21C Music Festival

January 11, 2020

January 25, 2020

$21 & up

Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto


Events Description

The seventh edition of the 21C Music Festival will include eight concerts over three weekends, from Saturday, January 11 to Saturday, January 25, 2020. Two additional events celebrate Grammy Award-winning composer and one of America’s most renowned creative pioneers, Laurie Anderson. Anderson’s presentation of The Art of Falling in Koerner Hall is already sold out, but audiences can experience her work performed by students of The Glenn Gould School in Temerty Theatre, at the Royal Ontario Museum’s virtual reality installation, To the Moon, and in a film screening of her documentary, Heart of a Dog at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

The 21C Music Festival will include 5 world premieres by four Canadian composers (Allison Au, Barbara Croall, Ryan Davis, and Bekah Simms) and one American (John Patitucci), 1 North American premiere (Miguel Azguime), and 4 Canadian premieres (Alice Ping Yee Ho, Zakir Hussain, Danilo Pérez, and Kaija Saariaho).

Canadian violinist Véronique Mathieu performs a 21C Afterhours concert with a program titled True North, featuring a Canadian premiere (Alice Ping Yee Ho’s 4 Seasons Suite) as well as the world premiere of a piece by Odawa First Nations composer, Barbara Croall, commissioned by The Royal Conservatory; 21C Cinq à Sept includes a world premiere by violist Ryan Davis for viola, voice and live electronics, Laurie Anderson’s Shutter Island and the Canadian premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Laconisme de l’aile; The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble has dedicated its concert to the late American-Canadian composer Michael Colgrass and features his piece Hammer and Bow, alongside the North American premiere of Miguel Azguime’s Aguas Marinhas and the world premiere of Bekah Simms’s Bestiary I & II; a special Royal Conservatory Orchestra concert conducted by Zane Dalal will consist of an improvisation with Zakir Hussain, John Patitucci, Danilo Peréz, and Brian Blade, the Canadian premiere of Hussain’s tabla concerto Peshkar, and the world premiere of Patitucci’s Hypocrisy for jazz trio and orchestra; the final concert of the Festival, Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers and Allison Au Quartet, will include the world premiere of Allison Au’s Migrations (commissioned by The Royal Conservatory) and the Canadian premiere of Danilo Pérez’s Fronteras (co-commissioned by The Royal Conservatory).

Two theatrical events take place during the Festival: Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) explores Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Mariel, K’vakarat, and Tenebrae, and the evening culminates with Ayre, starring Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil and staged by AtG’s Joel Ivany; and Philippe Sly & Le Chimera Project present a fully staged version of Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise, newly arranged for klezmer ensemble.

Who is it for?

All ages


Tickets : $21.00 & up


How to get tickets?

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Date & Time:
January 11 – 25, 2020

  • Against the Grain Theatre’s Ayre and other works by Osvaldo Golijov on January 11, 2020 | 8:00 PM
  • Philippe Sly & Le Chimera Project: Winterreise 2020 on January 17, 2020 | 8:00 PM
  • Véronique Mathieu on January 11, 2020 | 10:30 PM
  • 21C Cinq à Sept on January 18, 2020 | 5:00 PM
  • Laurie Anderson: The Art of Falling on January 18, 2020 | 8:00 PM
  • The GGS New Music Ensemble – “For Michael Colgrass” on January 19, 2020 | 1:00 PM
  • Zane Dalal conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra with Zakir Hussain, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, and Brian Blade on January 24, 2020 | 8:00 PM
  • Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers and Allison Au Quartet on January 25, 2020 | 8:00 PM

Venue & Address :

Koerner Hall & Other Venues – 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2 Canada

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