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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Sept. 20–26

By Michael Vincent on September 20, 2021

Classical music and opera events for the week of September 20–26
Classical music and opera events for the week of September 20–26

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between September 20–26, 2021. For more details on what’s happening from our trusted partners, visit our calendar here.

CMMAS | Eve Egoyan In Concert

📅 Wednesday — September 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EST
📍 LINK
💸 $Free!

Toronto-based contemporary piano steward Eve Egoyan is doing a repeat stream of her June performance at the Open Ears Festival. If you missed it the first time around, the program looks fascinating. You’ll hear augmented and acoustic piano as well as Surface Tension, a collaborative work with media artist David Rokeby for piano and real-time images. The website is ultra-creative too. | Details

Confluence Concerts | Bach Cello Suites: Part 1 (in-person & online)

📅 Wednesday — September 22, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST (October 1, online)
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

Those looking for a change of pace should consider Confluence Concerts season opener. You’ll hear the cellists Winona Zelenka (TSO and Trio Arkel) and Michelle Tang perform for the first of three concerts of Bach’s iconic Cello Suites at Heliconian Hall. There are limited tickets to the live event, but for the rest of us, we can tune in October 1 to watch for free on YouTube. | Details

Music Toronto | Virtual Concert Series: Marc-André Hamelin (online)

📅 Thursday — September 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m. EST
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

Any change to see/hear Marc-André Hamelin is a treat. Tune in tonight to hear Maria Szymanowska’s Nocturne in B-flat, C. P. E. Bach’s Suite in e Wq62/12, and Schubert’s Sonata No. 20 in A D959. The stream is available until 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 25. | Details

Soundstreams | Garden Of Vanished Pleasures (online)

📅 Thursday — September 23, 2021, 8 p.m. EST (runs through Oct. 10)
📍 LINK
💸 $20

Soundstreams kick off their 2021-22 season early with a digital residency at Crow’s Theatre. Garden Of Vanished Pleasures is a 75-minute, fully-staged production from the mind of Tim Albery celebrating English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener, and author Derek Jarman. Features music by Cecilia Livingston with texts drawn from Derek Jarman’s journals, adapted by Donna McKevitt. Single tickets are available via Crow’s Theatre Box Office. Runs through Oct. 10. | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | TSO at the Drive-In: Mozart & Martines (in-person)

📅 Friday — September 24, 2021, 7:30 p.m. EST (repeats, Sept. 25)
📍 LINK
💸 $91+

The TSO (remember them?) are bringing their Drive-in concert back this week. Conductor Simon Rivard will lead a program of old stand-bys from Mozart (Symphony No. 40 and Eine kleine Nachtmusik). There’s also Marianna Martines’ Overture “Sinfonia” in C Major. Besides being able to air conduct and hum along yourself from the safety of your car, you can eat all the popcorn you want. | Details

Berlin Philharmoniker | Tugan Sokhiev And Nikolai Lugansky (online)

📅 Saturday — September 25, 2021, 1:00 p.m. EST
📍 LINK
💸 Subscription

Conductor Tugan Sokhiev presents three tuneful rarities: Ernest Chausson’s Symphony in B flat major (imagine shimmering harmonies and a great Wagneresque lament), Rimsky-Korsakov’s folk-like overture to the opera The Tsar’s Bride, and the First Piano Concerto by a 17-year-old Rachmaninov. Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky is soloist. This event streams on the Berlin Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall platform and requires a subscription. | Details

Canadian Opera Company | In Concert: Russell Braun and Tamara Wilson with the COC Orchestra (online)

📅 Saturday — September 25, 2021, 7:30 p.m. EST
📍 LINK
💸 Free with a digital membership

The COC return after a 19-month silence with a concert featuring baritone Russell Braun and soprano Tamara Wilson singing under the baton of Johannes Debus leading the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. This is the pre-recorded version of the insider exclusive concert that happens on Friday night (September 24). This is all about celebrating the return of live opera in Toronto and has the makings of a historic night. This should not be missed by Toronto’s opera lovers – even if just watching online. | Details

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