The Royal Conservatory has now announced the 2015/16 season. The full details plus how to subscribe, buy tickets etc is here. It’s the usual rich mix of music in a wide range of genres. Here are the things I will be looking out for:
April 24th 2016 in Koerner Hall at 3pm there’s a recital by Bryn Terfel with Natalia Katyukova. This is definitely the big name vocal gig of the season.
Also on the recital front is Mazzoleni Songmasters. This is the successor to Recitals at Rosedale organised by Rachel Andrist and Monica Whicher. Let’s hope that moving under the RC banner generates a bigger audience. There will be three concerts in Mazzoleni Concert Hall, all at 2pm.
- On November 1st, Soprano Monica Whicher and Rachel Andrist will give a show titled titled Songs of Remembrance. This program celebrates all aspects of the remembrance theme, from the sentimental and historical to the memories of youth, home, landscape, and country.
- March 6th, 2016 sees Le Travail du Peintre; works inspired by paintings and painters. The singers will be Mireille Asselin and Brett Polegato with pianists Peter Tiefenbach and Rachel Andrist performing works by Poulenc, Debussy, Fauré, Wolf, and others.
- The Hungarian-Finnish Connection, on May 5th, 2016 features works by Liszt, Bartók, Sibelius, and others. The singers will be Erin Wall and Stephen Hegedus, with pianists Rachel Andrist and Robert Kortgaard. Guest violinist Erika Raum will join Erin Wall to perform Kaija Saariaho’s Changing Light for soprano and violin.
There are also plenty of offerings from the Glenn Gould School. No details are available yet but the dates for the Koerner Hall opera performance are March 16th and 18th, 2016 with a fall show in Mazzoleni Hall on November 13th and 14th, 2015. There’s a Vocal Showcase in Mazzoleni on January 30th next year and Brian Current’s GGS New Music Ensemble will perform on May 5th next year.
As I said at the beginning, this is just the stuff that caught my eye. There’s probably something for everybody in the rather impressive line up.