CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: June 6 – 12

By Michael Vincent on June 6, 2022

Classical music and opera events for the week of June 6 to 12.
Classical music and opera events for the week of June 6 to 12.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between June 6 – 12, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Trio Arkel | Légende

📅 Monday — June 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats online starting June 12)
📍 LINK
💸 $40

The always thoughtful Trio Arkel is doing a spring concert at Trinity St. Paul’s this week, with three different pieces to be explored. You’ll hear a string trio by Haydn paired with Caplet’s Conte fantastique. The latter is a spine-chilling work inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death. Things take flight with Ravel’s String Quartet. Guest artists include Heidi Elise Bearcroft (harp), Emily Kruspe (violin), and Kathleen Kajioka (narrator). | Details

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

📅 Tuesday — June 7, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats through June 21)
📍 LINK
💸 $49+

The anniversary re-boot of the smash hit 2 Pianos 4 Hands starring the show’s creators and original stars continues this week. Richard Todd Adams and Max Roll will star on Tuesdays. Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt will star in the performances Wednesdays through Sundays. You have until June 21 to see it, and tickets are selling fast. | Details

Esprit Orchestra | Esprit Live 2022!: Act 4

📅 Thursday — June 9, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $20+

Contemporary music dynamos Esprit Orchestra wrap up their four-act concert series today with special guest Michael Bridge. Known as one of Canada’s finest accordion players, he’ll be playing Sofia Gubaidulina’s Fachwerk for accordion and orchestra. There will also be Alison Yun-Fei’s Jiang Sanctuary, and Thomas Adès’ Polaris. | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Gimeno Conducts Grieg & Mahler

📅 Thursday — June 9, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats June 11)
📍 LINK
💸 $35+

It’s getting close to the end of the season, so there aren’t many TSO concerts left this year. Mahler lovers will want to add this to your calendar. The program includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Francisco Coll’s Elysian, and Iman Habibi’s The Drastic Irony: Celebration Prelude. The latter two are world premieres! | Details

National Ballet of Canada | Swan Lake

📅 Friday — June 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats through June 26)
📍 LINK
💸 $45+

The National Ballet of Canada is opening the long-awaited Swan Lake this week. Known as the epitome of classical ballet, this is a Karen Kain signature production. For complete casting details, be sure to check the National ballet website. | Details

North York Concert Orchestra | Brahms German Requiem

📅 Saturday — June 11, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $15+

It’s not very often you get to hear a full performance of Brahms’ German Requiem live. Join the North York Concert Orchestra with soloists Midori Marsh (soprano), Adam Kuiack (baritone), the RESOUND Choir, and the Amadeus Choir. This has all the makings of an epic night out. | Details

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CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: June 6 – 12

Classical music and opera events for the week of June 6 to 12.
Classical music and opera events for the week of June 6 to 12.
Classical music and opera events for the week of June 6 to 12.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between June 6 – 12, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Trio Arkel | Légende

📅 Monday — June 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats online starting June 12)
📍 LINK
💸 $40

The always thoughtful Trio Arkel is doing a spring concert at Trinity St. Paul’s this week, with three different pieces to be explored. You’ll hear a string trio by Haydn paired with Caplet’s Conte fantastique. The latter is a spine-chilling work inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death. Things take flight with Ravel’s String Quartet. Guest artists include Heidi Elise Bearcroft (harp), Emily Kruspe (violin), and Kathleen Kajioka (narrator). | Details

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

📅 Tuesday — June 7, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats through June 21)
📍 LINK
💸 $49+

The anniversary re-boot of the smash hit 2 Pianos 4 Hands starring the show’s creators and original stars continues this week. Richard Todd Adams and Max Roll will star on Tuesdays. Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt will star in the performances Wednesdays through Sundays. You have until June 21 to see it, and tickets are selling fast. | Details

Esprit Orchestra | Esprit Live 2022!: Act 4

📅 Thursday — June 9, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $20+

Contemporary music dynamos Esprit Orchestra wrap up their four-act concert series today with special guest Michael Bridge. Known as one of Canada’s finest accordion players, he’ll be playing Sofia Gubaidulina’s Fachwerk for accordion and orchestra. There will also be Alison Yun-Fei’s Jiang Sanctuary, and Thomas Adès’ Polaris. | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Gimeno Conducts Grieg & Mahler

📅 Thursday — June 9, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats June 11)
📍 LINK
💸 $35+

It’s getting close to the end of the season, so there aren’t many TSO concerts left this year. Mahler lovers will want to add this to your calendar. The program includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Francisco Coll’s Elysian, and Iman Habibi’s The Drastic Irony: Celebration Prelude. The latter two are world premieres! | Details

National Ballet of Canada | Swan Lake

📅 Friday — June 10, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats through June 26)
📍 LINK
💸 $45+

The National Ballet of Canada is opening the long-awaited Swan Lake this week. Known as the epitome of classical ballet, this is a Karen Kain signature production. For complete casting details, be sure to check the National ballet website. | Details

North York Concert Orchestra | Brahms German Requiem

📅 Saturday — June 11, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $15+

It’s not very often you get to hear a full performance of Brahms’ German Requiem live. Join the North York Concert Orchestra with soloists Midori Marsh (soprano), Adam Kuiack (baritone), the RESOUND Choir, and the Amadeus Choir. This has all the makings of an epic night out. | Details

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