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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See Over The Next Two Weeks: June 13 – 27

By Michael Vincent on June 13, 2022

Classical music and opera event from June 13 to 27, 2022.
Classical music and opera event from June 13 to 27, 2022.

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between June 13 – 27, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

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

📅 Tuesday — June 14, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats through June 21)
📍 LINK
💸 $49+

Mirvish’s 25th-anniversary re-boot of the 2 Pianos 4 Hands continues this week. If you haven’t yet seen it, or if it’s been ages, this is your chance for a refresher with the original cast. Richard Todd Adams and Max Roll will star on Tuesdays. Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt will star in the performances Wednesdays through Sundays. The run ends June 21, so we recommend getting this in your calendar before it’s gone. | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Gimeno + Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”

📅 Tuesday — June 15, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats June 18 & 19)
📍 LINK
💸 $35+

With the season winding down, we are lucky to have a few gems left at the TSO. This week is all about exploring some of Toronto’s rising composers. You’ll hear Bekah Simms new piece Bite, and two works by Roydon Tse and Adam Scime. The concert ends with a rousing performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Ode to Joy, indeed. | Details

National Ballet of Canada | Swan Lake

📅 Wednesday — June 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (repeats through June 26)
📍 LINK
💸 $45+

Swan Lake is the essence of classical ballet and a classical for a good reason. It includes a near-perfect lyricism, musicianship, superb choreography, and a symbolic and intimate love narrative. In a staging inspired by Erik Bruhn’s landmark version, Artistic Director Emerita Karen Kain emphasizes Swan Lake‘s emotion and humanity. A tribute to the company and artform she’s called home for 50 years. | Details

Toronto Operetta Theatre | A Waltz Dream

📅 Thursday — June 17, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeats June 18 & 19)
📍 LINK
💸 $75+

While the opera season has come to a close, Toronto Operatta are stepping in with Straus’ fabulous A Waltz Dream. He wrote the score in just under a year for its Viennese premiere in spring 1907, and it became an international success beyond Straus’ wildest dreams. Highly recommended. | Details

Ballet Jörgen Canada | Anne of Green Gables — The Ballet

📅 Tuesday — June 21, 2022, 7 p.m. ET (repeats through June 24)
📍 LINK
💸 $58+

Originally scheduled for July 2020, then rescheduled and cancelled again for July 2021, it’s taken two years for PEI’s most famous export to finally come to Toronto. What to expect? Like Anne’s playful imagination, this will transport you to a colourful and charming early 20th-century Atlantic Canada. Includes a score by Norman Campbell and arrangement by Alexander Levkovich. | Details

The Ukwehuwe Connection (Photo: Kevin Jones)
The Ukwehuwe Connection (Photo: Kevin Jones)

Harbourfront Centre | Gifts From the Creator — The Ukwehuwe Connection

📅 Tuesday— June 21, 2022, 7 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

What does it mean to honour the nations whose territory we’re on? The Ukwehuwe Connection offers a cultural sharing on National Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Witnessing the song and dance from the Haudenosaunee culture is a great way to ease into the summer festival season. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Passion Returns Opera Atelier Versailles Gala 2022

📅 Thursday — June 23, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $99+

Supporters of Opera Atelier will want to consider a gala event at RCM. Marshall Pynkoski will host what looks like a night of performances integrating instrumental and vocal music with baroque and contemporary dance forms. The one and only soprano and OA Artist in Residence Measha Brueggergosman-Lee will also be in attendance. You’re also invited to a cocktail reception following the performance. | Details

Kindred Spirits Orchestra | Metamorphoses

📅 Friday— June 24, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $15+

Acclaimed pianist Sheng Cai brings the work’s youthful vibrancy or Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 to life. Also on the bill is Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6. There’s also a Q&A chat with Sheng Cai and host Michael Berec during intermission. | Details

Soundstreams | Percussion Theatre

📅 Saturday — June 25, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $25+

Contemporary music lovers may want to check out Canadian percussionist Noam Bierstone curated concert exploring instrumental theatre. Here, music steps into the foreground as the main character. We don’t know what to expect, but that’s also the most exciting thing about Soundstreams. | Details

Harbourfront Centre | Tafelmusik

📅 Sunday — June 26, 2022, 4 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 Free!

It’s not every day you can hear one of the great baroque orchestras of the world perform outside in such a beautiful urban garden setting. This program covers works related to Tafelmusik’s late Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon (RIP). Highly recommended. | Details

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