CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Music Occasions You Completely Want To See This Week: April 22 – April 28

L-R (clockwise): Bassoonist Cian Bryson (Photo courtesy of the TSYO); The Dover Quartet (Photo: Roy Cox); Scottish Opera’s production of Don Pasquale, 2014 (Photo: KK Dundas)
L-R (clockwise): Cian Bryson (Picture courtesy of the TSYO); The Dover Quartet (Picture: Roy Cox); Scottish Opera’s manufacturing of Don Pasquale, 2014 (Picture: KK Dundas)

This can be a checklist of live shows we’re attending, wishing we may attend, or eager about attending between April 22 to twenty-eight, 2024. For extra particulars on what’s occurring round Toronto, go to our calendar right here.

Glenn Gould College New Music Ensemble

Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Temerty Theatre, The Royal Conservatory, Free, tickets required.

GGS New Music Ensemble beneath the course of Brian Present, presents a combined bag of latest and newer. Xenakis, whose face was partially blown off by army shell shrapnel, drew from all sounds and types in life — whether or not it’s mathematical, architectural mastery of construction, the explosive extremities of vitality of struggle and terror, or early synthesizer and computer-driven music, and continues to amuse/amaze the listener. Phlegra (1975), written for 11 devices, avoids melody, however attracts the viewers into the creation and decay of chordal and textural morphosis — this growth is additional highlighted by the entire absence of vibrato. This stark music is balanced with the music of Linda Catlin Smith’s Lower Flowers (2009); recognized for her lyricism and shaping of the circulate of time. LCS took a sentence from every of 44 sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, making a deep exploration of shades of ideas and emotions, for a big ensemble and soprano. A well-known title to Torontonians, Samy Moussa’s Kammerkonzert (2006, rev. 2008) for giant ensemble opens this live performance. Information right here.

Daniel Hope: Irish Roots

Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Koerner Corridor. $55+

Daniel Hope and his AIR ensemble brings music from Eire, and Eire-inspired music from the late Renaissance-Baroque interval. South African born, Hope grew to become deeply fascinated about his Irish roots, which he explores within the documentary movie, Celtic Goals, not too long ago aired on PBS. A grasp of curation and presentation of each stay and recorded performances, Hope’s live shows are at all times extremely polished, and the Irish music — from its deeply melancholic to explosive, infectious vitality — with help from the AIR ensemble, guarantees a fantastic night out. Learn our interview with Daniel Hope right here. Information right here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Sensible Bach

Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m., Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m. Roy Thomson Corridor
Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m., George Weston Recital Corridor. $56+

In distinction to final week’s bombastic music of Star Wars, TSO goes intimate this week, with an all-Bach concerti program. 4 violinists from TSO: Jonathan Crow, Yolanda Bruno, Eri Kosaka, and Clare Semes, are featured as soloists in Bach’s double and triple violin concerti. The 2 Brandenburg Concerti: No. 2 and No. 4, involving flutes (Julie Ranti and Leonie Wall) and trumpet (Andrew McCandless), and the Oboe Concerto (Sarah Jeffrey), spotlight the wonder and intricacy of the Baroque chamber ensemble. Information right here.

Esprit Orchestra: Sonic Universe

Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m.
Koerner Corridor. $20+

Esprit Orchestra presents the final live performance of the 23/24 season: Sonic Universe. R. Murray Schafer’s ‘Adieu Robert Schumann’, a piece that appears intently at Schumann’s final days — his personal accounting of messages from the angels, to Clara Schumann’s letters to Robert — attracts from Schumann’s vocal and piano compositions, constructing an attractive, however tragic drama. John Adams’ ‘Harmonielehre’ is well-loved for its large-scale scope and wonderful rhythmic pulsation that drives the piece from the primary E chord drop to the final huge triumphant arrival again once more to E. Such music deserves a live-listening expertise, as no recording and audio system can do justice. Pre-concert chat at 7:15pm. Information right here.

Canadian Opera Firm: Don Pasquale

Friday, April 26, Might 2, Might 4, Might 8, Might 10, 7:30 p.m.; Might 12, 2 p.m.; Might 18, 4:30 p.m.
4 Seasons Centre for Performing Arts. $55+

So far as opera plots go, Don Pasquale isn’t too loopy; for present sensibilities, it’s merely a bit nuts. The aged bachelor Don Pasquale is sad that his nephew, Ernesto, the only inheritor, isn’t going via the organized marriage; Ernesto is in love with poor however stunning Norina. Don’s pal, Malatesta, provides Pasquale his sister, ‘Sofronia,’ in order that he can punish Ernesto, out of anger. ‘Sofronia,’ who actually is Norina, is completely effective to dupe Pasquale so long as she’ll get along with Ernesto on the finish. Don marries ‘Sofronia’, and she or he turns into proprietor of half of Don’s wealth. ‘Sofronia’ begins to spend Don’s cash, and treats him badly — you get the thought. Donizetti’s music, vibrant in buffa model, retains this bizarre story of dishonest, mendacity, and serving to others to cheat and lie well-liked on the worldwide stage. Will you be satisfied of this work’s greatness or would you be left puzzled? Information right here.

Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra: Titan — A Celebration of the TSYO’s fiftieth Anniversary!

Saturday, April 27, 3 p.m.
Roy Thomson Corridor, $22+

The proficient kids of Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra have fun their golden jubilee season with Shostakovich Pageant Overture and Mahler 1. The true draw is Kalevi Aho’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra, that includes Cian Bryson (2022/23 TSYO Concerto Competitors winner). The bassoon nonetheless stays considerably obscure to most people, aside from the opening of Dukas’ ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ maybe — however it’s able to a lot extra. And Aho’s exploration of all devices is spectacularly displayed in his phenomenal orchestral writing — what a fantastic mixture of contemporary soundscapes! Information right here.

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: Verdi’s Requiem

Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m., George Weston Recital Corridor, $25+
Tuesday, April 30, 8 p.m., Koerner Corridor, $25+

TCM and Jean-Sébastien Vallée, with soloists Teiya Kasahara 笠原 貞野, Rose Naggar-Tremblay, Andrew Haji, and Geoffrey Sirett, deliver hellfire and everlasting sorrow to George Weston and Koerner Corridor. Composer of 26 operas, Verdi spared no drama in scripting this requiem. It was by no means meant for liturgical use, and moderately than consoling the survivors, Verdi explores the psych of the dwelling dealing with dying and everlasting damnation, unleashing the darkish aspect of dying: worry, judgment, grief, of their full terrifying glory. The tightness of the liturgical textual content, with out the clumsy plot-building of typical opera, heightens the drama — extra operatic than opera. Learn our interview with Jean-Sébastien Vallée right here. Information right here.

New Music Live performance: Future Resonance Pageant: Swara Sutras Goes Electrical

Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m.
St. George by the Grange, 30 Stephanie St. $16.95+

We’re very pleased with what we already know. Predictability is reassuring and scrumptious. Guzheng, Tabla, Bamboo Flute, Erhu, Sarode, Fiddle and Bass are devices pretty widespread in industrial and humanities music, even when we could also be unfamiliar with their title. Throughout the first few seconds, we click on into the acquainted sound with ease — however will we? On this live performance, NMC mixes up these devices with know-how — amplifying, morphing and reworking into one thing new. This system contains 4 world premieres, and it’s at all times price a shot to go hear one thing that we can’t predict. 7:30 p.m. pre-concert chat. Information right here.

Dover Quartet & Leif Ove Andsnes

Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m.
Koerner Corridor, $60+

Dover quartet and Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes current a day of chamber music: a string quartet by Turina, and two piano quintets: Dohnányi No. 2, and Brahms. Each events are on the peak of their sport, no extra intro is required. Information right here.

Amici Chamber Ensemble: Diasporic Bridges

Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m.
Jeanne Lamon Corridor, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, $30+

Amici brings music from shut and much — from residence, and away from residence — on this homage to diaspora, an integral a part of Toronto and plenty of Torontonians’ identities. Music of Ana Sokolović, Gideon Klein, Florence Value, Roberto Sierra, Christos Hatzis, Antoine Gérin-Lajoie, Alexina Louie, Paco de Lucia, and Serouj Kradjian shall be performed by Amici members and a big group of mates. A promise for a significant afternoon of story sharing, together with a movie screening. Learn our interview with composer/co-artistic director Serouj Kradjian right here. Information right here.


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