Mozart is dramatic. He understood how to shape complex narratives out of moods that seem to replace each other from one moment to the next. His lyricism lends itself to the voice like no other, and taps into tragic human flaws in an almost existential way.
Around this time of year we start to see a number of arts presenters make the transition between the 2013/14 and the 2014/15 seasons. No doubt we will be seeing more of these as the spring thaw progresses, but this week we find events for The Toronto Consort, and Music Toronto, and The Larkin Singers, U of T, Glenn Gould School, Gaudeamus Muzieweek, Canadian Opera Company and Khatia Buniatishvili.
Critic’s Picks for the Week of March 21 to 27, including the U of T Faculty Artist Ensemble, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the TSO with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Metropolitan Festival Choir, Orchestra and Soloists.
We use the term adaptation a lot, and it has as many meanings as uses. Against the Grain Theatre used it to its fullest, richest, most-eye-opening extent in adapting Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro to Toronto 2013 in May. The results contained everything that the magic of theatre implies: new material interwoven with old, great performances, and a willing suspension of all disbelief. You can read my original review here.
Musical Toronto’s weekly Critic’s Picks are a curated list of some of the best concerts happening now, through the end of the week. Of course this is not to say we are the provocateurs of taste, but simply seek to provide a good weekly summary of the best offerings. For a look at the full breadth of what’s available in and around Toronto, check out the comprehensive concert listings from our friends at Wholenote Magazine.