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CRITIC'S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Feb. 27 – Mar. 3

By Arthur Kaptainis on February 27, 2023

L-R (clockwise): The late composer John Beckwith (Photo courtesy of UofT); Conductor Kerem Hasan (Photo courtesy of the TSO); Pianist Imogen Cooper (Photo courtesy of the RCM)
L-R (clockwise): The late composer John Beckwith (Photo courtesy of UofT); Conductor Kerem Hasan (Photo courtesy of the TSO); Dame Imogen Cooper (Photo courtesy of the RCM)

This is a list of concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between Feb. 27 and March 5, 2023. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Music Toronto/Angela Cheng

Tuesday Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre. $47+ (students $10, 18-35 pay your age)

The veteran Canadian pianist gives her first Music Toronto solo recital in more than 20 years. Standard rep from Haydn (Sonata in C Major Hob. XVI/50), Beethoven (Sonata Op. 110) and Chopin (Polonaise-Fantasie Op. 61 and Ballades Op. 23 and Op. 52). Info here.

U of T/Remembering John Beckwith

Tuesday Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Walter Hall. Free.

The Faculty of Music presents a tribute to the late dean, composer, essayist and educator. Performances are promised by Soundstreams Choir 21, the New Music Concerts Ensemble, Opus 8, members of the opera school, and soprano Monica Whicher. Info here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Kerem Hasan

Wednesday March 1 at 8 p.m. (repeats Thursday March 2 at 8 p.m.). Roy Thomson Hall. $69+

The 31-year-old British conductor is in charge of a program mixing Britten (Four Sea Interludes and Sinfonia da Requiem) with Mozart (Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”) and a 2018 double bass concerto, Dark with Excessive Bright, by the noted American composer Missy Mazzoli. TSO principal Jeffrey Beecher does the solo honours. Info here.

Daniel Taylor/A Baroque Pasticcio

Thursday March 2 at 7 p.m. TD Music Hall. $52 (seniors $29, students $23)

Daniel Taylor and a coalition of U of T and McGill students mount an 80-minute pastiche of music by Venetians and visitors to Venice, Handel among them. This the first classical act in the 500-seat TD Music Hall adjacent to Massey Hall. Narrator: Ben Heppner. Info here.

Sinfonia Toronto/Sunny Ritter

Saturday March 4 at 8 p.m. George Weston Recital Hall. $44 (senior $37, student $17)

Sunny Ritter, a 13-year-old Viennese phenom, joins the chamber orchestra under Nurhan Arman in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 K. 467. Also on the program are Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 4 in an expansion for string orchestra and a new work by Vania Angelova, a Montrealer of Bulgarian origin. Read our interview with Sunny Ritter here. Info here.

RCM/Dame Imogen Cooper

Sunday March 5 at 3 p.m. Koerner Hall. $45+

The distinguished English pianist plays Liszt’s three Petrarch Sonnets, Schubert’s unfinished Sonata in C Major D. 840 and Beethoven’s Sonatas Op. 109 and Op. 111. Info here.

Theatre of Early Music/Jephtha

Sunday March 5 at 7:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (131 McCaul St.). $20+

Daniel Taylor again, conducting his own Theatre of Early Music and a squad of Tafelmusik players though Handel’s final oratorio. Tenor Owen McCausland takes the title role. Info here.


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