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THE SCOOP | The Royal Conservatory Announces A Star-Studded 14th Season Preview

By Anya Wassenberg on April 8, 2022

Jan Lisiecki (Photo courtesy of the artist); Jackie Richardson (Photo courtesy of the artist); Bruce Xiaoyu Liu (Photo: ©Darek Golik)
Jan Lisiecki (Photo courtesy of the artist); Jackie Richardson (Photo courtesy of the artist); Bruce Xiaoyu Liu (Photo: ©Darek Golik)

The Royal Conservatory has announced 32 classical and jazz concerts as a preview of its 2022-2023 season.

It’s the RCM’s 14th season in Koerner Hall, a venue beloved by both audiences and performing artists. The remainder of the season, including more than 100 concerts in the genres of world (global) music, pop, as well as classical and jazz, the Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage series, and the next 21C Music Festival, will be announced in early June 2022.

Executive Director, Performing Arts Mervon Mehta commented in a release. “The 2022-23 season is filled with a spirit of revival and renewal. We eagerly anticipate the return of full houses and listening to the world’s greatest artists. We are indebted to all our artists and audiences who have graciously adapted alongside us for the past two and a half years. The season is testament to our steadfast belief in the power of live performances to bring us together, to celebrate, to find solace, and to question our world. ”

From superstar soloists to thought-provoking works and an impressive roster of Canadian and international artists, there is a wide range of performances on offer.

Koerner Hall 2022-23 Preview

Here are some of the highlights of the season as announced so far.

Two Gala Concerts

  • Classical: Jan Lisiecki with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Jazz: “Rhapsody and the Blues” with Jens Lindemann, Jon Kimura Parker, and the Yamaha All Star Big Band

Jazz Concerts: The Great Composers

  • Ravi Coltrane: The Music of John and Alice Coltrane
  • Mingus Dynasty Band and MONK’estra Quartet
  • Joshua Redman 3×3 plays Ellington, Shorter, and Monk
  • Kellylee Evans and Jackie Richardson sing Nina Simone & Abbey Lincoln

Chamber Music Concerts

The Kronos Quartet will perform three concerts:

  • A Thousand Thoughts: A live documentary with the Kronos Quartet
  • Kronos Quartet with students from The Glenn Gould School: Fifty Forward
  • Kronos Quartet: Music for Change

In addition:

  • The Emerson String Quartet bids farewell
  • Chineke! Orchestra with Stewart Goodyear
  • Takács Quartet with Jeremy Denk

String Concerts

  • Maxim Vengerov with Polina Osetinskaya
  • Alisa Weilerstein re-imagines the Bach Cello Suites
  • Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio with monumental trios by Schubert and Tchaikovsky
  • Blake Pouliot with Henry Kramer

The Biggest Piano Series yet in Koerner Hall

  • Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Imogen Cooper
  • Marc-André Hamelin
  • Bruce Xiaoyu Liu
  • Beatrice Rana
  • Fazil Say
  • Daniil Trifonov

Power Corporation of Canada Vocal Concerts

  • Philippe Jaroussky with Ensemble Artaserse
  • Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor, with Roderick Williams, baritone
  • The King’s Singers: Finding Harmony
  • Emily D’Angelo

Of Note:

  • Stewart Goodyear, Marc-André Hamelin, and Fazil Say will perform their own works
  • Early music fans will enjoy programs by Philippe Jaroussky with Ensemble Artaserse and Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, and Roderick Williams
  • The Royal Conservatory Orchestra will perform in concert conducted by William Eddins, Earl Lee, Tania Miller, and Joshua Weilerstein

The remainder of the 2022-2023 season will be announced in June.

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