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Volume 20 Issue 4 - December 2014

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KOERNER HALL IS:“A beautiful space for music ”THE GLOBE AND MAILStewart Goodyearwith Canada’s National BalletSchool, Ballet Creole, and theToronto Children’s ChorusSAT., DEC. 6, 2014 2PMKOERNER HALL FAMILY CONCERTExperience a solo piano versionof Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcrackerwith dancers and young singers!John O’Conor &Desmond HoebigSUN., DEC. 7, 2014 2PMMAZZOLENI CONCERT HALLThe Glenn Gould School proudly presentstwo newly appointed, internationallyknown faculty members in recital.The program includes solo pianoNocturnes by John Field and FryderykChopin, Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 3,and Schumann’s Piano Quintet.Generously supported by Doug Bodley.Marcello Giordaniwith Bruce Stasyna& Ashley ThouretSAT., DEC. 13, 2014 8PMKOERNER HALLGiordani is “arguably the leadingtenor of his generation.” (OperaNews) Pianist Stasyna and sopranoThouret join in this performanceof works by Verdi, Puccini,Tosti, and others.Adi Braun presentsSpeak LowSAT., DEC. 6, 2014 7:30PMCONSERVATORY THEATREJoin vocalist Adi Braun, pianistDave Restivo, bassist Pat Collins,and drummer Daniel Barnesas they trace the musical andpersonal journey of Kurt Weilland Lotte Lenya from Berlin toBroadway in words and song.Generously supported byDoug Bodley.Academy Chamber OrchestraSAT., DEC. 13, 2014 7:30PM MAZZOLENI CONCERT HALLFREE (TICKET REQUIRED)String students from The Phil and Eli Taylor PerformanceAcademy for Young Artists come together as the AcademyChamber Orchestra to perform this special concert.The King’s SingersSUN., DEC. 14, 2014 3PM KOERNER HALLA holiday season celebration, a capella! This festiveconcert will include Renaissance motets, hymns, carols,cantatas, and songs for Christmas.GREAT GIFT IDEA: Koerner Hall Concert Tickets & Gift CardsTICKETS START AT ONLY ! 416.408.0208 www.performance.rcmusic.ca273 BLOOR STREET WEST(BLOOR ST. & AVENUE RD.) December 1 2014 - February 7, 2015 | 11

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