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Behind the Curtain Pre-Show Talks

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There are many unique opportunities at the Sony Centre to attend engaging and informative pre-show or post-show talks or demonstrations by experts. These ‘talks’ are as wide-ranging and educational as they are entertaining.

Attend a pre-show or post-show talk, and you can uncover a wholly new and informed insider’s perspective on what you are about to see. Do not miss the chance to be a theatrical insider.

These talks and demonstrations take place in the lower lobby, unless otherwise specified.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's SUTRA
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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's SUTRA

Saturday, May 12, 2018
7:00pm-7:30pm
Sony Centre Lower Lobby

Join us in our lower lobby for a pre-show chat with SUTRA’s Composer, Szymon Brzóska and Toronto-based dance critic Deirdre Kelly.  Together, they will explore a behind-the-scenes look the award-winning collaboration between Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, sculptor Antony Gormley, and 19 Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China. Arrive early for this fascinating insight into the Toronto Premiere of Sadler’s Wells production SUTRA. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deirdre Kelly

Deirdre Kelly


Deirdre Kelly is a Toronto-based journalist, author and internationally recognized dance critic and style writer. She writes for Dance Magazine in New York, the Dance Gazette in London, and NUVO in Vancouver, and is a contributor to the International Dictionary of Ballet (St. James Press) and AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds (Vintage Books). A staff writer at The Globe and Mail for the last 32 years, she was her newspaper's award-winning dance critic, from 1985 until 2001, before transitioning to the Style section as its senior fashion reporter in Milan, Paris, New York and cities across Canada. Her other accomplishments at Canada's paper of record include stints as an investigative reporter in the visual arts with a focus on art crime, a weekly lifestyle columnist covering the Toronto International Film Festival and celebrities, rock critic, business writer and cultural bureau chief in Montreal covering the arts in Quebec and Eastern Canada. The best-selling author of Paris Times Eight and Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, she has also written for a wide range of international titles, including Marie Claire in London, Elle in New York and Vogue Australia. Recipient of the 2014 Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism (Long Form Category), Canada's most important arts writing prize, she is presently at work on her next book, an examination of The Beatles and their style.

Szymon Brzóska

Szymon Brzóska

Polish composer Szymon Brzóska graduated from the Music Academy in Poznan, as well as the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp. Szymon’s particular interest in the synergy between music, contemporary dance, theatre and cinema led him to participate in numerous collaborative projects across various art forms. 
                                                                     
Next to his autonomous work, Szymon Brzóska has an established career in creating music for dance. He worked with many award-winning choreographers (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, David Dawson, María Pagés, Vladimir Malakhov), acclaimed orchestras and musicians (Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Het Balletorkest, Le Concert d’Apollon, Patrizia Bovi, Barbara Drążkowska) and reputable dance companies (Het Nationale Ballet, Semperoper Ballett, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Cedar Lake Company, Eastman). His compositions have been performed many times over in numerous prestigious dance venues and contemporary music festivals across the world, such as Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Centre and BAM in New York, Semperoper in Dresden, Esplanade in Singapore as well as at the Festival D’Avignon.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert

Sony Centre Lower Lobby
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018
6:30pm-7:00pm

Before the show, join us in the Lower Lobby with TSO Bass Clarinet/Clarinet Miles Jaques and Toronto-based arts critic and reporter Deirdre Kelly as they explore a behind-the-scenes look at the process of preparing and performing John Williams’ magical score live and in-sync with the film! This presentation is free for all ticket-holders, seating is limited and first-come, first-served.


Miles Jaques
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Bass Clarinet/Clarinet Miles Jaques joined the TSO in 2017. He continues to serve as Bass Clarinet of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. Before moving to Canada, Mr. Jaques was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.

An accomplished orchestral musician, Mr. Jaques has performed with numerous ensembles, most recently The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, and Symphony in C, among others.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Jaques regularly performs as a part of the TSO Chamber Soloists and has appeared in numerous festivals and societies throughout the US and Canada including, ChamberFest Dubuque, Baltimore Chamber Music Society, Young Musician’s Forum, and with Orli Shaham in her chamber music concert series Baby Got Bach. Summer 2018 will mark Jaques’ debut with the Toronto Summer Music Festival where he will appear as guest artist and faculty member.

As an educator Mr. Jaques has given masterclasses at the Glenn Gould School (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto), University of South Dakota, and Academia Filarmónica de Medellín (AFMED) in Colombia.

Mr. Jaques has received degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and the Mannes College of Music. Principal teachers include Anthony McGill and Edward Palanker, and additional bass clarinet studies with James Ognibene. Mr. Jaques is a Buffet-Crampon Artist and plays exclusively on Buffet-Crampon instruments.

Miles Jaques


Deirdre Kelly is a Toronto-based journalist, author and internationally recognized dance critic and style writer. She writes for Dance Magazine in New York, the Dance Gazette in London, and NUVO in Vancouver, and is a contributor to the International Dictionary of Ballet (St. James Press) and AWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds (Vintage Books). A staff writer at The Globe and Mail for the last 32 years, she was her newspaper's award-winning dance critic, from 1985 until 2001, before transitioning to the Style section as its senior fashion reporter in Milan, Paris, New York and cities across Canada. Her other accomplishments at Canada's paper of record include stints as an investigative reporter in the visual arts with a focus on art crime, a weekly lifestyle columnist covering the Toronto International Film Festival and celebrities, rock critic, business writer and cultural bureau chief in Montreal covering the arts in Quebec and Eastern Canada. The best-selling author of Paris Times Eight and Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, she has also written for a wide range of international titles, including Marie Claire in London, Elle in New York and Vogue Australia. Recipient of the 2014 Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism (Long Form Category), Canada's most important arts writing prize, she is presently at work on her next book, an examination of The Beatles and their style.

Deirdre Kelly