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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Feb. 20 – Feb. 26

By Arthur Kaptainis on February 20, 2023

L-R (clockwise): Emily D'Angelo (Photo courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon); Sir Andrew Davis (Photo: Dario Acosta); Aizuti Quartet (Photo courtesy of the artists)
L-R (clockwise): Emily D’Angelo (Photo courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon); Sir Andrew Davis (Photo: Dario Acosta); Aizuti Quartet (Photo courtesy of the artists)

This is a list of concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between Feb. 20 and Feb. 26, 2023. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

RCM/Emily D’Angelo with Sophia Muñoz

Wednesday Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. Koerner Hall. $35+

The fast-rising Toronto mezzo-soprano (and Deutsche Grammophon artist) offers an offbeat recital including Hildegard, Schoenberg, Mazzoli, Copland and Clarke, among others. Sophia Muñoz is the pianist. Info here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Louis Lortie

Wednesday Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. (repeats Friday Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.) Roy Thomson Hall. $69+

Sir Andrew Davis leads the North American premiere of his orchestration of Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata Op. 1. Louis Lortie, another old friend of the TSO, plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 K. 488. After intermission we hear Rachmaninoff’s familiar Symphonic Dances. Info here.

Women’s Musical Club of Toronto/Fjóla Evans

Thursday Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Walter Hall. $45

This unusual WMCT program focuses on original music and arrangements by the Icelandic-Canadian composer Fjóla Evans. Also heard are Grieg’s String Quartet No. 1 and György Ligeti’s Sonata for Solo Cello. Among the performers is an American ensemble, the Aizuri Quartet. Info here.

Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra/Simon Rivard

Saturday Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. George Weston Recital Hall. $31 ($31 under 36)

Simon Rivard leads the 22-and-under ensemble through Messiaen’s Les Offrandes oubliées, Falla’s El amor brujo us Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1. Guest conductor Trevor Wilson adds Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture. Info here.

Greater Toronto Philharmonic/London Calling

Sunday Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. Calvin Presbyterian Church (26 Delisle Ave.). $27+

The community orchestra under David Fallis performs a program of English hits, including Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Walton’s music from Henry V and Vaughan Williams’s English Folk Song Suite. Info here.

Opus Chamber Music/Opus 2

Sunday Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Grace Church-on-the-Hill (300 Lonsdale Rd.). $40 ($20 students and seniors)

The fledgling chamber society under the direction of pianist Kevin Ahfat brings together American (Sirena Huang, violin, and Brannon Cho, cello) and Torontonian (Erika Raum, violin and Barry Shiffman, viola) luminaries to play Poulenc’s Cello Sonata, Ysaÿe’s Solo Violin Sonata No. 5, Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet Op. 81. Info here.


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