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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Nov. 22 – 28

By Michael Vincent on November 22, 2021

Classical music and opera events for the week of November 22 to 28.
Classical music and opera events for the week of November 22 to 28.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between November 22–28, 2021. For more details on what’s happening from our trusted partners, visit our calendar here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

📅 Wednesday — November 24, 2021, 8 p.m. ET (repeats Nov. 25, 27 & 28)
📍 LINK
💸 $35

Celebrate with Peter Oundjian as he makes his first appearance as Conductor Emeritus with the TSO. The program includes standards from Beethoven, R. Strauss, plus a work by the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, Florence Price. The young violin powerhouse Timothy Chooi is the soloist du jour for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. | Details

Music in the Afternoon | Beverley Johnston & Friends

📅 Thursday — November 25, 2021, 1:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $45

Thursday afternoon is all about percussion with the infectious Beverley Johnston with Aiyun Huang, and Russell Hartenberger Susan Hoeppner (flutes) Marc Djokic (violin). This concert includes Bach on Marimba, plus works by Lou Harrison and Astor Piazzolla. Russell Hartenberger will also be premiering his new work Eagles, commissioned by the WMCT. | Details

U of T Opera | The Barber of Seville (Online)

📅 Thursday — November 25, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats Nov. 26, 27, 28)
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

U of T Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville will be livestreamed on the Faculty of Music YouTube channel. Michael Patrick Albano directs and Russell Braun conducts. | Details

Tafelmusik | A Tafelmusik Christmas (in-person)

📅 Thursday — November 25, 2021, 8 p.m. ET (repeats Nov. 26 & 27)
📍 LINK
💸 $55+

No one does Christmas quite like Tafelmusik. Curated by Ivars Taurins, this festive program brings together the choir and orchestra for the first time in 2021. You’ll hear selections from Handel’s Messiah, works by Bach and Charpentier, and some baroque arrangements of Christmas carols. If you can’t make it in person, this event will also be broadcast online starting Thursday, December 16. Details

Canadian Opera Company/Against the Grain | Mozart’s Requiem (online)

📅 Saturday — November 27, 2021, 1:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

Canadian Opera Company and Against the Grain present a multidisciplinary presentation that invites us to reckon with the impact of the pandemic through Mozart’s Requiem. With interviews with front-line medical workers and community members directly affected by the pandemic, this sounds like an intensely moving experience. The project features artists from the COC Ensemble Studio training program, as well as Kwagiulth and Stó:lo First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman. Not-to-be-missed. | Details

Guitar Society of Toronto | Canadian Guitar Quartet

📅 Saturday — November 27, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $35

If it’s been a while since you heard some classical guitar, or if you’ve never heard a guitar quartet concert before, you’re in for a real treat. The Toronto-based Canadian Guitar Quartet welcomes two new members with a fresh new program at beautiful St. Andrew’s Church. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Jean-Yves Thibaudet

📅 Sunday — November 28, 2021, 3 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $50

This should be your Sunday afternoon no-brainer. In fact, if you’re a piano lover and only going to see one show this month, you really can’t go wrong with Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He will be playing Debussy’s Préludes, Book 1 and 2. | Details

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