Local NYO Alumni:
The fourth concert of our Edges of Canada tour takes the NYO to Toronto's Koerner Hall. Opening officially in 2009 (on Glenn Gould's birthday, to be exact), Koerner Hall was designed in the tradition of the classic "shoebox" venues of Europe and built with a mission to provide acoustic perfection for music of all genres. In the last year alone, Koerner Hall has played host to concerts from genres that include (but are not limited to) classical, opera, jazz, blues, and world music.
The concert hall was designed by Marianne McKenna of the architectural firm Kuwarabara Payne McKenna Blumberg, who also worked on projects for other Canadian arts/culture organizations such as the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Built over three years to the tune of $110-million, the hall was built as a multi-use venue that can host everything from large orchestras to film screenings. Today, it primarily is used as a concert space, as well as a space used by students of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
One of the largest concerns that comes to mind with the hall is its proximity to St George subway station. To compensate for this, rubber pads were installed in the hall to isolate the venue from the sound and vibrations that would come from the subway. Additionally, the aerodynamic design of the hall also eliminates any extra mechanical noise that could potentially seep in.
With many musicians in our orchestra traditionally coming from the city, our Toronto concert has always been a favourite for our musicians and their families. This year will certainly be no exception.