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Curious Minds: STARCHITECTS

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.

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.

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THE FINAL YEAR

January 19, 2018 3:30pm to February 28, 2018 9:00pm

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

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.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

The Gallery at the J: Spina Bifida Front to Back

February 1, 2018 12:00pm to February 26, 2018 12:00pm

A portrait project by and about people living with Spina Bifida. Photography by Steve Kean.
Info: deannad@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x250

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.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

MOUNTAIN

February 3, 2018 12:00pm to February 28, 2018 4:30pm

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.

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.

Toronto Reference Library

Toronto Revealed

February 10, 2018 9:00am to April 22, 2018 5:00pm

Toronto Public Library's collection of documentary art captures the city's changing streets and built environment through a variety of artists' works.

Toronto Revealed presents art that captures Toronto's quickly changing streetscape from the mid-twentieth century to the present day: homes and alleyways, diners and corner stores, markets, parks, and community hubs.

These paintings, drawings and prints preserve fleeting glimpses of a city in constant flux. Some views are familiar, while others capture scenes that would otherwise go unnoticed or that have already been lost and forgotten.

Artists including Aba Bayefsky, Albert Franck, Brian Harvey, Vello Hubel, David Marshak, Rebecca Ott and many more, offer unique insights into the character of the city's built environment, forcing us to reconsider our surroundings in a new light.

Free admission. Guided tours every Tuesday at 2 pm.

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.

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.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

A YEAR IN THE GARDEN: FLICKER + PULSE

February 16, 2018 4:30pm to February 22, 2018 8:15pm

Escape the cold and step inside a beautiful English walled garden in Sussex. A must-see for nature lovers and green-thumbs, BBC's Flicker & Pulse studies the changing seasons and the people tending the garden in a mesmerizing meditation on the passage of time and the delicate balance between the flora, the environment and the gardeners. Featuring state of the art time-lapse cinematography, this is a walk through a garden you won't soon forget.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Further Viewing: SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY

February 19, 2018 6:00pm to February 26, 2018 1:00pm

Curious Minds - Further Viewing: Dive deeper into the fascinating subjects explored at our Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series. 

Pair our Curious Minds: Starchitects course with this essential film portrait of renowned architect and Toronto native Frank Gehry, directed by his dear friend, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sydney Pollack. Explore his 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.

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

Winter Getaway: SAGRADA: THE MYSTERY OF CREATION

February 20, 2018 2:45pm

Hot Docs Winter Getaway: Beat the winter blahs and escape to some of the world's most sunny and colourful destinations in this uplifting film series.

Survey Barcelona's Spectacular Architecture!

Originally conceived 125 years ago, the “Sagrada Família” cathedral in Barcelona was the brain-child of the renowned architect Antoni Gaudi and has been under-construction ever since. The construction of this unique and fascinating building has spanned multiple wars, survived economical roadblocks, and conflicting directions under the guidance of unique visionaries. Thousands of workers have contributed their blood, sweat and tears to its existence. Director Stefan Haupt examines what makes this building so ethereal and takes us inside the minds and hearts of the many individuals who’ve had a role in this cathedral’s creation.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Films Changing the World: TOMORROW'S POWER

February 20, 2018 6:30pm

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

Award-winning filmmaker Amy Miller’s new documentary takes you into three different communities in crisis to examine how they’re taking on economic and environmental problems with fresh ideas and determination. From a peace process in Columbia's Arauca province, to activists pursuing renewable energy solutions in Germany, and a powerful combat against blackouts in Gaza hospitals, Tomorrow's Power serves an inspiration to build a sustainable future for us and our planet, giving us some much needed hope as we enter 2018.

Filmmaker Amy Miller will join us for a post-screening Skype Q&A.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Winter Getaway: DIVINE DIVAS

February 20, 2018 9:00pm

Hot Docs Winter Getaway: Beat the winter blahs and escape to some of the world's most sunny and colourful destinations in this uplifting film series.

Take a seat at Rio’s iconic Rial Theatre where the famed cabaret troupe Divinas Divas-Brazil’s first generation of drag and trans performers in the 1960s- fearlessly shook up the rigid morals of a country at the height of military rule. As the divas prepare to remount their legendary act 50 years later, they open-up to filmmaker Leandra Leal, who grew up with the women, about their time together and their triumphant pursuits for individual freedoms. With stunning cinematography, decades of archival footage and an irresistible soundtrack, this Hot Docs 2017 hit will transport you to a defining moment in Brazilian history.

In Portuguese with English subtitles.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Winter Getaway: PALIO

February 21, 2018 3:30pm

Hot Docs Winter Getaway: Beat the winter blahs and escape to some of the world's most sunny and colourful destinations in this uplifting film series.

Escape to the hills of sunny Tuscany!

Midway between the birthplace of Machiavelli and the cradle of the Italian Mafia lies the stunning city of Siena. For almost 800 years, it has been the home of the oldest horse race in the world: the Palio, a race that creates intense competition and rivalries. In the eye of the storm stand the jockeys: loved and loathed by the districts they represent, they forge alliances and make deals with large sums. Two races away from beating the world record, legendary rider Luigi Bruschelli will do anything to win—but one jockey stands in his way. Their passionate battle captures a microcosm of Italian life, in this tense and exciting film set amidst one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Game Changers: MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE

February 21, 2018 6:00pm

Game Changers: Throughout Black History Month, our popular series pays tribute to Black cultural visionaries who inspire us to push ahead at a time of profound social change.

Discover the incomparable Maya Angelou with this unforgettable journey through her life and work. From brutally hardscrabble roots in Depression-era South, to coordinator for Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, comrade of Malcolm X, and eyewitness to the Watts riots—Angelou’s life has uncannily intersected with some of the most profound moments in American civil rights history. With an incredible cast of interviewees including Bill and Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, and a treasure trove of archival footage, And Still I Rise is a celebration of a beacon of wisdom and hope.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds - Further Viewing: LEONARD COHEN: I'M YOUR MAN

February 21, 2018 8:30pm to March 1, 2018 1:00pm

Curious Minds - Further Viewing: Dive deeper into the fascinating subjects explored at our Curious Minds Morning Speaker Series.

"I had the title poet, and maybe I was one for a while," says the inimitable Leonard Cohen in this mesmerizing doc. "Also the title singer was kindly accorded me, even though I could barely carry a tune." Centered around a tribute concert at the Sydney Opera House featuring Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright and many others, filmmaker Lian Lunson here skillfully combines riveting live performance and intimate interviews with musicians Cohen has inspired, as well as the man himself. As detailed in our dynamic course Curious Minds: Leonard Cohen: Words and Music, Cohen is an unparalleled storyteller, charmingly recounting tales from his past and exploring how his creative process has evolved over the years.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Winter Getaway: ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE

February 22, 2018 6:00pm

Hot Docs Winter Getaway: Beat the winter blahs and escape to some of the world's most sunny and colourful destinations in this uplifting film series.

Visit New Orleans for a Jazz Brunch!

Take a trip to sunny New Orleans and gorge yourself on delicious southern cooking with the legendary restaurateur Ella Brennan, a true visionary in the world of American fine dining. Brennan revolutionized creole cuisine and put the Big Easy on the map, launching the careers of celebrity chefs like Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse in the process. A pioneer for women in the industry, she entered a business dominated by men and turned it on its head, masterminding world-famous dishes and establishing two iconic restaurants: Brennan's and Commander's Place. Learn more about this inspirational woman and feast your eyes on the most celebrated food New Orleans has to offer.

Handel: Alexander’s Feast
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Handel Alexander's Feast

February 22, 2018 8:00pm

Experience the drama of Handel’s ode to the power of music.

“A sense of cohesion and purpose that is what music-making on the highest level is all about.” – The Globe and Mail (on Tafelmusik Choir and orchestra)

Welcome to the Persian city of Persepolis! Come feast your senses with Alexander the Great and his mistress Thaïs. Timotheus will be present, singing and playing his lyre.

George Frideric Handel has prepared a score for soloists, choir, and orchestra to ravish your ears as you join the court to contemplate joyous victory, sweet longing, and a healthy dose of “toil and trouble.” Even nobler emotions will be stirred after Timotheus’s melodies have convinced Alexander to burn the city in revenge for his dead Grecian soldiers.

This musical feast is a setting of poetry by John Dryden written in honour of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. It premiered at London’s Covent Garden in 1736, and includes concertos for harp and organ. It promises to have you on your feet, joining the many who "rend the skies with loud applause.”

Featuring: 
Directed by Ivars Taurins
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Alexander Dobson, baritone
Julia Seager-Scott, harp
Neil Cockburn, organ
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

QUEST

February 23, 2018 6:30pm to March 1, 2018 9:30pm

Shot over a decade, Quest is a window into the life of an Obama-era African American family and their north Philly neighbourhood. Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a, aka Ma Quest, open the door of their basement music studio to the community. Serving as a creative sanctuary, it plays host to Freestyle Fridays, where young MCs express their rage in rhyme. With limited options, the family confront the fear and tragedy of their circumstances with love, hope and music. If you liked Hoop Dreams, you'll love this tender, open-hearted look at good people reaching for better lives, quietly determined to beat the odds. 

Director Jonathan Olshefski will participate in a Skype Q&A on Friday, February 23 at 6:30 pm.

Experience the drama of Handel’s ode to the power of music.  “A sense of cohesion and purpose that is what music-making on the highest level is all about.” – The Globe and Mail (on Tafelmusik Choir and orchestra)  Welcome to the Persian city of Persepolis! Come feast your senses with Alexander the Great and his mistress Thaïs. Timotheus will be present, singing and playing his lyre.  George Frideric Handel has prepared a score for soloists, choir, and orchestra to ravish your ears as you join the court to c
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Handel Alexander's Feast

February 23, 2018 8:00pm

Experience the drama of Handel’s ode to the power of music.

“A sense of cohesion and purpose that is what music-making on the highest level is all about.” – The Globe and Mail (on Tafelmusik Choir and orchestra)

Welcome to the Persian city of Persepolis! Come feast your senses with Alexander the Great and his mistress Thaïs. Timotheus will be present, singing and playing his lyre.

George Frideric Handel has prepared a score for soloists, choir, and orchestra to ravish your ears as you join the court to contemplate joyous victory, sweet longing, and a healthy dose of “toil and trouble.” Even nobler emotions will be stirred after Timotheus’s melodies have convinced Alexander to burn the city in revenge for his dead Grecian soldiers.

This musical feast is a setting of poetry by John Dryden written in honour of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. It premiered at London’s Covent Garden in 1736, and includes concertos for harp and organ. It promises to have you on your feet, joining the many who "rend the skies with loud applause.”

Featuring: 
Directed by Ivars Taurins
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Alexander Dobson, baritone
Julia Seager-Scott, harp
Neil Cockburn, organ
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

ABOVE & BEYOND: GIVING UP THE DAY JOB

February 23, 2018 9:30pm

Above & Beyond was one of the world’s most successful DJ acts when they left the electronic music world behind in 2016. This supremely entertaining behind-the-scenes doc follows the Grammy-nominated trio of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki as they reimagine their music for a 34-piece orchestra performance. From the process of reworking the tunes at Abbey Road Studios, to mind-blowing shows at worldclass venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House, this is a truly one-of-a-kind look at an unlikely tour with unforgettable results.

Doors open: 8:45 PM
Screening: 9:30 PM

Handel: Alexander’s Feast
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Handel Alexander's Feast

February 24, 2018 8:00pm

Experience the drama of Handel’s ode to the power of music.

“A sense of cohesion and purpose that is what music-making on the highest level is all about.” – The Globe and Mail (on Tafelmusik Choir and orchestra)

Welcome to the Persian city of Persepolis! Come feast your senses with Alexander the Great and his mistress Thaïs. Timotheus will be present, singing and playing his lyre.

George Frideric Handel has prepared a score for soloists, choir, and orchestra to ravish your ears as you join the court to contemplate joyous victory, sweet longing, and a healthy dose of “toil and trouble.” Even nobler emotions will be stirred after Timotheus’s melodies have convinced Alexander to burn the city in revenge for his dead Grecian soldiers.

This musical feast is a setting of poetry by John Dryden written in honour of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. It premiered at London’s Covent Garden in 1736, and includes concertos for harp and organ. It promises to have you on your feet, joining the many who "rend the skies with loud applause.”

Featuring: 
Directed by Ivars Taurins
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Alexander Dobson, baritone
Julia Seager-Scott, harp
Neil Cockburn, organ
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Doc Soup Sundays: PARIS WAS A WOMAN

February 25, 2018 11:00am

Doc Soup Sundays: This Sunday morning spin on our popular Doc Soup series features new, classic and rarely seen docs on art, culture and design docs with special guest Q&As.

What do artists like Colette, Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes and Alice B. Toklas have in common? They were all part of an unprecedented influx of creative women— pioneering writers, painters, photographers, editors—who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris in the Roaring Twenties. Greta Schilling’s award-winning Paris Was a Woman will transport you to the City of Lights during its most magical era, telling the inspiring story of a hugely influential artistic community that would help shape the decades to come.

Stick around after the screening for a Skype Q&A with Lisa Pasold, host of Discovery World's Paris Next Stop and host of our Fall 2017 Curious Minds Series "Learning From Paris.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Exhibition on Screen: DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

February 25, 2018 1:30pm

Exhibition on Screen: Experience the work of masters in exhibitions around the world. 

Living master David Hockney entered his 80s with as much momentum and inspiration as ever. In this illuminating cinematic celebration of his work, explore two sensational exhibitions (from 2012 and 2016) at the Royal Academy of Arts, and hear from the man himself as he opens up in a revealing and insightful interview. From his Pop Art origins to influential shows in Paris, New York and London, witness the craft and working life of one of the world's most popular artists.

Handel: Alexander’s Feast
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Handel Alexander's Feast

February 25, 2018 3:30pm

Experience the drama of Handel’s ode to the power of music.

“A sense of cohesion and purpose that is what music-making on the highest level is all about.” – The Globe and Mail (on Tafelmusik Choir and orchestra)

Welcome to the Persian city of Persepolis! Come feast your senses with Alexander the Great and his mistress Thaïs. Timotheus will be present, singing and playing his lyre.

George Frideric Handel has prepared a score for soloists, choir, and orchestra to ravish your ears as you join the court to contemplate joyous victory, sweet longing, and a healthy dose of “toil and trouble.” Even nobler emotions will be stirred after Timotheus’s melodies have convinced Alexander to burn the city in revenge for his dead Grecian soldiers.

This musical feast is a setting of poetry by John Dryden written in honour of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. It premiered at London’s Covent Garden in 1736, and includes concertos for harp and organ. It promises to have you on your feet, joining the many who "rend the skies with loud applause.”

Featuring: 
Directed by Ivars Taurins
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Alexander Dobson, baritone
Julia Seager-Scott, harp
Neil Cockburn, organ
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Game Changers: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD

February 25, 2018 3:45pm

Game Changers: Throughout Black History Month, our popular series pays tribute to Black cultural visionaries who inspire us to push ahead at a time of profound social change.

Centered on a rare interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot more than 20 years ago, this film chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of art-world wunderkind Jean-Michel Basquiat. In the crime-ridden New York of the 1970s, Basquiat gained notoriety for his high-energy graffiti art. By 1983, his bold paintings had won him international critical and commercial success - he was only 23. With compassion and insight, Davis uncovers the mysteries that surrounded this charismatic artist of enormous talent whose fortunes mirrored the roller coaster quality of the downtown scene he seemed to embody.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society: Dolphin Boy

February 25, 2018 4:00pm

After a traumatic incident, Morad, a 17-year old Arab-Israeli boy retreats from reality and all human interaction. Dolphin Boy documents the heart-wrenching journey of how a devoted parent and other intuitive mammals, magnificently heal Morad’s shattered soul. Co presented with Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month, New Israel Fund of Canada and ReelAbilities Toronto.In the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
2 screenings: 4:00 pm & 7:30 pm
4:00 pm rush only at the door 30 min. before screen time.
7:30 pm advance on-line tickets available on Eventbrite
$15 or $10 (ages 18- 35)
Info: TJFS@mnjcc.org, (416) 924-6211 x 606

 

 

Colourful Streetside View of Kensington Market, Aba Bayefsky
Toronto Reference Library

Toronto Revealed: Aba Bayefsky in Kensington Market

February 26, 2018 6:30pm

Edra Bayefsky discusses her late father's work capturing the vibrant life of the market.

This program is presented in conjunction with Toronto Revealed, a new exhibit on display in the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery. The exhibit showcases paintings, drawings and prints of Toronto from the library's Canadian Documentary Art Collection.

Free. No registration required.

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.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Opening of Kristen Dobbin's and Toomas Volkmann's Photo Exhibits "Two Edges of a Lifetime"

February 28, 2018 6:00pm

DATE AND TIME CHANGE!

On Wednesday, February 28th at 6pm at Tartu College, Kristen Dobbin's and Toomas Volkmann's photo exhibits Two Edges of a Lifespan will be opened. This exhibition presents the perspectives on Estonian identity in Toronto's tight-knit diaspora community from two ends of a lifespan. Kristen Dobbin's nostalgic series on Estonian summer camp, Jõekääru, documents young campers exploring their culture and idenitity, while highlighting a diaspora institution in transition. Toomas Volkmann's triptychs portray Estonian-Canadians born in Estonia in the early years of the Republic, between 1918 and 1923, alongside personal reflections on their lives spent in two countries. The exhibit celebrates the Republic of Estonia's 100th birthday.

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

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Second Meeting of the VEMU Estonian Language Book Club

February 28, 2018 7:00pm

On Wednesday, February 28th at 7pm at Tartu College, the second VEMU Estonian language book club meeting will be taking place. This time the discussion will be about Mart Sander's historical novel Litsid. The discussion will be led by Anneli Andre-Barrett and Koidula Aedna.

No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.
Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

UofT Opera Logo
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Opera Spotlight: Of Thee I Sing

March 1, 2018 12:10pm to 1:00pm

[Part of the Thursdays at Noon Series]

A preview of UofT Opera’s production of Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park
Free

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Purim Party: The Jewish View

March 1, 2018 12:30pm

Featuring David Gale, Jack Newman and Randy Vancourt
Enjoy this parody of the television show The View, and join us for laughter, music homentashn and fun!
Doors open 12:30pm
Event: 1:00 – 2:30 pm, plus post-show reception
Admission: $8
info: lisar@mnjcc.org 416 924 6211 x155

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.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Sickboy

March 1, 2018 6:30pm

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

Launched in 2015, the acclaimed podcast Sickboy follows the experiences of 29-year-old Jeremie Saunders as he lives with Cystic Fibrosis with his two best friends Brian and Taylor. Moving and insightful, they discuss issues around chronic illness and disease, getting past the stigmas that follow it. This new documentary captures their journey behind creating their groundbreaking podcast with a sense of humour and candid conversation, gaining thousands of loyal listeners in the process. A testament to how sharing and openness can be one of the best weapons against illness, Sickboy is an inspiring look at facing life’s greatest challenges head on—and a must-see for any fan of our Podcast Festival.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Full Moon Meditation

March 1, 2018 7:00pm

Thursday, March 1 at 7pm, Kundalini yoga instructor Aili Kuutan will be leading a full moon mediation at Tartu College.

Admission by donation. All proceeds will go to the charity:water campaign.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend

March 2, 2018 6:30pm to March 4, 2018 7:30pm

Presented by Hot Docs and The Globe and Mail, Curious Minds Weekend invites you to explore the most urgent and exciting issues of our time with the innovative thinkers who shape them. Speakers for the second edition include The Washington Post’s Marty Baron, legendary Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, bestselling author Reza Aslan, The Daily Show’s John Hodgman, and many more. Join us for three days of thought-provoking discussions and dynamic panel conversations – all moderated by journalists from The Globe and Mail.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend: Tina Brown on The Vanity Fair Diaries

March 2, 2018 6:30pm

Curious Minds Weekend invites you to explore the most urgent and exciting issues of our time with the innovative thinkers who shape them. Join us for three days of thought-provoking discussions and dynamic panel conversations, all moderated by journalists from The Globe and Mail. 

Kick off the weekend in style with legendary editor Tina Brown as she discusses the bestselling Vanity Fair Diaries, her rollicking account of running one of the world’s most influential magazines. Relive the news scoops and images that entranced millions-the Reagan Kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana’s marriage, those sensational Annie Leibovitz covers-and learn the brilliant formula, equal parts investigative journalism and high fashion glamour, that turned the struggling Vanity Fair into a global juggernaut. Now the CEO of the Women in the World Summit, which promotes the work of powerful new female role models, Brown remains one of the media's most influential tastemakers—and a delightful storyteller.

Moderated by The Globe and Mail's Editor in Chief David Walmsley. Post-event book sale and signing to follow. 

Tickets: $39 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $29) 

Weekend Pass: $149 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $129)

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Concert by Ensemble "Võlukeeled/Magic Strings" From Estonia

March 2, 2018 7:00pm

On Friday, March 2nd at 7pm at Tartu College, the ensemble Võlukeeled/Magic Strings (Estonia) will be performing a concert. The violin ensemble was established at the Old Town Music School in 2012. There are currently 10 children and youth aged 10-14 in the ensemble. The children have learned violin through the Suzuki method. This smaller ensemble including the performers: Ingmar Kiviloo, Karoliina Kuppart, and Ursula Melsas will be directed by teacher Tereza Smerling-Heinsaar. On the piano: Susanna Liisa Onoper.

New repertuar different from all the Estonia 100 celebration performances.

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

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

The Toronto Consort

Toronto Consort Illuminations

March 2, 2018 8:00pm to March 3, 2018 8:00pm

In the Middle Ages, a manuscript book was a precious possession, often lavishly illuminated and illustrated. Illuminations takes you inside these treasures, in an evening where music and imagery from some of the most fabulous Medieval manuscripts combine in a feast for eyes and ears. While spectacular images are projected onto a huge screen behind the ensemble, we perform otherworldly cantigas, trouvere songs, medieval dances and sacred motets, with special performances by master Persian percussionist Naghmeh FarahmandPejman Zahedian (voice and Persian Setar), and Demetri Petsalakis (Oud).

Join us for a special pre-concert lecture with Nicholas A. Herman, Curator of Manuscripts, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Talks are FREE and held one hour before the concerts at 7pm, in Jeanne Lamon Hall.

Generously supported by Al & Jane Forest.

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)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend: Smashing the Patriarchy

March 2, 2018 9:15pm

Featuring Jen Agg, Emma Phillips and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.

Jen Agg is the one of Canada’s most accomplished restaurateurs and the hospitality world’s foremost feminist firebrand. Labour Lawyer Emma Phillips has acted as legal counsel on prominent reviews addressing sexual harassment in organizations, including the Canadian Armed Forces. Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has a distinguished track record of human rights advocacy and co-presented Toronto’s first public forum on Gender Responsive Budgeting. Get inspired as these extraordinary industry leaders share their strategies for thriving in a career while working to confront—and end—sexism in the workplace. 

Panel hosted by The Globe and Mail's Elizabeth Renzetti. Book signing to follow.

Tickets: $29 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $21) 

Weekend Pass: $149 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $129)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend: David Crombie & Nam Kiwanuka

March 3, 2018 10:30am

Preserving Toronto's Natural Heritage 

David Crombie is one of Canada’s greatest public servants, a former Federal Cabinet Minister and Mayor of Toronto who remains a voice of authority on urban history and public affairs. Nam Kiwanuka is an acclaimed TVObroadcaster whose wonderful stories on immigration, the environment and Ontario history make civic issues exciting for younger generations. 

These two dynamic thinkers come together to discuss their common passion for heritage preservation and the environment. How do we preserve the Greater Toronto and Halton Region's green spaces when faced with rapid growth in population and economy? How can we conserve our rich urban history in a way that’s inclusive and engaging? Bring your bright ideas and community spirit to this vibrant celebration of our city’s public realm. 

Discussion moderated by The Globe and Mail. 

Co-presented by Myseum of Toronto.

Tickets: $29 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $21)

Weekend Pass: $149 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $129)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend: Behind the Scenes with The Globe and Mail

March 3, 2018 12:30pm

Getting the Story: Behind-the-Scenes with The Globe and Mail

Journalism is one of the most powerful modes of storytelling. It gives a voice to the voiceless, and can catalyze meaningful change. But it’s far from easy. From finding the story and getting the interviews, to uncovering the issues and gathering the data, Globe journalists will give you a glimpse into places we may never see, and people we may never meet — helping us to understand an ever-changing world. So how do they get the story? Come behind the scenes to hear Globe and Mail journalists recount some of their most rewarding and groundbreaking reporting journeys.

Tickets: $29 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $21) 

Weekend Pass: $149 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $129)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend: Marty Baron

March 3, 2018 3:30pm

Curious Minds Weekend invites you to explore the most urgent and exciting issues of our time with the innovative thinkers who shape them. Join us for three days of thought-provoking discussions and dynamic panel conversations, all moderated by journalists from The Globe and Mail. 

The Fourth Estate in the Age of Trump

At a time of political polarization and unprecedented attacks on the press, few are doing more to build trust in media institutions and hold the powerful accountable than Marty Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post. Immortalized in the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight, which told the story of his Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team at The Boston Globe, Baron now leads an extraordinary newsroom that is racking up scoop after scoop amid the turmoil of the Trump era. Hear Baron discuss the news stories that will keep his Post colleagues busy in 2018 and his strategies for keeping readers informed and engaged in the age of “fake news” and “alternative facts.” Hear one of the world’s greatest journalists speak truth to power.

Discussion moderated by The Globe and Mail's Editor-in-Chief, David Walmsley.

Tickets: $39 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $29) 

Weekend Pass: $149 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $129)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend: Masai Ujiri

March 3, 2018 7:00pm

Building a Global Sports Juggernaut

He’s the man who turned the Toronto Raptors into one of the NBA’s most successful franchises. But Raptors President Masai Ujiri is more than just a brilliant basketball mind; he’s also one of Canada’s most innovative executives. Ujiri has attracted and retained top level talent in a competitive international marketplace and served as a global ambassador for his city and his sport. His charitable efforts in Toronto and across his native Africa are a model for global citizenship in the 21st century—and a reminder of the true meaning of sportsmanship. 

Whether you’re a die-hard Raps fan gearing up for the playoffs or a “curious mind” eager for fresh perspectives on leadership and philanthropy, you won’t want to miss this candid conversation with one of the sports world’s most exciting innovators.

Discussion moderated by The Globe and Mail National Sports columnist Cathal Kelly.

Tickets: $29 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $21) 

Weekend Pass: $149 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $129)

 

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

Curious Minds Weekend: John Hodgman

March 3, 2018 9:15pm

Vacationland and Life After Fake News

Although his career as a bestselling author, actor and The Daily Showcontributor was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn’t seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now. Disarmed of falsehood, Hodgman set off on the hilarious adventures he recounts in his first non-fiction work Vacationland, a travelogue through the wilds of his native New England and the rocky terrain of middle age. Presenting the book in Toronto for the first time, Hodgman will reveal the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache and the joys and sorrows of facing your forties. Dive into the imagination of one of the most singular voices in contemporary comedy.

Discussion moderated by The Globe and Mail's Ian Brown. Post-event book sale and signing to follow.

Tickets: $29 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $21)

Weekend Pass: $149 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $129)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend: Reza Aslan

March 4, 2018 1:00pm

God: A Human History and the Search for the Divine

Whether he’s celebrating the revolutionary politics of Jesus, exploring the evolution and future of Islam, or debating the latest religious controversies on MSNBC and NPR, Reza Aslan is one of the world’s most exciting and provocative scholars of religion. In his new book, The New York Timesbestseller, God: A Human History, Aslan offers a concise and fascinating history of humanity’s quest to understand the divine, arguing that the desire to humanize God, and create “a divine version of ourselves,” is a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. Whether you believe in one God, many gods, or no god at all, you won’t want to miss the Toronto debut of this groundbreaking new book by a brilliant thinker who is expanding our understanding of life’s most profound experiences.

Discussion moderated by The Globe and Mails Deputy Foreign Editor Affan Chowhdry. Post-event book sale and signing to follow.

Tickets: $39 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $29) 

Weekend Pass: $149 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $129)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend: Sheelah Kolhatkar

March 4, 2018 3:45pm

Reforming the Post-Crash Economy

In the decade since the 2008 Financial Crisis, The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar has emerged as one of the most insightful commentators on the dramatic changes convulsing the world economy. A Toronto native and former hedge fund analyst who now serves as a staff writer and financial columnist for the magazine, Kolhatkar has been chronicling the vices of Wall Street and how problems like financial corruption, sexism and the aggressive tactics of billionaire financiers are spreading into institutions across the US-including the highest levels of the American government. Drawing on her brilliant Black Edge, a real-life thriller about the collapse of Wall Street’s most notorious hedge fund (and one of the New York Times’ 10 best books of 2017), she’ll assess a provocative question: is our financial system in need of reform-or is it irreparably broken?

Discussion moderated by The Globe and Mail's Financial Services Editor, Rita Trichur. Post-event book sale and signing to follow.

Tickets: $29 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $21) 

Weekend Pass: $149 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $129)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend: Oscars Red Carpet Reception

March 4, 2018 6:30pm

Close out Curious Minds Weekend with a dose of Hollywood glamour-enjoy delicious appetizers, drinks, early seating access to our Oscars Live Broadcast and the chance to chat with your favourite The Globe and Mail columnists.

Tickets: $29 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $21) 

Weekend Pass: $149 (Members & Globe Subscribers: $129)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds Weekend: Oscars Live Broadcast & Commentary

March 4, 2018 7:30pm

The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema rolls out the red carpet for a live telecast of the 90th Academy Awards® on its big screen. Join us for a free night of glitz, glamour and commentary hosted by your favourite film columnists from The Globe and Mail, who will set the scene for the broadcast and dissect the biggest stories of the night during commercial breaks. Whether you’re looking to toast to your favourite films of the year, or to discuss the urgent political issues facing awards-show season, you’re in for a memorable evening. 

Hosted by The Globe and Mail's Johanna Schneller.

Tickets: FREE (a maximum of two per person)

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Oscar Documentary Shorts

March 5, 2018 5:30pm to March 7, 2018 2:00pm

Experience this year’s Academy Award® nominated documentary shorts on our big screen.

TRAFFIC STOP | D: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | USA | 2017 | 30 min
In 2015, a 26-year-old African-American elementary school teacher named Breaion King was pulled over by a white police officer for a routine traffic stop, escalating into a dramatic arrest.

EDITH + EDDIE | D: Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright | USA | 2017 | 29 minEdith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405 | D: Frank Stiefel | USA | 2017 | 40 min
Artist Mindy Alper has spent almost all of her life combatting depression and anxiety. Art has always been her most effective outlet, with drawing and sculpture offering her the tools to give voice to her fears and mental battles.

HEROIN(E) |  D: Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon | USA | 2017 | 39 min
Three women in Huntington, West Virginia—known as the overdose capital of America— attempt to take back their community and break the cycle of despair and addiction.

KNIFE SKILLS |  D: Thomas Lennon | USA | 2017 | 40 min
What does it take to build a world class French restaurant? A Cleveland restaurant staffed primarily with men and women recently released from prison only have six weeks to learn their trade and propel the new venture to success.

Program includes one intermission

Cecilia String Quartet
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Cecilia String Quartet with Patricia Parr

March 5, 2018 7:30pm

The Cecilia String Quartet and pianist Patricia Parr perform:

BEETHOVEN String Quartet Op. 18, No. 3 [*NOTE: program change]
CURCIN String Quartet No. 3
DVORAK Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

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

The Cecilia String Quartet is the James D. Stewart Quartet in Residence.

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. 

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Lecture with Howard Shore

March 6, 2018 7:30pm

Lecture with Howard Shore, Louis Applebaum Distinguished Visitor in Film Composition

Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park

Free

Biography:
As one of today’s premier composers, Howard Shore’s music is being performed by the most prestigious orchestras in concert halls and theatres around the world. The music Shore created for J.R.R. Tolkien’s imaginative world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films have enthralled people of all generations. This work stands as one of his most acclaimed compositions to date and was honoured with three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes as well as numerous critic and festival awards. More recently Shore wrote the scores for Denial and the Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight. He has scored 15 films for David Cronenberg, six for Martin Scorsese, and provided music for many esteemed directors over the past 40 years. Shore is an officer of the Order of Canada, an Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France, and the recipient of Canada’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

John Hess
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Master Class with John Hess

March 7, 2018 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Master class with collaborative pianist John Hess

Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park

Free

Biography:
John Hess is the recognized authority on contemporary opera and song in Canada. Hess was the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre and has served as Associate Artistic Director of the 20th Century Opera and Song program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Equally in demand as a vocal coach and pianist, Hess has worked regularly with Ben Heppner in Canada and with many other Canadian singers and instrumentalists. He has recorded numerous CDs, including the complete vocal works of Canadian composer Harry Somers. As a member of the music faculty at Western University, Hess directs the graduate programs in collaborative piano.

Residency made possible through a generous gift from James Norcop.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Doc Soup: Michelin Stars - Tales from the Kitchen

March 7, 2018 6:30pm to March 8, 2018 6:45pm

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

All chefs dream of a Michelin star, and those who have one (or more), work tirelessly to keep this distinction. Michelin Stars goes behind the scenes to see how the stars are awarded, to talk to the chefs who work tirelessly to maintain their status, and the impact of the little red book on the world of haute cuisine. The film is a is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on creativity, business, and the art of perfection, chronicling the inner-workings of the culinary world through the eyes of the chefs, the critics, and their customers. Featuring Alain Ducasse, Daniel Humm, René Redzepi, Andoni Aduriz and Yoshihiro Narisawa.

Director Rasmus Dinesen in attendance for Q&As at all screenings.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Lecture by Anne Agur

March 8, 2018 7:00pm

Thursday, March 8 at 7pm at Tartu College, University of Toronto professor Anne Agur will be giving a lecture on the topic Management of Joint Pain Using Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks and Ablations.

In English. No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated. 

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

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Walk With Me

March 9, 2018 4:00pm to March 15, 2018 4:00pm

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Walk With Me follows the footsteps of renowned Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, whose teachings have popularized the art of mindfulness worldwide. Giving you a rare glimpse inside the secluded monastery of Plum Village in the South of France, this profoundly meditative documentary captures the daily lives and rituals of Thich Nhat Hanh's community of monks and their pursuit for a deeper connection to themselves and the world. Craving an escape from your busy life and the turmoil that surrounds us? For those of us who may not have the time to go on a silent retreat, this is the next best thing.

Ineke van Doorn and Marc van Vugt
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

UofT 12TET with Ineke van Doorn and Marc van Vugt

March 9, 2018 7:30pm

TERRY PROMANE director
INEKE VAN DOORN vocals and MARC VAN VUGT guitar

With fairy-like sounds, funky arrangements, modern music full of harrowing and twisting harmonies and sadly comforting songs, singer Ineke van Doorn and guitarist Marc van Vugt explore the boundaries between improvisation and composition, in original songs with regular lyrics and in pure improvisations, by giving their characteristic interpretation of standards or by amalgamation of different musical expressions.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

$20, $10 student (Free for UofT students with a valid T-Card) | BUY TICKETS

Made possible through a generous gift from John and Claudine Bailey.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

West of the Jordan River

March 9, 2018 8:45pm to March 15, 2018 9:15pm

This urgent portrait of the Israel-Palestinian conflict takes a cross-section look at the situation today from a multitude of perspectives. Directed by award-winning Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai (Rabin, Free Zone), who returns to the occupied territories for the first time since he made his acclaimed 1982 film, Field Diary. West of the Jordan River shows how people from different sides and angles are working towards peace as conventional politics fail to resolve one of of the world’s foremost and longstanding issues. This human approach to the subject provides new insight and will expand your understanding of the peace process and the myriad obstacles many are struggling to overcome.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

This Film Should Be Played Loud: Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars

March 10, 2018 9:30pm

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

Now in his 70s, rock legend Eric Clapton has blazed a singular trail in music history with more than his fair share of tragedy and heartbreak along the way. Often cited as one of the all-time great guitarists, Clapton lent his unique sound to The Yardbirds, Cream, Derek and the Dominos as well as producing a massive solo catalogue. With amazing footage of his performances throughout the years, Life in 12 Bars dives deep into his extraordinary music as well as his storied life and how he survived an onslaught of challenges. Featuring B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison and in depth interviews with the man himself.

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

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

Sponsored by Mill Street Brewery.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Great Photographers: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

March 11, 2018 11:00am

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

Discover the woman behind the camera in this eye-opening portrait of the renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz. Responsible for some of the most memorable images of the past several decades, her unmistakably iconic style has appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue. In Life Through a Lens, she opens the door to her process and personal journey —and the struggle of maintaining her private life, including her relationship with Susan Sontag, as she became one of the most on demand visual artists in the world. Featuring interviews with George Clooney, Keith Richards, Whoopi Goldberg and other star admirers.

Stick around after the screening for a conversation with Paul Roth, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre.

Toronto Revealed: Documenting Hidden Toronto

March 12, 2018 6:30pm

A conversation with writers and illustrators who capture new perspectives into the city around us, featuring Shawn Micallef, Catherine Hernandez and Michael Cho.

Free. No registration required.

Shawn Micallef is the author of Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness, Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and Full Frontal TO, a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize-winning magazine Spacing.

Catherine Hernandez is a proud queer woman of colour, award-winning author, outgoing Artistic Director of Sulong Theatre and the incoming Artistic Director of b current performing arts. Her books include, M is for Mustache: A Pride ABC Book and her first full-length fiction, Scarborough, which won the Jim Wong-Chu Writers' Award, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Awards and longlisted for Canada Reads 2018.

Michael Cho is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. Michael has worked for clients including The New Yorker, Penguin Books, the New York Times Book Review and Marvel and DC Comics. He has published an art book of his drawings of Toronto, Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes with Drawn & Quarterly and his first graphic novel, Shoplifter was published by Pantheon and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List.

This program is presented in conjunction with the new exhibit Toronto Revealed, on display in the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery. The exhibit showcases paintings, drawings and prints of Toronto from the library's Canadian Documentary Art Collection.

J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation

March 14, 2018 8:00pm to March 18, 2018 3:30pm

Celebrate the genius of Bach and the artisans who brought his music to life.

“In these hands, Bach’s music feels more alive than ever.” – The Globe and Mail

Alison Mackay’s acclaimed J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation returns, following its premiere performances in 2014/15. This multimedia creation combines text, music, and stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans—papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers—who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this all-Bach program, performed entirely from memory, before it tours to Australia!

J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation blends 21st-century technology with an exploration of the tradition and skill of old-world craftspeople and artisans. Like its predecessors, The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, this presentation redefines the concert experience.

Created, programmed, and scripted by Alison Mackay

Narrated by Blair Williams
Directed by Elisa Citterio
 
Marshall Pynkoski, Stage Director
Glenn Davidson, Production Designer & Technical Director
Raha Javanfar, Projections Designer
Pre-concert Chats

Join us for a free pre-concert chat one hour before the show with show creator Alison Mackay in conversation with special guests.

Post-concert Talkback

Join us after the performance on Wed March 4 for a free informal discussion with our musicians and guest artists. This is an excellent opportunity to have your questions answered while they are fresh in your mind.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Music and Poetry

March 15, 2018 12:10pm to 1:00pm

[Part of the Thursdays at Noon Series]

Soprano Monica Whicher, pianist Steven Philcox and speaker Eric Domville perform Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 24.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park
Free

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Our Beautiful City: The Battle for Brooklyn

March 15, 2018 6:30pm

Our Beautiful City: A series that opens conversation on urbanism and the future of Toronto.

Our series on the future of Toronto returns with this urgent dispatch from the frontlines of urban development. Battle for Brooklyn follows the story of reluctant activist Daniel Goldstein as he struggles to save his home from being demolished to make way for the densest real estate development in U.S. history. Along the way, he falls in love, gets married and starts a family while living in a vacated building located at the heart of the project site. Over the course of seven years, Daniel spearheads the movement against the development plan as he and his community fight tenaciously in the courts, the streets, and the media to reveal the corruption at the heart of the plan.

After the screening, we'll be joined for a special Q&A with Joe Cressy, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 20, who will help us relate the film back to civic issues in Toronto. We'll discuss heritage preservation in Toronto, sustainable development and what can be done to ensure that Toronto's growth as a city is equitable and inclusive. 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Learning to See: The World of Insects

March 16, 2018 2:00pm to March 21, 2018 9:15pm

Macro photographer Robert Oelman has documented some of the world's most exotic insects in striking detail. Taking you on a journey through stunning rainforests in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru, Oelman magnifies a world we’ve never seen before. Occasioned by a New York gallery show, Learning to See will change the way you think about insects and their relationship to the world we inhabit.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Love, Cecil

March 16, 2018 4:00pm to March 22, 2018 9:30pm

A multi-talented Academy Award-winning artist, Cecil Beaton is responsible for some of Hollywood’s most memorable set and costume design (My Fair Lady, Gigi) and had a significant career as a gifted photographer with The British Royal Family among his clients. In part because of his different focuses, Beaton was never as highly-regarded in any one field as he deserved. Love, Cecil explores the life and work of an eccentric Renaissance man whose irreverence, wit and vision made him a controversial and memorable figure. Featuring actor Rupert Everett bringing Beaton's best-selling and scandalous diaries to life.

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.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Doc Soup Sundays: Itzhak

March 18, 2018 11:00am

Doc Soup Sundays: This Sunday morning spin on our popular Doc Soup series features new, classic and rarely seen docs on art, culture and design docs with special guest Q&As.

One of the world’s most revered violinists, Itzhak Perlman was a phenom destined for fame at a young age — but his life and career presented him with great challenges. The Jewish musician reflects on mastering the violin as a young boy, growing up as the son of Polish Holocaust survivors in Israel, his struggle with polio, and navigating an artistic field with impossibly high expectations. More than a simple biography, Itzhak traces the path of the Jewish people through music in a celebration of survival, resilience and beauty.

Renowned critic and broadcaster Rick Phillips (formerly the host of Sound Advice on CBC Radio) will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: Tosca

March 18, 2018 1:30pm

Performance on Screen: The best operas, ballets and plays peformed by internationally renowned companies.

Set amidst political turmoil during the Napoleonic Wars, the tragic romance between the famous singer Tosca and the painter Cavardossi plays out with urgent passion, expressed in some of opera’s most sublime arias. The Chief of Police, Scarpia, is a ruthless villain who wants to split the lovers apart and take Tosca as his own. With Cavardossi sentenced to death, Tosca will do anything to save him. One of the most performed operas of all time, Puccini’s music is tense and achingly beautiful right up until the final unforgettable moments of this timeless masterpiece.

Includes two 15 minute intermissions.

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. 

Krisztina Szabo, Christopher Enns and Steven Philcox
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

The Artist's Life Through Song

March 19, 2018 7:30pm

The Artist’s Life Through Song with Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano, Christopher Enns, tenor and Steven Philcox, piano

An evening of song including Ben Moore’s Dear Theo, inspired by the letter correspondence between Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo. Canadian Art Song Project also premieres their commission for 2018, a song cycle by Jeffrey Ryan based on the journal writings of Emily Carr.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

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

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Member Screening: A Murder in Mansfield

March 20, 2018 6:30pm

Acclaimed filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, Shut up and Sing) is being recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award as part of the 25th anniversary of the Hot Docs Festival next month. We’re proud to start the celebration early with the Canadian premiere of her latest film, Murder at Mansfield, for this special member screening. Collier Landry returns to his hometown 26 years after testifying against his father as young boy in the 1989 murder of his mother Noreen Boyle. Kopple creates a rich and powerful character portrait of Landry as he interrogates his memory and confronts his dark past—and his imprisoned father.

The film's subject Collier Landry will join us for a post-screening discussion with Festival Director Shane Smith who will share exclusive insights into this year's 25th anniversary events.

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. One additional $8 ticket can be purchased. 

The Royal Conservatory

Leonard Bernstein: "A Department Store of Music"

March 21, 2018 1:00pm to April 4, 2018 3:00pm

Fee: $175.00
3-week series

It was composer Igor Stravinsky who complimented Leonard Bernstein by referring to him once as, "a department store of music." Conductor, composer of both concert music and musicals, pianist, educator, lecturer, writer, broadcaster, cultural ambassador - Bernstein had one of the most wide-ranging musical careers of all.
2018 marks the centennial of the birth of Bernstein, to be celebrated in concerts, articles, lectures, seminars, discussions and courses around the world. In these unstable and worrisome times, maybe one of Bernstein's statements best exposes his philosophy of music- "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before!"
Through recordings and film clips, featuring Bernstein in concert and rehearsal, as well as in discussion and lecture, this series will delve into the talents, skills and genius of one of the most prominent musicians of the 20th century.

About the Instructor:

Rick Phillips was affiliated with CBC Radio for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto in a career that spanned production to management to on-air. For 14 years, he was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings heard across Canada on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two every weekend. As well as broadcasting and webcasting, Rick is a busy freelance writer and reviewer, speaker, panel moderator, consultant, musical tour guide, and concert host. He's often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, and is the author of "The Essential Classical Recordings--101 CDs," published by McClelland & Stewart. Rick delivers music history and appreciation courses at a range of institutions and organizations across the city. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and an M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.

The Royal Conservatory

Women in Weimar: Inside German Cabaret

March 22, 2018 10:00am to April 5, 2018 12:00pm

Fee: $150
A 3-week series

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 freedom.
Artists such as Margo Lion, Kate Kühl, Annemarie Hase, Claire Waldoff, and Blandine Ebinger put their signature stamp on songs, 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.

About the Instructor:
Adi has a long list of cabaret, concert and theatre successes to her credit. She has performed in every major jazz and concert venue in Toronto, has toured Canada, the United States and Europe. In the fall of 2010 Adi released her fourth CD "Canadian Scenes I" which marked her singer/songwriter debut. Canadian Scenes I follows Adi's three, critically-acclaimed CDs - Delishious (2003), short-listed for a 2004 Juno Award nomination, The Rules of the Game (2006), from which the song Show Me Yours was featured on an episode of the hit U.S. TV series The "L" Word, and Live at the Metropolitan Room (2007), recorded off-the-floor at New York's acclaimed jazz/cabaret venue. Adi is currently in production for a brand-new CD featuring the music of Kurt Weill and her own composition - a short cabaret song cycle. Inspired but the music of 1920's Weimar Berlin, she plans to release "MODERNE FRAU" in the fall of 2017.
Born in Toronto, Adi Braun grew up in Europe surrounded by music and musicians. Her parents were opera singers, and her father, Victor Braun, was one of Canada's leading baritones. Her first instrument was piano, which she began studying at the age of six. With no formal voice lessons, she made her first pop/jazz recording at age 19. Following family tradition, Adi trained classically at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. She began her singing career as a classical recitalist, a soloist with orchestra and on-stage in operas and operettas alongside her brother, baritone Russell Braun.
Adi started "singing sideways" in the late '90s and returned to the music she loves, which she calls "cabarazz", that draws on aspects from both cabaret and jazz. After winning a local competition in 2001, she was catapulted to centre-stage as one of Canada's leading jazz vocalists. In 2007, Adi was nominated as Best Major Jazz Vocalist of the Year by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC).
Her sophisticated style and subtle delivery evokes such vocal greats as Sarah Vaughan, Lotte Lenya, Judy Garland and Rosemary Clooney. Elizabeth Ahlfors of New York's Cabaret Scenes describes Adi as, "A tad Dinah Washington, a hint of Lena Horne, the enveloping warmth of Doris Day, all gift-wrapped up in a unique sound that is singular Adi Braun!" Adi's repertoire ranges from the Great American Songbook, to European cabaret, to contemporary songs by Canada legend's Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot as well as her own originals. Whether she is singing in English, French, Spanish or German, Adi Braun is "a power-frau who gives jazz standards a unique touch, telling stories that are miniature life moments." (Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf, Germany).

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Catwalk: Tales from the Catshow Circuit

March 23, 2018 3:30pm to March 29, 2018 9:30pm

Calling all cat people, especially those with a competitive streak! Two fancy felines face off in Catwalk, a funny and moving portrayal of the passionate sub-culture of cat showing. “Cat Fanciers” Shirley and her prize-winning Persian, “Ohh-la-la” (or “La” for short”) takes on Kim’s Turkish Angora, “Bobby”. La is going for one more award on the shelf while Kim is pouring money into ensuring her companion goes home number one. Best in Show meets the Hot Docs favourite Kedi in this cross-country tour of Canada's most charming kitties and the colourful characters who pamper them.

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.

Renee Rosnes
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

UofT Jazz Orchestra and 11 O’Clock Jazz Orchestra with Renee Rosnes

March 28, 2018 7:30pm

GORDON FOOTE director
JIM LEWIS director
RENEE ROSNES piano
JOHN AND CLAUDINE BAILEY DISTINGUISHED VISITOR IN JAZZ

Canadian-born Renee Rosnes is one of the foremost jazz pianists and composers of her generation. She has toured and recorded with bands led by such legends as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Buster Williams, and Ron Carter. Rosnes is a founding member of the all-star octet SFJAZZ Collective. In 2003, SOCAN named Rosnes Composer of the Year. As a leader, she has released 15 acclaimed albums and is a four time Juno award winner.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

$20, $10 student (Free for UofT students with a valid T-Card) | BUY TICKETS

The Royal Conservatory

J.S. Bach: The Mass in B Minor

March 29, 2018 1:00pm to April 5, 2018 3:00pm

Fee: $115
2-week series

J. S. Bach worked away on the Mass in B Minor over a period of about twenty-five years, completing it in the last few years of his life. His design, structure, scope, treatment and expression in this work stand majestically as a pinnacle of the power and art of Music. As a 19th century music critic claimed, "It is the greatest work of music of all ages and of all peoples." Tafelmusik will present the Mass in B Minor in Toronto, April 5-8, 2018, and this 2-week related series will uncover Bach's compositional techniques, symbolism and message, enlightening and fascinating the true music lover - religious and agnostic alike

About the Instructor:

Rick Phillips was affiliated with CBC Radio for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto in a career that spanned production to management to on-air. For 14 years, he was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings heard across Canada on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two every weekend. As well as broadcasting and webcasting, Rick is a busy freelance writer and reviewer, speaker, panel moderator, consultant, musical tour guide, and concert host. He's often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, and is the author of "The Essential Classical Recordings--101 CDs," published by McClelland & Stewart. Rick delivers music history and appreciation courses at a range of institutions and organizations across the city. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and an M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Corner Gas Animated: Live Read & Sneak Peek

March 29, 2018 7:00pm

Life in Dog River is about to get a lot more animated!

In anticipation of the April 2 premiere of the re-imagined iconic Canadian series Corner Gas on Comedy Network, join Brent Butt and the rest of the cast for a one-of-a-kind live event. Created by and starring comedian Brent Butt, Corner Gas Animated sees the return of all the show's beloved characters as they partake in new adventures in an expanded cartoon universe. 

A live table read will be followed by a world-exclusive sneak preview of the much anticipated series, and a Q&A with the actors.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: RSC's Twelfth Night

March 31, 2018 1:00pm

Performance on Screen: Experience world-class ballet, opera and theatre from London's acclaimed Royal Opera House live on our big screen.

Shakespeare’s hilarious and heartbreaking tale of unrequited love is brought to life by The Royal Shakespeare Company and renowned director Christopher Luscombe (Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing). Separated after a shipwreck, twins Viola and Sebastian get tangled in a web of desire—Viola, falls for Orsino, who wants OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio—in this transgressive comedy of deceptive appearances.

Includes one 15-minute intermission

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Blue Moon Mediation

March 31, 2018 2:30pm

Saturday, March 31 at 2:30pm at Tartu College, Kundalini yoga instructor Aili Kuutan will be leading a blue moon meditation.

Admission by donation. All proceeds will go to the charity:water campaign.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

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.

The Royal Conservatory

Portraits in Jazz

April 3, 2018 7:00pm to April 24, 2018 9:00pm

Fee: $195
4-week series

If you have to ask what jazz is, you?ll never know,? said Louis Armstrong. Thankfully, that isn?t the case in this four-week course, which will give both jazz newcomers and experienced listeners a working knowledge of major historical periods in jazz, of the major musicians who shaped and were shaped by these periods, and of the overarching social and cultural forces that helped to define each era of jazz.
Each class will cover a different historical period, beginning with Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and Jelly Roll Morton in the 1920s, before moving on to Ellington, Basie, and the Big Band boom, the bebop revolution of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, the vocal virtuosity of Ella Fitzgerald, and the innovations of Monk, Miles, and Coltrane.
With a focus on listening to seminal recordings, students will learn about new music, and will develop the tools to historically situate the music that they already know, all in a fun, and engaging environment.

About the Instructor:
Colin Story is a musician and writer located in Toronto, with a diverse range of experiences as a performer, composer, and teacher. He has played at major venues across Canada as a bandleader and as a sideperson, including jazz festivals in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. He performs regularly with many different groups, including the award-winning Tara Kannangara Group, whose debut album Some Version Of The Truth was nominated for a Juno in 2016.
Colin holds a BMus (Jazz Performance) and MA (English Literature) from the University of Toronto. He has performed and recorded at the Banff Centre, at which he was a Musician in Residence in 2016, and has worked at the University of Toronto's Jazz Workshop and at The Royal Conservatory of Music.

The Royal Conservatory

Impressionism: Painting in Sound

April 6, 2018 12:00pm to April 27, 2018 1:30pm

About the Instructor:

James Stager is a sought-after trombonist, pianist, and educator. He teaches music theory, music history, low brass, and jazz improvisation at The Royal Conservatory as well as at several of Toronto's performing arts schools, and music theory at York University. He is frequently heard in concert halls, festivals, and nightclubs in a wide variety of musical settings including symphony orchestras (Toronto Philharmonia), musical theatre (Shaw Festival and Soulpepper Theatre), world music (Moda Eterna, Caché), and jazz groups (Big Rude Jake, Red Hot Ramble). In addition to his teaching and performing career, as a member of The Conservatory's College of Examiners, James adjudicates woodwind, brass, and percussion examinations throughout Canada and the United States, and evaluates written examinations in music theory and history.

The Royal Conservatory

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

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

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.

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society: Hanna's Journey

April 8, 2018 4:00pm

Hanna, an ambitious Berliner, travels to Israel to advance her career, confiding to her fiancé that “helping Jews scores points.” Her cynicism is shortlived, as sparks fly in this charming romantic comedy.
Co presented with City Shul, Spotlight on Israeli Culture and Consulate General of Israel in Toronto.
In the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC
2 screenings: 4:00 pm & 7:30 pm
4:00 pm rush only at the door 30 min. before screen time.
7:30 pm advance on-line tickets available on Eventbrite
$15 or $10 (ages 18- 35)
Info: TJFS@mnjcc.org, (416) 924-6211 x 606

 

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

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)

The Toronto Consort

Toronto Consort Fantasticus

April 13, 2018 8:00pm to April 14, 2018 8:00pm

As our guest ensemble, The Toronto Consort is proud to present Quicksilver, the hot new ensemble of virtuoso players of early Baroque music. At one of their recent concerts, The New York Times reported that “the audience was on its feet cheering and hooting as if it were at a rock show.” Fantasticus features extravagant music from 17th-century Germany for violins, sackbut, dulcian and continuo, with works by Buxtehude, Bertali, Weckmann and Schmeltzer.

"All virtuoso soloists in their own right, and together their playing is drop-dead gorgeous."
EARLY MUSIC AMERICA

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

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.

The Royal Conservatory

Intervals in Music: Their Use, Meaning & Power

April 19, 2018 10:00am to May 17, 2018 12:00pm

In music, an Interval is the distance between two notes. Intervals are an intrinsic component of all Western music. They are a powerful force. Both melody and harmony are based at their most fundamental levels on Intervals. Melody is simply a series of intervals heard horizontally in music. Harmony is simply a series of intervals heard vertically in music.

Some intervals sound "pretty"; some do not. Some intervals provide moments of repose in music; some do not. Some intervals move music forward; some do not. Each type of Interval in the musical lexicon has real meaning.

This course will immerse you in the sound and meaning of the individual Intervals which make up Western music. You will learn to "tune" your ears to the beautiful consonance (and consonant beauty) of 3rds and 6ths, the restless dissonances (and dissonant restlessness) of 2nds, 7ths and 9ths, and the hollow perfection of 4ths, 5ths and octaves. You will learn that some Intervals sparkle; some are tender; some are sorrowful; some are yearning; and some are angry. And you will learn this in the context of hearing some of the Western world's most glorious music.

We will take a broad approach, exploring works from all eras of music. Each week will be an exploration of different Intervals, and most importantly, their context in specific musical works.

This lively presentation/performance series will guide you through the significant and signature Intervals found in music from the Renaissance to the Modern era. Among works selected for study may be those of Palestrina, Gesualdo, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schoenberg, and Webern.

Key passages will be demonstrated at the piano and discussed. Classes will include active listening with "guided tour" commentary, interactive components related to understanding the musical characteristics of different Intervals, and opportunities for score study (no experience necessary!). Some classes will feature live performances by students of the Glenn Gould School.

5-week series
Fee: $295

About the Instructor:

Clayton Scott, ARCT (Piano Performance, RCM), BA (University of Toronto), has taught piano, harmony, and music history since 1969. She is a Member of the College of Examiners, Royal Conservatory of Music. In 1992, Ms. Scott developed the lecture/performance series Music Through the Ages, a music appreciation and history course now consisting of over 75 titles that she has presented in Canada and the United States. Ms. Scott has a particular interest and expertise in working with the adult learner both individually at the piano and in group workshop classes such as Perform with Poise and Pizzazz!, which help musicians of all ages and stages gain comfort, security, and joy in sharing their music. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Scott adjudicates piano festivals; conducts piano master classes; gives professional development and motivational lectures for teachers, parents, and students; and presents opera, ballet, and music history workshops for a range of associations and institutions across North America.www.claytonscottmusic.com

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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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Opera Divas

May 8, 2018 10:00am to May 29, 2018 12:00pm

Fee: $195
4-week series

Classical singing and opera have reached a level of popularity never before seen. Younger generations are taking an interest more than ever thanks to both the burgeoning live and online performances available to them. Star-studded operatic productions featuring today's greatest singers can be viewed in your local movie theaters and living rooms in HD.
A career in opera today not only relies on great singing but a slew of other characteristics that have little to do with singing. One can't help but wonder if we are losing sight of what makes great singing great.
This course will take a look back at the lives and careers of some of the world's greatest singers, and the qualities that earned them the titles of "The Greatest", "Legendary", and "La Superba".

About the Instructor:
David Eliakis has collaborated with some of Canada's finest singers and has worked with world-renown artists such as Isabel Bayrakdarian, Warren Jones, Julius Rudel, and Sir Martin Isepp. After graduating from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, David was awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant to study privately with Warren Jones in New York City, and since then has also worked with pianists Roger Vignoles, Rudolf Jansen, Dalton Baldwin, and Graham Johnson.
David works as a collaborative pianist, voice coach and lecturer at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music and The Royal Conservatory of Music. As a pianist his performances have taken him to the stages of Brazil, Switzerland, England (where he was a finalist in the Wigmore Hall Song Competition), Germany, Bermuda, and the Maritime Provinces. In 2006 David attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival in a production of Verdi's La Traviata conducted by Grammy winner Julius Rudel.
As of this year he has joined the team of Against The Grain Theatre as an Artistic Associate and host/pianist for their monthly Opera Pubs. Aside from David's performances he has also worked in Public Relations liaising with companies such as Deutsche Grammophon and IMG Artists.

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Mozart Symphonies: from Childhood to Mastery

May 9, 2018 1:00pm to May 30, 2018 3:00pm

Fee: $235
4-week series

W. A. Mozart began composing symphonies as a boy. Although simple and immature, these early works already show an understanding and talent for form, structure, texture, emotion and expression. He continued to write symphonies throughout his life, honing and polishing his craft, culminating in the three masterpieces composed in the summer of 1788 at the age of 32, just 3 years before he died - the Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 and 41, "Jupiter." A study of his symphonies illustrates the development of Mozart, the man and the musician, but also reflects the social, political and cultural changes that were sweeping Europe during the second half of the 18th century.

About the Instructor:
Rick Phillips was affiliated with CBC Radio for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto in a career that spanned production to management to on-air. For 14 years, he was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings heard across Canada on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two every weekend. As well as broadcasting and webcasting, Rick is a busy freelance writer and reviewer, speaker, panel moderator, consultant, musical tour guide, and concert host. He's often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, and is the author of "The Essential Classical Recordings--101 CDs," published by McClelland & Stewart. Rick delivers music history and appreciation courses at a range of institutions and organizations across the city. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and an M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.

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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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Toronto Consort ORFEO

May 25, 2018 8:00pm to May 27, 2018 3:30pm

We cap off this season of celebration with the world’s first great opera, and one of the most moving love stories of all time, Claudio Monteverdi’s masterpiece Orfeo in concert. For this grand finale we have assembled an international team of singers and players, starring the fabulous English tenor Charles Daniels in the title role, and the Montreal-based early brass ensemble La Rose des Vents.

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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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