This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between January 3 – 9, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.
[UPDATE: Due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Government of Ontario has mandated that all performing arts venues are to remain closed until further notice. Details [HERE]. For details on refunds, please contact your venue or event producer.]
Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Tribute to Louis Armstrong [Update: Cancelled or Postponed]
📅 Tuesday — January 4, 2021, 8 p.m. ET (Repeats Jan. 5)
Jazz documentary producer Ken Burns once said, “Armstrong is to music what Einstein is to physics and the Wright Brothers are to travel.” The TSO are presenting a post-holiday tribute to the legend Louis Armstrong with band leader, trumpet player and vocalist, Byron Stripling. Also features Bobby Floyd (piano & organ), Scott Alexander (bass), and Jim Rupp (drums). The opening show on Jan. 4 will also be streamed online, so check the website for details. This show will be opening at 50% capacity. | Details
Organix Concerts | Adrian Ross [Update: Cancelled or Postponed]
📅 Wednesday — January 5, 2021, 12:30 p.m. ET
💸 $20 (suggested)
Organ concerts are criminally overlooked in Toronto, we if you’ve never been to one, today is a good chance. Toronto’s Adrian Ross is a harpsichordist and organist that knows his way around a Casavant. You’ll hear organ works by Nicolas de Grigny, Pierre du Mage, Antonio de Cabezón, Francisco Correa de Arauxo, Charles Racquet, and Charles-Marie Widor. | Details
Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Bach’s Brandenburg & More [Update: Cancelled or Postponed]
📅 Friday — January 7, 2021, 7:30 p.m. ET (Repeats Jan. 8 & 9)
Start your year off right with a dose of J. S. Bach performed by some of Toronto’s finest. TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow leads a selected cast of orchestra musicians. Performers also include young violinist Chelsea Gu, winner of the Play-Along with Jonathan Crow All-Star Award. This show will be opening at 50% capacity. | Details
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra | Elegance and Emotion
📅 Streams online through January 9, 2022
Our top online pick for the week is from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. You’ll hear conductor and pianist David Greilsammer perform a rich program including Rameau’s Platée: Suite de danses, Mozart’s Concerto No.24 in C minor for Piano & Orchestra, and Schubert’s “Tragic” Symphony. | Details
Canadian Opera Company | In Winter
📅 Streams online through June 18, 2022
Premiering last week, the COC celebrates the holidays’ arrival with Vivaldi’s famous “Winter” section from The Four Seasons and more. It also includes a premiere by Ontario-based composer Ian Cusson, titled In Winter.
The Elora Singers | Radiant Dawn: A Festival of Carols
📅 Streams online through January 7, 2022.
While The Elora’s Singers planned in-person concerts on Dec 21 & 22 have been cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 variant, there’s still the online edition. The concert is based on the repertoire from their new “Radiant Dawn” CD, with poetry readings and some other surprises. | Details
Against the Grain Theatre | Messiah/Complex
📅 Streams online through January 9, 2022.
AtG has brought back the much talked about Messiah/Complex for the holidays. If you missed it last year, now is your chance to see what all the fuss was about. We were mightily impressed with it. Take a deep dive here.
Sinfonia Toronto | Beethoven@251
📅 Streams online through January 9, 2022
Sinfonia Toronto’s continues their timely nod to our namesake, Herr Ludwig, for his 251st birthday. The program is all about the music he inspired from the Romantics: Chopin Piano Concerto, Symphony No. 8, and more. Pianist Dmitri Levkovich is the soloist.
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