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Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Building a Community: Estonian Architects in Post-War Toronto

September 22, 2017 11:00am to February 12, 2018 5:00pm

VEMU has been working in collaboration with the Museum of Estonian Architecture in Tallinn since 2015 to prepare an exhibit about architects in Toronto with Estonian backgrounds. The exhibit will celebrate both Canada's 150th and Estonia's 100th birthdays. The exhibit will be on display in Tallinn at the Museum of Estonian Architecture Museum in 2018.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, during events, and upon request.
Tartu College, 310 Bloor St. W. (entrance on Madison Ave.)

No admission fee. Donations welcome.
Info: piret.noorhani@vemu.ca, t. 416 925 9405

 

 

 

I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art Poster
Toronto Reference Library

I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art

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

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

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

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

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Best Laid Plans

January 4, 2018 4:00pm to January 29, 2018 12:00pm

Now in the Gallery at the J
January 4 - 29. Opening reception: Sunday January 7, 4:00 pm.
A group exhibition by Romy Block, Bernice Manalo and Talie Shalmon, exploring the theme of control versus the absence of control in the art-making process. Each artist uses different methods and techniques to achieve a distinct aesthetic, while leaving room for chance along the way.
info: deannad@mnjcc.org

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

AIDA'S SECRET

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

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

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

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.

 

The Royal Conservatory

Comedy in Mozart Operas

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

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

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

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Free Screening: Mental Health Series: THE S WORD

January 17, 2018 6:30pm

Mental Health Series: Since 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has helped open the floodgates of conversation about mental health. Leading up to and on the annual Let’s Talk Day, we are showcasing free docs that aim to break the stigma around mental illness. 

Suicide touches many of our lives and yet our society has so much trouble understanding it, or even just talking about it. The S Word seeks to move the conversation forward by engaging with those coping with loss and grappling head on with suicide in all its complexity. Directed by Lisa Klein, who lost both her brother and father to suicide, and driven by survivor Dese'Rae Stage's mission to create a movement of greater understanding, The S Word is a deeply compassionate and courageous work of documentary filmmaking.

Join the conversation in a post-screening panel hosted by Rendez Vous with MadnessProgram Director Geoff Pevere with filmmakers, subjects, and experts.

In recognition of the potentially triggering content of the participating films, supportive counsellors will be present at each screening. 

Tickets: FREE (maximum 2 tickets per person)

In partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Workman Arts.

 

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

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

January 17, 2018 7:00pm

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

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

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Timothy Ying & Lydia Wong

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

[Part of the Thursdays at Noon Series]

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

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Changing the Politics of Television part II

January 18, 2018 1:00pm

Guest speaker: Jack Newman
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Norman Lear. Mary Tyler Moore. Larry Gelbart. 
Their social commentary sitcoms broke down cultural barriers and tackled controversial issues of the 1970s considered taboo by the networks including bigotry, war and
feminism.
$5 (with refreshments)

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Lecture with George E. Lewis, Columbia University

January 18, 2018 3:30pm

"New Music, New Subjects: The Situation of a Creole"
George E. Lewis, Columbia University
Kenneth H. Peacock Lecturer

Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park

Free

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

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Safe Haven

January 18, 2018 8:00pm to January 21, 2018 3:30pm

A musical exploration of the cultural gifts brought by refugees to baroque Europe and Canada today.

Directed by Elisa Citterio
Conceived, programmed & scripted by Alison Mackay
Opening words by Warsan Shire / Closing words by Cyrus Sundar Singh

Maryem Tollar, narrator and vocalist
Diely Mori Tounkara, kora
Naghmeh Farahmand, percussion
Rava Javanfar, projections designer
Glenn Davidson, lighting designer

Following the success of Alison Mackay’s productions, The Galileo Project and Tales of Two Cities, comes Safe Haven. This multimedia concert of masterworks by Vivaldi, Corelli, Lully, and Bach portrays the influence of migration on the musical life of Europe—and equally of present-day Canada. The movement of refugees across 18th-century Europe changed and enriched both the economy and culture of major cities: French Huguenots could be found in Amsterdam, Scottish Catholics in Warsaw, Sephardic Jews in the cities of Northern Italy.

Among many examples of musicians finding safe havens were composer Tobias Hume, a Scottish mercenary soldier who lived in Poland, and influential music publisher Estienne Roger, who was exiled from France to Amsterdam. This is a tale of the cross-pollination of art with some surprising revelations.

Pre-concert Chats

Music, words, and images: the influence of refugee populations on the culture of their adopted countries
Join us for a free pre-concert chat one hour before the show with show creator Alison Mackay and special guests.

Post-concert Talkback

Join us after the performance on Thu Jan 18 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.

Program

  • Vivaldi Allegro non molto, from “Winter” (The Four Seasons)
  • Lully Suite from Cadmus & Hermione
  • Goudimel & Bourgeois “Or sus, serviteurs du seigneurs”
  • Purcell Voluntary on The Hundredth Psalm
  • J.S. Bach Sinfonia to Cantata 156
  • Vivaldi Allegro, from Concerto for 4 violins in F Major, op. 3, no. 7
  • Albinoni Allegro, from Concerto for 2 oboes, op. 7, no. 2
  • Vivaldi Allegro, from “Winter” (The Four Seasons)
  • Steffani Ouverture, from I trionfi del fato
  • Hidalgo A la salida de Lisboa (on a text by João Pinto Delgado)
  • Philllips Pavan
  • Sweelinck Pavan Philippi
  • Hume A Soldier’s Galliard
  • Beck “Come riggs are bonnie,” from The Balcarres Lute Book
  • Telemann Adagio, from Concerto for oboe in C Minor
  • Telemann Mezzetin en turc, from Suite in B-flat Major, “Burlesque”
  • Telemann Les postillons, from Suite in D Major
  • Vivaldi Largo, from “Winter” (The Four Seasons)
  • Corelli Allegro, from Concerto grosso in D Major, op. 6, no.4
  • kora solos

Concert run time: approximately 2 hours including intermission.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

THE FINAL YEAR

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

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

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

WHERE YOU'RE MEANT TO BE

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

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

Nicole Lizée
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival

January 21, 2018 to January 28, 2018

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

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

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

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

EstDocs Encore "Naine pildil (The Woman in the Picture)"

January 21, 2018 4:00pm

On Sunday, January 21st at 4pm at Tartu College, EstDocs Encore will be presenting the film Naine pildil (The Woman in the Picture), 2017, 56 min. In Estonian with English subtitles.

Coffee and snacks.
Admission: $5 at the door

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

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto Jewish Film Society: Closed Season

January 21, 2018 4:00pm

Albert, trying to escape to Switzerland during WWII, is given refuge by a German farmer and his wife. Salvation, however, comes with a condition: Albert must impregnate the farmer’s wife. Honour, jealousy and betrayal complicate the relationships in this riveting drama. Co-presented with Goethe Institute Toronto and Consulate General of the Republic of Germany
Guest Speaker: Critic and Author Adam Nayman

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

Musicians from Marlboro
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Chamber Music: Musicians From Marlboro

January 22, 2018 7:30pm

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

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

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

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

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

Nicole Lizée
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: Composers' Forum with Nicole Lizée

January 23, 2018 7:00pm

New Music Festival: Composers' Forum with Nicole Lizée

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Nicole Lizée
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: Composition Master Class with Nicole Lizée

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

New Music Festival: Composition Master Class with Nicole Lizée

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Free Screening: Mental Health Series: MANIC

January 24, 2018 6:30pm

Mental Health Series: Since 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has helped open the floodgates of conversation about mental health. Leading up to and on the annual Let’s Talk Day, we are showcasing free docs that aim to break the stigma around mental illness.

Filmmaker Kalina Bertin bravely turns the camera on her own household to find answers for her siblings Felicia and François Sean's mental health issues. Their father George was a prophet, scam artist, cult leader and father of 15 children from different parts of the world. Is this mysterious man's strange legacy connected to Felicia's struggle with bipolar disorder? An assembly of home movies, interviews and observations, Manic is an urgent and compelling plunge into a family's troubling personal history and the intangible ties that bind us.

Join the conversation in a post-screening panel hosted by Rendez Vous with MadnessProgram Director Geoff Pevere with filmmakers, subjects, and experts.

In recognition of the potentially triggering content of the participating films, supportive counsellors will be present at each screening. 

Tickets: FREE (maximum 2 tickets per person)

In partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Workman Arts.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Curious Minds: LEONARD COHEN: WORD AND MUSIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by Hollywood Suite.

The Royal Conservatory

Recorder Romp!

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

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

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

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

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Hollywood’s Oscar-Winning Songs

January 25, 2018 1:00pm

With pianist/musicologist Jordan Klapman
From 1934’s The Continental to 1969’s Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, popular songs written specifically for film by Jewish songwriters have won virtually half of all of the Oscars awarded for Best Song of The Year. Hooray for Hollywood! Drop-in: $5 (includes refreshments).
Info: lisar@mnjcc.org (416) 924-6211 x155

Architek Percussion
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: Architek Percussion

January 25, 2018 7:30pm

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

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Presented by Eliot Britton.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: Composition Master Class with Nicole Lizée

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

New Music Festival: Composition Master Class with Nicole Lizée

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

FREE LUNCH SOCIETY

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

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

Bata Shoe Museum

Sketching in the BSM Galleries

January 26, 2018 5:30pm

Come and be inspired by the collection of the Bata Shoe Museum! From delicate 19th century slippers to the artistry and workmanship of Arctic kamiks, the artefacts on display at the BSM provide endless opportunities to be creative. Participants of any skill level are invited to spend a quiet hour in the museum after we close to the general public. Supplies not provided, dry mediums only please.

5:30-7:30pm | $5 per person | Tickets available online at www.batashoemuseum.ca/tickets or at the door.

Xak Bjerken
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

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

January 26, 2018 7:30pm

Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park

Free

Presented by Norbert Palej.

The Royal Conservatory

Calypso Rose with Kobo Town

January 26, 2018 8:00pm

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

DM@X Logo
University of Toronto Faculty of Music

DM@X Fourth Annual Conference

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

Digital Media at the Crossroads

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

Topics Include:

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

Speakers Include:

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

Rates:

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

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

Visit digitalmediaatthecrossroads.ca for conference details and registration information.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

The Royal Conservatory

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Playlist & Skratch Bastid

January 27, 2018 8:00pm

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

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

New Music Festival: Jazz Faculty with Special Guests

January 28, 2018 7:30pm

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

Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park

Free

Presented by Jim Lewis.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Member Screening: LIVING PROOF

January 29, 2018 6:30pm

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

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

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

Bata Shoe Museum

An Evening with the Bata Shoe Museum Curator

January 30, 2018 6:30pm

Join us for an intimate and insightful evening with the BSM’s Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack as she presents a tour and discussion of our newest exhibition “The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe”. Gallery visit will be followed by wine and light hors d’oeuvres.

Tuesday January 30 | 6:30pm

Buy tickets online at www.batashoemuseum.ca/tickets or by calling 416-979-7799 x 445

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Music on Film: STRAD STYLE

January 30, 2018 6:30pm

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

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

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

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

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Free Screening: Mental Health Series: Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports, and Me

January 31, 2018 6:30pm

Mental Health Series: Since 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has helped open the floodgates of conversation about mental health. Leading up to and on the annual Let’s Talk Day, we are showcasing free docs that aim to break the stigma around mental illness.

Celebrated athletes, including Olympian Clara Hughes, Stanley Cup champion Stéphane Richer, and World Series winner Darryl Strawberry, open up to TSN Broadcaster and Off the Record host Michael Landsberg about their personal battles with depression. While facing his own mental health challenges, Landsberg brings insight and intelligence to an issue that often lives in the shadows of the professional sports world, shining a light on the stories of perseverance, vulnerability and humanity of our athletic heroes.

Join the conversation in a post-screening panel hosted by Rendez Vous with MadnessProgram Director Geoff Pevere with filmmakers, subjects, and experts.

In recognition of the potentially triggering content of the participating films, supportive counsellors will be present at each screening.

Tickets: FREE (maximum 2 tickets per person)

In partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Workman Arts.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Rob MacDonald

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

Guitarist Rob MacDonald presents a solo recital of K.A.L.T. by Helmut Oehring.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Estonian Studies Centre and Alliance Francaise in collaboration present: L'Estonie au Cinema

February 1, 2018 7:30pm

On Thursday, February 1st at 7:30pm, Estonian Studies Centre and Alliance Francaise in collaboration present: L'Estonie at Cinema.

The second film in the series Viimne Reliikvia (The Last Relic) will be screened at Alliance Francaise (24 Spadina Rd. at the corner of Lowther Ave. and Spadina Rd.). 

In Estonian with English subtitles.
No admission fee. 

The Royal Conservatory

Daniil Trifonov

February 1, 2018 8:00pm

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

The Royal Conservatory

How Music Works: Part 1

February 2, 2018 10:00am to April 27, 2018 11:30am

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

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Masterclass with Marco Tulio

February 2, 2018 3:15pm to 4:30pm

[Ken Page Memorial Trust Masterclass Series]

Upper Jazz Studio, 90 Wellesley Street West

Free

This master class is sponsored by the Ken Page Memorial Trust.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

GROUP OF SEVEN GUITARS

February 2, 2018 4:30pm to February 8, 2018 9:30pm

In the early 1970s, seven of Canada’s finest guitar-makers came together to create one-of-a-kind instruments inspired by the iconic Group of Seven painters. In this visually stunning film commissioned by the McMichael Gallery, these master-builders pay tribute to our Canadian landscape rockstars - turning their craft into a veritable art form. Featuring performances from some of our most talented guitarists-including Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Cook, Suzie Vinnick, Kevin Breit, Don Ross and more-The Group of Seven Guitars will stimulate your imagination in a spectacular marriage of sight and sound.

Directors Liam Romalis and Jason Charters will be in attendance for post-screening discussions on Saturday February 3rd at 8:45pm and Thursday February 8 at 9:15pm.

The Royal Conservatory

Gerald Clayton and Friends

February 3, 2018 8:00pm

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

The Royal Conservatory

Double Agents: Musician Spies

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

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

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Doc Soup: A SUITABLE GIRL

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

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

Three modern young women in India have everything they need to realize their dreams and careers but are facing pressure to get married. Dipti, Amrita and Ritu open up about their thoughts on tradition and arranged marriage, giving voice to a new generation challenging conventions and paving a new future for their society. With culture at a crossroads in Urban centers Mumbai and New Delhi, A Suitable Girlcaptures India in a moment of transition and evolution. How will these women strike a balance between the tradition they respect and the lives they want? Featuring a beautiful musical score from Gingger Shankar.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

Lecture by Paul Lillakas

February 7, 2018 7:00pm

On Wednesday, February 7th at 7pm at Tartu College, Paul Lillakas will be giving a lecture on the topic of Secrets from the Test Kitchen: A Month in the Life of a Food Editor.

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

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

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.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

DMA Competition Winner: Rudin Lengo

February 8, 2018 12:10pm to 1:00pm

[Part of the Thursdays at Noon Series]

DMA Competition Winner pianist Rudin Lengo performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

Made possible through a generous gift from Ron Atkinson and Bruce Blindfold.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

SPETTACOLO

February 9, 2018 4:00pm to February 15, 2018 1:30pm

Hot Docs award-winning filmmaker Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol) and Christina Shellen invite you to a picturesque Italian town where theatre isn’t just art, it’s a way of life. Fifty years ago, a tiny village perched on a hill in Tuscany dreamed up a remarkable solution to the problems they were facing: they banded together and turned their lives into a play--bringing to light the various local issues they faced both as individuals, and as a community. This singular experiment soon became a tradition that continues to this day, but have they reached a point where a play simply isn’t a strong enough solution?

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Machines

February 9, 2018 8:45pm to February 15, 2018 9:00pm

Going inside a gigantic garment factory in Gujarat, India, Rahul Jain’s award-winning debut feature captures the dark reality of fast fashion. Taking you through the factory’s surreal depths with breathtaking cinematical detail, Jain creates a moving portrait of the human laborers who toil away to earn a meager living for their families back home. Winner of the 2017 Sundance Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography, Machines is a singular marriage of mesmerizing cinematography and pointedly-political storytelling that will stay with you long after it's over.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Talking Heads: STOP MAKING SENSE

February 10, 2018 9:30pm

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

Once again, we’re dusting off our giant suit and preparing to burn down the house with Jonathan Demme’s unforgettable collaboration with Talking Heads. The definition of capturing lightning in a bottle, Demme and the band are in perfect harmony in this inventive and exhilarating masterpiece that finds the group at the peak of their powers. Get ready to dance in the aisles with David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison and the rest of Talking Heads in a special encore screening of this perennially popular concert doc.

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

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

Sponsored by Mill Street Brewery.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Performance on Screen: RIGOLETTO

February 11, 2018 11:00am

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

A striking tale of corrupted innocence, Rigoletto, the Duke of Mantua’s court jester, encourages his master to seduce a courtier’s daughter, leading to both of them being cursed by the courtier. The Duke’s next object of desire? Rigoletto’s own daughter, Gilda. A subversive opera in its day, Verdi fearlessly depicted a corrupt and immoral society. With vibrant dances and a complex score that culminates in a famous quartet in Act III featuring all the principal players, this bold opera has only gained reverence over the years. Visionary opera director David McVicar highlights the shocking and insidious world within which this gripping tale unfolds.

Includes one 15 min intermission.

Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU)

EstDocs Presents "Malev" (Army)

February 11, 2018 4:00pm

On Sunday, Feburary 11th at 4pm, EstDocs presents the film Malev (Army, 2017, 109 min). In Estonian with English subtitles. "An historical parody in classic Monty Python style." 

No admission fee. A small donation would be appreciated.

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

 

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Game Changers: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

February 11, 2018 4:15pm

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. 

In this Oscar-nominated examination of race in America, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions an unfinished memoir by legendary activist and writer James Baldwin. Bringing to life Baldwin's personal account of the assassinations of fellow revolutionaries and friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., I Am Not Your Negro is at once an on-the-ground view of the Civil Rights Movement and a deeply intimate foray into one man's own inner struggle. All too relevant today, this documentary is an incisive societal critique that also has the power to inspire change. Featuring compelling narration by Samuel L. Jackson who brings Baldwin's spellbinding words to life.

The Royal Conservatory

Beethoven Symphonies: The Universe in Music

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

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

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

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

February 13, 2018 6:30pm

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

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

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

The Royal Conservatory

Rachmaninoff: Russian Romantic Extraordinaire

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

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

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Game Changers: WINNIE

February 14, 2018 6:30pm

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.

As her husband Nelson Mandela served out his sentence in prison, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela took centre stage before the world as the face of the African National Congress. Faced with the extraordinary challenges of a nation under violent transition, and those of a woman in a critical political role, Winnie was unflinching in her pursuit of progress and rights for the people of South Africa - but she remains controversial to this day. For the first time, this incisive documentary considers her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down Apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from her supporters and detractors, including interviews with Winnie herself.

The Royal Conservatory

Ian Bostridge with Julius Drake

February 14, 2018 8:00pm

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

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Thursdays at Noon: Teng Li and Lydia Wong

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

Teng Li, Principal Viola of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Lydia Wong perform Primrose Viola Transcriptions of works from a variety of composers.

Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park

Free

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Masterclass with Johannes Debus

February 15, 2018 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Master class with Johannes Debus, Riki Turofsky Master Class In Voice

Geiger-Torel Room, 80 Queen’s Park

Free

Biography:
German-born conductor Johannes Debus was appointed Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) in 2009, having already established himself in many of the great opera houses and festivals of Europe. He made his COC debut in 2008 conducting War and Peace, and has captivated Toronto and international critics alike in the years since. This past season Debus returned to the COC podium to conduct Ariodante, Götterdämmerung and Louis Riel. When he is not conducting at the COC, he is very active with international engagements, most recently making his Metropolitan Opera debut.

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

Masterclass with David Lyttle

February 16, 2018 3:15pm to 4:30pm

[Ken Page Memorial Trust Masterclass Series]

Upper Jazz Studio, 90 Wellesley Street West

Free

This masterclass is sponsored by the Ken Page Memorial Trust.

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.

The Royal Conservatory

Leon Fleisher conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra

February 16, 2018 8:00pm

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

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

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

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Winter Getaway: CITY OF GOLD

February 16, 2018 8:15pm

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.

Taste the secret flavours of Los Angeles!

The first and only food critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, Jonathan Gold has accomplished what many writers have tried and failed to do: capture Los Angeles smartly, democratically and as a whole. With a gregarious and ravenous spirit, Gold traverses the city’s taco trucks, strip mall counters and fine dining establishments alike, embracing the city’s culinary culture mash-ups and diverse local cuisines with sparkling and mouth-watering prose.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Game Changers: JOURNEY TO JUSTICE / SISTERS IN THE STRUGGLE

February 17, 2018 12:45pm

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.

Two essential NFB docs screened back-to-back:

Journey to Justice 
D: Roger McTair | Canada | 47 Min | 2000

Journey to Justice follows six unsung heroes in the fight for Black civil rights in Canada from the 1930s to 50s. Among them are Viola Desmond, a woman who insisted on keeping her seat at a cinema in Halifax; and Fred Christie, who in 1936 took a Montreal tavern to court for not serving him. Hear their stories of bravery and struggle in the face of oppression.

Sisters in the Struggle 
D: Dionne Brand, Ginny Stikeman | Canada | 49 Min | 1991

One of the final projects of the NFB's Studio D—the world's first female-run studio— Sisters in the Struggle is an insightful look at the intersection of sexism and racism. Politically active Black Canadian women discuss their personal experiences with the battle to fight systemic discrimination and patriarchy in a revealing discourse that is dishearteningly relevant in 2018.

Your ticket includes admission to both films.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Winter Getaway: IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE

February 17, 2018 3:00pm

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.

Al Fresco Dining by the Mediterranean!

Dive into the extraordinarily diverse and delicious world of cuisine in Israel. Meet the most talented chefs, discover the most inventive dishes and learn about the intersection of cultures that has helped create one of the most unique food scenes in the world. A sense of history and tradition—be it Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian or Druze—has inspired a surge of creativity in both restaurant and home cooking. What begins as a regional portrait of food becomes an immersive journey to a singular place, guided by renowned Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov.

Winter Getaway: BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

February 18, 2018 4:00pm

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.

Feel the Latin beat on the streets of Havana!

In one of the most beloved music docs of all time, guitar legend Ry Cooder teams up with acclaimed director Wim Wenders (Pina) to reveal the astonishing life stories, vibrant personalities and unforgettable music of the brilliantly talented but long-overlooked performers who collaborated on this legendary recording. From the crumbling barrios of their native Havana to their triumphant sold-out concerts in Amsterdam and New York’s Carnegie Hall, it’s an unforgettable and deeply emotional journey into the passion, pride and humanity of the artists whose music sparked a worldwide musical phenomenon.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Game Changers: MARLEY

February 18, 2018 8:15pm

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.

Oscar winner Kevin MacDonald (Last King of Scotland, One Day in September) delivers the authorized biography of reggae legend Bob Marley, offering an expansive yet intimate history of the larger-than-life artist. The icon is remembered on a personal level through affectionate first-hand accounts as a father, lover and revolutionary, and for his legacy as a passionate and dedicated musician. MacDonald fully immerses us in the singer’s history through beautiful scenes shot on location in Nine Mile and Trenchtown, rare archival interviews and enough concert footage to satisfy even the most devoted fans. Marley is a film that understands why Bob Marley’s influence still resonates with such strength today.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Winter Getaway: KEDI

February 19, 2018 8:15pm

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.

Make a feline friend in beautiful Istanbul!

For thousands of years, cats have lived alongside humans in Istanbul—occasionally as pets, but more often as independent fellow denizens of the ancient port city. Part wildlife film and part urban ethnography, Kedi explores the lives of seven street cats with sumptuous cat’s-eye-view cinematography. The captivating felines provide much appreciated pest control for the city of course, but their connection to the city and the people who live there goes far deeper than that. Claiming no owners, they live between two worlds and bring joy and purpose to those humans they choose to adopt.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

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Music on Film: MAMA AFRICA

February 27, 2018 6:30pm

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

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

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

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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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.

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Nicolas Altstaedt with Fazil Say

March 2, 2018 8:00pm

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

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Angélique Kidjo

March 3, 2018 8:00pm

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

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THE PROMISE - True Crime Tuesdays

March 6, 2018 6:30pm

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

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

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SongBird North

March 17, 2018 8:00pm

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

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Clemens Hagen with Kirill Gerstein

March 18, 2018 3:00pm

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

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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.

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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).

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Black Arm Band: “Dirtsong”

March 23, 2018 8:00pm

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

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Diego El Cigala

March 24, 2018 8:00pm

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

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

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Takács Quartet

March 25, 2018 3:00pm

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

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Music on Film: THE ORCHESTRA OF PIAZZA VITTORIO

March 27, 2018 6:30pm

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

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

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

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

Presented with The Royal Conservatory.

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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.

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THE IMPOSTER - True Crime Tuesdays

April 3, 2018 6:30pm

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

April 6, 2018 8:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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New Canadian Global Music Orchestra and Odessa/Havana

April 7, 2018 8:00pm

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

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

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Beatrice Rana

April 8, 2018 3:00pm

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

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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

 

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Fatoumata Diawara and Okavango

April 12, 2018 8:00pm

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

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DakhaBrakha

April 13, 2018 8:00pm

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

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The Hot Sardines and Flávia Nascimento

April 14, 2018 8:00pm

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

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

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Max Raabe and Palast Orchester

April 18, 2018 8:00pm

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

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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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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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