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December 2011 - Nr. 12
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Two Great Divas Make Their Conservatory Debuts:
Susan Graham and Mavis Staples

Returning Artists Include
Cecilia String Quartet and Julian Kuerti

The Toronto Blues Society Celebrates its 15th Annual Maple Blues Awards

The New Year at The Royal Conservatory starts with the Cecilia String Quartet returning on January 15 to Mazzoleni Concert Hall in the historic Ihnatowycz Hall. Praised for their “passionate tone and sure sense of timing” (The Gazette), the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition winner is joined by internationally acclaimed pianist John O’Conor, for a program of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 31 in E-flat Major, Op. 110 and String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44.

Performers from across Canada take the Koerner Hall stage at the blues party of the year on January 16, as the Toronto Blues Society celebrates its 15th annual Maple Blues Awards. Some of the most powerful blues entertainers in the country will be performing at the gala event, including Maple Blues Award nominees Rita Chiarelli (Ontario), Joe Murphy (Halifax), Fathead (Ontario), MonkeyJunk (Ontario), and Bill Johnson (British Columbia), all backed by The Maple Blues Band featuring Gary Kendall, Michael Fonfara, Teddy Leonard, Al Lerman, Tom Bona, Chris Whiteley, Pat Carey and Chris Murphy. Also performing at the Maple Blues Awards gala are the hostesses for the evening, Shakura S’Aida and Treasa Levasseur.

Canadian conductor Julian Kuerti, who made his Conservatory debut last season conducting the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, returns on January 27 to lead the musicians again, this season joined by pianist Minjoo Jo, winner of the 2010-11 Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition. The program includes Dream-e-scape by R. Murray Schafer, the Composer-in-Residence at The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, along with Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor. Prior to the concert, from 6:45-7:15pm, students from The Glenn Gould School present a free chamber music concert in Koerner Hall.

Two formidable singers make their Conservatory debuts in January. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (with Malcolm Martineau on the piano), who was a stunning Iphigenia in a recent Canadian Opera Company production of Iphigenia in Tauris, returns to Toronto on January 28 in a program of Purcell, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Duparc, Sondheim, Noel Coward, and many other composers. “Graham’s mezzo-soprano is a voice without regrets, healthy, rounded, ineffably musical, and eager for a challenge.” (The New Yorker). On January 29, the soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples brings one of the most recognizable and treasured voices in contemporary music to Koerner Hall. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and lead singer of the first family of gospel music – The Staples Singers – Ms. Staples was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots, and influencing artists from Bob Dylan to Prince, who dubbed her “the epitome of soul.” Get ready to raise the roof!

Master Classes, Prelude Recitals, and Postlude Concerts

Free to the public, the master class series of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School provides students with the opportunity to work one-on-one with internationally acclaimed artists and educators. Susan Graham graces The Royal Conservatory with a master class on vocal performance on Friday, January 27. Three of the Koerner Hall mainstage performances are followed by Postlude Concerts in the Leslie and Anna Dan Galleria, Lower Level: The 24th Street Wailers follow the Maple Blues Awards ceremony on January 16, students from The Glenn Gould School follow Susan Graham on January 28, and Belinda Corpuz follows Mavis Staples on January 29. New this season, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra concerts are now preceded by Prelude Recitals starting at 6:45pm and featuring the talented young students of The Glenn Gould School in chamber music settings.

The Royal Conservatory’s 2011-12 concert season is made possible through the generous support of:
Donors/Sponsors: Aaron Brock Foundation, Georgian Capital, Invesco Trimark, The Kanahoff Foundation, Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak, Roland Canada Ltd, TD Bank Group, World MasterCard®, Yamaha Canada
Season Beverage Sponsors: Amsterdam Brewery, ESKA Natural Spring Water, Jackson Triggs & Inniskillin
The Glenn Gould School Sponsors: D&T Davis Charitable Foundation, Dr. Günes N. Ege-Akter, RBC Foundation, R. S. Williams and Sons Co.
Government: Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Toronto Arts Council
Media: Classical 96.3 FM, Jazz FM, NOW

January Performances at The Royal Conservatory

Cecilia String Quartet with John O'Conor, piano (Mazzoleni Masters):
Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 2pm (MCH);

Toronto Blues Society Maple Blues Awards (Blues):
Monday, January 16, 2012 at 7pm (KH);
starting at $37

Royal Conservatory Orchestra with Julian Kuerti (Orchestra):
Friday, January 27, 2012 at 8pm (KH);
starting at $22

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano, with Malcolm Martineau (Vocal):
Sat., Jan. 28, 2012 at 8pm (KH);
starting at $33.50

Mavis Staples (Soul/Funk/R&B):
Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8pm (KH);
starting at $33.50

(KH) – Koerner Hall; (MCH) – Mazzoleni Concert Hall

Tickets are available online at, by calling 416.408.0208,
or in person at the Weston Family Box Office

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A limited number of $10 rush tickets are available starting 90 minutes before all performances presented by The Royal Conservatory

All concerts take place at The Royal Conservatory
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

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