The Royal Conservatory of Music announces concerts of classical music and jazz

Dr Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner, President and Chief Executive of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, today revealed details of the lineup for some of the classical concerts and jazz of the 2022-23 season. The full season of more than 100 concerts, including pop, world music and new special series, will be released in June.

“It is with immense pride that we welcome the public back to Koerner Hall to experience the joy of live music once again. The Royal Conservatory is extremely grateful for the support of visionary philanthropists Michael and Sonja Koerner, who have invested 10 million to create The Michael and Sonja Koerner Fund for Classical Programming. This fund ensures that the highest quality classical music will be presented in our performance venues. Our mission to develop future generations of musicians and bring world’s greatest performers in Toronto was made possible thanks, in large part, to the generosity of these long-time supporters.” says Dr. Peter Simon, President and CEO of Michael and Sonja Koerner.

Mervon Mehta said: “The 2022-23 season is filled with a spirit of renewal and renewal. We look forward to the return of packed houses and listening to the greatest artists in the world. We are indebted to all our artists and to all of our audiences who have graciously adapted alongside us over the past two and a half years. This season is a testament to our unwavering faith in the power of live performances to bring us together, celebrate, find comfort and challenge our world. BMO is once again our partner as a Season Sponsor and they are joined by companies and individuals who collectively enable us to bring you the best in music, night after night.”

Gala concerts

This year, we’re doubling the fun by presenting two gala concerts – one in the fall for our classical audience and one in the winter for our jazz fans.

Jan Lisiecki with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Juno winner, UNESCO ambassador and alumnus of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory, Jan Lisiecki is “perhaps the most ‘complete’ pianist of his age” according to BBC Music Magazine and “immaculate , lyrical and intelligent” according to The New York Times. In his sixth appearance at Koerner Hall, he will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 with the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which for decades has delighted audiences around the world with a magnificent sound that reflects its unique ability to create collaboratively. The rest of the program consists of Haydn’s Symphony No. 77 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 33.

“Rhapsody and the Blues” with Jens Lindemann, Jon Kimura Parker and the Yamaha All Star Big Band

Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is the focal point of this special big band jazz gala concert by composers such as Oscar Peterson, Nat King Cole, Tommy Dorsey, and many more. As the first classical brass soloist to receive the Order of Canada, Jens Lindemann is hailed as one of the most celebrated artists in the history of his instrument and was recently named International Brass Personality of the Year by the Brass Herald. . Fellow Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker, described as “sharp and energetic” by The New York Times, performs solo in the first half of the concert, then joins the big band for Rhapsody in Blue in the second half.

Gala dinner and concert packages are available by dialing 416.408.2824 x 447.

Subscriptions on sale Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 10 a.m. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 22, 2022 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $25. All concerts take place at the Royal Conservatory.

Tickets and subscriptions available online at www.rcmusic.com/performanceby calling 416.408.0208, or in person at the Weston Family Box Office.

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