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Toronto classical concert and opera picks for June 2 to June 8, 2014

By Michael Vincent on June 2, 2014

Toronto 7 day forecast, The Weather Network
Toronto 7 day forecast, The Weather Network

2 Monday

  • The Minden Duo at the Church of the Holy Trinity. 12:15 p.m. $5 (suggested donation)

Continuing with Music Mondays, a lunch-time concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Minden Duo will be performing a concert for the adventurous. The set, from the founder of the legendary Robert Minden Ensemble, will include magical sounds from invented instruments and children’s toys.  More about the Minden Duo here.

3 Tuesday

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  • Soundstreams: Airline Icarus, an opera by Brian Current, with Krisztina Szabó, mezzo; Alexander Dobson, baritone; Tim Albery, Director at Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum. 8 p.m. $20-75.

Soundstreams concludes its season with Airline Icarus, an opera by Toronto’s Brian Current. The opera is based on the Greek myth of Icarus, who ignored his father’s good advice, and learned hubris the hard way. The libretto, by playwright Anton Piatigorsky, imparts a mythic dimension to a flight bound for Cleveland and invites us into the minds of passengers and crew, revealing their relationships and their inmost thoughts. Details here.

Show repeats daily, June 4-8.

4 Wednesday

  • Brass section of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Noon. Free

The COC Free Concerts Series wraps up this week in a Brass Blowout with works by Britten, Gabrieli, Hindemith, Dukas and the COC’s own Scott Irvine. Performers include: Andre Dubelsten, Michael Fedyshyn, Luise Heyerhoff and Robert Weymouth on trumpets; Janet Anderson, Bardhyl Gjevori Joan Watson and Scott Wevers on horns; Charles Benaroya, Ian Cowie and Herbert Poole on trombones, and Scott Irvine on tuba. Details here.

5 Thursday

soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky
soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, Shalom Bard, conductors; Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano at Roy Thomson Hall. 8 p.m. $33 -145

Tonight will feature the great American, and now Toronto-based soprano Sondra Radvanovsky performing with the TSO in a program of  “Songs for Soprano.” Her performance of Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux with the COC shows she is at the top of her game, and this is a great opportunity to hear her with the TSO. The concert will include Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, Strauss’ Four Last Songs, and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suites Nos. 1 & 2. There will be a pre-concert chat at 7:15 in the lobby. More details here.

Show repeats June 7th.

6 Friday

  • James David Christie, Organ at St. Basil’s Church. 8 p.m. $0-25

Tonight, Organix Concerts presents the internationally acclaimed organist James David Christie perform works by Piroye, Jullien, Langlais, Christie, Alain and others. Mr. Christie holds positions as Chair and Professor of Organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH, and previously held positions at Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, M.I.T. and Boston University. Click here for tickets.

8 Sunday

Peter Stein
Peter Stein
  • Peter Stein and Alexander Neef at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. 1:30 p.m.

The Celebrated German opera and theatre director Peter Stein will be in Toronto this week with COC General Director Alexander Neef to present “Celebrating Peter Stein” — a five-day celebration of the director’s four-decade long career with Berlin’s Schaubühne —a company he brought to the forefront of German theatre. The event will include an on stage discussion with Peter Stein and Alexander Neef, and also feature various film highlights personally selected by Neef from Pelléas et Mélisande, Moses und Aron, and Die Nase. The event will include an audience Q&A. Make sure to get your tickets early! Details here.

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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