to March 7, 2018 12:00pm

One of the greatest pianists in history, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) continued the line of great Russian Romantic music championed by the likes of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. As he claimed, "I am a Russian composer and the land of my birth has influenced my temperament and outlook. My music is the product of my temperament, and so it is Russian music."  Although the solo piano music and the piano concertos form the backbone of his work, Rachmaninoff also created lush, rich Romantic symphonies, tone poems, choral music and operas. Several of his melodies have been borrowed for use as tunes in the popular music field. Like Pushkin or Tolstoy in Russian literature, Rachmaninoff captured the true Russian heart and soul in music.

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

Exploring Early Keyboard Instruments

February 20, 2018 1:00pm to March 11, 2018 9:00pm

Unravel the mysteries of earlier keyboard instruments, taken from "behind the glass" in museum exhibits into twenty-first century reality. This course offers a rare opportunity to interact with historical keyboard instruments and learn about how they evolved and how they relate to one another. Concertgoers, advanced music students, and early music enthusiasts will learn more about instruments such as the harpsichord, clavichord, and the fortepiano. This series features an instrument exhibit and lecture recital using instruments from the Michael and Sonja Koerner Collection at the Royal Conservatory. The final lecture recital will be given by Lawrence Wiliford, tenor, and Andrea Botticelli.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

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.

The Royal Conservatory

Hammers, Keys & Strings: Exploring the Piano

March 1, 2018 1:00pm to March 29, 2018 3:00pm

Have you ever wondered how the piano works? Or how to tune a piano? Join Damon Groves, RCM Piano Technician, to learn the history, construction, and inner workings of today's modern piano. This course includes lectures, videos and loads of hands-on activities to satisfy your keyboard curiosity. Topics include a brief history of keyboard instruments, piano construction, tuning and the complexities of the grand piano action.

The Royal Conservatory

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)

The Royal Conservatory

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)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

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. 

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

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. 

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

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. 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

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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Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and special guest Freddie Hendrix in tribute to The Jazz Epistles

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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