THE SCOOP | RCM Announces Full 2022-2023 Season Of Concerts

By Anya Wassenberg on June 7, 2022

RCM News June 2022
Clockwise from left: Alisa Weilerstein, Daniil Trifonov, Kronos Quartet (Images courtesy of RCM)

The Royal Conservatory of Music has announced the complete 2022-2023 season, the 14th at Koerner Hall.

“After two long years of stopping, starting, and postponing, Koerner Hall will once again be brimming with great artists across multiple genres,” says Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, in a release. “Our season will feature artists from 22 countries, six provinces, and six First Nations; and more than 30 new works will receive premieres.”

“Some of the biggest names on the international music scene will sit comfortably beside emerging Canadian artists who are making their mark: Daniil Trifonov on a series with Bruce Xiaoyu Liu, Maxim Vengerov opposite Blake Pouliot, Joshua Redman next to Kellylee Evans, and Philippe Jaroussky sets the stage for Emily D’Angelo. We invite you to join us in the belief that music can bond our fractured society by bringing people together to experience the finest music, whether it be from the classical canon of the past 400 years or from new artists such as Alison Russell who sings of hardship, perseverance and, ultimately, hope.”

Some of the Highlights

Here are some of the season’s highlights, incorporating a wide range of artists and works.

  • Gala Concerts by Jan Lisiecki with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in October playing Mozart and Haydn, and “Rhapsody and the Blues” with Jens Lindemann, Jon Kimura Parker, and the Yamaha All Star Big Band in February;
  • A special event to Commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day (September 30) featuring Tomson Highway, Rebecca Cuddy, Sarain Fox, and more.

The 21C Festival is back for its biggest iteration yet…

  • 11 events;
  • Works by Eliot Britton and Christos Hatzis;
  • Jean-Michel Blais, Esprit Orchestra, Matthew Ricketts;
  • A residency by the Kronos Quartet;
  • Stewart Goodyear will premiere a new work, alongside three by composer Ian Cusson based on the medieval psychedelia of Hieronymus Bosch;
  • Noted jazz composers Fred Hersch and Andrew McAnsch both showcase new works in a concert.

Chamber Music and String recitals

  • In their Farewell performance, the Emerson String Quartet will play Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Dvořák;
  • The Takács Quartet with Jeremy Denk;
  • The Benedettie Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio in a program of Schubert and Tchaikovsky;
  • Alisa Weilerstein re-imagining the Bach Cello Suites;
  • Stewart Goodyear takes the stage with the Chineke! Orchestra to play works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Florence Price, along with his own Callaloo – Caribbean Suite for Piano and Orchestra.

Biggest Piano Series

The biggest piano series yet at Koerner Hall includes seven concerts.

  • Imogen Cooper plays Liszt and Beethoven;
  • Daniil Trifonov will play a mixed program of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Ravel and Scriabin;
  • International Chopin Piano Competition Gold Medallist Bruce Xiaoyu Liu plays Chopin and Liszt;
  • Fazıl Say will play Couperin, Debussy, Mozart and a new work of his own;
  • Beatrice Rana will play Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 29;
  • Marc-André Hamelin performs Dukas, Oswald, Fauré, and a work of his own;
  • Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will play Dvořák, Leoš Janáček and a piece by Alexander Vustin

More…

  • Celebrated mezzo Emily D’Angelo will sing works from her highly acclaimed album enargeia, including Hildegard von Bingen, Missy Mazzoli, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Early music programs by Philippe Jaroussky with Ensemble Artaserse and Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, and Roderick Williams;
  • The Royal Conservatory Orchestra will play with a string of guest conductors, including Tania Miller and Joshua Weilerstein.;
  • On the choral front, the King’s Singers come back to Koerner Hall for a mixed program of favourites and new works;
  • The Music on Film Series at Hot Docs returns for the 11th consecutive year.

There are many more concerts, including jazz, pop, and global sounds. Full details available here.

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