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Monday, December 15, 2008

The Royal Conservatory concerts in 2009

Ring in 2009 with more
Spectacular Performances
at The Royal Conservatory

Come celebrate the New Year at the sparkling new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning as the Royal Concert season continues with concerts and lectures in January and February 2009. There are plenty of free events coming up, so you don't have to worry about your wallet after the holidaysČ›

The free Master Class Series are a wonderful way to see famous musicians as they teach the new generation and perfect their craft. January is filled with master classes and lecture series by such great artists as pianist Anton Kuerti (who continues his 5-part lecture series on Beethoven's piano concertos) on January 16; Andrea Cardenes - Grammy-nominated violinist and recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon - on January 9; the exquisite and incomparable Tokyo String Quartet* on January 23; and renowned Irish pianist Barry Douglas* on January 28. (*presented in conjunction with Music Toronto)

Great Artists Series bring the wonderful soprano Monica Whicher (accompanied by pianist Liz Upchurch) to the stage of Mazzoleni Hall on Sunday, January 18, at 2pm, in a programme of art songs featuring Schumann's Frauenliebe und-leben, Op.42. Dublin International Piano Competition prize winner Li Wang will play Schumann's Kinderszenen, Chopin's Mazurkas, Op. 17, and Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition on Sunday, February 1, at 4pm. Andrew McCandless, The Glenn Gould School faculty member and principal trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will appear onstage with fellow musicians Neil Deland, French horn, Gordon Wolfe, trombone, Vanessa Lee, piano, Julie Spring, harp, and Leonie Wall, flute, on Sunday, February 8, at 2pm, in a program of Bernstein, Ravel, Debussy and others.

World Music Concerts will continue on Thursday, February 19, at 7:30 pm with Canada's renowned world music fusion group autorickshaw. Their music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz and funk blends with the classical and popular music of India. autorickshaw has swiftly risen to become one of the most intriguing acts on the world music and jazz landscapes, garnering a 2004 JUNO nomination and winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005. Suba Sankaran, autorickshaw's vocalist, was recently appointed as a resident artist at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
The last concert of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra series will present the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Oundjian leading the RCO in Ravel's quirky and passionate Alborado del Gracioso and Elgar's Enigma Variations. Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 will round out the programme on Friday, February 20, at 8pm, and feature soloist Alexander Seredenko, the GGS Concerto Competition winner from 2007. This will be the last concert the RCO will be performing at the George Weston Recital Hall before their return home, to the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, next season.

January and February 2009

Andrea Cardenes, violin (GGS Master Class Series):
Friday, January 9 at 10am and 5pm*
Anton Kuerti, piano (GGS Lecture Series):
Friday, January 16 at 2pm*
Monica Whicher, soprano and Liz Upchurch, piano (Great Artists Series):
Sunday, January 18 at 2pm
Tokyo String Quartet (GGS Master Class Series):
Friday, January 23 time TBD*
Barry Douglas, piano (GGS Master Class Series):
Wednesday, January 28 time TBD*

Li Wang, piano (Great Artists Series):
Sunday, February 1 at 4pm
Andrew McCandless, trumpet, with the GGS Brass faculty (Great Artists Series):
Sunday, February 8 at 2pm
autorickshaw, world music fusion (World Music Concerts):
Thursday, February 19 at 7:30pm
Peter Oundjian, conductor, Alexander Seredenko, piano (RCM Orchestra):
Friday February 20 at 8pm +

Tickets $20.00 - $30.00, students $10
Tickets available online at, by calling 416-408-2824 X321,
or at the door at the RCM, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto
* Free event

All events, except for the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, will take place at the Conservatory's new home, the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West.

+ The Royal Conservatory Orchestra performs at the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. For RCO tickets visit or call 416.872.1111.

More information about the 2008-2009 Concert Season is available on The Royal Conservatory website at

The RCM 2008-2009 Concert Season is made possible through the generous support of:
Presentation Sponsors: BMO Financial Group and MasterCard¨∆
Performance Supporters: Acuity Funds Ltd.; Mona and Robert Bandeen; D. & T. Davis Charitable Foundation; Margaret and Jim Fleck; Invesco Trimark; Mr. Thomas Logan; Mary Jean and Frank Potter; Meredith and William Saunderson; Janet and Michael Scott; Shiu Pong
The Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council and RBC Financial Group

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