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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: March 21–27

By Michael Vincent on March 21, 2022

Classical music and opera events for the week of March 21 to 27.
Classical music and opera events for the week of March 21 to 27.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between March 21 – 27, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Royal Conservatory | Galilee Chamber Orchestra, Saleem Abboud Ashkar, and Jon Kimura Parker

📅 Monday — March 21, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $25+

It’s the start of a hectic spring season at RCM, and the line-up of artists is breathtaking. Today includes the always uplifting pianist Jon Kimura Parker performing with RCM’s Galilee Chamber Orchestra (Saleem Ashkar conducting). This is a must-see this week. | Details

National Ballet of Canada | The Sleeping Beauty

📅 Wednesday — March 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats through March 27)
📍 LINK
💸 $42+

Last weekend, we reviewed the opening night of the National Ballet’s historic revival of the classic Rudolf Nureyev’s production The Sleeping Beauty. The verdict? No spoilers, but it’s safe to say you won’t be disappointed. You can read it here. The production ends on Sunday, and tickets are going fast, so don’t sleep on it. | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Saraste + Sibelius

📅 Wednesday — March 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats through March 24 & 26)
📍 LINK
💸 $29+

We always look forward to seeing the TSO, but this concert is extra special a Finnish conductor and former TSO Music Director Jukka-Pekka Saraste is in town to lead them. You’ll hear Sibelius’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies and Montreal-based composer Samy Moussa’s Crimson for Large Orchestra. | Details

Music Toronto | Esmé Quartet

📅 Thursday — March 24, 2022, 9 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $47.50+

Music Toronto is presenting the Toronto debut of the Esmé Quartet in a one-night-only concert at Jane Mallet Theatre. Hailing from Korea, this ensemble is building a reputation for depth and maturity for such a young group. They will be playing their hearts out with Debussy and Beethoven. | Details

Music at St. Andrew’s | Friday Noontime Recital

📅 Friday — March 25, 2022, 12:10 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

With the ongoing geopolitical strife in Ukraine, we’re all concerned. Tune in to Music at St. Andrew’s weekly noon-hour recital series online to hear soprano Natalya Gennadi and pianist Stéphane Mayer perform Ukrainian art songs and opera arias. | Details

VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert | Florence: The Lady With the Lamp

📅 Sunday — March 27, 2022, 2:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $38+

Opera lovers should take note of Canadian composer Timothy Sullivan’s opera Florence: The Lady With the Lamp at VOICEBOX this week. The opera is based on the life of Florence Nightingale, a British nurse who was a transformative social reformer and statistician, best known as the founder of modern nursing. It’s a perfect fit for our COVID-19 era. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Maisky 

📅 Sunday — March 27, 2022, 3 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $50+

Another highlight of the season is a visit from the legendary cellist Mischa Maisky, performing Bach’s Cello Suites No. 1, 3, and 5. | Details

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