CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: March 7–13

By Michael Vincent on March 7, 2022

Classical music and opera events for the week of March 7 to 13.
Classical music and opera events for the week of March 7 to 13.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between March 7 – 13, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

The Music Gallery | Beverley Johnston — Finding HER Voice

📅 Tuesday — March 8, 2022, 8:00 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $35+

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston is presenting works inspired by historical and mythological female figures, including Baba Yaga, Mother Earth, Eris, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Yoko Ono. We’re told that this concert will include a fancy setup with projections and video, so prepare to have your senses tickled. All proceeds to benefit Nellie’s Shelter | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Screen to Stage: Appalachian Spring & More

📅 Wednesday — March 9, 2022, 8:00 p.m. ET (Repeats March 10,12 & 13)
📍 LINK
💸 $35+

This is a good choice for those who appreciate great music written for film and stage. Led by conductor Ryan Bancroft (in his TSO debut!), the program includes Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Beethoven’s Violin Romance No. 2, Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, and Vivian Fung’s Prayer for orchestra and audience. You can pick between 4 dates this week. | Details

National Ballet of Canada | Mixed Winter Program

📅 Wednesday — March 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (Repeats through March 13)
📍 LINK
💸 $69+

It’s been a big week for the National Ballet, with Sonia Rodriguez’s farewell performance in Streetcar Named Desire that closed this weekend. Building on the momentum is their annual Winter mixed program, which offers a handful of mini-Ballets. Come out and remind yourself how much you love dance. | Details

Canadian Opera Company | Fantasma

📅 Wednesday— March 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (Repeats March 10–12)
📍 LINK
💸 $70+

It’s a rare thing that the Canadian Opera Company produces a new opera, let alone one for young adults. Fantasma is a new opera by former COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson, with libretto by acclaimed playwright Colleen Murphy. The work explores themes of death, violence, compassion, and the courage to insist on being heard. Perfect for your moody teenagers. | Details

Tapestry Opera | Songbook XI

📅 Friday— March 11, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (Repeats March 12)
📍 LINK
💸 $15+ (PWYC)

Tapestry Opera’s Songbook series always offers a fun Friday night. This concert features the up-and-coming baritone Jorell Williams, alongside pianist and Women in Musical Leadership Conductor Jennifer Tung. | Details

New Music Concerts | Difficult Grace: Seth Parker Woods in Concert

📅 Friday— March 11, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $35

Difficult Grace is a solo concert by cellist Seth Parker Woods that features the artist’s vibrant sonic journey and artworks inspired by The Great Migration, historical civil rights movements and commentaries on the human condition. Come early for a special introduction at 7:15 p.m. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Taylor Academy Showcase Concert

📅 Saturday — March 12, 2022, 4:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists is all about training the classical music stars of tomorrow. On the bill is a little bit of everything: Schumann, Beethoven, Sibelius, Ravel, Brahms, Lalo, Liszt, and Chopin. See what these talented pianists and singers have to offer. | Details

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CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: March 7–13

Classical music and opera events for the week of March 7 to 13.
Classical music and opera events for the week of March 7 to 13.
Classical music and opera events for the week of March 7 to 13.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between March 7 – 13, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

The Music Gallery | Beverley Johnston — Finding HER Voice

📅 Tuesday — March 8, 2022, 8:00 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $35+

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston is presenting works inspired by historical and mythological female figures, including Baba Yaga, Mother Earth, Eris, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Yoko Ono. We’re told that this concert will include a fancy setup with projections and video, so prepare to have your senses tickled. All proceeds to benefit Nellie’s Shelter | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Screen to Stage: Appalachian Spring & More

📅 Wednesday — March 9, 2022, 8:00 p.m. ET (Repeats March 10,12 & 13)
📍 LINK
💸 $35+

This is a good choice for those who appreciate great music written for film and stage. Led by conductor Ryan Bancroft (in his TSO debut!), the program includes Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Beethoven’s Violin Romance No. 2, Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, and Vivian Fung’s Prayer for orchestra and audience. You can pick between 4 dates this week. | Details

National Ballet of Canada | Mixed Winter Program

📅 Wednesday — March 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (Repeats through March 13)
📍 LINK
💸 $69+

It’s been a big week for the National Ballet, with Sonia Rodriguez’s farewell performance in Streetcar Named Desire that closed this weekend. Building on the momentum is their annual Winter mixed program, which offers a handful of mini-Ballets. Come out and remind yourself how much you love dance. | Details

Canadian Opera Company | Fantasma

📅 Wednesday— March 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (Repeats March 10–12)
📍 LINK
💸 $70+

It’s a rare thing that the Canadian Opera Company produces a new opera, let alone one for young adults. Fantasma is a new opera by former COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson, with libretto by acclaimed playwright Colleen Murphy. The work explores themes of death, violence, compassion, and the courage to insist on being heard. Perfect for your moody teenagers. | Details

Tapestry Opera | Songbook XI

📅 Friday— March 11, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (Repeats March 12)
📍 LINK
💸 $15+ (PWYC)

Tapestry Opera’s Songbook series always offers a fun Friday night. This concert features the up-and-coming baritone Jorell Williams, alongside pianist and Women in Musical Leadership Conductor Jennifer Tung. | Details

New Music Concerts | Difficult Grace: Seth Parker Woods in Concert

📅 Friday— March 11, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $35

Difficult Grace is a solo concert by cellist Seth Parker Woods that features the artist’s vibrant sonic journey and artworks inspired by The Great Migration, historical civil rights movements and commentaries on the human condition. Come early for a special introduction at 7:15 p.m. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Taylor Academy Showcase Concert

📅 Saturday — March 12, 2022, 4:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists is all about training the classical music stars of tomorrow. On the bill is a little bit of everything: Schumann, Beethoven, Sibelius, Ravel, Brahms, Lalo, Liszt, and Chopin. See what these talented pianists and singers have to offer. | Details

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