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Encounter at City Hall
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Dick reports...
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Ham Se det jehört?
Roy Thomson & Massey Hall
Dafur/Dafur at the ROM
In Your Face
April 14, 1912
Opera In Concert's 34th
2007 Blue Planet Run
Germany Goes Green Faster


Roy Thomson Hall & Massey Hall

2007-2008 Concert Season
– 25th Anniversary of RTH –


FRIENDSFIRST (members) on Wed., Aug. 15, 2007 at 10 AM

PUBLIC: Mon., Aug. 20, 2007 at 10 AM

BY PHONE: 416-872-4255


IN PERSON: Roy Thomson Hall Box Office, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

(RTH = Roy Thomson Hall) (MH = Massey Hall)


Subscription Packages ON SALE NOW


Farewell Tour

Warren Jones, piano

Friday, October 19, 2007 at 8:00 at p.m. RTH

$125 - $40

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa graces our stage for an unprecedented eighth recital, a quarter century after first captivating Toronto audiences during the Hall’s inaugural season. She returns to enthrall her Toronto fans one last time with music by Mozart, Strauss and Puccini. The New Zealand-born diva shot to international stardom at her Covent Garden debut in 1971 and the rest of her spectacular career is legendary: the great stages of the world and her long reign as "the world’s most famous soprano."

"Kiri…A voice for the ages." – Washington Post


Roger Vignoles, piano

Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. RTH

$85 - $25

Canadian Measha Brueggergosman has emerged as one of the most magnificent artists and vibrant personalities of her generation. The New Brunswick native is spellbinding audiences well beyond our borders with her lush, radiant voice and irrisistable charisma. Her Toronto recital is part of a North American tour and includes songs by Britten, Satie, Poulenc and others. It coincides with her debut CD on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label, titled Surprise.

"Stunning…one of the great voices of the 21st century." – Toronto Star


Carolyn Maule, piano

Friday, March 28, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$85 - $25

Michael Schade is acclaimed as the opera world’s leading Mozart tenor, and was recently bestowed the honoured title of "Kammersänger," Austria’s highest award for a singer. Russell Braun’s "ravishingly beautiful tone and expressive intensity" have made him a worldwide favourite in the title roles of Figaro, Onegin and Pelléas. These gifted Canadian artists are also long-time friends who love sharing the stage in recitals that combine arias and duets. Their CBC duo-album Soirée française earned a Juno Award and France’s Gabriel Fauré Award.

"Schade and Braun were superlative partners…male vocalism that brimmed with artistry and energy…altogether terrific." The San Diego Union-Tribune

BRYN TERFEL, bass-baritone

Malcolm Martineau, piano

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$125 - $40

Declared "the baritone of the next millennium" by The New York Times, Welsh superstar Bryn Terfel has triumphed at all the major opera houses with his magnificent portrayals of Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Figaro and Wotan. This appearance marks his long-awaited return after an eight-year absence.

"Whether it's opera, art song, folk song, oratorio or popular song, live or recorded, Bryn Terfel is a towering presence in the international music world." – BBC News

Sponsored by RBC


Subscription Packages ON SALE NOW

LA SCALA PHILHARMONIC (Filarmonica della Scala)

Roy Thomson Hall Debut

Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Ben Heppner, tenor

Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 8:00 p.m. RTH

$169.50 - $49.50

Program: Wagner: Selections from Die Walküre and Lohengrin; Wesendonck Lieder

Respighi: Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome

Filarmonica della Scala is the resident orchestra of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the world's most famous opera house. This appearance marks its Roy Thomson Hall debut, 86 years after the legendary Arturo Toscanini led the earlier La Scala Orchestra in its historic 1921 Massey Hall performance. This modern-day orchestra was established in 1982 and has been shaped by such revered conductors as Abbado, Muti, Giulini and Mehta.

The dynamic Italian maestro Riccardo Chailly leads the orchestra on its North American tour with Canada’s own Ben Heppner, opera’s reigning Wagnerian tenor, as soloist.

The audience is invited to a post-concert reception to celebrate Roy Thomson Hall’s 25th Anniversary!

Sponsored by CIBC; this concert is also under the high patronage of the President of the Italian Republic


Valery Gergiev, conductor

Monday, December 17, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$199.50 - $69.50

The most electrifying maestro of our time, Valery Gergiev brings his internationally renowned Kirov Orchestra to Toronto for a dazzling return engagement. The resident orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg traces its roots back to the mid-18th century reign of Peter the Great. Since 1988, under the inspired leadership of Gergiev, the orchestra has entered a new period of unparalleled musical excellence. When Gergiev takes the podium, the passion is palpable!

Sponsored by BMO Harris Private Banking

YUNDI LI, piano

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$89.50 - $39.50

When awarded the coveted Gold Medal at the 2000 Warsaw Chopin Competition at the unprecedented age of 18, Yundi Li was in excellent company: Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman and Maurizio Pollini are previous winners. Mr. Li was the first to be awarded the prize in 15 years. He returns to Roy Thomson Hall after his critically acclaimed, thrilling, sold-out 2006 recital. His virtuosity and sterling musicianship have garnered comparisons to legends Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein.

Sponsored by TD Canada Trust



Friday, October 5, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$69.50 - $49.50

British-born guitar legend John McLaughlin is world-renowned for his innovative collaborations with Shakti, The Mahavishnus Orchestra, The Guitar Trio and Miles Davis. He tours North America with his new electric band: keyboard-percussionist Gary Husband, bassist Hadrien Féraud and drummer Mark Mondesir.

Toronto Blues Society’s 21st Annual


Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$45.00 - $35.00

From its roots in the small clubs of Toronto to the blow-out nights at Massey Hall, the Women’s Blues Revue has consistently delivered the most eclectic and exciting mix of women in blues from new faces to established artists, backed by a stellar all-female band. Stay tuned for this year’s lineup.

Co-presented with Toronto Blues Society


With special guest Michael Kaeshammer

Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$49.50 - $29.50

Destined for international stardom, 24-year-old Russian-born, Israeli-Canadian jazz chanteuse Sophie Milman opened for Cesaria Evora in June ’07, and now headlines her own Massey Hall show. Her stunning debut album stormed the charts, elicited rave reviews and earned her a Juno nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2006.

Award-winning jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer opens with his unique blend of boogie–woogie, ragtime and Jelly Roll Morton’s early jazz stylings combined with funk-inspired bebop, romantic ballads and modern jazz.

Presented by Live Nation


Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$69.50 - $49.50

Chick Corea's four-decade career is the stuff of jazz lore. Winner of 14 Grammy Awards, he has scaled the heights of jazz, rock and classical music as a visionary and continues to break new ground. This is a rare opportunity to experience this creative spirit and piano legend in an intimate solo performance!


Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$49.50 - $29.50

On the heels of their chart-topping and irresistible recording Hey Eugene!, this ultra-chic 12-piece orchestra from Portland, Oregon will shake you up with a blend of Cuban rumba, Parisian café tunes, Hollywood musicals, jazz, cabaret, multi-lingual vocals and everything in between. "Beautiful and sophisticated." - The New Yorker


Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$69.50 - $49.50

A titan of the blues and pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, Buddy Guy is a living link to the halcyon days of electric blues. The five-time Grammy winner and recipient of 23 Handy Blues Awards returns to inspire with blistering vocals, incendiary guitar riffs and boundless energy.


Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. George Weston Recital Hall

$59.50 - $39.50

Pianist Brad Mehldau received a standing ovation when he opened for Wayne Shorter at Massey Hall in 2006, signaling the arrival of one of the future legends of American jazz. He is joined by bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard for this special presentation at the George Weston Recital Hall.

Presented by Massey Hall



Friday, September 21, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$40.00 - $32.00 (ON SALE NOW)

One of music’s most prolific singer-songwriters, North Carolina-native Ryan Adams fronted the alternative country band Whiskeytown for five years before going solo and successfully transitioning to alternative rock. Performing with The Cardinals since ’05, his new CD, Easy Tiger, mixes blistering rock with gentle folk ballads.

Presented by Live Nation


Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 8:00 pm MH

$54.50 - $37.50

Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor, one of the most controversial pop stars of the 1990s. first began transforming the pop cultural landscape two decades ago with her debut solo album, The Lion and The Cobra. Her latest release,Theology, is a double CD collection of all-new "emotionally-charged" songs.

Presented by Live Nation


With special guest Dala

Friday, October 26, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$37.50 - $29.50 (ON SALE NOW)

Canadian rock musician Matthew Good was the lead singer in his own band, one of Canada’s most successful alternative rock bands in the 1990s. He launched his solo career with the release of his Juno nominated CD Avalanche in 2003, and embarks on this, his first-ever solo tour in support of his most recent album, Hospital.

Presented by Live Nation


Solo Reunion Tour: "Together At Last"

Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$69.50 - $39.50

Legendary ‘60s counter-cultural hero Arlo Guthrie galvanized a whole generation with his epic American classic Alice’s Restaurant. The veteran folksinger/storyteller has won an international following with his endearing and distinctive style. This rare "solo" tour takes him to 84 cities across the US and Canada.


Trinity Revisited - A complete performance of Trinity Session with special guests!

Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$49.50 - $29.50

Canada’s beloved country-rock band celebrates the 20th anniversary of its classic 1988 recording Trinity Session with a complete performance of the landmark album. Original band members, with siblings Michael (guitarist-songwriter), Margo (lead vocals), Peter (drums) Timmins, with bassist Alan Anton, are joined by special guests.


Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$49.50 - $29.50

With avid admirers from McCartney to Bono and a growing international following, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith continues his steady rise to world fame with his masterful, heartfelt songs. Backed by an orchestra for his greatest hits, the 2005 Juno Award-winner for Best Songwriter also headlines his 3rd Massey Hall concert with music from his new album. CBC Radio will record the event for future broadcast.


SPIRITUAL SOUNDS OF CENTRAL ASIA: Nomads, Mystics and Troubadours

Alim Qasimov Ensemble; Bardic Divas; Badakhshan Ensemble

Friday, October 12, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$69.50 - $29.50 (ON SALE NOW)

The fascinating and hypnotic vocal and instrumental music of an ancient past is brought to life by18 virtuoso musicians from six remote mountain-ringed countries of Central Asia. This intriguing multi-media concert includes film and photo imagery that evokes the exotic atmosphere of the musicians’ homelands.

Tour sponsored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Music Initiative & World Music Institute

Produced by the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia


Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$99.50 – $49.50 (ON SALE NOW)

Ravi Shankar, the revered guru of Indian classical music, and daughter Anoushka Shankar, a star in her own right, enthrall with their mastery of the sitar — two generations of music's most creative and influential figures. They are joined by an elite ensemble of Indian classical musicians.

Co-presented with Asian Television Network


Wednesday, November 21 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$59.50 - $39.50 (ON SALE NOW)

The Shaolin Warriors bring the remarkable skill, stunning movement and spectacular imagery of Kung Fu to stages the world over. They’re disciples of the Shaolin schools, renowned for their disciplined and deadly martial-arts prowess. A fully choreographed theatrical production! "A dazzling spectacle." - Toronto Star

Co-presented with Jeff Parry Promotions


Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$69.50 - $49.50

Based in Nara, Japan, Yamato uses dozens of taiko drums of all sizes, as well as other traditional instruments, to create stunning displays of technical brilliance, from the delicate tapping of falling rain to powerful explosions of rhythmic thunder. An inspiring, passionate, and intensely physical experience!

Sponsored by Lexus

ASHA BHOSLE:75 Years of Asha

Friday, April 4, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$124.50 - $39.50

Ashe Bhosle is a living legend in her native India where has been thrilling film audiences with her incredible vocal versatility for six decades. Known as the "Nightingale of India," she has recorded as many as 12,000 songs for lip-synching actors in over a dozen languages and in more than 1,000 films. A rare and intimate concert with her musical ensemble!

Sponsored by TD Canada Trust


Friday, May 9, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$69.50 - $49.50

Tabla phenomenon Zakir Hussain is one of India's most renowned cultural ambassadors and an architect of the world music movement. Joined on stage by sarangi maestro Ustad Sultan Khan and the athletic dancing drummers of Manipur, this exhilarating show unites us through the power of rhythm.

Co-presented with Small World Music



With special guest Jimmy Rankin

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$69.50 - $45.50 (ON SALE NOW)

The world’s most popular Irish band, The Chieftains, inspired the worldwide love affair with Celtic music over forty years ago and are still as fresh and relevant today. Famous for their collaborations with extraordinary guest artists, they're joined this night by Cape Breton troubadour Jimmy Rankin.

Presented by RBI Productions


Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$59.50 - $39.50 (ON SALE NOW)

Returning to Toronto after her Massey Hall concert in 2005, Mariza is today’s voice of Fado, Portugal’s soulful blues. With her breathtaking contralto and compelling stage presence, the Mozambique-born singer has won international stardom and a worldwide audience for Fado.

Co-presented with Small World Music


Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$69.50 -$49.50 (ON SALE NOW)

Italian singer–songwriter Zucchero returns, fueled by his high-octane blend of pop and blues. He breaks the international sound barrier with his electrifying performances and super-hot band.

Co-presented with CHIN Radio


Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

Sunday October 7, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$105.50 – 75.50 (ON SALE NOW)

Italian mega-star Claudio Baglioni has enjoyed a prolific career as a singer-songwriter-actor over the past four decades, with many solo albums and collaborations. One of his famed works is the anthem written for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. As an actor, he has appeared in several films by Italian director Franco Zeffirelli.

Presented by Radio Uno

TU ES PETRUS - An Oratorio by Piotr Rubik

Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. RTH

$125.00 - $85.00 (ON SALE NOW)

Written and conducted by Polish composer Piotr Rubik, and dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II, this performance marks the Canadian premiere of Tu Es Petrus and features over 100 performers, including a choir, orchestra and soloists from Poland.

Presented by Catholic Youth Studio – KSM Inc.


Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. RTH

$105.50 – 75.50 (ON SALE NOW)

Italian singer-songwriter Gigi d’Alessio has composed and arranged music for many of Italy’s prominent artists and has released many solo albums. He is joined for an evening of song by Italian pop star Anna Tatangelo, mutiple winner at the Sanremo Music Festival, including the New Arrivals (Nuove Proposte) Award in 2002.

Presented by Catholic Radio Uno


Friday, November 9, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$59.50 -$39.50

This exquisite ancient spiritual ceremony — the Sema — features beautiful costumes, hypnotic flutes, strings and percussion, and the amazing sight of dervishes whirling in harmony with the universe. This year celebrates the 800th anniversary of the birth of 13th century poet Rumi, the inspiration for this astonishing ritual.


Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$59.50 - $39.50 (ON SALE NOW)

Guitarist-composer-singer Pavlo delivers an exhilarating blend of "Mediterranean Music" with influences from Spanish flamenco to Greek bouzouki. His latest CD is a live recording of his exciting, Massey Hall debut in 2006. He returns with his band, a troupe of belly dancers, and special guests.

Sponsored by the Greek National Tourism Organization


Friday, January 25, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$59.50 - $39.50

Spain’s master guitarist Paco Peña and his spectacular troupe of dancers, singers, and musicians present "A Compás" (To The Rhythm) – a stunning tour through the roots of flamenco dance and music, with Andalusian, Middle Eastern, African and Asian influences blended together for an authentic, spellbinding tour-de-force.



Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$69.50 - $49.50

Singer-poet-guitarist Caetano Veloso, a two-time Grammy Award winner for Best World Music Album, has been called "the Bob Dylan of Brazil." Jailed and exiled with Gilberto Gil for founding the explosive Tropicália movement in the 60s, he makes every song he sings a luminous gem, shimmering with poetry and insight.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$59.50 - $29.50

Grammy-nominated Perú Negro’s high-energy show is a festival of vibrant Afro-Peruvian dance, music, and passionate vocals that recreates Peru’s African-derived folkloric history. "From slavery to colonial times to the present, Peru Negro’s stage show celebrates a little-known history worth discovering." – Toronto Star



Monday, October 1, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

Ticket Prices TBC

A charity concert to "Vote Out Poverty" in Canada features major Canadian figures, including keynote speaker Stephen Lewis, host George Stromboulopoulos, comic Mary Walsh, members of the Barenaked Ladies, singer-songwriters Susan Aglukark and Bruce Cockburn, rock star Tom Cochrane, and more.

Presented by The Centre for Social Justice

18TH Annual

Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. RTH

$69.50 - $29.50 (ON SALE NOW)

This year’s spectacular pays tribute to 140 years of military music in Canada as players from eleven military and pipe-and- drum bands perform the stirring music that has inspired Canadians from 1867 to the present. Also included is a rousing sing-a-long of favourite tunes. A Lobby exhibit of military artifacts is on view at 12:30 p.m.

Co-presented with the Royal Canadian Military Institute


Friday, November 2, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. MH

$57.50 - $35.50

The nation’s biggest comedy tour returns to Massey Hall with a twist. Brace yourself for the hottest comics on the scene today, this time in a "relationship" show that dishes the dirt on everything that bonds us and breaks us - Family, Friendship and Love. Complete line-up announced Sept. 5. For more details visit

Presented by Just For Laughs


Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$34.50 (ON SALE NOW)

After selling out concerts at Le Capitole de Québec and the Bell Centre in Montreal, the Quebec singer-songwriter makes his Toronto debut at Massey Hall following the release of his 2nd CD, While I Remember You.

Presented by Ad Libitum Productions Inc.


Friday, November 9, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m. MH

$40 day of; $35 in advance

This show creates its tremendous IMPACT with its unique integration of artistic and acrobatic movement, the power of Xtreme Martial Arts and the non-stop energy of break dancing. The musical talents of Taiko drummers and modern electronic musicians fuse eastern and western ideals, producing an unforgettable IMPACT.

Presented by Ryouko Extreme Entertainment


Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$69.50 (ON SALE NOW)

As the son of the famous crooner, his musical education was in the showrooms of the world. Frank Sinatra Jr. has since won the hearts of fans and critics alike with his own distinctive voice and skills as an arranger, bandleader and pianist. He brings a full orchestra and classic arrangements of The Great American Songbook.

Presented by Gillett Entertainment Group and Live Nation


Friday, November 16, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$85 - $60 (ON SALE NOW)

From Sevastopol, Ukraine, the world renowned Elizarov Dance Theatre features 17 championship dance couples in sumptuous ballroom costumes showcased in an explosive mixture of ten exquisitely choreographed dances - Viennese Waltz, Slow Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, Jive, Paso Doble and Samba.

Presented by Celebritas Entertainment


Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. RTH

Ticket Prices TBC

Free the Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children and this Gala’s goal is to raise one million dollars. Featuring the organization leaders-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger as key speakers, and the African Children’s Choir, comics Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars from Degrassi, and more.

Presented by Free the Children


50th Anniversary Tour

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

Ticket Prices TBC

To celebrate 50 years in show business, mega-star Paul Anka has released My Way, a new CD of his greatest hits, and embarks on a 50th Anniversary Tour. The Ottawa-born crooner-songwriter became an overnight sensation at 16 with his first hit Diana. He has penned 900 songs, including My Way, written for Frank Sinatra.

Presented by Keystone

Massey Hall’s 7th Annual

Monday, December 31, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$59.50 - $39.50

Ring in the New Year with a side-splitting evening of comedy. Yuk-Yuk’s Mark Breslin delivers the goods: the hottest comics and sketch artists for Toronto’s best New Year’s party. The show will end in time for you to arrive at your next party before the clock strikes twelve!


Friday, February 8, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$59.50 - $29.50

Four cultures, four rhythms, one heart! Nova Scotia's spectacular production features 20 musicians, dancers, drummers, and singers from Black, Acadian, Aboriginal, and Celtic traditions – brought together in a heart-pumping fusion of music, dance, poetry, video, rhythm, and song. "Sensational!" - The Chicago Tribune

Presented by Wilker, Loesser & Brookes Diamond Productions in association with Music Nova Scotia


Friday, February 22, 2008 at 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. MH

$34.50 - $29.50

Comic genius Rick Miller’s one-man vocal spectacular features impressions of over 50 voices from TV`s The Simpsons in a hilarious performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth! With a script that remains 85% Shakespeare, MacHomer will leave you "exhausted with laughter." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

20th Annual

Tuesday, August 12 to Friday, August 15, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. RTH

Friday, August 15, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

Ticket Prices TBC

From ballroom to vaudeville, comedy to cabaret, the Jubilee has it all! This celebrated showcase features the talents of 1,300 performers age 50+ from across Ontario. Always a sell-out, the annual festival offers five all-different sparkling variety shows that are "superbly entertaining!" –Toronto Star

Co-presented with Richburn Entertainment in association with COSAP



Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m., MH

$69.75 - $39.75 (ON SALE NOW)

Polish carols and dances for the Holiday Season featuring a kaleidoscopic display of dazzling movement and stunning beauty. With 100 dancers, singers and musicians in 1,500 colourful costumes, Mazowsze embodies the spirit and soul of the Polish people. "There is nothing greater than Mazowsze!" – The New York Times

Co-presented with Starvox Entertainment


Friday, December 7, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$59.50 - $29.50

A home-style New Orleans Christmas, with unique carols like ‘‘Zat You Santa Claus?" plus old favourites and great holiday tunes. The world-famous band from New Orleans serves an infectious blend of sweet and joyous jazz, a flavourful gumbo that’s sure to please! "The best jazz band in the land" - San Francisco Chronicle

Sponsored by Lexus

ST. MICHAEL’S CHOIR SCHOOL - A Christmas Celebration

Jerzy Cichocki and Caron Daley, conductors

Friday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. & Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 3:00 p.m., MH

$36.50 - $22.50

You’ll know it’s Christmas when the 250 cathedral choristers of St. Michael’s Choir School fill the warm acoustics of Massey Hall with seasonal gems, from the serenity of Gregorian chant to the silkiness of White Christmas. The Toronto Philharmonia adds to the festive sound of this year’s celebration.


Elise Bradley, conductor

With special guests: harpist Judy Loman and True North Brass

Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. RTH

$39.50 - $29.50

Celebrating 30 years of children, music and excellence, the Toronto Children’s Chorus turns a page in its illustrious history with newly appointed artistic director-conductor, the internationally renowned Elise Bradley. It’s a don’t-miss Christmas tradition — a moving seasonal classic!


Thursday, December 20 & Friday, December 21, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$59.50 - $39.50

Guitar virtuoso and six-time Juno-Award winner Colin James and his Little Big Band return for two nights of Yuletide fun to play all your favourite Christmas tunes backed by an orchestra that really swings.


Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. MH

$49.50 - $29.50

This "Gospel" concert, inspired by CBC TV and Radio specials, is hosted by CBC personality Andrew Craig who also leads the band in a program of sparkling Christmas favourites featuring the fabulous Faith Chorale, vocal powerhouses Jackie Richardson, Alana Bridgewater and Kellylee Evans and keyboardist Chris Lowe.


With special guest Eric Robertson

Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. RTH

$59.50 - $29.50

They’re a tradition and a delight, for young and old, year after year. Join the Brass as they blow in the season with their virtuoso playing, classic favourites and fine new repertoire. Special guest is Juno and Gemini Award-winning organist Eric Robertson.

Sponsored by Lexus


The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir & Baroque Orchestra

"Herr Handel" - Ivars Taurins, director

Gillian Keith, soprano/ Matthew White, counter-tenor/ Colin Balzer, tenor/ Peter Harvey, baritone

Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. MH

$29.50 Adults; $22:00 Students & Seniors

Let your voice ring out! Join 2,500 enthusiastic choristers as "Maestro Handel" himself conducts his beloved Messiah. Great fun for the whole family!

Sponsored by Agincourt Autohaus

Presented by Tafelmusik

BRAVISSIMO! - A Celebration of World Famous Opera

Members of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra

Tulio Gagliardo, conductor (Italy)

Joni Henson, soprano (Canada) / Rossana Potenza, soprano (Italy) / Elena Eremenco, alto (Kirov Opera) Diego D’Auria, tenor (Argentina) / Marc Hervieux, tenor (Canada)

András Kaldy, baritone (Hungarian State Opera)

Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. RTH

$155 - $75

A great holiday treat for opera lovers! This sparkling production with an all-star cast of singers features overtures, duets and scenes from four much-loved operas: Verdi’s La Traviata and Il Trovatore, and Puccini’s La Bohème and Madama Butterfly.

Co-presented with Attila Glatz Concert Productions

THE CORONATION OF A KING: A Tribute to Benny Goodman – The King of Swing Featuring Bob DeAngelis and The Champagne Symphony

Monday, December 31, 2007 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. RTH

2:00 p.m. - $87.50 - $37.50 / 7:00 p.m. - $95 - $45

On New Year’s Eve 2006, The Champagne Symphony raised audiences at RTH to their feet with multiple standing ovations. Join clarinetist Bob DeAngelis and fifty of Canada’s premiere jazz and classical musicians in this celebration of Benny Goodman’s famous Carnegie Hall concert.

Presented by Bob DeAngelis Entertainment

SALUTE TO VIENNA – World’s Greatest New Year’s Concert !

The Strauss Symphony of Canada

Marcus Huber, conductor (Munich)

Barbara Fonyó, soprano (Budapest) / Neal von Osten, tenor (Vienna)

International Ballroom Dance Champions

Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm RTH

$130 - $55 (ON SALE NOW)

Celebrating its 13th Anniversary, Salute to Vienna once again welcomes in the New Year with an all-new program of glorious waltzes, polkas and operetta arias by Johann Strauss Jr. and his contemporaries. The International Ballroom Dance Champions perform The Blue Danube Waltz and other Viennese classics.

Co-presented with Attila Glatz Concert Productions


Roy Thomson Hall’s 11TH Annual

Roy Thomson Hall’s magnificent Gabriel Kney pipe organ shares the spotlight with Canada’s most celebrated organists and choirs – a delightful way to relax for one hour with great choral music and the King of Instruments.


Lydia Adams, conductor / Shawn Grenke, organ

Thursday, December 13, 2007 12 Noon RTH

Free Admission

The 40-voice Amadeus Chamber Singers, derived from Canada’s pre-eminent 100-voice

Amadeus Choir, perform timeless carols and classic works of the season.


Robert Cooper, conductor / Edward Moroney, organ

Thursday, January 31, 2008 12:00 Noon RTH

Free Admission

Founded in 1964, the 60-voice Orpheus Choir of Toronto is one of Canada’s most prominent large choral ensembles with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st Century.


Linda Beaupré, conductor / Eleanor Daley, organ

Thursday, February 28, 2008 12 Noon RTH

FREE Admission

The celebrated 50-voice Bach Children’s Chorus, ages 10-16, are multiple winners of the Elmer Iseler Choral Award, CBC’s National Radio Choral Competition and Toronto’s Kiwanis Music Festival.


Thursday, April 17, 2008, 12 Noon RTH

FREE Admission

France’s world-renowned Olivier Latry, titular organist of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, performs a solo organ recital. The event coincides with his appearance as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

These concerts are made possible by the generous support of Edwards Charitable Foundation

Suitable for ages 6 and up.

Roy Thomson Hall & Massey Hall

2007-2008 Concert Season – 25th Anniversary of RTH

Tickets on sale to RTH/MH FRIENDSFIRST (members) on Wed., Aug. 15, 2007 at 10 AM

Tickets on sale to the GENERAL PUBLIC on Mon., Aug. 20, 2007 at 10 AM

For tickets and information call 416-872-4255

Buy online: or

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

Subscriptions to the International Vocal Recitals & Virtuoso Performances are available.


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