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THE SCOOP | Royal Conservatory Preview A Vibrant 16/17 Season

By Michael Vincent on January 27, 2016

Lang Lang
Lang Lang will appear at the RCM Season Gala on
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (Photo: Harald Hoffmann)

It seems January is ground zero for season announcements in Toronto this year. With announcements by the COC, Opera Atelier, Tafelmusik, Sinfonia Toronto, the TSO (next week) and RCM’s recent announcement of the 21C Music Festival line-up, there is a lot to look forward to in 2016/17 season.

The RCM season opens with Lang Lang performing at the Season Gala on October 18th. Lang Lang’s signature panache has become a safe choice for season-opening galas; he has opened seasons at the NACO, The New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and others last year.

Other pianists joining the season line-up are Daniil Trifonov, Stewart Goodyear, Sir András Schiff, Louis Lortie, and Ludovico Einaudi.

Deborah Voigt
RCM: Deborah Voigt will appear with Brian Zeger Friday, November 11, 2016. (Photo: Heidi Gutman)

On the vocal front, RCM will bring talents Deborah Voigt, Natalie Dessay, and The King’s Singers.

With a reputation for being one of the finest Halls for Chamber music in the world, Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica will return to perform Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Another highlight is violin superstar Nicola Benedetti performing Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” alongside the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Violinist Viktoria Mullova will make her Koerner Hall debut, performing an all-Bach program with Accademia Bizantina.

Koerner Hall debuts also include the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, The Montrose Trio, and The Dover Quartet with rising mandolinist Avi Avital.

There is no shortage of emerging artists, including Montreal-born pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, Canadian pianist Alexander Seredenko, and RCM alum Tony Yike Yang (youngest Chopin prize winner in history).

Cellist Stéphane Tétreault will return to Koerner Hall after his spellbinding appearance as soloist with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain last season.

Toronto’s new JCT Trio (pronounced ‘junction’ – with pianist Conrad Tao, violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell ) will perform a program that explores Mozart’s evolution in his treatment of independent voices, specifically the path from their interdependence in his early works to their independence from each other in his later works in January.

Russian-British violinist Alina Ibragimova, a rising star in Europe will make her Toronto debut with pianist Cédric Tiberghien. The Guardian offers some high praise: “The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener.”

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra will include guest conductors Gábor Takács-Nagy (principal conductor of the Manchester Camerata), Tito Muñoz (Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony), Johannes Debus (Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company) and Bramwell Tovey (Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra).

With RCM’s Executive Director of Performing Arts, Mervon Mehta at the helm, Toronto has come to expect strong programming that matches the jeweled acoustics of Koerner Hall. That said the line-up seems more streamlined this year, but we will have to wait and see for the full-line up anticipated later in June 2016.

Subscription tickets go on sale Friday, February 5, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Single tickets go on sale on Friday, February 12, 2016, at 10 a.m.

More details here.


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