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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

RCM May and June events

The Royal Concert Season 08.09
Ends With an Eclectic Selection of Shows

Spring is in full bloom at The Royal Conservatory and the shows couldn't be more exciting! The May/June schedule includes world music, family shows, and a concert by some of The Conservatory's own, combining to create the perfect end to an exciting season.
The May/June concert series begins with a concert from The Royal Conservatory's Academy Symphony Orchestra (May 2), followed by award-winning artist Kiran Ahluwalia and the Rez Abbasi Trio, who will perform together on May 28. The season will end with two family-friendly shows from dance troupe Motus O who will present Petrouchka (May 30 and 31) and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (June 5-7).

The Academy Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Visentin (Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School and Dean of Young Artists Performance Academy), will perform their second of two symphonic concerts this season on May 2. Comprised of senior string students of the Young Artists Performance Academy of The Royal Conservatory, the orchestra will perform repertoire from Antonio Vivaldi to Arvo Part. Young Artist Performance Academy provides its students with the chance to work with internationally acclaimed faculty and guest artists in order to refine and enhance their performance skills, musicality, and desire for artistic excellence. This concert is free.

Indo-Canadian JUNO Award-winner Kiran Ahluwalia will be performing her blend of ghazal (a form of sung poetry that originated in Persia 1000 years ago) and Punjabi folk music, with her husband, Rez Abbasi of the Rez Abbasi Trio, on May 28. Abbasi, described as one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players on today's scene, has received critical acclaim for his latest album Bazaar, which also features Ahluwalia on several tracks. Ahluwalia's approach to ghazals reflects her own transplanted upbringing (she was born in India but grew up in Toronto) and her bi-cultural life experience has made her adept at reaching new audiences. She is one of the few modern artists who composes new music for the Urdu language ghazals.

Dance group MOTUS O, founded in 1990 by an American gymnast, an Australian sheep shearer, and a Canadian figure skater, bring two of their critically acclaimed full-length productions, created for both family and adult audiences and everyone else who has ever been in love, to The Royal Conservatory. The classic Russian tale of Petrouchka (May 30 and 31), with iconic music by Igor Stravinsky, tells the story of a magical world where a wizard and his three marionettes learn about love and valour. East of the Sun, West of the Moon (June 5-7), is a mythological story which explores the timeless themes of love and redemption, with original music by Peter Jarvis and Paul Tedeschini.

The 2008.09 season was a very exciting one for The Royal Conservatory with the return to the
newly renovated TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning on Bloor Street. The new Centre has garnered much praise for the beautifully restored Ihnatowycz Hall, the state-of-the-art technology, and the impressive new academic spaces.

Academy Symphony Orchestra (Rising Stars Series): Saturday, May 2, 8pm*

Rez Abbasi Trio with Kiran Ahluwalia (World Music Concerts): Thursday, May 28, 7:30pm

Motus O Dance Theatre presents Petrouchka (Family Series): Saturday, May 30, 2pm
Motus O Dance Theatre presents Petrouchka (Family Series): Sunday, May 31, 2pm

Motus O Dance Theatre presents East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Family Series): Friday, June 5, 7:30pm
Motus O Dance Theatre presents East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Family Series): Saturday, June 6, 2pm
Motus O Dance Theatre presents East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Family Series): Sunday, June 7, 2pm

Tickets $20.00, students $10
Motus O performances are free for children 5 and under
Tickets are available online at, by calling 416-408-2824 X321,
or at the door at the RCM, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

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

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

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