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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Mar. 28 – Apr. 3

By Michael Vincent on March 28, 2022

Classical music and opera events for the week of March 28 to April 3.
Classical music and opera events for the week of March 28 to April 3.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between March 28 – April 2, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Music Toronto | Benjamin Grosvenor

📅 Tuesday — March 29, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $45+

This week is a big one for concerts, so you’ll need to plan ahead to avoid missing anything. First up is piano virtuoso Benjamin Grosvenor who returns for his fourth appearance at Music Toronto in a program with Franck, Liszt, Albeniz, Ravel. We first reviewed him back in 2015 when he was here and were very impressed. | Details

Royal Conservatory | The Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition Finals

📅 Wednesday — March 30, 2022, 7 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

Everything is more exciting when there’s money on the line. In this case, $11,000 in cash. Ensembles of The Glenn Gould School are competing for the Chamber Music Finals, so expect things to get heated! This event takes place both online and in person. | Details

National Arts Centre Orchestra | Truth in Our Time

📅 Wednesday — March 30, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $54+

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and Music Director Alexander Shelley return to Toronto to explore the theme of “Truth in our Times” with the World Première of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 13, his ode to freedom of the press. The fact that there are tickets left to one of the biggest events of the season is a marvel. Be sure to visit Ludwig Van on Thursday to read our review. | Details

Music in the Afternoon | Cameron Crozman & Philip Chiu

📅 Thursday — March 31, 2022, 1:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $45+

We’ve raved about cellist Cameron Crozman and pianist Philip Chiu before. Today, they unite to present a sun-soaked menu of Spanish and Hispanic-American works. There will also be a new WMCT commission by Juno Award-winning composer Allan Gordon Bell. Note, this concert is available both in-person and online. | Details

Toronto Symphony | Rachmaninoff’s Second

📅 Friday — April 1, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats April 2)
📍 LINK
💸 $29+

From Mozart’s sweet and singing Violin Concerto No. 3 to Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”, soloist Karen Gomyo joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) to perform some of the most joyous pieces in the classical repertoire. You’ll also hear a short chamber work by composer Samy Moussa, and the overture to Mozart’s comic opera The Marriage of Figaro open the program. Eun Sun Kim makes her TSO debut conducting what looks like a great night out. | Details

Sinfonia Toronto | Mozart Haydn Rival

📅 Friday — April 1, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $15+

This week, violinist Marc Djokic is in Toronto to join Sinfonia Toronto in a program including a new arrangement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, Haydn’s The Lark, and the premiere of a violin concerto by composer Robert Rival. Check out a Q&A we did with Djokic just last week. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Miles from India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis

📅 Saturday — April 2, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $45+

This one is for all the cool cats in Toronto. Tonight, you’ll hear a compilation of tunes inspired by Miles Davis from an album originally released in April 2008. The tracks are performed in new arrangements by American jazz musicians and performers from India. The album reached a peak position of number six on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart. | Details

Tafelmusik | A Tafelmusik Tribute to Jeanne Lamon

📅 Saturday — April 2, 2022, 2 p.m. ET (repeats on the same day at 8 p.m. + digital-only on June 2, 2022)
📍 LINK
💸 $84+

Toronto’s music community is gathering in tribute to Jeanne Lamon, who passed away last year. The program will feature projections of images from Jeanne’s life. Jeanne’s partner and former Tafelmusik principal cellist, Christina Mahler, and baritone Brett Polegato join the orchestra and choir for this tribute. The award-winning Canadian filmmaker Barbara Willis Sweete will direct the film version of the concert, to be broadcast online on June 2. | Details

Esprit Orchestra | Esprit Live 2022: Act 1

📅 Sunday — April 3, 2022, 8 pm ET
📍 LINK
💸 $20+

After a two-year hiatus, Esprit Orchestra is returning for the start of a new concert series this Sunday at Koerner Hall. Act 1 includes Alexina Louie’s The Void and River of Stars, Andrew Norman’s Sustain and a Piano Concerto by Christopher Goddard. This is required listening for contemporary music lovers this week, so don’t miss it. | Details

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