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CRITIC'S PICKS | Nine Concerts You Should Absolutely See This Week (May 14 – 20)

By Joseph So on May 14, 2018

Ludwig van 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. 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 our curated concert listings here.
Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of May 14 – 20.

Ludwig van 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. 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 our curated concert listings here.

Tuesday 15

SoundstreamsBeat It! 8 p.m. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St .$20-25

Percussionist Ryan Scott highlights works by composers Michael Oesterle, Nicole Lizée, Robin De Raaff, Kaija Saariaho, James O’Callaghan, and Andrew Staniland, including an arrangement of Michael Jackson’s, Beat it. Features flautist Leslie Newman. Get out there and hear these amazing composers. | Listing

Canadian Opera Company | Chamber Music Series: Viola Quintets. 12 p.m. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. Free. Be sure to show up an hour ahead for a seat.

Artists of the COC Orchestra perform Mozart String Quartet No. 3 in C and Brahms String Quartet No. 2 in G. Both the are considered “viola quintets” because of the scoring for an extra viola (two violins, two violas and a cello.)  Viola gets a bum rap as an instrument, especially from violinists, or so it seems!  Go hear for yourself. | Listing

Canadian Opera Company | The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. 7:30 p.m. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. $50-350. Last performance on May 19.

Your last two chances to catch this magical and visually striking Robert Lepage production of the Stravinsky opera. It is best to have a seat not too far from the stage, given the peculiarity of the staging. Jane Archibald (Nightingale), Owen McCausland (Fisherman), Oleg Tsibulko (Emperor). Johannes Debus conducts. | Listing

Wednesday 16

Canadian Opera Company | Anna Bolena. 7:30 p.m. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. $50-350. Repeats May 20 at 2 p.m + two more performances ending May 26.

The COC’s season-ending production of Anna Bolena continues, with the great Sondra Radvanovsky wowing audiences in the title role. She’s joined by soprano Keri Alkema (Giovanna Seymour), tenor Bruce Sledge (Percy), bass-baritone Christian Van Horn (Enrico VIII), and mezzo Allyson McHardy (Smeton). Corrado Rovaris conducts. If you like bel canto opera, be sure to catch this before it disappears. | Listing

Roy Thomson Hall and Rubin Fogel Productions | Nana Mouskouri. 8 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall. $69.50-119.50.

Few non-classical shows are included in Critic’s Picks, but with the legendary Nana Mouskouri, I’d make an exception. She returns to Toronto with her Forever Young tour. Born in 1934, she will turn 84 this fall, simply astounding that she is still performing. This is very much an autobiographical show. Her fans will love it. | Details

Friday 18

TorQ Percussion QuartetLight Years/Dark Matter. 8 p.m. 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education, 918 Bathurst St. PWYC

Toronto’s favourite percussion quartet presents the premiere of a new space inspired multi-movement work composed by all four TorQ members. Featuring audio and video by members of TorQ, and lighting design by Oz Weaver.  Highly recommended. | Listing

Gallery 345 | Four Short Song Cycles 8 p.m. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. $25 (Cash only at the door). Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

Two fine Canadian singers, baritone Michael Nyby and bass-baritone Giles Tomkins, join forces to give a recital of songs by Beethoven, Finzi, Rolfe, and Brahms. | Listing

Saturday 19

Kindred Spirits Orchestra | Wrath and Revolution. 8 p.m. Flato Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts, 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham. $15-40

Kristian Alexander conducts two works by Camille Saint-Saens – Dance Macabre and Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor with pianist Gregory Millar. Also on the program is Shostakovich Symphony No. 11.  | Listing

Sunday 20

Gallery 345 | Arthouse Ensemble. 2 p.m. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. $35/10(st). Cash at the door. Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

Arthouse Ensemble (violinists Arkady Yanivker and Adam Diderrich, violist Ethan Filner, cellist Britton Riley, and pianist Elina Kelebeev) presents a program of works by Chausson, Faure, and Sibelius. | Details

Joseph So

Joseph So

Joseph So is Professor Emeritus at Trent University and Associate Editor of Opera Canada.He is also a long-time contributor to La Scena Musicale and Opera (London, UK). His interest in music journalism focuses on voice, opera as well as symphonic and piano repertoires. He appears regularly as a panel member of the Big COC Podcast.He has co-edited a book, Opera in a Multicultural World: Coloniality, Culture, Performance, published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).
Joseph So
Joseph So

Joseph So

Joseph So is Professor Emeritus at Trent University and Associate Editor of Opera Canada.He is also a long-time contributor to La Scena Musicale and Opera (London, UK). His interest in music journalism focuses on voice, opera as well as symphonic and piano repertoires. He appears regularly as a panel member of the Big COC Podcast.He has co-edited a book, Opera in a Multicultural World: Coloniality, Culture, Performance, published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).
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