CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: May 30 – June 5

By Michael Vincent on May 30, 2022

Classical music and opera events for the week of May 30 to June 5
Classical music and opera events for the week of May 30 to June 5

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between May 30 – June 5, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Oundjian Conducts Brahms

📅 Wednesday — June 1, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats through June 5)
📍 LINK
💸 $35+

Conductor Emeritus Peter Oundjian is in town all week for a series of concerts. The most notable draw is composer Samy Moussa’s Nocturne for Orchestra and Brahms’ eternal Symphony No. 4. Another highlight is Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Pianist Tony Siqi Yun (gold medallist at the first China International Music Competition in 2019) as soloist. | Details

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

📅 Wednesday — June 1, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats through June 5)
📍 LINK
💸 $60+

Today, Tapestry Opera’s OCAD University collaboration, R.U.R. A Torrent Of Light, enters its second week. The project is a multidisciplinary work that combines dance, music, multimedia design elements, and opera. To learn more about it, you can read our preview here. | Details

Tafelmusik | A Tafelmusik Tribute to Jeanne Lamon (online)

📅 Thursday — June 2, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $19+

It’s hard to believe we are coming up on the first anniversary of the passing of Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon, C.M. O.Ont. In honour of this incredible artist, Tafelmusik has put together an online presentation of their musical homage by Tafelmusik colleagues Alison Mackay and Christina Mahler. This concert was initially performed live on April 2, 2022, so this is a great chance to tune in if you missed it. | Details

Toronto City Opera | Cavalleria Rusticana

📅 Thursday — June 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats through June 5)
📍 LINK
💸 $52+

The love, betrayal and revenge are all the makings of good opera! Toronto City Opera’s Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana marks their season’s final production this week. It’s a story of the captivity and liberation of a nation and performed in celebration of Italian heritage in Toronto. | Details

Canadian Opera Company/Amplified Opera | The Queen In Me

📅 Thursday — June 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats through June 4)
📍 LINK
💸 $65+

Opera lovers, particularly those looking for a more socially conscious exploration, should note interdisciplinary artist Teiya Kasahara’s 笠原貞野 latest creation, The Queen In Me.

The project combines comedy, drama, and opera. It explores timely questions about how race, gender, and sexuality are handled in the opera world. Highly recommended. | Details

Toronto Children’s Chorus | Untraveled Worlds

📅 Saturday — June 4, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $50

It is a big week for the Toronto Children’s Chorus. For the first time in two years, all their choirs (KinderNotes, Training Choirs, Main Choir, and Toronto Youth Choir) will be performing on a single stage. The concert includes the Toronto premiere of Shireen Abu-Khader and Natalie Fasheh’s musical setting of the Arabic proverb, Tubb il jarra. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Joey Alexander Quartet and Selçuk Suna Quartet

📅 Saturday — June 4, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $45

For all the cool cats out there, we recommend considering Joey Alexander Quartet and Selçuk Suna Quartet at acoustically pristine Koerner Hall. Joey Alexander is one of the youngest musicians ever nominated for a Grammy Award in a jazz category, and the first Indonesian musician to chart on Billboard 200. Highly recommended. | Details

Mirvish Productions | 25th Anniversary Production of 2 Pianos 4 Hands

📅 Saturday — June 4, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats through June 21, 2022)
📍 LINK
💸 $49+

Back by popular demand, 2 Pianos 4 Hands reopens in Toronto this week. Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt will star in the performances Wednesdays through Sundays. Richard Todd Adams and Max Roll will star on Tuesdays. | Details

Soundstreams | Celebrating R. Murray Schafer

📅 Sunday — June 5, 2022, 4 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

Join Toronto’s contemporary music community as they come together to honour R. Murray Schafer with a selection of his masterworks. Featured artists include Soprano Lindsay McIntyre, Molinari String Quartet, Choir 21, and conductor (to name a few). | Details

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CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: May 30 – June 5

Classical music and opera events for the week of May 30 to June 5
Classical music and opera events for the week of May 30 to June 5
Classical music and opera events for the week of May 30 to June 5

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between May 30 – June 5, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Oundjian Conducts Brahms

📅 Wednesday — June 1, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats through June 5)
📍 LINK
💸 $35+

Conductor Emeritus Peter Oundjian is in town all week for a series of concerts. The most notable draw is composer Samy Moussa’s Nocturne for Orchestra and Brahms’ eternal Symphony No. 4. Another highlight is Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Pianist Tony Siqi Yun (gold medallist at the first China International Music Competition in 2019) as soloist. | Details

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

📅 Wednesday — June 1, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats through June 5)
📍 LINK
💸 $60+

Today, Tapestry Opera’s OCAD University collaboration, R.U.R. A Torrent Of Light, enters its second week. The project is a multidisciplinary work that combines dance, music, multimedia design elements, and opera. To learn more about it, you can read our preview here. | Details

Tafelmusik | A Tafelmusik Tribute to Jeanne Lamon (online)

📅 Thursday — June 2, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $19+

It’s hard to believe we are coming up on the first anniversary of the passing of Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon, C.M. O.Ont. In honour of this incredible artist, Tafelmusik has put together an online presentation of their musical homage by Tafelmusik colleagues Alison Mackay and Christina Mahler. This concert was initially performed live on April 2, 2022, so this is a great chance to tune in if you missed it. | Details

Toronto City Opera | Cavalleria Rusticana

📅 Thursday — June 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats through June 5)
📍 LINK
💸 $52+

The love, betrayal and revenge are all the makings of good opera! Toronto City Opera’s Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana marks their season’s final production this week. It’s a story of the captivity and liberation of a nation and performed in celebration of Italian heritage in Toronto. | Details

Canadian Opera Company/Amplified Opera | The Queen In Me

📅 Thursday — June 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats through June 4)
📍 LINK
💸 $65+

Opera lovers, particularly those looking for a more socially conscious exploration, should note interdisciplinary artist Teiya Kasahara’s 笠原貞野 latest creation, The Queen In Me.

The project combines comedy, drama, and opera. It explores timely questions about how race, gender, and sexuality are handled in the opera world. Highly recommended. | Details

Toronto Children’s Chorus | Untraveled Worlds

📅 Saturday — June 4, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $50

It is a big week for the Toronto Children’s Chorus. For the first time in two years, all their choirs (KinderNotes, Training Choirs, Main Choir, and Toronto Youth Choir) will be performing on a single stage. The concert includes the Toronto premiere of Shireen Abu-Khader and Natalie Fasheh’s musical setting of the Arabic proverb, Tubb il jarra. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Joey Alexander Quartet and Selçuk Suna Quartet

📅 Saturday — June 4, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $45

For all the cool cats out there, we recommend considering Joey Alexander Quartet and Selçuk Suna Quartet at acoustically pristine Koerner Hall. Joey Alexander is one of the youngest musicians ever nominated for a Grammy Award in a jazz category, and the first Indonesian musician to chart on Billboard 200. Highly recommended. | Details

Mirvish Productions | 25th Anniversary Production of 2 Pianos 4 Hands

📅 Saturday — June 4, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats through June 21, 2022)
📍 LINK
💸 $49+

Back by popular demand, 2 Pianos 4 Hands reopens in Toronto this week. Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt will star in the performances Wednesdays through Sundays. Richard Todd Adams and Max Roll will star on Tuesdays. | Details

Soundstreams | Celebrating R. Murray Schafer

📅 Sunday — June 5, 2022, 4 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

Join Toronto’s contemporary music community as they come together to honour R. Murray Schafer with a selection of his masterworks. Featured artists include Soprano Lindsay McIntyre, Molinari String Quartet, Choir 21, and conductor (to name a few). | Details

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