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CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Music Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: February 12 – February 18

By Hye Won Cecilia Lee on February 12, 2024

L-R (clockwise): Zhao Xiaoxia (Photo courtesy of the artist); The Nathaniel Dett Chorale (Photo courtesy of the NDC); The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (Photo: Dahlia Katz)
L-R (clockwise): Zhao Xiaoxia (Photo courtesy of the artist); The Nathaniel Dett Chorale (Photo courtesy of the NDC); The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (Photo: Dahlia Katz)

This is a list of concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between Feb. 12 and Feb. 18, 2024. For more of what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Isabelle Moretti in Recital

Monday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto. Free.

French harpist Isabelle Moretti presents a solo harp recital as part of the ongoing France-Canada Distinguished Visitor series at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Currently teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de la musique et de la danse de Paris, and the Royal Academy of Music, Moretti’s recital promises to be a joyous celebration of the French harp school.  Moretti will lead two public harp masterclasses on Tuesday Feb.13 (6-830 p.m.) and Friday Feb.16 (4-6 p.m.) at Walter Hall. Info here.

Exchanges and Collaborations

Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Noon.
Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Free.

Upcoming talents of the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music (UK) co-present a noon hour concert at the COC, as part of the Sir Elton John Global Exchange Program an exchange and collaborative education initiative between 12 leading international music education institutions. Info here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Year of the Dragon: A Lunar New Year Celebration

Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.
Roy Thomson Hall. $55+

The TSO and special guests will celebrate the first day of the Year of the Dragon 2024 with a Chinese favourite, the Butterfly Lovers Concerto, and traditional melodies of Ballad of the Pipa, and Jasmine Flower, among other classical favourites. Zhao Xiaxia, whose collaboration with Tan Dun brought traditional Chinese soundscapes to the world, promises to charm the audience with her 7-string guqin. Soaring Eagles Lion Dance team and Chinese Collective Arts Association will grace the audience for this auspicious day. Read our Preview here. Info here.

The Hot Sardines: Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.
Koerner Hall. $65+ (Sold-out with waitlist)

A Valentine’s day special. NYC jazz group, the Hot Sardines, bring early jazz and swing to Koerner. Expect hot tunes from New Orleans to 1940s Paris. East Side 6 Dance will warm up the floor at 7 p.m. for a pre-concert, and audiences are invited to join them post-concert for more dancing and jollity. Info here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Superman in Concert

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Roy Thomson Hall. $55+

An instant classic, Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman features great music from John Williams. TSO performs the Superman soundtrack live, in its 45th-anniversary year.  This super popular events will sell out; get your tickets soon. Info here.

Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra: Britannia

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.
George Weston Recital Hall, Meridian Arts Centre $22+

Conductors Simon Rivard and Trevor Wilson lead this talented group of youngsters in a Britain-centric program centered on Elgar’s well-loved Enigma Variations. Holst’s Edgon Heath, and two modern works by James MacMillan and Hannah Kendall promise familiarity and a chance for new discovery. Info here.

Nathaniel Dett Chorale: Voices of the Diaspora: Haitian Voices

Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.
Grace Church-on-the-Hill. $45; $39 (sr 65+); $15 (st); Free (12 and under).

In celebration of Black History month, Nathaniel Dett Chorale presents music of Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume. As a high-calibre chamber choir, Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s strength lies in their flexibility in exploring the African Diaspora in multi-disciplinary, cross-genre programming. Info here.


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