Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Jupiter Symphony
January 16, 2016
Bernard Labadie, conductor
Alexandre Tharaud, piano
Frédéric Antoun, tenor
Philippe Sly, bass-baritone
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.
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 setenotaswith bassoonist Bee Ungar. Finals start at 10:00am and are open to the public.
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.
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.
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!
Mozart: Exultate Jubilate
Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder
Arias from Stravinksy'sThe Rake's Progress and Verdi's La Traviata
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: 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!
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.
4150 Chesswood Dr
North York, ON
MIR Trio Preview Concert
September 12, 2016
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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.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."
Toronto Symphony Orchesra Presents: Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony
Roy Thomson Hall
November 17, 2016
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.