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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Band of the Irish Guards and The Pipes, Drums and Dancers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland

(Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 2 PM / Roy Thomson Hall
$69.50 - $39.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or buy online at
or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Toronto, ON.  January 14, 2010   

The Band of the Irish Guards and The Pipes, Drums and Dancers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) bring all the pomp and grandeur of the British Empire to Roy Thomson Hall with a rousing presentation of pageantry and music called Hands Across the Sea on Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 2 PM. The Toronto performance is part of the companys extensive 2010 North American tour and features over 80 performers and a stirring program of marches, anthems, fanfares, bagpipe medleys, jigs and popular songs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

In 1900, Queen Victoria formed The Irish Guards to commemorate the bravery of the many Irish Regiments that had fought in the South African campaigns. The Band of the Irish Guards was formed about the same time and quickly gained a reputation for excellence. In 1905 the Band made the first of many tours of Canada and the people of Toronto were so impressed that they presented the Band with a Silver Cup that even today remains a cherished possession of the Band. With a current roster of 49 musicians, the Bands main duty is to play for the Mounting of The Queens Guard at Buckingham Palace (alternating with the other four Foot Guards Bands), and for official ceremonial occasions such as State Visits, Royal Weddings, Royal Garden Parties and, of course, The Queens Birthday Parade.  Over the years the Band of the Irish Guards has toured Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Germany, Hong Kong, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Japan. During this 2010 North American tour, the Band makes its U.S. debut.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders came into being in 1881 with the amalgamation of two distinguished Scottish regiments (which had been formed during the reign of George III): The 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders last appeared on a North America concert tour with the Black Watch in 1989 and with the 1st Battalion Queens Regiment in 1993. In March 2006 the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders became the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, and are due to receive new colours in 2010.  The Battalion recently returned from Helmand Province in Afghanistan, where the Pipes and Drums were deployed as part of the Heavy Machine Gun platoon, working closely with the U.S. Marine Corps. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, are now based in Canterbury, Kent.

This performance is co-presented by Attila Glatz Concert Productions and Roy Thomson Hall
The Band of the Irish Guards and The Pipes, Drums and Dancers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland Sunday, February 7, 2010 at 2 PM / Roy Thomson Hall $69.50 - $39.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or buy online at


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Masters of Persian Music - Three Generations -

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 8 PM / Roy Thomson Hall
Tickets: $69.50 - $49.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or buy online at
or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Toronto, ON.  January 7, 2010 After an absence of four years, the Grammy-nominated Masters of Persian Music, an ensemble of Irans most celebrated musicians, returns to Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 8 PM. This latest tour, titled Three Generations, spotlights the talents of two of the pre-eminent figures in Persian classical music the inspirational Hossein Alizadeh, maestro of the Tar (plucked lute) and Kayhan Kalhor, the worlds greatest virtuoso of the Kamancheh (spike fiddle). Also featured is the remarkable young vocalist Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh, the leading disciple of the legendary Mohammad Reza Shajarian. They are joined by Pezhham Akhavass on Percussion, Fariborz Azizi on Bass Tar, Siamak Jahangiry on Ney (reed flute), and Rouzbeh Rahimi on Santur (hammered dulcimer). The Toronto concert is the first stop on the groups 13-city, three-week North American tour that winds up at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Hossein Alizadeh, born in Tehran in 1951, is Irans most famous master of the Tar, and an inspiration to an entire generation of his nations musical culture. In 2000, he was declared Best Contemporary Artist by Irans Ministry of Culture and in 2006 his album, Endless Vision, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album of the Year.  He is also known for his soundtracks of such award-winning Iranian films as A Time for Drunken Horses and Gabbeh. The Tar is known in Iran as the King of Instruments. 

Kayhan Kalhor, internationally renowned Kamancheh performer, is a major creative force in todays world music scene and has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West. Born in Tehran in 1963, he has performed as soloist with many ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and is a member of Yo-Yo Mas Silk Road Ensemble. His compositions appear on all three of the Silk Road Ensembles albums; three of his own recent recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards.

Hamid Reza Nourbakhsh is considered one of todays finest Iranian vocalists, following in the footsteps of his celebrated mentor, Mohammad Reza Shajarian. He has performed with many renowned artists and groups, including the Aref Ensemble, the Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra, and the great Santur maestro Faramarz Payvar. He appeared with Kayhan Kalhor at the Thtre de la Ville in Paris and is currently the director of Irans House of Music. This is his debut tour of North America.  

The music of Iran is contemplative, spiritual, and beautiful a response to the countrys landscape, turbulent history, and collective soul.  Poetry is also central to Persian classical music and vocal sections are often set to the poetry of medieval Sufi mystical poets. The appeal of Persian classical music to Western audiences in recent years is evidenced by cellist Yo-Yo Ma's decision to add Persian music to his Silk Road Project tours and recordings.  

This performance is sponsored by Lexus
This performance is a co-presentation with Small World Music

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 8 PM / Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto
Tickets $69.50 - $49.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office,


Friday, December 4, 2009

Renowned Canadian choral ensembles bring holiday cheer to Roy Thomson Hall in two upcoming Christmas concerts

Victoria Scholars Mens Choral Ensemble

& the Senior Choir of St. Michaels Choir School

A Christmas Celebration

Jerzy Cichocki, conductor / William OMeara, organ

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 12 Noon, Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto

FREE Admission - Call 416-872-4255 for further information

The Victoria Scholars Mens Choral Ensemble and the Senior Choir of St. Michaels Choir School join forces for a thrilling Christmas concert of sacred and secular choral music on Tuesday, December 15 at 12 Noon as part of Roy Thomson Halls FREE Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concert Series. The combined two choirs, totaling over 150 singers, are led by conductor Jerzy Cichocki with William OMeara providing the organ solos and accompaniments. The program includes festive works of the season by Bieble, Mendelssohn, Gruber, Widor, Owalabi, Holman, and many others, plus sing-alongs. Admission is FREE.

Established in 1993, the all-male 15-member Victoria Scholars recently released their 3rd CD and are a past winner of the prestigious Healey Willan Grand Prize of the CBC Radio National Competition. In addition to their Toronto concerts, they have toured in Eastern and Western Canada. The 142 young choristers of the Senior Choir of St. Michaels Choir School are part of a rich choral tradition that has produced some of Canadas finest vocalists, including Michael Burgess, John McDermott and Michael Schade. Jerzy Cichocki is Artistic Director of St. Michaels Choir School, Conductor of the Senior Choirs of St. Michaels Cathedral, and Music Director of the Victoria Scholars. Dr. Cichocki received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from Yale University and has guest conducted orchestras and choirs across Canada and the U.S. William OMeara, Organist at St. Michael's Cathedral and Accompanist for the choirs of St. Michael's Choir School, has performed widely in Europe, Russia, North and South America and is well known for his improvisations for silent films.

Roy Thomson Halls popular noontime series, currently celebrating its 13th season, showcases Canadas finest choral ensembles and organists in concert and spotlights Roy Thomson Halls magnificent Gabriel Kney Pipe Organ. The series is generously supported by Edwards Charitable Foundation.

Toronto Childrens Chorus

A Chorus Christmas: Season of Creation

Elise Bradley, Artistic Director

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 2PM - Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto

Tickets: $44.50 - $34.50: Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

The multi-award-winning Toronto Childrens Chorus returns to Roy Thomson Hall to present its annual Christmas concert, a long-standing and cherished Toronto tradition. Artistic Director Elise Bradley leads more than 300 choristers ages 6 to 17 in an enchanting program of traditional and contemporary seasonal classics including Benjamin Brittens A Ceremony of Carols, Bob Chilcotts Canticles of Light, and Ruth Watson Hendersons Creations Praise. Special guests include True North Brass, harpist Judy Loman, organist Ruth Watson Henderson, and percussionist Andy Morris. The 100-member Alumni Choir sings carols in the Lobby before the concert under the direction of guest conductor Linda Beaupr.

The Toronto Childrens Chorus is recognized as one of the worlds leading choral ensembles for children. Founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle, the chorus is celebrating its 32nd concert season and its third season under the direction Artistic Director Elise Bradley who was appointed to the position in 2007. Ms. Bradley was previously Head of Music at Westlake Girls High School in Auckland, New Zealand and also served as Musical Director of the NZ Secondary Students Choir. Under her baton, her New Zealand choirs have won such prestigious awards as the City of Vienna Prize at the Internationales Jugendng and Champions at the World Choral Games in Xiamen, China. Since arriving in Toronto, Ms. Bradley has prepared the TCC for their annual series of concerts as well as for performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Consort. The choristers 2009 summer tour to Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic included a personal invitation from the Vienna Boys Choir to perform with them at Viennas famed Musikverein.

This performance is co-presented by Toronto Childrens Chorus and Roy Thomson Hall.


Roy Thomson Hall and Attila Glatz Concert Productions present 2 HOLIDAY CLASSICS at Roy Thomson Hall

Bravissimo! Operas Greatest Hits! on New Years Eve 2009 at 7pm;
and Salute to Vienna on New Years Day 2010 at 2:30pm.

Bravissimo! Operas Greatest Hits!

Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 7:00 PM / Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto

Tickets $155 - $75 Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at 60 Simcoe Street

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Bravissimo! Opera's Greatest Hits! returns for the 3rd consecutive year to Roy Thomson Hall with an all new program of beloved arias, duets and overtures from the world's most popular operas. This years showcase of irresistible melodies is on New Years Eve, Thursday, December 31at 7:00 p.m., and features an international cast of six opera stars who are joined by the 78-member Opera Canada Symphony under the direction of the eminent Austrian conductor Roberto Paternostro.

The guest artists, all enjoying spectacular careers on major opera stages around the world, are American soprano Sarah Jane McMahon, French soprano Susan Neves, Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Bocharova, Portuguese tenor Bruno Ribeiro, American tenor Carl Tanner, and Serbian baritone Nikola Mijailovic.

Maestro Paternostro, who was an assistant to the late Herbert von Karajan in Berlin, is General Music Director of the Staatstheater Kassel and Musical Adviser to the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He has also guest conducted opera and orchestral performances throughout Europe for more than two decades, beginning with the famed 1985 Opera for Africa gala at the Arena in Verona, Italy.

The enchanting program includes favorite selections from Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Rigoletto, La Traviata, The Magic Flute and much more. Rick Phillips, well-known Canadian broadcaster, writer and lecturer in the world of opera, will narrate the performance.

Salute to Vienna

Friday, January 1, 2010 at 2:30 PM / Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto

Tickets $135 - $55 Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at 60 Simcoe Street

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Torontos annual New Years Day concert, Salute to Vienna, returns to Roy Thomson Hall for the 15th consecutive year on Friday, January 1, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. This cherished celebration, modeled after the Austrian capitals world-famous Neujahrskonzert (New Years Concert), will once again welcome the New Year with a program of symphony, song and dance featuring more than 75 performers and the joyous music of Viennese Waltz King Johann Strauss Jr. and his contemporaries.

Roy Thomson Halls 2010 Salute to Vienna features the Strauss Symphony of Canada under the baton of acclaimed Viennese maestro Peter Sommerer, principal conductor at the Theatre of Osnabrueck. The guest opera singers, Hungarian soprano Beatrix Lzin and Austrian tenor Wolfgang Gratschmaier will perform arias and duets from the much-loved operettas of Strauss, Lehr and Klmn. Dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine and International Ballroom Dance Champions will grace the stage in colourful costumes as they perform elegant Viennese waltzes and exuberant polkas.

Artistic director and founder Attila Glatz introduced the Viennese New Years concert tradition to North America when he presented the first Salute to Vienna in Toronto on New Years Day, 1995. The tradition quickly spread, and this year Salute to Vienna will be presented in 20 North American cities almost simultaneously. All Salute to Vienna productions feature a brand new cast and new program, performed by local symphony orchestras, international conductors and European opera singers, and dancers from prominent ballet companies.

Bravissimo! and Salute to Vienna are co-presented by Attila Glatz Concert Productions and Roy Thomson Hall

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Christina Petrowska Quilico Plays Music of Ann Southam & Honours Suzukis

Launch of 22nd CD, Pond Life Tuesday, May 12



Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, winner of the 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award, will perform the music of Ann Southam in memory of visual artist Aiko Suzuki and in recognition of the work of The David Suzuki Foundation.

The concert features music from Petrowska Quilicos 22nd CD, Pond Life, and takes place at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W., Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. At a reception following the concert, the Canadian Music Centre launches the CD, her sixth on the Centrediscs label.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Petrowska Quilico describes the evenings experience as the underwater world of Ponds, Creeks and RiversĶmesmerizing, sensual and hypnotic colors of water in serene, tranquil and sometimes virtuosic waves of music.

Pond Life is a two-CD set of music by Ann Southam. It includes new pieces written especially for Petrowska Quilico (Ponds, Creeks, Soundstill and Noisy River). The first of Southams Ponds series was inspired by the painting Spatial View of Pond by the late Aiko Suzuki (1937-2005).

Petrowska Quilico recorded another water-themed CD of Southams music for Centrediscs in 2005 the acclaimed three-CD set, Rivers, on the Canadian Composers Portrait Series. She has also recorded Michel-George Brgents Portraits, and Eclipse by David Mott, and appears on two other Centrediscs CDs Chris Paul Harman (music by Harman), and So You Want to Write a Fugue?, a compilation of new Canadian compositions honoring Glenn Goulds 75th anniversary.

Tickets for Pond Life: Ponds, Creeks, Soundstill and Noisy River are $20; $10 students, and are available from the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office, 60 Simcoe Street, or online at -> Buy Tickets, or by phone at 416-872-4255. Tickets will also be sold just prior to the concert at the Glenn Gould Studio Box Office.

Further information is available at which includes sound samples and links to 17 YouTube videos and at Ann Summers International,

For information on Aiko Suzuki, visit


An extraordinary talentĶdazzling virtuosity New York Times.

****ĶShimmeringĶ dazzlingĶ.Amazing, for the amount of virtuosity and variety Petrowska Quilico has squeezed onto a mere two discs. Globe and Mail review of her two-CD set, Ings, September 2008

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico has premiered hundreds of new works over an illustrious career, including over 20 piano concertos. Born in Ottawa, Petrowska Quilico studied with Boris Berlin at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she made her debut, with orchestra, at age 10. She received a scholarship to study at New Yorks Juilliard School as a student of Rosina Lhvinne, Jeaneane Dowis and Irwin Freundlich. From them, she acquired the formidable technique that has allowed her to learn challenging new works in very short time, and to perform them with dazzling virtuosity. At 14, she made her New York concert debut with full orchestra at Town Hall as a co-winner with fellow student Murray Perahia of the High School of the Performing Arts Concerto Competition. After graduation, she studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and later in Darmstadt and Berlin with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gyrgy Ligeti. She is a Full Professor of Piano Performance and Musicology at York University.

Many of her 22 recordings are devoted to music of the 20th century. As well, she has solo CDs featuring the likes of Chopin, Liszt and Debussy, and four recorded with her late husband, Metropolitan Opera baritone Louis Quilico. In recognition of her exceptional commitment to Canadian composers and their music, in 2008 the Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers presented Petrowska Quilico with their 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award.

Christina Petrowska Quilicos CDs may be ordered through the Canadian Music Centre Boutique at, and

Christina Petrowska Quilico is managed by Ann Summers International.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Kyiv Chamber Choir Makes Awaited Return

Roy Thomson Hall: Friday, April 24 at 7:30PM

For Immediate Release Toronto, March 24, 2009: Platinum Concerts International (PCI) proudly presents the world-renowned Kyiv Chamber Choir and conductor Mykola Hobdych at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday April 24 at 7:30 p.m. This concert is part of a Canadian tour which includes 12 Canadian cities and marks the much-anticipated return of this award-winning ensemble, which last appeared in Canada in 2006 to public and critical acclaim. The Toronto performance is unique however, as the Kyiv Chamber Choir joins forces with renowned choral ensembles Elmer Iseler Singers, Vesnivka Choir, and St. Michaels Choir School for an evening of classical Ukrainian choral works sung in the antiphonal style, with the sounds of these Choirs coming from around Roy Thomson Hall.

Kyiv Chamber Choir performances always bring audiences to their feet. Presenting programmes that combine choral works drawn from a rich Ukrainian musical history dating back over 1,000 years, the 21-voice ensemble has earned a world-wide reputation as the foremost proponent of Ukrainian choral music, and has won three Grand Prix awards in European choral competitions. Ukrainian folk music, arranged by the finest contemporary composers, is also a part of the Choirs dynamic performance, featuring costumes, instruments and choreography. The Kyiv Chamber Choirs outstanding performances are unlike anything else in the world of music. This is an ensemble of rare quality, a purveyor of music at its transcendent best, wrote Bill Richardson in The Georgia Straight after the KCCs last Canadian visit.

In addition to their touring and concerts, the celebrated Kyiv Chamber Choir has recorded over 30 CDs, featuring the best music of their homeland, delivered with outstanding skill and overwhelming passion. The Kyiv Chamber Choirs 2009 spring tour (taking place April 22 to May 5) includes Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo and (for the first time) Victoria B.C. and St. Catharines, Ont.

Platinum Concerts International is a Toronto-based organization whose primary goal is to bring the hidden treasure of great Ukrainian choral music to mainstream arts and music audiences in North America. For more details, please visit PCIs website -

Kyiv Chamber Choir / Mykola Hobdych, conductor

With the Elmer Iseler Singers (Lydia Adams, conductor)

Vesnivka Choir (Halyna Kvitka Kondracki, conductor)

St. Michaels Choir School (Jerzy Cichocki, conductor)

Roy Thomson Hall Friday, April 24 at 7:30PM

For tickets: $65, $55, $45 (incl. all sales taxes), please visit

or call the box office at 416-872-4255

Tickets are also available through PCI toll-free at 1-877-266-2557

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Christipher O'Riley - March 11


Classical pianist CHRISTOPHER ORILEY

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 8 PM / Glenn Gould Studio

$39.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or online at

or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Hes charming, articulate, and a different kind of classical pianist. From his groundbreaking transcriptions of Radiohead to his powerful interpretations of repertoire classic and contemporary, pianist Christopher ORiley has redefined the possibilities of classical music. He has taken his unique vision to both traditional classical music venues and symphonic settings, as well as to entirely new audiences on the radio, at universities and even clubs. As host of the most popular classical music radio show on the air today, National Public Radios From the Top, Mr. ORiley works and performs with the next generation of brilliant young musicians, demonstrating to audiences, with humour and lack of pretense, that these young artists are as diverse in their personal lives as they are in their music-making. In 2007, From the Top was filmed for public television in Zankel Concert Hall at Carnegie Hall and debuted on PBS in the spring. The series is now airing its third season.

Performances in the 2008-2009 season include tours with James Galway and cellist Carter Brey, recitals at the University of Colorado, Duke University, and orchestral engagements with the Baltimore Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, and Atlantic Classical Orchestra. At the Miller Theatre in New York City, Mr. ORiley will showcase his own arrangements alongside classical repertoire in three programs juxtaposing works of Shostakovich (Preludes and Fugues) with Radiohead, Debussy (Images and Estampes) with Nick Drake, and Schumann (Arabeske and Kreisleriana) with Elliott Smith. This season also finds ORiley playing recitals in Europe: London, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna.

His first recording of Radiohead transcriptions, True Love Waits (Sony/Odyssey) received 4 stars from Rolling Stone and was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. His second set of music from the British alt-pop outfit, entitled Hold Me to This: Christopher ORiley plays the music of Radiohead, was released on World Village/Harmonia Mundi to a similarly enthusiastic response. In April 2006, his third set of transcriptions was released on the same label. Entitled Home to Oblivion; An Elliott Smith Tribute, Mr. ORiley tackled the deeply emotional and complex work from the troubled singer/songwriter who died prematurely in 2003. His most recent recording, released in April 2007 and entitled Second Grace: The Music of Nick Drake, is a disc of transcriptions of the music by the British folk singer. Nick Drake died in 1974 after releasing just 3 albums, yet influenced two generations of songwriters in his wake.

In 2004, Mr. ORiley toured the US with the world-famous Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra visiting 10 cities in 2 weeks, playing Bach, Mozart and Liszt concerti. He has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Minnesota Orchestra, the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Detroit, Colorado, Atlanta and Baltimore. The illustrious group of conductors with whom he has collaborated includes Marin Alsop, David Zinman, Leonard Slatkin, John Williams, Neeme Jrvi, Bobby McFerrin, Hans Graf, Yoel Levi, Hugh Wolff and Andrew Litton. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, Mr. ORiley has twice participated in the annual Absolute Concerto concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, a brainchild of ORileys fan in the 80s, Andy Warhol, premiering works by Richard Danielpour and Michael Torke. In 1999-2000 he performed Michael Daughertys Le Tombeau de Liberace with the Detroit Symphony and with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, both in St. Paul and on tour. He has also recently given premieres of works by Aaron Jay Kernis, including his piano quartet, Still Movement with Hymn, (also recorded for Deccas Argo label) and the Superstar Etude No. 1, inspired by the pianism of Jerry Lee Lewis. His radio and TV show can be found on-line at His personal website is at

Sponsored by XM Satellite Radio at Glenn Gould Studio.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 8 pm / Glenn Gould Studio

250 Front Street West, Toronto

Tickets $39.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

MH/RTH 09-10: Jazz at Massey - International vocal-virtuoso, four Special concerts

The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

Announces its 2009-2010 season of jazz and classical concerts:

JAZZ @ MASSEY HALL (series of 3 concerts)


VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCE (series of 3 concerts)



Call 416-872-4255 or online at or

or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

JAZZ @ MASSEY HALL (Series of 3 concerts)

Now in its sophomore year, the Jazz @ Massey Hall series presents three concerts with three very distinct perspectives on jazz. The lines are blurred between classical and jazz, contemporary popular music is re-worked as jazz standards, and uncharted territory is explored through improvisation.

Subscriptions: $295 - $145.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 8 PM

Pianists Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock reunite after their ground-breaking, dueling-keys performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008. The hottest artist on the classical music planet and the legendary jazz pianist join forces, performing a variety of solos, duets and concertos for two pianos, with orchestra.

"...a genre-crossing revamp of George Gershwin's ''Rhapsody in Blue'' was the perfect showcase for these two hugely talented ivory tinklers." --Entertainment Weekly on 50th Grammy Awards performance


Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 8 PM

Fifty years ago, saxophonist Ornette Coleman caused the world of jazz to take a sharp left turn. The Shape Of Jazz To Come was a groundbreaking album and its influence has since been felt by virtually every jazz musician. Coleman was rightfully recognized in 2007 with both a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. We know first hand how powerfully his music continues to resonate, thanks to the deeply memorable concert at Massey Hall in 2005.

There are concerts in the world of jazz, plenty of concerts, and then there are events. Ornette Colemans appearance in Toronto was both. --The Globe & Mail


Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8 PM

Universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists on the jazz scene today, Brad Mehldau pushes boundaries, blending musical genres and blazing trails in new musical territory. His hauntingly beautiful melody lines and stunning improvisations reveal his deeply intelligent musicianship, with influences that range from Radiohead to Nick Drake and Oasis to the great American Standards.

The elliptical lines, volatile rhythmic figures and unexpected bursts of color and dissonanceĶ prove that Mehldau writes as cleverly as he plays. --The Chicago Tribune


Roy Thomson Hall is proud to introduce audiences to four vocal artists making their debuts on this series. Together they share youth, critical acclaim, energy, and a mastery of their craft. Individually, they bring fresh and distinctive voices to the worlds great opera houses, orchestras, and now in recital on this series. Music lovers will discover a new generation of stars.

Subscriptions: $265 - $125


Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2 PM

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja is an exhilarating young talent, one of the most promising artists of the new millennium. His is an exceptionally beautiful lyric tenor which recalls a young Pavarotti, capturing the long-lost classic sounds and timbre of earlier 20th century tenor greats. He has performed at the major opera houses of North America and throughout Europe from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to the Salzburg Festival, and has toured Germany, in concert, with soprano Anna Netrebko. No stranger to Canadian audiences, he made his thrilling Canadian debut as Rodolfo in La Bohme in Toronto with the Canadian Opera Company to great critical acclaim.

Ķa rare discovery, evoking memories from Caruso to Domingo with the suppleness of his tone and the expressive, highly individual lyricism he brings to even the most familiar material. --The Observer


Sun Feb 14 2010 at 2 PM

The Globe and Mail hailed her as "one of the dream sopranos of our time," who in turn is "distinctive, sophisticated, deeply intuitive, a questioning and fearless artist." She has wowed audiences and critics the world over with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range. With one Grammy and nineteen Juno nominations, and two Juno awards to her credit, she has also proved herself a wildly successful recording artist. Whether gracing the great operatic or concert stages of the world, Gauvin has the remarkable ability to instantly convey the musical heart of every piece she performs. No wonder she is an audience favourite and Canadas Queen of Song.

NATHAN GUNN, baritone

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 8 PM

American baritone Nathan Gunn has been casting a spell around the globe with his daring interpretations of both classical and new opera repertoire. Hes been forging new creative worlds with his electrifying performances on the stages of top European and American opera houses. His recording of Peter Grimes with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for a Grammy award, and he has numerous accolades to his credit, including the first winner of the Beverly Sills Award for Young Singers and was a pick in People magazines annual Sexiest Man Alive issue.


Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 2 PM

Canadian recital debut

A regular performer at the Metropolitan Opera since the millennium, Alexandra Deshorties has become one of operas most sought-after young stars. Born in Montreal, but raised in Marseilles and educated in New York, Deshorties reflects the rich character and identify of each of these cultural centres through her impassioned singing and committed portrayal of the great operatic roles. Also in demand as a concert artist, she has appeared with orchestras around the world including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, and at the Salzburg Festival.

Ķthe climax of her performance was the great scena Ei parteĶ Per piet, ben mio, with grand singing, impassioned interpretation. It was the operas high point. --San Francisco Classical Voice


Torontos cultural renaissance combines with Roy Thomson Halls international reputation for acoustic excellence to make the Hall a favourite destination for the worlds elite orchestras. This seasons Virtuoso Performances series offers a rare opportunity to experience three of those ensembles, each with its own distinctive voice, each led by an inimitable maestro.

Subscriptions: $395 - $115


Monday, October 19, 2009 at 8 PM

Franz Welser-Mst, conductor

Repertoire, TBA

One of the worlds most-revered symphonic ensembles makes a rare Toronto appearance, the launching point of a pan-European tour. The orchestra achieved greatness under the renowned George Szell, who directed it for an incredible thirty years beginning in the mid-1940s. Now in its 90th season, music director Franz Welser-Mst boldly moves the ensemble into the 21st century. The orchestra has long been acclaimed as the most European of the American Big Five and remains securely positioned among the top ten in the world.

Ķthe finest in America --The New York Magazine


Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 8 PM

Yannick Nzet-Sguin, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Messiaen: Les offrandes oublies

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has been the musical heart of the Netherlands since 1930. The orchestra gained world acclaim in the 1970s under the youthful baton of Edo de Waart, touring internationally and producing outstanding recordings. In 1995 Valery Gergiev took the reins, founding the Gergiev Festival Rotterdam, with the ensemble playing a vital role in one of the Netherlands major cultural events. Montreal-born Yannick Nzet-Sguin succeeded Gergiev in 2008, upon receiving an unprecedented and astonishing unanimous vote from the orchestra. Since then, the brilliant young Nzet-Sguin has been dazzling audiences the world over with his incisive leadership and artistry. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is in high demand worldwide as a soloist, admired for his incredible technique and poetic interpretations. .

Presented in association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 8 PM

Valery Gergiev, conductor

Repertoire, TBA

Under the dynamic leadership of musical director Valery Gergiev, the internationally-acclaimed powerhouse Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly known as the Kirov Orchestra) never fails to thrill, astound and astonish. Every performance is crafted with gemstone brilliance, every performance, the experience of a lifetime. A favourite with Toronto audiences and always a sellout, the orchestra returns for its 5th appearance at Roy Thomson Hall.

The Kirov Orchestra is a perfectly balanced, impeccably blended virtuoso instrument, and Gergiev plays it with masterly lan. --The Los Angeles Times




Monday, November 16, 2009 at 8 PM

Tickets: $112 - $24

Long Yu, conductor

Yuja Wang, piano

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Yuan Kai: China Air (Canadian Premire)

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

Since its inception in 2000, the highly innovative, 120-member China Philharmonic Orchestra has established extensive collaborative relationships with world-famous conductors and soloists, including Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sara Chang and Placido Domingo. The orchestra aspires to introduce the gems of Chinas symphonic music to the world and the finest of western musical heritage to Chinese audiencesa magnificent cultural exchange. It has performed in the grand venues of the world, including Avery Fisher Hall, Barbican Hall, the world-famous Palais Garnier and Berlin Philharmonie, playing to glowing reviews.

At 20, Yuja Wang has both the energetic, fearless imagination of youth and the probing sensitivity that in most artists comes only with maturity... --San Francisco Chronicle

Presented in association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra


Friday, February 12, 2010 at 8 PM

Tickets: $69 - $29

JS Bach: Italian Concerto

Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Op. 5

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Angela Hewitts triumphant 1st prize win at the Toronto International Bach Piano Competition! Since that prestigious win at Roy Thomson Hall in 1985, Hewitt has firmly established herself as the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time. Her eleven-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach was described as one of the record glories of our age by The Sunday Times. In 2006 she earned the Gramophone Artist of the Year award and received the Order of the British Empire in the Queens Birthday Honours. She is the consummate artist, and captivates utterly with her mesmerizing performances. Roy Thomson Hall is honoured to have her return to our concert stage.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 8 PM

Tickets: $112 - $24

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Lang Lang, piano

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 Classical

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Its a celebration of youthful genius when the phenomenal Lang Lang shares the stage with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. Composed of the world's finest young musicians under the age of 27, who are hand-picked through a rigorous audition process, the orchestra has developed through collaborations with the finest conductors and teachers from the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and the NDR Symphony Orchestra. This performance is part of its first-ever tour of North America.

Presented in association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.


Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11 PM

Tickets: $69 - $20

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Peter Oundjian, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Join Peter Oundjian, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and an international cast of soloists for a special 11pm performance of Beethovens thrilling Symphony No. 9.

Stay for the party in the lobby and dance the night away! Experience the TSO like never before.

Presented in association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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