A Ko­erner birth­day con­cert

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Clas­si­cal | Michael Ko­erner’s Choice Dec. 2, Betty Oliphant Theatre

The Royal Con­ser­va­tory named its jewel of a con­cert hall af­ter Michael Ko­erner, a com­mit­ted phi­lan­thropist and arts pa­tron who, in 2015, re­ceived a Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Award for his con­tri­bu­tion to Cana­dian cul­ture. This year, Ko­erner turned 90, and New Mu­sic Con­certs is cel­e­brat­ing by invit­ing him to pick the pro­gram. His choices in­clude songs by Amer­i­can com­poser Charles Ives (per­formed by cel­e­brated tenor Ben Hepp­ner) and a se­lec­tion of crowd-pleas­ing mod­ernist pieces by El­liott Carter, Igor Stravin­sky, Dar­ius Mil­haud and one of R. Mur­ray Schafer’s ex­tra­or­di­nary string quar­tets.

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