A Koerner birthday concert
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.