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Hot Sardines & the Barbra Lica Quintet

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, a magnetic, one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. Named one of Canada's Top 5 Female Jazz Singers by CBC Radio 2, Barbra Lica brings her infectious fun to Koerner Hall. 

Canadian Brass

The tradition continues! Our beloved brass ensemble returns home to perform holiday favourites at this celebration of the season. “These are the men who put brass music on the map.” (The Washington Post)

Generously supported by David G. Broadhurst.

Sultans and Divas

This multi-artist concert features mezzo-soprano and CBC radio host Julie Nesrallah; soprano Miriam Khalil; master oud player Bassam Bishara; OktoEcho; Juno nominees and Canadian Folk Music Award winners, Sultans of String, led by violinist Chris McKhool; and many more!

Presented in partnership with The Canadian Arab Institute.

Zukerman ChamberPlayers

The Royal Conservatory celebrates internationally acclaimed violinist, conductor, and educator, Pinchas Zukerman, and his tenure as music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. The Zukerman ChamberPlayers join him for an evening of works by Schumann and Brahms. 

Jarvis Church & Ivana Santilli

Jarvis Church and his band, The Soul Station, bring soulful classics, Philosopher Kings hits, and the best of Church’s solo originals to Koerner Hall. Ivana Santilli rode in a Funkmobile with nineties R&B group Bass is Base, and “occupies a space between Esthero, Goapele, and Corinne Bailey Rae but is still distinctly her Toronto-born self.” (NOW)  

Idan Raichel & Vieux Farka Touré: The Touré-Raichel Collective

Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré (son of Ali Farka Touré) are two virtuosic artists from vastly different musical traditions. “The deeply affecting, at times hypnotic [music] rises from simmering grooves enriched by Mr. Touré’s stinging solos on acoustic and electric guitars and Mr. Raichel’s cascading piano. It’s not so much a cross-cultural exercise as an exploration of common ground.” (The Wall Street Journal)

Presented in association with Batuki Music and Small World Music.

Richard Goode

“It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtly or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself.” (The New York Times) Denk will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, and Schumann.

Presented in association with Music TORONTO.


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