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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Nov. 1 – 7

By Michael Vincent on November 1, 2021

Classical music and opera events for the week of November 1 to 7
Classical music and opera events for the week of November 1 to 7

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between November 1–7, 2021. For more details on what’s happening from our trusted partners, visit our calendar here.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir | Coming to Carry Me Home (in-person + online)

📅 Tuesday — November 2, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $20+

Vocal music lovers have something to celebrate this week with the start of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s season — in-person with their new conductor Jean-Sébastien Vallée. You’ll hear Nathaniel Dett’s The Chariot Jubilee and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. The TMC will be joined by members from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Jonelle Sills (soprano), and Brett Polegato (baritone). Note, this concert takes place both in-person at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church and online. The TMC is starting the season off with a bang – don’t miss this. | Details

Confluence Concerts | Bach Cello Suites: Part 3 (in-person + online)

📅 Wednesday — November 3, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $25

The innovative folks at Confluence Concerts present their final instalment of a three-part deep dive into Bach’s Cello Suites. Tonight’s show features the sections of the cello suites played on instruments other than the cello. Andrew Downing will play Suite No. 2 on the double bass, and Ryan Davis will play Suite No. 5 on the viola. Besides the in-person show, this concert will be streamed online November 12. | Details

University of Toronto | Thursdays at Noon: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Opera School (online)

📅 Thursday — November 4, 2021, 12 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

UofT Opera’s program celebrates its 75th anniversary with an online showcase for their Thursdays at noon series. They haven’t said much about the event, other than it will reflect on the school’s important history while sharing their vision for opera’s future. Mysterious with a twist of hopeful. | Details

Against The Grain Theatre | Opera Pub (in-person)

📅 Thursday — November 4, 2021, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $20+

After a long hiatus, opera, beer and fun with your pals at the Against the Grain Theatre are back at the Tranzac Club. Running the first Thursday of the month, opera pub nights offer operatic arias and ensembles performed by both established and emerging opera singers. Been sure to attend at least once this season. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Jerusalem String Quartet with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth (online)

📅 Friday — November 5, 2021, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $20+

Chamber music lovers, take note. Classical music icon Pinchas Zukerman and Canadian cellist Amanda Forsyth join Jerusalem String Quartet to perform Bruckner, Dvořák and Brahms. The online stream of this concert will be available for seven days on RoyalConservatory.Live. | Details

Royal Conservatory | The Glenn Gould School Chamber Opera: Ana Sokolović’s Svadba (online)

📅 Friday — November 5, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats Nov. 6)
📍 LINK
💸 $20+

RCM’s The Glenn Gould School presents a student-led production of Ana Sokolović’s Svadba (Wedding) for six female voices a cappella, and occasional percussion accompaniment. Since its premiere in Toronto back on June 24, 2011, Svadba has toured throughout Canada and Europe. It was also a major hit with audiences at the Opera de Montreal in 2018. Highly recommended — especially for contemporary opera lovers. | Details

Trio Arkel | Fantasia (in-person + online)

📅 Sunday — November 7, 2021, 3 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $40

Toronto’s Trio Arkel promise to spice up a sleepily Sunday afternoon with Schubert Fantasia arr. for piano quartet, Jean Cras String Trio, and Lekeu Piano Quartet. As one of Toronto’s top-shelf chamber music ensembles, this is a sure bet for a fantastic performance. Note, seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you can’t make it in person, be sure to check it out online Nov. 14–28. | Details

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