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CRITIC'S PICKS | 12 Concerts You Absolutely Need To See In Toronto This Week (November 18 - 24)

By Joseph So on November 18, 2019

Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of November 18 – 24.
Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of November 18 – 24.

Critic’s Picks (November 18 – 24)

Ludwig van Toronto’s weekly Critic’s Picks are a curated list of some of the best concerts happening now through the end of the week. For a look at the full breadth of what’s available in and around Toronto, check out our curated concert listings here.

Tuesday 19

Canadian Opera Company | Moving Mirrors: Etudes for Piano. 12 p.m. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. Free. Arrive early to secure a seat.

Pianist-composer Nicolas Namoradze, laureate of the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, plays a program that includes Scriabin Études Op. 42, as well as his own compositions. | Details

University of Toronto Faculty of Music | Early Music Concerts: King Arthur. 7:30 p.m. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. $30/$20(sr)/$10(st).

Purcell’s King Arthur, “based on Dryden’s text, draws the eye and ear with richly textured choral movements and beautiful song-writing.” Harpsichordist/conductor Christopher Bagan leads the Collegium Musicum and Schola Cantorum, with a new staging by Erik Thor. | Details

Wednesday 20

National Ballet of Canada | Orpheus Alive and Chaconne. 7:30 p.m. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. $41-$265. Repeats Nov. 21 (last)

Final two performances of Robert Binet’s gender-bending take on the Orpheus legend, with music by Missy Mazzoli. Read our review here. | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 8 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. $81-$181. Repeats Nov. 21.

Last two performances of the Four Seasons, led by concertmaster Jonathan Crow, plus Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and Yellowknife composer Carmen Braden’s Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars. | Details

Tapestry Opera | TAP:EX Augmented Opera. 8 p.m. Sidewalk Labs, 307 Lake Shore Blvd. E. $40. Repeats Nov. 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.

The adventurous Tapestry Opera presents TAP:EX Augmented Opera, a work that “delves into the world of analog and digital storytelling augmentation, challenging our notion of what is real…invites us to submerge ourselves in a night of experiential and experimental opera.” Conceived by Tapestry Opera’s Artistic Director Michael Mori, composer Benton Roark, and co-director Debi Wong. Soloists are Vanessa Oude-Reimerink, Lauren Segal and Lyndsay Promane. Michael Shannon, piano. | Details

Thursday 21

University of Toronto Faculty of Music | The Marriage of Figaro. 7:30 p.m. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. $40/$25(sr)/$10(st). Repeats Nov. 22, 23, 24(mat.) Opera talk half hour before each performance.

The U of T Opera goes back to the core repertoire with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in its fall opera production. Nozze is ranked sixth in popularity based on worldwide performance statistics (2004-18). It will be a new period production sung in Italian, designed by Fred Perruzza with costumes by Lisa Magill. Michael Patrick Albano directs and Sandra Horst conducts. | Details

Friday 22

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | An American in Paris. 7:30 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. $41-$154. Repeats Nov. 23, 8 p.m.

American conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the TSO in an all-American program of Gershwin: An American in Paris; Barber: Piano Concerto Op. 38 (soloist Jon Kimura Parker); Bernstein: Overture to Candide; and Corigliano: Elegy for Orchestra. | Details

Royal Conservatory of Music | Andrei Feher conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. 8 p.m. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. $25-$60.

Romanian-Canadian conductor Andrei Feher, Music Director of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, leads the RCO in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with cellist Mansur Kadirov; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. | Details

Sunday 24

Royal Conservatory of Music | Songmasters Series: An Afternoon with Adrianne. 2 p.m. Mazzoleni Hall. $30. Sold Out.

Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, newly appointed Vocal Chair and Head of Voice at the Glenn Gould School, is joined by pianist Rachel Andrist to present Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, Korngold’s Four Shakespeare Songs, and works by Schubert and Strauss. | Details

Royal Conservatory of Music | Yefim Bronfman. 3 p.m. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. $40-$95.

Soviet-born, Israeli-American pianist Yefim Bronfman plays an all-Beethoven program of Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, op. 10, no. 1; Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, op. 10, no. 2; Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, op. 10, no. 3 ; and Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, op. 57 “Appassionata.” | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | TSYO and Samuel Kerr 3 p.m. George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. $31.25.

TSO RBC Resident Conductor Simon Rivard leads the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra in a program of Mussorgsky: St. John’s Eve on Bald Mountain (original version); Ney Rosauro: Concerto No. 1 for Marimba (with Samuel Kerr on the Marimba); Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3; and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5. | Details

Mooredale Concerts | Vocal Recital: Wallis Giunta, mezzo. 3:15 p.m. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. $30-$45.

Fast-rising Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta was recently named Young Singer of the Year in the 2018 International Opera Awards. Formerly a Fest artist at Oper Leipzig, she’s now a freelance artist. She sings songs by Barber, Britten, de Falla, Schumann, Sondheim and others. Steven Philcox is at the piano. | Details

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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 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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