INAUGURAL SEASON OF KOERNER HALL in the TELUS Centre for Performance andLearning, 273 Bloor Street West.

 

Koerner Hall will be an acoustically superb, 1135-seat venue,providing a unique audience experience for all genres of music. Every seat inthe new Koerner Hall has a completely unobstructed view of the stage creatingan intimate atmosphere at every performance.

 

 "This firstselection of Koerner Hall concerts includes Canadian and internationalsuperstars who will headline the inaugural season: Jane Bunnett, GeraldFinley, Jon Kimura Parker, Max Raabe, Midori, Yuja Wang, and PinchasZukerman.

 

 Musician and composerof jazz and traditional Cuban music, Paquito D'Rivera will open theLATIN INFUSED JAZZ SERIES which also includes fellow Cubans Tiempo Libre, Panamanianpianist Danilo Perez and Canada's own Jane Bunnett and TheCuban Piano Masters.

 

Portuguese-Cape Verdean singer-guitarist Sara Tavares will launchthe WORLD MUSIC SERIES. Also included are Toronto's globetrotting QuartettoGelato, on a double bill with amplified alt-classical string quartet Ethel. Rounding outthe series are German cabaret singer and bandleader Max Raabe and thePalast Orchester and new first family of Bluegrass, Cherryholmes.

 

 The first two artistsof the VOCAL CONCERT SERIES are the Tallis Scholars, and Canadianbass-baritone Gerald Finley. Jon Kimura Parker will debutthe KOERNER HALL PIANO RECITAL SERIES, followed by pianists András Schiff, YefimBronfman, and Louis Lortie in an all-Chopin program tocommemorate the composer's 200th Birthday, and Chinese piano sensation YujaWang.

 

 Five violinists shapethe STRINGS CONCERT SERIES, beginning with the Japanese sensation, Midori  multiple Juno and Grammy Award-winner JamesEhnes, American multi-genre violinist Mark O'Connor, Hungariangypsy violinist Roby Lakatos, who has been called "thedevil's fiddler" for his astonishing stylistic versatility, and Germanviolinist Christian Tetzlaff.

 

 Simón BolívarYouth Orchestra Brass Ensemble's performance will be one of thehighlights of the CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES which also include Zukerman ChamberPlayers with special guest mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, andviolinist extraordinaire Pinchas Zukerman who will play the viola onthis occasion. American pianist Simone Dinnerstein will bejoined by New York's contemporary-classical Absolute Ensemble conducted by KristjanJärvi in an all Bach programme, and the incomparable Emerson StringQuartet will present an all-Dvorák evening.

 

 SNEAK PEEK AT THE ROYALCONCERT SEASON 09.10

 

 Simón Bolívar YouthOrchestra Brass Ensemble (Chamber Music): Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 8pm

 Midori (StringConcerts): Friday, October 30, 2009, 8pm

 Jon Kimura Parker(Piano Recitals): Sunday, November 8, 2009, 3pm

 Zukerman ChamberPlayers (Chamber Music): Saturday, November 14, 2009, 8pm

 Sara Tavares (WorldMusic): Thursday, November 19, 2009, 8pm

 James Ehnes (StringConcerts): Friday, November 27, 2009, 8pm

 The Paquito D'RiveraQuintet (Jazz): Saturday, December 5, 2009, 8pm

 Tallis Scholars(Vocal Concerts): Friday, December 11, 2009, 8pm

 Quartetto Gelato& Ethel (World Music): Saturday, January 16, 2010, 8pm

 Mark O'Connor (StringConcerts): Saturday, February 13, 2010, 8pm

 Absolute Ensemblewith Simone Dinnerstein (Chamber Music): Thursday, February 18, 2010, 8pm

 Tiempo Libre (Jazz):Saturday, February 20, 2010, 8pm

 András Schiff (PianoRecitals): Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 8pm

 Max Raabe and thePalast Orchester (World Music): Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 8pm

 Roby Lakatos (StringConcerts): Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 8pm

 Danilo Perez: 21stCentury Dizzy (Jazz): Saturday, March 27, 2010, 8pm

 Yefim Bronfman (PianoRecitals): Thursday, April 1, 2010, 8pm

 Louis Lortie (PianoRecitals): Sunday, April 11, 2010, 3pm

 Jane Bunnett and TheCuban Piano Masters (Jazz): Saturday, April 17, 2010, 8pm

 Cherryholmes (WorldMusic): Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 8pm

 Christian Tetzlaff(String Concerts): Sunday, April 25, 2010, 8pm

 Yuja Wang (PianoRecitals): Saturday, May 1, 2010, 8pm

 Emerson StringQuartet (Chamber Music): Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 8pm

 Gerald Finley (VocalConcerts): Sunday, May 9, 2010, 3pm

 

  Tickets $20-$75

 Select any 4 concertsfrom $72

 Select 7 or moreconcerts from $119

 Tickets are availableonline at www.rcmusic.ca, by calling 416.408.0208, or in person at The RCM BoxOffice, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

 

 All events take placeat The Royal Conservatory's home, the TELUS Centre for Performance andLearning, 273 Bloor Street West. More information about the 2009-2010 ConcertSeason is available on The Royal Conservatory website at www.rcmusic.ca.