MARCH CONCERTS AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
Koerner Hall celebrates its 500th concert!
Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin returns
Family Concerts continue with Jon Batiste and Stay Human
TD Jazz: A Salute to the Big Bands with Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project
La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach conducted by Uri Mayer and directed by Joel Ivany
Koerner Hall has been called an architectural and acoustical gem, stunning, superb, acoustically-flawless, one of the best and most beautiful halls in the world … the superlatives uttered by the media and the artists who have performed at The Royal Conservatory of Music since the doors opened on September 25, 2009. This spring will mark and important milestone – the 500th concert in the hall – performed by Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili.
Praised by audiences and fellow musicians for her virtuosity and “profound sensitivity” (Financial Times), Batiashvili has recently been name Musical America’s 2015 Instrumentalist of the Year, and she is also the 2014-15 Artist-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic and NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg. She makes her Koerner Hall debut on March 27 with pianist Paul Lewis, who will return for a solo recital during the 2014-15 season. The concert features music of Schubert, Bach, Telemann, and Beethoven.
Invesco Piano Concerts
Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin is well known for his unrivalled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the neglected music of the 19th and 20th centuries, both in concert and on disc. He last appeared at The Royal Conservatory during the inaugural 21C Music Festival in May of 2014, and he returns to Koerner Hall on March 1 for a program that includes works by John Field, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, and his own Pavane Variée. The concert is presented in association with Music TORONTO.
Family Concerts and Music Mix
Jazz piano prodigy from New Orleans, Jon Batiste, appears in Koerner Hall twice in one day on March 7. During the evening concert, he plays what he calls “Social Music” with his band, Stay Human, and in the afternoon they perform a second concert in The Conservatory’s new series of Family Concerts – grown-up concerts for 6-13 year-olds (and their parents, grandparents, and friends). For this special Family Concert, Batiste and his quartet (piano, sax, tuba, and tambourine) break down the roots of jazz and serve up a jambalaya of funk, rhythm, the blues, and spirituals. A recurring musical guest on The Colbert Report in 2014, Batiste has performed in over 40 countries, playing sold out shows in various venues in New York, London, and Paris, and collaborating with the likes of Prince, Cassandra Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Spike Lee, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffet, Eve, Lenny Kravitz, ?uestlove, and Asher Roth.
TD Jazz: A Salute to the Big Bands
The penultimate concert in the Salute to the Big Bands concert series features one of New York’s best new big bands conducted by Ryan Truesdell on March 28. Truesdell’s current production venture is the Gil Evans Project, an extensive compilation effort to unearth and bring to light some of the lesser known music of Toronto-born composer Gil Evans, who was Miles Davis’s collaborator on albums such as Birth of the Cool, Sketches of Spain, and Porgy & Bess. Throughout this process, Truesdell has discovered more than 50 works of Evans’s that were never before recorded or released and, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Evans’s birth, he has produced Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans, an album of the very best of these previously unheard works.
KahaneSwensenBrey was launched in spring 2012, when three virtuosi musicians – pianist Jeffrey Kahane, violinist Joseph Swensen, and cellist Carter Brey – reunited following a 25-year hiatus to establish a formally constituted trio. Each member of the trio has enjoyed a highly successful career as a soloist and chamber musician in addition to holding important leadership posts in the orchestra world.
Now they make their Koerner Hall debut together on March 8 in a program of Mozart, Schumann, Ravel, and Paul Schoenfield.
Royal Conservatory Orchestra & Opera Concerts
In their annual opera offering, the students of The Glenn Gould School perform a fully staged La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach for two nights on March 18 and March 20. In this parody of the story of Helen of Troy’s elopement with Paris, which set off the Trojan War, Offenbach’s witty political and cultural satire finds the perfect heroine to poke fun at many of the conventions of the past and present. The Royal Conservatory Orchestra and vocal students of The Glenn Gould School will be conducted by Uri Mayer with Brahm Goldhamer serving as artistic director, Camellia Koo as set designer, Ming Wong as costume designer, Bonnie Beecher as lighting designer, and Jennifer Nichols as choreographer. The opera will be performed in French with English SURTITLES™ and English dialogue by Michael Albano. Joel Ivany, founder and artistic director of Against the Grain Theatre (a Toronto-based cutting edge theatre collective) who has recently been engaged by both the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for their 2015-16 seasons, directs.
Alexandra Koerner Yeo Chair in Cello and Artist-in-Residence at The Glenn Gould School, internationally renowned cellist Andrés Díaz leads a solo and chamber program, including Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major with the Arkadas String Quartet on March 15.
The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists
On March 14, The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists presents a free Taylor Academy Showcase Concert, performed by the leading young classical musicians in Canada. These future stars follow in the steps of lauded alumni such as Stewart Goodyear, Barry Shiffman, and Martin Beaver.
Rebanks Family Fellowship Concerts
On March 31, The Glenn Gould School presents another group of artists on the cusp of major careers in yet one more free event. This Rebanks Family Fellowship Concert features solo and chamber works by Vivaldi, Bolcom, Hasenöhrl, and Schubert performed by Rebanks Fellows currently enrolled in the one-year Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program.