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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Oct. 12 – 17

By Michael Vincent on October 12, 2021

Classical music and opera events for the week of October 12 to 17.
Classical music and opera events for the week of October 12 to 17.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between October 12–17, 2021. For more details on what’s happening from our trusted partners, visit our calendar here.

UofT Faculty of Music | Thursdays at Noon: Angela Schwarzkopf and Guests

📅 Thursday — October 14, 2021, 12:10 p.m. ET
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💸 Free!

UofT Faculty of Music Thursday’s at noon series seems to be the go-to for free lunchtime concerts in Toronto this season. Juno Classical Album of the Year winner Angela Schwarzkopf joins pals Michelle Colton and Étienne Levesque to play selections from her latest album Detach. The harp is in no better hands. | Details

Soundstreams | RBC Bridges Showcase: Six World Premieres

📅 Thursday — October 14, 2021, 12:10 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

Being a classical music lover means celebrating the music of the past and nurturing the music of the future. Soundstreams have been working with six composers as part of a unique mentorship opportunity with American composer Sarah Kirkland Snider. This concert is the fruit of their labour. As a special bonus, you’ll also hear Sarah Kirkland Snider’s choral work, Scenes from Unremembered. | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | TSO Livestream: Gimeno’s Homecoming

📅 Thursday — October 14, 2021, 8:00 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

It seems like forever since the TSO has played at Roy Thomson Hall. TSO star baton Gustavo Gimeno returns with a mini-program featuring Bologne’s Symphony in D Major, Dett/arr. Kulesha: “His Song” from In the Bottoms, Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11. It’s both free and online. If you prefer to hold out to see the TSO in person, we recommend waiting until Nov. 10, 11, 13. | Details

International Resource Centre for Performing Artists | Ten Singing Stars — New Generation (online)

📅 Friday — October 15, 2021, 8 p.m. ET (runs through Oct. 17, 11:59 ET)
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

IRCPA has a long history of supporting new opera singers in Toronto, especially with helpful annual workshops. This year they are showcasing ten singers who will perform arias online from the studio of The New Classical 96.3 FM. Baritone Brett Polegato will be on hand to select one lucky singer as the recipient of the Career Blueprint award. | Details

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra | Parade on Bourbon Street (online)

📅 Friday — October 15, 2021, 8 p.m. ET (runs through Oct. 17, 11:59 ET)
📍 LINK
💸 $15+

Sure, the KWS is only doing an online season this year, but they have plenty to offer. This Friday, virtuoso pianist Michael Kaeshammer will bring the sounds of New Orleans to Centre In The Square in Kitchener-Waterloo. The program looks like fun with plenty of classics from the Big Easy: The Saints Go Marching In, St. James Infirmary, and The Basin Street Blues. | Details

Royal Conservatory of Music | Season Gala: Follies in Concert

📅 Saturday — October 16, 2021, 8 p.m. ET (repeats Oct. 17, 3 p.m.)
📍 LINK
💸 $99+

If you can afford it, this is well worth the splurge. RCM’s annual Gala is unique this year with an exceptional in-concert performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies directed by Richard Ouzounian. The recent announcement that Ontario’s venues can open to 100% capacity means that newly released tickets are up for grabs. You’ll hear some big voices, including Cynthia Dale, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Eric McCormack, and Marcus Nance. The show repeats Sunday at 3 pm. | Details

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