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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: May 24 – 29

By Michael Vincent on May 24, 2022

Classical music and opera events for the week of May 24 to 29.
Classical music and opera events for the week of May 24 to 29.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between May 24 – 29, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Tapestry Opera | R.U.R. A Torrent Of Light

📅 Tuesday — May 24, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (runs through June 5, 2022)
📍 LINK
💸 $60+

Tapestry is opening one of its most ambitious projects in recent years this week. Created in partnership with OCAD University, R.U.R. A Torrent Of Light is a multidisciplinary work that engenders dance, music from a 100-piece chamber orchestra, projections and other multimedia design elements, and opera. This is an absolute must for Tapestry Opera lovers or those who want to see what the future of opera might look like. To learn more about it, you can read our preview here. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Joshua Bell with Peter Dugan

📅 Tuesday — May 24, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $65+

A highlight of the week is a visit from virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell for an intimate chamber program at Koerner Hall with Peter Dugan. If you’ve never heard Bell in a chamber setting before, this should be on your calendar this week. There’s something more to his playing than stunning technique. It’s a combination of humanism and magnetism that pulls you into the music. | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Gimeno Conducts “Emperor”

📅 Wednesday — May 25, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats May 27 & 28)
📍 LINK
💸 $82+

The TSO was scheduled to perform with Daniil Trifonov this week, but he had to cancel due to an ongoing injury. The American pianist Garrick Ohlsson will be joining Gustavo Gimeno instead. The program includes Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto — a monumental work that took the symphonic form to new heights. Plus, you’ll hear the premiere of a brand-new symphony by Samy Moussa and a shorter new work from Toronto’s Afarin Mansouri. | Details

Estonian Music Week/SING! | Collegium Musicale — Endrik Üksvärav

📅 Thursday — May 26, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $

Estonian Music Week is happening this week, with three events across Ottawa, Toronto, and Hamilton. Tonight, the Estonian choir Collegium Musicale will perform Veljo Tormis’ Forgotten Peoples, a contemporary work based on an ancient folk song. Who is Veljo Tormis? He’s one of Estonia’s most famous composers, renowned for his choral music. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav leads the choir. This event is co-produced by SING!, one of Canada’s premier a cappella festivals currently running through June 5. | Details

The Amadeus Choir | A Time to Heal

📅 Saturday — May 28, 2022, 3:30 p.m. ET (repeats at 7:30 pm)
📍 LINK
💸 $20+

Music is one of the oldest forms of healing, and nowhere is that more true than in Indigenous culture. The Amadeus Choir will be presenting A Time to Heal, a concert celebrating the power of music to heal the soul in the most challenging times. Doors open 30 minutes before concert time, and will feature a pre-show talk with our artistic director and conductor, Kathleen Allan. | Details

Tafelmusik | Bach Brandenburg Concertos

📅 Saturday — May 28, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $38

North America’s go-to period orchestra will be returning to the stage this week with a selection of Bach’s magical Brandenburg Concertos (3-6). Tafelmusik won a JUNO Award for their recording of the Brandenburgs back in 1995. Come visit them with fresh ears a quarter-century later. | Details

Orchestra Toronto | The Planets

📅 Sunday — May 29, 2022, 3 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $45

Orchestra Toronto will be at George Weston Recital Hall for their season grand finale performance of Gustav Holst, The Planets, with members from the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. The program also includes composer Elizabeth Raum’s Spirit of Canada, Maziar Heidari’s Fantasia, and Bach/ Respighi’s Passacaglia and Fugue. | Details

Elmer Iseler Singers | Songs of Light (online)

📅 Sunday — May 29, 2022, 4 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $45

The Elmer Iseler Singers will be presenting an online concert that includes insightful discussion and choral performances of works by Peter Togni, Eleanor Daley, Jason Jestadt, Hussein Janmohamed, Ēriks Ešenvalds, and Myroslav Skoryk. Details

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