Stretched out in spacious comfy seating at The Royal Conservatory of Music, I sit back and watch Mavis Staples perform in this intimate setting as though we, the audience, are in her living room. “Koerner Hall’s acoustics and aesthetics have a way of enveloping singers’ voices, giving them a warm blanket of sound, and a clarity of sound at the same time,” executive director of Performing Arts, Mervon Mehta, tells me. Designed in the tradition of the classic “shoebox” venues of Europe, this is acoustic perfection. Layered ribbons of wood, an acoustic reflector, performance lighting and technical bridges form a floating ceiling canopy for the 1,135 seats below. Classical, jazz, pop, opera, and world music are all showcased here. Watch for the inaugural 21C Music Festival, running May 21 to May 25, where fearless musicians and composers deliver fresh new sounds and ideas.
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