MARCH AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki returns to Koerner Hall for another sold out concert
Trailblazers concert series continues with Skratch Bastid and DJ Nu-Mark
Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage series welcomes Noa and Mira Awad
Flamenco sensation Farruquito performs on two nights
The Glenn Gould School Opera presents Mozart’s popular The Magic Flute

 

Trailblazers

On March 1, three-time Scribble Jam DJ battle champion Skratch Bastid – one of Canada’s most in-demand turntablists, DJs, and respected producers – brings DJ Nu-Mark from Jurassic 5 and other friends to follow up his sold out 2018 concert. Paul Murphy, better known by his stage name Skratch Bastid, is a global ambassador and judge for Red Bull’s Thre3style DJ competition. Known for his comfort and versatility in different styles, he has showcased his skills in over 30 countries. In 2008, he became the first ever Canadian DJ to be nominated for the Juno Award for Producer of the Year and, in 2016, he received another Juno nomination, this time in the Instrumental Album of the Year category, for the Spin Cycle project with the Afiara String Quartet, which premiered in Koerner Hall during the 21C Music Festival in 2015. Producer, turntablist, and veteran member of the legendary hip hop group Jurassic 5, DJ Nu-Mark is considered one of the most creative on the scene, from deploying children’s toys to rocking the largest turntable to ever exist. He has worked with legends such as Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc, and Method Man, started his own label, Hot Plate Records, scored films, created a viral internet series, and landed a spot on prime time TV.

Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage

Partners in creating the song “There Must be Another Way,” Noa and Mira Awad, perform on March 2. These two astonishing singers from the Middle East share the stage and “show a situation that we believe is possible.” Noa is Israel’s leading international singer/songwriter, having shared the stage with superstars such as Sting, Pat Metheny, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli, and many others. She is Israel’s first Good Will Ambassador to the UN, Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and Global Leader of Tomorrow (WEF). Together with her longstanding collaborator, Gil Dor, she has released over 16 albums which have sold millions the world over and has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including the White House and Carnegie Hall. Palestinian singer, songwriter, actress, and cultural activist, Mira Awad, is a multicultural, multidisciplinary international performer who studied music at the Rimon School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She released two solo albums and collaborated with international artists such as Noa, Idan Raichel, Andrea Boccelli, Bobby McFerrin, and many others. Throughout her career, she developed a unique fusion of sounds, combining the east with the west, weaving the Arabic language and its oriental ornaments with western harmonies, thus creating unique modern Arabic fusion music, with a rich tapestry of sounds. At this double-bill concert, superstar singer-songwriter Noa will perform her heartfelt songs with longtime collaborator, Gil Dor, while award-winning singer-actor Mira Awad will perform with her pianist, Guy Mintus, and the two will sing together at the end of the evening.

World Music

Farruquito is the “heir to one of the most renowned flamenco dynasties in Spain.” (The New York Times) Son of flamenco singer Juan Fernández Flores “El Moreno” and dancer Rosario Montoya Manzano “La Farruca”, Farruquito was immersed in the purest form of flamenco founded by his grandfather, “El Farruco”, one of the greatest dancers in the history of flamenco. His first international stage appearance was at the age of four, on Broadway in New York City alongside his grandfather in the hit show Flamenco Puro. At the age of 11, he was featured in the film Flamenco, produced by the legendary film director, Carlos Saura, which launched Farruquito’s career and positioned him amongst the most elite flamenco artists of the world. On March 7 and March 8, he will unveil his most personal side – staying true to traditional roots while also presenting the current state of flamenco, as he sees it, including improvisation. As he puts it, “This performance is an original creation of music, lyrics, and choreography. Song, guitar, percussion – each musician plays a crucial role in this creation as a soloist, not mere accompaniment – every person who sings, plays an instrument, or dances is a protagonist in this show. All of them unite, like the beautiful coloured threads that come together to create the spectacular shawl of flamenco.”

Roots and Folk

Presented in partnership with the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.), SongBird North returns to Temerty Theatre on March 9. At this special International Women’s Day edition, Canadian songwriters Michie Mee, Elana Harte, and duo Moscow Apartment, come together with host Kinnie Starr to perform their music and tell us the stories behind the songs.

Classical Concerts

The Invesco Piano Concerts series continues on March 3 with a sold out recital by Jan Lisiecki. Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. An alumnus of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age. The remarkable 22-year-old musician made his debut in the main auditorium at New York’s Carnegie Hall in January 2016. In its rave review, The New York Times noted that it was an “uncommonly sensitive performance.” His program includes works by Chopin, Schumann, Ravel, and Rachmaninov. The concert is preceded by a Pre-concert Talk at 2pm with Rick Phillips.

The Glenn Gould School Opera 2019

The gifted vocal students from The Glenn Gould School and The Royal Conservatory Orchestra present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s popular The Magic Flute in Koerner Hall on March 20 and March 22, conducted by Nathan Brock and directed by Joel Ivany. In this masterful comedy about love, truth, and the pursuit of enlightenment, prince Tamino sets off to rescue Pamina, the beautiful daughter of the Queen of the Night, from the mysterious Sarastro. But with the help of the birdcatcher Papageno and three Spirits as their guide, Tamino discovers an even bigger adventure, and is united with his love along the way.

Part of the Price Opera Program

Mazzoleni Masters

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet and Glenn Gould School faculty member Andrew McCandless presents a program titled Songs for the Trumpet on March 17, which will consist of trumpet works, Bramwell Tovey’s Songs of the Paradise Saloon, and transcriptions of songs originally for voice by Bernstein, de Falla, and others. He is joined by pianist Sonya Sim. “Wherever Andrew plays, he’s considered one of the great stars of the trumpet.” (Maestro Peter Oundjian)

Free Concerts

Sunday Interludes series continues on March 3 in Mazzoleni Concert Hall with Padideh Ararnejad and Partow. Iranian tar player, and member of KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra, Ararnejad performs with her ensemble, that includes fellow KUNÉ members Selcuk Suna (clarinet), Aline Morales (vocals), Matias Recharte (percussion), and Demetrios Petsalakis (oud), as well as Ali Massoudi on percussion. This concert is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

 Taylor Academy Showcase Concert on March 9, presented by The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, offers a unique opportunity to hear the leading young classical musicians in Canada who currently study at The Royal Conservatory.