PERFORMANCES Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Creole Christmas: (Thursday): Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns to Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday night with their special holiday concert, Creole Christmas. The legendary band is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style in the new year with a special concert at Carnegie Hall featuring the likes of My Morning Jacket, Allen Toussaint, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Mos Def (via Consequence of Sound) – that’s some fine company. Check them out at Roy Thomson Hall this week and also be sure to read this LA Times article on the musical influences of band leader Ben Jaffe.
Toronto Children’s Chorus: A Chorus Christmas – Mystery of the Season (Saturday): An annual tradition at Roy Thomson Hall, the voices of the Toronto Children’s Chorus fill the Hall to the brim with joy this weekend. This year’s concert features the premiere of a Maori song with percussion and special guests True North Brass accompanying the chorus. You can hear (and see) a group of 35 of the 300 singers this Thursday afternoon at 4:20pm when they perform live (and video stream) at The New Classical 96 FM.
Last week we announced two shows coming up in the spring. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings will perform at Massey Hall on Wednesday March 21, 2012 in their show titled, Kings and Queens Live. The show will include appearances from and collaborations with a variety of women (or “Queens”) including Holly Cole, Amy Helm, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Serena Ryder and more. The Rodeo Kings new album, Kings and Queens, released in June 2011 features duets from the likes of Lucinda Williams, Roseanne Cash, Serena Ryder, to name a few. You can stream the tracks on the band’s site.
Also announced last week is a performance from Dala (in celebration of their forthcoming album, Best Day) with special guest Kevin Fox. Dala, comprised of duo Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, are JUNO Award CONTINUE READING >
We’re proud that our Halls are home to some of Toronto’s most exciting and memorable concerts and events. Not only do we present some of these events ourselves, we host and welcome major and independent promoters from across Canada. They all contribute greatly to our city’s diverse and inspiring arts and cultural scene. In this column, we celebrate some of these promoters and turn the spotlight on them. This week, we speak with Attila Glatz and take a look at Attila Glatz Concert Productions.
Strong entrepreneurial spirit has driven Attila Glatz to three successful decades of concert production & promotion, community arts development, and festival organization in North America. Some of his many accomplishments include the 1993 co-founding of the successful Huntsville Festival of the Arts in Ontario, of which he remains Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus; the North American presenter, since 2003, of the sensational Daniel O’Donnell concert tours; the successful Toronto debut of Burn the Floor, and the Ten Tenors; the North American debut tour of the world-famous Vienna Mozart Orchestra; and an exclusive Toronto-only engagement of world-famous tenor Plácido Domingo in 2000.
Attila & Marion Glatz in St. Petersburg
In 1995, Marion and Attila Glatz introduced the idea of the traditional Viennese New Year’s Day concert to North American audiences. Recently, Marion and Attila Glatz were presented with the Austrian Government’s prestigious “Decoration of Merit in Gold” for their tireless efforts promoting Austrian culture worldwide.
Having worked for Attila Glatz Concert Productions previously, I can attest to their passion for the arts and their commitment to creating great shows. CONTINUE READING >
Did you ever think it was possible to watch Mozart’s Papageno in the Magic Flute prance through the forest looking for his Papagena, and the very next minute become entranced by Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot performing Nessun Dorma? It didn’t even occur to me that I could until I found out about Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits. CONTINUE READING >
New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza (Thursday): Mark Breslin, founder of Yuk Yuk’s, knows a thing or two about funny. He’ll prove that this Thursday at Massey Hall with our annual Comedy Extravaganza – for which he has handpicked the talent, including host Gerry Dee, and featured performers Nikki Payne and Glenn Foster. Also appearing are Terry Clement, Sam Easton, Mark Forward, Jen Grant, Rob Pue, and Kenny Robinson, with musical stylings by the Jamyz Bee Combo. Bonus: show begins at 7:30 p.m., so laugh yourself silly and then head out for a night on the town to ring in the new year!
New Year’s Eve Concert 2009 – Bravissimo (Thursday): Comedy not quite your thing? Over at Roy Thomson Hall this New Year’s Eve is a showcase of opera’s greatest hits. Enjoy some favourite selections – from Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Rigoletto, La Traviata, The Magic Flute, and more – in this performance by an international cast of six opera stars and the Opera Canada Symphony.
New Year’s Day Celebration – Salute to Vienna (Friday): An annual favourite at Roy Thomson Hall based on the Viennese Neujahrskonzert, Salute to Vienna brings the lovely tradition of the New Year’s Day concert to North America. The concert features the Strauss Symphony of Canada, plus European singers and dancers, in a celebration of Johann Strauss Jr. and his contemporaries. Get a taste for the majesty of this custom with a video or two. CONTINUE READING >
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