By Penny Johnson, Contributing Author
On October 30, The Royal Conservatory launched Aspects of Oscar, a five-part series of concerts celebrating the legendary Oscar Peterson, internationally renowned Canadian jazz pianist, and Laureate of The Third Glenn Gould Prize (1993).
Dedicated to the memory of the late Peterson – himself an honorary fellow of The Royal Conservatory – Aspects of Oscar offers an in-depth exploration into the legacy of the pianist Duke Ellington once referred to as the “Maharaja of the keyboard.” Long-time artistic collaborators and friends of Peterson will be showcased alongside various rising star jazz musicians. Each of the five concerts will include a conversation between guest artists and Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Royal Conservatory. All concerts will take place in Koerner Hall and are as follows:
Oscar’s Songbook – Saturday, October 30, 2010
Oscar Solo – Saturday, December 11, 2010
Oscar’s Trios – Saturday, January 21, 2011
Oscar Swings – Saturday, March 5, 2011
Oscar’s Blues – Saturday, April 2, 2011