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CRITIC'S PICKS | 10 Concerts You Should Absolutely See This Week (June 11 – 17)

By Joseph So on June 11, 2018

Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of June 11 – 17.
Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of June 11 – 17.

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.

Critic’s Picks (June 11 – 17)

Monday 11

Tafelmusik | Baroque Summer Festival Opening Night. 8 p.m. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. Ticketed event (free)  Advance tickets all given out at press time.

The annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival (June 11 – 23) opens with this free concert, but all advance tickets are gone! 100 seats will be available by lining up the day of the concert. The program includes works by Brescianello, Corelli, Bach, Blow, and Handel, featuring Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, with Elisa Citterio and Ivars Taurins, directors. | Listing

Tuesday 12

Toronto Concert Orchestra | Symphony in the Gardens: Mozart in Prague. 7:30 p.m. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. $30/$25(sr/y)/$20(child)

Kerry Stratton leads the Toronto Concert Orchestra in an all-Mozart program, with soprano Sara Papini in arias from Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni and others. Also on the program is Symphony No. 38 in D “Prague”, K.504. | Listing

Wednesday 13

Opera 5 | Barber of Seville. 7:30 p.m. Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. $38/$25(sr)/$48(VIP). Repeats June 15, 7:30 p.m. and June 17, 2 p.m.

Opera 5 under its new artistic director Jessica Derventzis presents Rossini’s Barber of Seville, with Stephanie Tritchew (Rosina); Johnathon Kirby(Figaro); Kevin Myers(Il Conte d’Almaviva); Jeremy Ludwig (Bartolo); Giles Tomkins(Basilio); Megan Miceli (Berta); and Danlie Rae Acebuque (Fiorello). Jessica Derventzis is stage director. | Listing

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Brahms Symphony 1. 8 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. $40.75-$154. Repeats June 14.

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet was originally scheduled to returns to play Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, paired with Bernstein’s Three Dances from Fancy Free, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. Jon Kimura Parker will be stepping in for Jean‑Yves Thibaudet. Peter Oundjian conducts. 7:15 p.m. Pre-concert performance by Singing Out, in partnership with Pride Toronto (June 13 only). | Listing

Saturday 16

Tafelmusik | Baroque Portraits. 12;30 p.m. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. Free.

A casual noon-hour concert of baroque chamber music. Works by Telemann, Corelli, Vivaldi, Wagenseil, and Bassani performed by members of the Tafelmusk Baroque Summer Institute Faculty. | Listing

National Ballet of Canada | Paz de la Jolla & The Man in Black with Cacti. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $39-$265. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. Repeats June 17, 20, 21, 22.

A triple-bill evening – choreographer Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla, set to Bohuslav Martinů’s Sinfonietta la Jolla, paired with James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, set to six songs by John Cash. The third piece is Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman’s Cacti. Here is a clip of the National rehearsing Paz de la Jolla . | Listing

Tapestry Opera | Tables Turned. 7 p.m. Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity St., Distillery District. $35. Repeats June 17, 18, 19 at 7 p.m.

As part of the Luminato Festival, Tapestry presents Tables Turned, a multi-media performance featuring soprano Carla Huhtanen, composer Nicole Lizée, and percussionist Ben Reimer. | Listing

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 3 8 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. $40.75-$154. Sold Out

The great Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, named Gramophone’s Artists of the Year, plays Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian. It’s paired with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Listed as sold out, but the website says a new block of tickets may be released for sale closer to the performance date. | Listing

Kindred Spirits Orchestra | L’Histoire du soldat. 8 p.m. Cornell Recital Hall, 3201 Buroak Ave., Markham. $20

Kristian Alexander conducts the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in a performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, with Nicolas van Burek (Devil), Philippe van de Maele (Soldier), and Sophie Goulet (Narrator). Michael Berec is host. | Details

Sunday 17

Off Centre Music Salon | Spanish-Russian Salon. 3 p.m. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. $50/$40(sr/st)/$15(y)/$5(kids)

A program of Spanish and Russian works performed by (in alphabetical order) Lara Dodds-Eden, piano; Joni Henson, soprano; Sheila Jaffe, violin; Inna Perkis, piano; Brett Polegato, baritone; Guillermo Silva-Marin, baritone; Rachel Desoer, cello; Boris Zarankin, piano; and Ilana Zarankin, soprano. Julia Zarankin is host. Program details oddly no not available. | 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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