CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Nov. 28 – Dec. 4

By Arthur Kaptainis on November 28, 2022

L-R (clockwise): the Nathaniel Dett Chorale; the Odin Quartet; the Upper Canada Choristers (all photos courtesy of the artists)
L-R (clockwise): the Nathaniel Dett Chorale; the Odin Quartet; the Upper Canada Choristers (all photos courtesy of the artists)

This is a list of concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Music Toronto/Odin Quartet

Thursday Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre. $47.50 + (students $10)

Originally booked to play with the St. Lawrence Quartet, this young local foursome will go it alone with Ravel’s Quartet and music by Mozart (Duo K.423), Dvořák (Terzetto), Canadian Issac Zee, and American Jessie Montgomery. More information and tickets here.

Upper Canada Choristers/What Sweeter Music

Friday Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Grace Church on-the-Hill. $25

Christmas concerts are not hard to find these days, but the Upper Canada Choristers under Laurie Evan Fraser earn originality points for singing Silent Night in German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mohawk and Cantonese. Presumably not at the same time! Further variety comes via three selections performed by the Cantemos Latin ensemble. The concert concludes with A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas, which surveys various periods and styles, undoubtedly in all seriousness. More information and tickets here. Free livestream available.

Nathaniel Dett Chorale/The Ballad of the Brown King

Saturday Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. George Weston Recital Hall. $45

The Toronto choir performs the 1954 cantata by Margaret Bonds (1913-72), which treats the visit of the Magi from an African perspective. Words are by Langston Hughes. Plus carols and spirituals. More information here, and tickets here.

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