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

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 20, 2023

L-R (clockwise): Steve Reich (Photo: Jay Blakesberg); Takács Quartet (Photo: Amanda Tipton); Gustavo Gimeno conducts the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Jag Gundu)
L-R (clockwise): Steve Reich (Photo: Jay Blakesberg); Takács Quartet (Photo: Amanda Tipton); Gustavo Gimeno conducts the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Jag Gundu)

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

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Jean-Guihen Queyras/Gustavo Gimeno

Wednesday March 22 at 8 p.m. (repeats Thursday March 23 at 8 p.m., Saturday March 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday March 26 at 3 p.m.). Roy Thomson Hall (March 22, 23, 25); George Weston Recital Hall (March 26). $78+

Gimeno ends this program with Beethoven’s surefire Fifth Symphony, after the noted Montreal-born Frenchman Jean-Guihen Queyras deals with the Cello Concertos of Schumann and Ligeti. Also heard are new works by Canadians Brian Harman and Iman Habibi. Info here.

RCM/Takács Quartet/Jeremy Denk

Thursday March 23 at 8 p.m. Koerner Hall. $50+

The venerable Colorado-based ensemble joins the mid-career American pianist in a solidly Austro-German program of Haydn (String Quartet Op. 7 No. 2), Fanny Mendelssohn (String Quartet in E Flat Major) and Schumann (Piano Quintet). Info here.

Tapestry/Of the Sea

Saturday March 25 at 8 p.m. (repeats March 28, 29, 31 at 8 p.m. and April 1 at 4 p.m.). Bluma Appel Theatre. $52+

World premiere of an opera (Ian Cusson, music, and Kanika Ambrose, words) about an underwater kingdom peopled by Africans thrown into the Atlantic. “Hope and heartbreak” are promised as a father seeks to save his daughter. Jennifer Tung leads 12 singers and an orchestra of 19. Info here.

Soundstreams/Steve Reich: Now and Then

Saturday March 25 at 8 p.m. George Weston Recital Hall. $65

This tribute to the senior American minimalist Steve Reich features Drumming as performed by NEXUS and the TorQ Percussion Quartet. Note also the Canadian premiere of a film documentary by Gerhard Richter and Corinna Belz. Read our preview here; more info here.


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