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2017 Concerts and Events

MIR Trio in Concert

Temple Sinai

January 16, 2017

8:00 pm

In its inaugural concert, the MIR trio presents works inspired by Jewish themes and composers.  Program to include:

Yefim Adler: Jewish Dances for Violin, Cello, and Piano

Paul Schoenfield:  Cafe Music

...and a special commission written for the trio by Temple Sinai's cantor and composer, Charles Osborne.

Mark Skazenitsky, violin

Igor Gefter, cello

Rachael Kerr, piano

Rehearsal Pianist: Isabelle Faust Plays Mozart

Koerner Hall

January 18, 2017

8:00 pm

Hailed in The New York Times for a sound of “disarming warmth and sweetness,” German violinist Isabelle Faust performs a generous double helping of music that plays to those very strengths: the violin concertos of Mozart. The widely respected Bernard Labadie conducts.

Bassoon Out Loud

Toronto Heliconian Club

January 22, 2017

7:00 pm

RECITAL BY CATHERINE CHEN A wonderful new Associate Principal Bassoonist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with Rachael Kerr piano, performing works by Jeanjean, Elgar and Boudreau, and a two-bassoon concerto performed with Nadina Mackie Jackson.

Admission: $30/20

(Artwork by Nadina Mackie Jackson)

Rehearsal Pianist: A Taoist Journey (World Premiere)

Roy Thomson Hall

February 04, 2017

7:30 pm

For its fourth annual Chinese New Year concert, the TSO presents a festive program celebrating the Year of the Rooster. Long Yu, Artistic Director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, leads a fascinating program that features the world première of Canadian composer Vincent Ho’s work for pipa—a Chinese folk instrument—performed by internationally renowned pipa virtuoso, Wu Man, together with the Orchestra and narrator, “Dashan”.

Young Artists' Showcase

Newmarket Theatre

February 05, 2017

2:00 pm

Since 2000, VPAN has encouraged young, gifted musicians from the region by showcasing their talents on stage.  This year, Rachael Kerr joins young artist Katerina Utochkina in a recital featured works by De Falla and Bernstein.  The concert also features other disciplines such as dance and theatre.

Rehearsal Pianist: Debussy's Première rhapsodie

Roy Thomson Hall

February 09, 2017

8:00 pm

TSO Principal Clarinet Joaquin Valdepeñas shines in Debussy's fanciful rhapsody.

Beijing Symphony Orchestra in Ottawa

NAC Southam Hall

February 12, 2017

3:00 pm

The Beijing Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Muhai Tang, continues its North American tour in Ottawa. This rousing program combines Chinese orchestral works alongside Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

LAVALLEE              O Canada arr. Ridout

Er NIE/Han TIAN    义勇军进行曲 (March of the Volunteers)

ZHENG                   北京喜讯传边寨 (A Greeting from Beijing)  

BRAHMS                Violin Concerto

MUSSORGSKY      Pictures at an Exhibition

arr. Ravel

This concert is presented by RideauStone Arts Centre in collaboration with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

Presenting Partner: Beijing Arts Fund

Recital: Barbara Butler & Charlie Geyer in Residence at the Glenn Gould School

Mazzoleni Hall

February 28, 2017

8:00 pm

Barbara Butler AND Charlie Geyer, trumpets, will be in residence at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory from February 27th to March 1, including lessons, masterclasses and a duo recital!  They will be joined by fellow GGS faculty members, alumni, and special guests, including trumpeters Andrew McCandless, Steve Woomert, and pianist Rachael Kerr.

Free admission

Opera Pub

Amsterdam Bicycle Club

March 02, 2017

9:00 pm


Past and present singers from the Canadian Opera Company’s esteemed young artists program, The Ensemble Studio, join us at March’s Pub to show us what they got. This is your chance to hear the current and next wave of Canadian operatic talent get loose, fast and irreverent with some heavy-hitter composers. There might be a few AtG original operas penned by Joel Ivany in the mix. 

Recital: David Lee, violin

Mazzoleni Hall

March 21, 2017

6:00 pm

Mozart  Violin Sonata in e minor, K. 304

Dvorak  Romance

Sarasate Zigeunerweisen

Recital: Jon Yuen, trumpet

Father Madden Hall

March 26, 2017

5:00 pm

Horowitz: Concertino Classico

Neruda: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major

Enescu: Legende

Duffy: Belle Bella

Opera Pub: Let's Just Pretend it's Spring

Amsterdam Bicycle Club

April 06, 2017

9:00 pm


April: A time for flowers, showers — and happy hours. Impress your friends and future spring dates with a visit to AtG's unmissable, now-legendary Opera Pub. A roster of Toronto's best musicians will sing for their beer, get fast and loose with the classics, and possibly reprise some stand-up opera banter. (If you've never heard of this genre, it's something else.) If you're on the fence, get off it and get in the bar: We reach venue capacity at least 30 minutes to show time and would hate to leave you lined up outside.

Les AMIS Concert Series

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Cobourg

April 09, 2017

Erwin Schulhoff: Duo for violin and cello
Michael Oesterle: Ardennes
Michael Pepa:  Fantaisie bohémienne

Antonin Dvorák: Piano Trio No. 4 in e minor "Dumky" 

Lynn Kuo, violin

Winona Zelenka, cello

Rachael Kerr, piano

The Beauty of Brass

Free Concert Series at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

April 11, 2017

12:00 pm

Brass of the COC Orchestra
Rachael Kerr, piano

Members of the brass section from the COC Orchestra (Robert Weymouth, trumpet; Mikhailo Babiak, horn; Charles Benaroya, trombone) join forces with pianist Rachael Kerr in a concert featuring works by Poulenc, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Joseph Turrin and Canadian composer Ian MacDougall.

Rehearsal Pianist: Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein

Roy Thomson Hall

April 18, 2017

8:00 pm

This fabulous concert brings you unforgettable songs from every one of the eleven Broadway musicals that this legendary team created—solid-gold classics such as The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, Oklahoma!, and The King and I, with appealing rarities like Cinderella and Flower Drum Song, too!

Niagara Symphony Season Sneak Peek

First Ontario Peforming Arts Centre

April 20, 2017

7:30 pm

The Niagara Symphony unveils its upcoming 2017-2018 season with a special "sneak peek" concert for subscribers!

Recital: Emily Whittaker, horn

Walter Hall

April 26, 2017

7:30 pm

Mozart: Concerto No. 4 for Horn in E-flat, K. 495

Damase: Berceuse

Schumann: Adagio and Allegro

Like Smoke Above the Wind

Temple Sinai

April 30, 2017

3:00 pm

Hailed at its premiere in 2005, "Like Smoke Above the Wind", composed by Cantor Charles Osborne, combines beautiful, haunting music, gripping narration and theatre to portray the emergence of the Jewish People from the depths of the Holocaust to the Establishment of the State of Israel. As we commemorate Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, let’s recall the journeys of our people.

We welcome the MIR Trio, the Knox United Church Choir, the Rosedale United Church Choir, the Temple Emanu-El Choir performing alongside Cantor Charles Osborne, Cantor Katie Oringel, the Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir and Avery Saltzman, co-artistic director of the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company.

Members of Temple Sinai, Knox United Church and Rosedale United Church: $10
Non-members: $20.

Sponsored by Kitty & Paul Tepperman in honour of Josie z"l & Joseph Peretz, Holocaust survivors.

Cantor Severin Weingort Holocaust Education Lecture

Recital: Emily Phernambucq, flute

Mazzoleni Hall

May 03, 2017

6:00 pm

J.S. Bach   Flute Sonata in B minor, BWV 1030

Claude-Paul Taffanel - Fantasie sur le Freischutz

Elmer Iseler Singers: O Canada! 150th Celebration!

Trinity St. Paul's United Church

May 06, 2017

7:30 pm

Come and celebrate the music from Eleanor McCain’s “True North: The Canadian Songbook,” and share the launch of her new CD.  Canadian compositions by Howard Cable, Eleanor Daley, Harry Somers and Derek Healey will also be featured.

Recital: David Pell, bass trombone

Victoria Chapel, University of Toronto

June 13, 2017

7:30 pm

Ian McDougall  Concerto for Bass Trombone

Johann de Meij  Canticles for Bass Trombone and Piano

Rehearsal Pianist: Seven Deadly Sins

Roy Thomson Hall

June 14, 2017

8:00 pm

Two great works featuring strings—Barber’s poignant Adagio and Bartók’s riveting exploration of the instruments’ possibilities (the potent third movement appeared on the soundtrack of the classic horror film, The Shining)—share a program with Kurt Weill’s satirical “sung ballet”, The Seven Deadly Sins, starring mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta in a new, semi-staged production directed by Joel Ivany.  Rachael Kerr serves as rehearsal accompanist for the June rehearsal period of this production.

Andrew Balfour: Kiwetin-acahcos (North Star): Sesquie for Canada's 150th 

Barber: Adagio for Strings 

Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta [32']


Brecht/Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins (semi-staged) 

Rehearsal Pianist: Carmina Burana

Roy Thomson Hall

June 21, 2017

8:00 pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Aline Kutan, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Phillip Addis, baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Toronto Children’s Chorus

Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 2
Orff: Carmina Burana

This season’s The Decades Project concerts reach an ecstatic climax with Carmina Burana, a choral spectacular that rejoices in the pleasures of life: springtime, food, wine, and love! You’ll also enjoy the virtuoso fireworks of Polish composer Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Jun 21 6:45pm Free pre-concert performance by The TSO Chamber Soloists

The Evidence Room

Royal Ontario Museum

June 22, 2017

7:00 pm

The MIR Trio performs at the preview to the opening of The Evidence Room, an exhibit at the ROM from June 25, 2017-January 28, 2018.


Information on the exhibit:

An examination of the chilling role architecture played in constructing Auschwitz.

The Evidence Room is a powerful installation which reconstructs key objects used in the forensic analysis of the architecture of Auschwitz. Historian Robert Jan van Pelt introduced the objects as evidence in a court case to demonstrate that Auschwitz was purposefully designed as a death camp.

This ground-breaking research became a source for a new and emerging discipline—architectural forensics—encompassing architecture, technology, history, law and human rights.

The Evidence Room, constructed entirely in white, focuses on the coldly calculated architectural decisions which culminated in a factory of death. Full-scale reconstructions of three key components of the Auschwitz gas chambers—a gas column, gas-tight door, and gas-tight hatch—and over 60 plaster casts of architectural evidence, such as blueprints, contractors’ bills and photographs, speak eloquently as silent material witnesses to the horrors of Auschwitz.

This haunting installation stands as a tangible reminder of the Holocaust, one of the darkest periods of the 20th century. The Evidence Room compels us to confront the devastating consequences of our potential inhumanity towards one another.

Infiniti Strings Faculty Recital

Infiniti Strings

June 24, 2017

1:00 pm

Annie Lu, Flute

Rachael Kerr, Piano

Quantz  Flute Concerto in G Major

Orford Musique Violin Masterclass

Orford Musique

From July 2-9, Rachael will be the studio pianist for Mauricio Fuks' violin class at Orford Musique.  

Orford Music Award 2017

Orford Musique

Twelve of the best Academy students will compete in front of the public over the course of a single week, from July 24-28, including three nights of semi-finals and one grand finale. Contestants will also get the chance throughout the week to participate in intensive career development workshops given by experienced professionals.

Orphee Workshop at Banff

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

August 14-20, 2017: Banff Workshop

Opera Columbus, Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre, and NYC’s Company XIV collaborate to explore this gripping and timeless love story through the lens of today’s technology. While staying true to the original score and honoring the traditions of Baroque opera, this full production pushes the boundaries of operatic presentation through digital sound augmentation, captivating choreography, video projections, and aerial artistry. Countertenor Siman Chung makes his Opera Columbus debut in the title role, introducing Columbus audiences to his rare and beautiful voice type in some of the world’s most exquisite melodies of love, loss, and desperation. Performed with the Columbus Symphony. Berlioz version. Sung in French with English surtitles.

Joel Ivany, director
Austin McCormick, choreographer
Jason Hiester, conductor
John Gzowski, sound designer
Siman Chung, Orphée
Mireille Asselin, Eurydice
Marcy Richardson, Amour

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