The Curious Case of the Singer with no Voice: Lisa Fischer at Koerner Hall

Koerner Hall is a fabulous piece of modern architecture, wrapped around the old stone-built Royal Conservatory in downtown Toronto. Rob and I went to a great Hugh Masekela concert there some time ago and loved its warmth, its sense of balance and proportion, its perfect sight-lines and accoustics. And we loved Hugh Masekela. On Friday night, we went to the Koerner to see Lisa Fischer. Lisa Fischer, you may or may not know, is one of the standout backup singers featured in that great documentary about backup singers, ‘Twenty Feet from Stardom.’ If you haven’t seen it, you should. It is Lisa who does the stunning high-wire backup vocals on the the The Rolling Stones’ ‘It’s just a shot away.’ She has done backup for Sting, for Tina Turner, for The Stones of course, and countless others. And here she was, stepping out of the shadows, and into the spotlight. Of course we were rooting for her. So was the

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