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

By Michael Vincent on June 10, 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 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.

Wednesday 10

TSO | Mahler Resurrection Symphony at Roy Thomson Hall. 8:00 p.m. $33-145 (Repeats June 12)

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” was the first major work that confirmed his view of the beauty of death and resurrection. It’s a world within a world that taps into the eternal – something music can do best. The TSO joins the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and soloists Erin Wall (soprano) and Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano). Don’t miss it. | DETAILS

Friday 12

This Edge New Music Collective/Arraymusic | Premieres IV at Array Space. 8:00 p.m. $15-20

There is something exciting about hearing a concert of premieres. The talented folks at Thin Edge will serve up the fourth installment of their Premieres series highlighting emerging composers: Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh (Australia), Colin Labadie (Guelph), Sophie Dupuis (Toronto), and Jenny Beck (USA) and Stephen Gardner (Ireland). Come out and show your support. | DETAILS

Saturday 13

TSO | Pan-American Rhythms at Roy Thomson Hall. 7:30 p.m. $33-93 (Repeats June 14, 3:00 p.m.)

In a program inspired by Pan-American Rhythms, the TSO promise a “rousing fiesta of favourites from North and South America.”  You’ll hear works by Gary Kulesha, Piazzolla, Copland, John Williams, Miguel del Aguila and Moncayo. The line-up also includes cellist Joseph Johnson and conductor Earl Lee (RBC Resident Conductor). Should be fun. | DETAILS

Music Gallery | Fossegrimen at St. George the Martyr Church. 8:00 p.m. $10-15

The Music Gallery celebrates their final concert of the season this week with Fossegrimen: a unique experience that incorporates folklore, fairy tales, and mythology. The show is comprised of three sets, including a new opera based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Moon” written by Toronto composer Chris Thornborrow. Ensemble Polaris will also take the stage to perform their unique blend of musical influences. The show also includes the Canadian premiere of Elliott Cole’s Babinagar, a twenty-minute work based on an Afghan folktale with close the night. It’s a family-friendly event, so bring the kiddies! | DETAILS 

Monday 15

Massey Hall | Lunchtime Live!: Cris Derkson at Yonge-Dundas Square. 12:30 p.m. Free!

As part of Massey Hall’s free lunchtime concerts, be sure to check out Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen. She’s a unique voice, known for combining layers of sound into mesmerizing performances. She’ll be performing a mixture of traditional, classical and contemporary music. Highly recommended. | DETAILS

Tuesday 16

Toronto Concert Orchestra | Symphony in the Gardens: Belle Voci at Casa Loma. 7:30 p.m. Free!

For another free event, check out Toronto Concert Orchestra’s Symphony in the Gardens: Belle Voci at Casa Loma. They’ll be performing Excerpts from works by Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Puccini. | 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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