Their founder and leader, Matthew Larkin, guided the youthful women and men through a survey of the choral music of Benjamin Britten, in honour of the 100th anniversary of his birth, which fell on Friday.
It is a mystery why Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is performed so rarely. This wild opera was written in 1932 and it only premiered at the Met in 1994 with a production by Graham Vick that returned last Monday. The production remains silly, the opera magnificent.
Born as the Oshawa Philharmonic in 1957, the recently renamed Ontario Philharmonic has been building its ambitions since the start of the 21st century, first partnering with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in its hometown to become the principal musical tenant at the Regent Theatre. For each of the last two seasons, the Ontario Philharmonic has travelled to Toronto to present a single concert at Koerner Hall.