Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Jupiter Symphony

January 16, 2016

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Alexandre Tharaud, piano
Frédéric Antoun, tenor
Philippe Sly, bass-baritone

 

Mozart: Arias
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9, K. 271 “Jeunehomme”
Mozart: Symphony No. 41,K. 551 “Jupiter”

 

This splendid programme displays Mozart’s genius in three quite different musical forms. It offers his last and most invigorating symphony, his first great example of the piano concerto, with its immense charm and many innovations, and several most attractive arias, sung by highly skilled vocalists.  Rachael serves as the accompanist for soloist rehearsals in this program.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Mozart's Requiem

January 21, 2016

The magnificent, deeply human drama of Mozart’s Requiem is brought to life as a moving theatrical event, directed by Joel Ivany and conducted by Bernard Labadie. This gripping semi-staged production casts in a whole new light the composer’s soul-stirring final, unfinished masterpiece.  Rachael serves as the accompanist for the choir and soloist rehearsals.

Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory: Concerto Competition Finals

February 02, 2016

Six talented finalists compete for a chance to perform a concerto with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in the 2016-2017 academic year.  Rachael performs Ciranda das sete notas with bassoonist Bee Ungar.   Finals start at 10:00am and are open to the public.

Forget Your Winter Blues

February 20, 2016

Join us for an afternoon of musical highlights from opera to music theatre and beyond! There will be a reception to follow.

Tickets are available at the door or can be pre-booked by emailing allison@allisonarends.com.
$20 for adults, $15 for seniors/students.

Allison Cecilia Arends, Soprano
Michelle Righetti, Soprano
Patrick Jang, Tenor
Rachael Kerr, Pianist​

New Creations Festival: Knocking at the Hellgate

March 12, 2016

Brett Dean presents a vocal/instrumental suite of excerpts from his forceful, surreal, and highly praised 2010 opera, Bliss.  Russell Braun sings the highly complex vocal role of Harry Joy, the advertising tycoon who descends into a modern Dante's hell on realising the extent of his life's dysfunctionality.  Rachael serves as the rehearsal pianist for this piece.

 

 

Recital: Dylan Maddix, Trumpet

March 30, 2016

Bellstedt  Napoli Variations

Stephenson Sonata No. 1 for Trumpet and Piano

 

 

The TSO presents: Alligator Pie

April 02, 2016

The Orchestra is ecstatic to bring to music the beloved children’s poetry collection Alligator Pie by Toronto poet Dennis Lee. Composed by Abigail Richardson (The Hockey Sweater), the familiar lines of this work will spring off the page and onto the concert stage, igniting delight in poetry and music lovers alike. A TSO Co-Commission.  Rachael serves as the reh pianist for this piece.

 

 

Amadeus Choir presents: Carmina Burana

April 03, 2016

Lydia Adams, conductor and artistic director.  

With The Buffalo Master Chorale, Doreen Rao, conductor and the Bach Children’s Chorus, Linda Beaupré, conductor.

 

Leslie Fagan, soprano

Christopher Mayell, tenor

Peter MacGillivray, baritone

 

Carmina Burana – Orff

Psalm of David – Dello Joio

 

 

Recital: Ann-Merrie Leung, trombone

April 09, 2016

Sulek: Sonata for Trombone and Piano "Vox Gabrieli"

Casterede:  Sonatine for Trombone and Piano

Jacob: Concerto for Trombone

Recital: Emily Whittaker, horn

April 23, 2016

Raum:  Romance

Mozart:  Horn Concerto #2

Dukas: Villanelle

 

St. Michael's College

7:30pm

Recital: Bee Ungar, bassoon

May 01, 2016

Brahms: Cello Sonata in e minor

Arias & Symphonies

May 07, 2016

Soprano Allison Arends returns to the Neapolitan Connection concert series for an afternoon of arias and songs inspired by the symphonic genre!  Tea and cookies plus museum tour included with concert ticket!

 

Program:

Mozart: Exultate Jubilate

Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder

Arias from Stravinksy's The Rake's Progress  and Verdi's La Traviata

 

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich 13

May 13, 2016

Setting texts by esteemed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Shostakovich’s unforgettable Symphony No. 13 (1962) paints a searing portrait of the massacre of many thousands of Jews and other people during World War II at a ravine in Ukraine called Babi Yar. These performances, masterfully conducted by Andrey Boreyko, are a major event in Toronto’s musical season.  Rachael will serve as the choral rehearsal pianist for this program.

Recital: Elisha Willinger, clarinet

May 16, 2016

Morawetz: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Brahms: Sonata in f minor for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120 No. 1

Schoenfield: Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano

Recital: Yada Lee, violin

May 17, 2016

Yada Lee, Elisha Willinger, and Rachael Kerr team up again for a reprise performance of Schoenfield's Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano.

Recital: David Lee, violin

May 30, 2016

Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216

Evening Rhapsody

June 03, 2016

Join us for an evening of Opera, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Art Song, and Popular Favourites!
Friday, June 3rd, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Heliconian Hall, featuring:

Allison Cecilia Arends, Soprano
Michelle Righetti, Soprano
Patrick Jang, Tenor
Jeremy Ludwig, Baritone
Rachael Kerr, Piano

Recital: Catherine Chen, bassoon with guests from the TSO

June 13, 2016

Works by Bourdeau, Elgar, Dutilleux, Jeanjean, and Weber. Members of the TSO will join in playing the Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds.  Monday, June 13th at 8:00pm at the Toronto Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave.  Free admission!

Serenade at St. George's

June 28, 2016

Jolivet: Chant de Linos

Emily Phernambucq, Flute

Music for a Summer Evening

June 30, 2016

Christopher Caliendo: Horn Sonata No. 1

Bill Vermeulen, Horn

Music at the Museum

July 03, 2016

Copland: Duo for Flute and Piano

Rachel Howie, Flute

Music for a Summer Evening

July 06, 2016

Villa-Lobos: Ciranda das Sete Notas

Bee Ungar, Bassoon

 

Bach: Flute Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035​

Minha Kim, Flute

Artist Spotlight

July 08, 2016

Chausson: Poeme

Yu Kai Sun, violin

Schubert: Rondo in b minor

Avery Morris, violin

Public Masterclass: Craig Rutenberg

July 13, 2016

Art of Song Fellows perform a variety of art songs for resident mentor, Craig Rutenberg.

 

2:00 pm

Walter Hall

University of Toronto

Public Masterclass: Sasha Cooke

July 19, 2016

Art of Song Fellows perform a variety of art songs for resident mentor, Sasha Cooke.

 

2:00 pm

Walter Hall

University of Toronto

Art Song reGENERATION

July 22, 2016

Two concerts cap off the Toronto Summer Music Festival's Art of Song Program.  Both concerts take place at Walter Hall.

12:00pm

Selections from Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben

Ellen McAteer, soprano

Selections from Debussy's Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse

Whitney Mather, soprano

Liszt: Die Lorelai

Strauss: Cäcilie

Marcel D'Entremont, tenor

4:00 pm

Poulenc: Sanglots

Berg: Selections from Sieben frühe Lieder

Simone McIntosh, mezzo-soprano

Brott Festival presents: Verdi's Requiem

August 18, 2016

The viscerally exciting and dramatic operatic performance Requiem by Verdi.

Boris Brott, Conductor

Stephane Potvin, Chorus Preparation

Rachael Kerr, Rehearsal Piano

Featuring

Leslie Ann Bradley, Michèle Bogdanowicz, Ernesto Ramirez, James Westman

$35 (Reg) | $31 (Seniors) | $25 (Brott35) | $15 (Students)

Mohawk College McIntyre Performing Arts Centre- 135 Fennell Ave. W., Hamilton

(905) 575-1212

Recital: Ryan Beach, Trumpet

August 21, 2016

Join us 8 p.m. Sunday in Petree Recital Hall for a free recital by Ryan Beach, principal trumpet of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Accompanied by Toronto-based pianist Rachel Kerr, Beach's concert will feature music by fellow OCU alumnus Jamie Wind Whitmarsh, Eric Ewazen's Sonata, and Caprice by Joseph Turrin. Winner of the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition, Beach also earned first place in both the solo and orchestral excerpts division @ the 2011 ITG Conference.

Charity Recital: Simon Lee tenor, with Yoora Lee-Hoff, soprano

August 25, 2016

A recital of opera arias, scenes, and Korean folk songs.

7:00pm

4150 Chesswood Dr

North York, ON

MIR Trio Preview Concert

September 12, 2016

Coming Attractions!

Join us for an evening of entertainment previewing some of the wonderful events this year at Temple Sinai, and featuring awesome desserts. Performers include Mark and Louise Camilleri, Darrin Baker (seen in the Academy Award-winning movie Spotlight), the world premiere performance by the MIR TRIO, The Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, Cantors Charles Osborne and Katie Oringel, along with the Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir.

The MIR trio consists of Mark Skazenitsky, violin, Igor Gefter, cello, and Rachael Kerr, piano.

Thursdays at Noon: Barton Woomert and Steven Woomert

September 15, 2016

Steven Woomert, Associate Principal Trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, his father Barton (formerly in that position) and pianist Rachael Kerr perform two commissioned works from their new album. 

Walter Hall

Free Admission

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2016 Concerts and Events

Sundays @ 3: Tandem CD Release Concert

Islington United Church

October 16, 2016

3:00 pm

As part of the Sundays @ 3 concert series at Islington United Church, you are invited to a recital featuring brand new music for two trumpets. We are also excited to be releasing our new CD, Tandem, at this concert. Come out and enjoy an original collection of pieces for duo trumpet and piano, with works by Toronto's own Ronald Royer and Jim McGrath.  Trumpeters Barton and Steven Woomert will be joined by pianists Rachael Kerr and Sonya Sim.

 

Free admission.

Ottawa Choral Society: New Discoveries Auditions

St. Michael's Choir School

October 18, 2016

The Ottawa Choral Society Presents New Discoveries:

A World Class Platform for Emerging Vocal Artists

The Ottawa Choral Society’s New Discoveries Auditions are held in alternating years to provide emerging young vocal artists with a professional platform, broad audience exposure, and career development. The Choral Society is proud to have encouraged many of Canada’s most exciting young singers to find success. Many of our past laureates are now appearing on opera and concert stages across North America and Europe.

Jury: Ben Heppner, Joel Ivany, Robert Cooper, Jean-Sebastien Vallee, MD

Pianists: Rachael Kerr and Suzy Smith

An Evening of Giving

Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Georgetown

October 29, 2016

7:30 pm

You'll want to experience this evening of song and celebration to raise funds to support Syrian refugee family, the Agobians.

Musical guests include the Georgetown Bach Chorale, Miriam Khalil - a soprano soloist, Ablett & Cooper - a blues/contemporary folk duo from Georgetown, and the choirs from the three sponsoring churches - Norval United, St. Alban's Anglican, and Holy Cross Roman Catholic.

Tickets are Adults $20, Children $10, Family of four $50. 

You can contact Beth Hawley at hawleybeth@gmail.com for details. 

Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church is located at 14400 Argyll Road in Georgetown South.

Opera Pub -- November Edition

The Amsterdam Bicycle Club

November 03, 2016

9:00 pm

Free!
AtG's OPERA PUB returns!
Running the first Thursday of every month
"It can all get a little wild"

Want to perform at the upcoming Opera Pub? Email toph@againstthegraintheatre.com

Thursday, November 3 at 9pm
at The Amsterdam Bicycle Club
54 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON
(December's event: Thursday, December 1, 2016)

AtG Opera Pub nights are relaxed nights out that offer up your favourite beer on tap with a side of operatic arias and ensembles, performed by both established and emerging opera talent. Free admission, $3.50 beer.

"[Opera Pub] has the feeling of an after party when musicians kick back, loosen up and playfully make music with their friends." 

http://www.musicaltoronto.org/2016/10/14/against-the-grain-opera-pub-night/

Sarah Willis Masterclass

Royal Conservatory of Music

November 15, 2016

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Sarah Willis, a horn player in the Berlin Philharmonic, coaches horn students of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory.

Free Admission!

Toronto Symphony Orchesra Presents: Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Roy Thomson Hall

November 17, 2016

8:00 pm

The combined sounds of orchestra and organ give this program an awesome foundation! Gianandrea Noseda leads the Saint-Saëns blockbuster, plus a towering work by a composer he strongly champions: Alfredo Casella. The colourful Italian pianist (and musical “Renaissance man”) Stefano Bollani channels every delightful twist and cheeky turn of Ravel’s glittering concerto.  Rachael plays piano in the Saint-Saëns.

Pre-Concert Chat
Join host Tom Allen in the Roy Thomson Hall lobby at 7:15pm on November 17 for a pre-concert chat.

Performance Schedule
Thursday's performance running time is approximately two hours. 

Program

Casella: Elegia eroica

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Intermission

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ Symphony" 

Performers

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Stefano Bollani, piano

Patricia Krueger, organ

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Presents: Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Roy Thomson Hall

November 19, 2016

7:30 pm

The combined sounds of orchestra and organ give this program an awesome foundation! Gianandrea Noseda leads the Saint-Saëns blockbuster, plus a towering work by a composer he strongly champions: Alfredo Casella. The colourful Italian pianist (and musical “Renaissance man”) Stefano Bollani channels every delightful twist and cheeky turn of Ravel’s glittering concerto.  Rachael plays piano in the Saint-Saëns.

Performance Schedule

There will be no intermission on Saturday, and the estimated running time is 90 minutes.

Program

Casella: Elegia eroica

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Intermission

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ Symphony" 

Performers

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Stefano Bollani, piano

Patricia Krueger, organ

Chorus York Holiday Concert

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church

December 10, 2016

7:30 pm

Stephane Potvin, Artistic Director

Rachael Kerr, piano

Chorus York's inaugural season begins with a concert celebrating the holiday season!  Join us for an afternoon of traditional carols from all around the world.

Visit http://www.chorusyork.ca for full details and for ticket purchases.

Chorus York Holiday Concert

Thornhill Presbyterian Church

December 11, 2016

2:00 pm

Stephane Potvin, Artistic Director

Rachael Kerr, piano

Chorus York's inaugural season begins with a concert celebrating the holiday season!  Join us for an afternoon of traditional carols from all around the world.

Visit http://www.chorusyork.ca for full details and for ticket purchases.

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