CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Oct. 3 – 9

By Arthur Kaptainis on October 3, 2022

L-R (clockwise): Joshua Weilerstein (Image courtesy of the artist); The Ladom Ensemble: Adam Campbell, percussion; Beth Silver, cello; Michael Bridge, accordion; Pouya Hamidi, piano (Image courtesy of the WMCT); A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of The Flying Dutchman, 2010 (Photo: Michael Cooper)
L-R (clockwise): Joshua Weilerstein (Image courtesy of the artist); The Ladom Ensemble: Adam Campbell, percussion; Beth Silver, cello; Michael Bridge, accordion; Pouya Hamidi, piano (Image courtesy of the WMCT); A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of The Flying Dutchman, 2010 (Photo: Michael Cooper)

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between Oct. 3 – 9, 2022.

Canadian Opera Company/The Flying Dutchman

Friday Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. (repeats Sunday Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. & continues 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 21 & 23). Four Seasons Centre. $44+

The COC opens a season made mostly of revivals with Christopher Alden’s grim production of The Flying Dutchman. Take heart — the all-import cast includes the Danish bass-baritone Johan Reuter (a fine Wotan in Die Walküre in 2015) as the Dutchman, the American soprano Marjorie Owens as Senta, the British tenor Christoper Ventris (originally booked for Parsifal) as Erik and the German bass Franz-Josef Selig as Daland. Johannes Debus conducts. If you find the ticket prices uncomfortably stellar, consider standing room. Wagner’s most compact opera is reckoned to last 2 hours and 35 minutes, intermission included. More info here.

Michael Bridge/Women’s Musical Club of Toronto

Thursday Oct. 6, 2022, 1:30 p.m. Walter Hall. $45 (students free)

The venerable WMCT, back in Walter Hall, starts 2022-23 with the offbeat attraction of the young accordionist Michael Bridge with his teacher Joseph Macerollo and a trio of assisting artists (belonging to the Ladom Ensemble). The wide-ranging program includes Bach, Sofia Gubaidulina, Astor Piazzolla, and what is presumably the WMCT premiere of music by Radiohead. More info here.

RCM Orchestra/Joshua Weilerstein

Friday Oct. 7, 2022, 8 p.m. Koerner Hall. $26+

The Royal Conservatory starts its 2022-23 orchestral activities under the American conductor Joshua Weilerstein. Brahms 4 is the big symphony; Yu Kai Sun is the student soloist in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The program starts with Dinuk Wijeratne’s Juno-winning Pop Songs on Antique Poems. You can listen to Weilerstein’s podcast on the Brahms here. More info here livestream click here.

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