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CRITIC’S PICKS | Seven Musical Outings You Should Absolutely Do This Week

By Michael Vincent on March 30, 2015

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Musical Toronto’s weekly Critic’s Picks are a fully curated list of some of the best concerts happening now through the end of the week. Of course this is not to say we are the provocateurs of taste, but simply seek to provide a good weekly summary. For a look at the full breadth of what’s available in and around Toronto, check out the comprehensive concert listings from our friends at Wholenote Magazine.

Monday 30

University of Toronto Opera | Brush Up Your Shakespeare at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building. 5:00 p.m. $10-30

Fans of William Shakespeare will want to head over to Walter Hall to check out U of T Opera’s final concert of the season: Brush Up Your Shakespeare. You’ll hear works inspired by “the Bard”, including Reynaldo Hahn’s The Merchant of Venice, West Side Story and many others. To go, or not to go, that is the question. | DETAILS

Wednesday 1

Gallery 345 | The Art of the Piano: John Stetch at 345 Sorauren Ave. 8:00 p.m. $10-20

Now that April is here it’s time to expand your musical horizons with the CD launch of Juno Award Nominated pianist John Stech. Off With The Cuffs will include music that combines classical works with improvisation and jazz. Cool stuff. | DETAILS

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Tchaikovsky Symphony 4 at Roy Thomson Hall. 8:00 p.m. $33-145 (repeats Thursday Apr 2, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.)

Grab a seat at Roy Thomson Hall to hear conductor James Conlon and violinist Vilde Frang perform Tchaikovsky’s magnetic Symphony No.4, Korngold’s Violin Concerto and highlights from Wagner’s Lohengrin. After the success of Frang’s debut with the TSO in 2013, they just had to ask her back. Come see why. DETAILS

Thursday 2

Canadian Opera Company | Chamber Music Series at Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Noon. Free!

Grab yourself an afternoon coffee and head over to the COC’s free noon hour concerts at the beautiful Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre on Queen St. West. You’ll hear Brahms’ Trio for horn, violin and piano in E-flat, performed by Cordelia Paw (violin), Mikailo Babiak (horn) and Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula (piano). Now that’s our kind of lunch hour. | DETAILS

Friday 3

Stereo Live | Edwin Huizinga-Keith Hamm: Seven Last Words at Campbell House Museum. 3:00 p.m. $20-25 (SOLD OUT)

This is your last chance to hear the third and final inaugural Stereo Live series with Violin/Viola duo EdwinHuizinga and Keith Hamm. “Huizinga and Hamm are committed to making the events unforgettable,” and will be performing Seven Last Words by Haydn. Special guests include Christopher Verrette (violin) and Rachel Desoer (cello). | DETAILS

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir | Sacred Music for a Sacred Space at St. Paul’s Basilica. 7:30 p.m. $35-50

It’s Good Friday which means Easter Sunday is just around the corner and what better time to hear Thomas Tallis’ 40-part Renaissance motet Spem in alium – one of most important works in the English Tudor music tradition. It will be in the good hands of Noel Edison’s Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, with guest baritone David Roth and organist Michael Bloss. Also on the bill are Tavener’s Song for Athene and The World is Burning, and Fauré’s Requiem. A heavy program for sure. Tickets are selling fast. | DETAILS

Saturday 4

New Music Concerts | The Ukrainian-Canadian Connection at Betty Oliphant Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $10-35

Closing out the week and the holiday weekend, a New Music Concerts Ensemble conducted by Robert Aitken will perform a varied concert which unites Ukrainian and Canadian composers: Silvestrov, Pauk, Pidgorna, Kulesha and Tsepkolenko. Highly recommended. | DETAILS

 

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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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