“It may be opening two years behind schedule, but the wait to hear some music at Koerner Hall appears to have been worth it,” writes Jon Terauds in Thursday’s (8/13) Toronto Star . “The Royal Conservatory of Music invited a handful of people yesterday to look at—and hear—the results of seven years of planning and construction behind Toronto’s newest cultural landmark, a 1,140-seat concert space occupying prime ground directly west of the Royal Ontario Museum. … Yesterday’s closed-door performances were the first of a series of ‘tuning’ concerts, where architect Marianne McKenna, acoustical engineer Bob Essert (the man behind the fine sound of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts) and key people from the conservatory could get a feel for the space. People attending were instructed to not speak publicly about the quality of the sound, because construction is still not complete and because there wasn’t a real audience there to fill the room. But the initial impressions are so fine that it’s hard to not share the pleasure.”

Posted August 13, 2009