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CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Music Occasions You Completely Want To See This Week: April 1 – April 7

CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Music Occasions You Completely Want To See This Week: April 1 – April 7


L-R (clockwise): Laurie Anderson (Photo courtesy of the RCM); cellist Elinor Frey (Photo courtesy of the artist); Tafelmusik (Photo courtesy of Tafelmusik)
L-R (clockwise): Laurie Anderson (Picture courtesy of the RCM); cellist Elinor Frey (Picture courtesy of the artist); Tafelmusik (Picture courtesy of Tafelmusik)

This can be a checklist of live shows we’re attending, wishing we might attend, or serious about attending between April 1 and April 7, 2024. For extra of what’s occurring round Toronto, go to our calendar right here.

College of Toronto Modern Music Ensemble: Liquid Symmetries

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Walter Corridor, College of Music, College of Toronto. $10+

College of Toronto Modern Music Ensemble takes full benefit of its tutorial setting by presenting three difficult modern compositions — a dangerous transfer within the wider industrial world. Tomi Räisänen’s Abeyance (2005),an Ensemble Fashionable fee, Francisco Coll’s Liquid Symmetries (2013), an exploration of everlasting uncertainty, and Mauricio Kagel’s Divertimento? (2006): ‘… a farce for ensemble’ (Kagel), all consisting of wonderful music that possesses all of the qualities of the acquainted canon that we realized to like: magnificence, ugliness, pathos and humour, and all issues in between. A good way to wade fastidiously, or with homosexual abandon, into western classical modern soundscapes. Data right here.

Soundstreams: TD Encounters: Recovered Voices — Piano Works of Unsung Masters

Wednesday, April 03, 7:30 p.m.
Temerty Theatre, Royal Conservatory of Music. Free, registration required.

How will we create canon and legacy, and what will get omitted in the midst of historical past? Three younger pianists: Elijah Stevens, Irene Huang, and Jesse Plessis, carry out solo piano works of underserved North American composers: Margaret Bonds, Ian Cusson, Robert Nathaniel Dett, and Florence Value; the performances will embrace a brief dialogue of their historic and musical context, and there might be an viewers Q&A. An opportunity to find new sound languages, and ponder on the everlasting query: what makes one thing nice? Data right here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: R. Strauss’s Don Quixote

Wednesday, April 2, 8 p.m., Saturday April 06, 8 p.m.
Roy Thomson Corridor, $35+

Come for Strauss and Ligeti, and keep for Wagner and Samy Moussa! Ligeti’s Lontano is a deceptively acquainted work for a lot of, as its evocative nature has been used to set psychological floor for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. Strauss’s Don Quixote, simply his greatest tone poem, depicts the complicated humanity of Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, and Don’s obsession, Dulcinea, in free variation kind. Anticipate humour, eloquence and complete musical mastery from viola and cello soloists Rémi Pelletier and Joseph Johnson. Principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jörgen van Rijen, who has been busy commissioning new works to stretch the stereotype and bounds of trombone repertoire, will give the North American première of Samy Moussa’s trombone concerto, Yericho. Data right here.

Tafelmusik: Making Herself Heard

Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Walker Courtroom, Artwork Gallery of Ontario, Included with Normal Admission.

Free for Members and Annual Go Holders.

In celebration of girls and their contribution to European visible arts, AGO teamed up with Tafelmusik in two efficiency collection: ‘Making Herself Heard’. A keyboard quartet (2 violins, cello, and harpsichord) from Tafelmusik will carry out music of Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Isabella Leonarda, Marianne Martinez, and Mrs. Philharmonic, giving vigorous snippets of girls’s music, which obtained merely left behind with no simply cause. Data right here.

21C Music Pageant: Laurie Anderson

Friday, April 5, 8 p.m.
Koerner Corridor. Presently offered out — waitlist

One of the crucial modern and unique performers of our time, Laurie Anderson, returns to Koerner Corridor. Anderson explains that for this live performance, she regarded again at her older works, and deconstructed her music into solo variations, then added her visible works starting from performances, movies and digital actuality initiatives. It’s inconceivable to get a sensible sense of Anderson’s work with out experiencing it firsthand; her first Koerner debut again in 2020 is vividly remembered by many as pure magic. Name and add your self to the ready checklist, and hold your fingers crossed. Data right here.

Buddies of Music at St. Thomas’s: Elinor Frey: Cello Suites of Bach

Saturday, April 6, 4 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 1:30 p.m.
St Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron St. Pay-what-you-wish ($40 prompt)

Bach’s six cello suites have been drawing individuals inward for hundreds of years — each performers and listeners. Starting from the deepest darkness to probably the most ethereal gentle, regardless of their fiendishly troublesome technical necessities, the suites are most likely probably the most well-known and beloved of Western classical solo string works. Elinor Frey, cellist extraordinaire, presents all six works over two days within the intimate house of St. Thomas’s Anglican Church. It’s one factor to take heed to the cello suites by way of a speaker/earphones, making choices, skipping a motion or two, or staying in repetition with a favorite; it’s a fully completely different expertise when one stays in real-time with the performer, of their inventive course of, in the actual bodily state of listening; going past the pale mechanical substitute of ‘listening,’ however immersing into the house the place the sound resonates by way of the instrument, human physique and thoughts. Data right here.

F for Flamenco Pageant: F for Flamenca

Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m.,
Paradise Theatre
 1006c Bloor Avenue West Toronto $40.50+

The inaugural F for Flamenco Pageant (April 4-7) is bringing Canadian and worldwide flamenco artists collectively in three performances. Their second efficiency, F for Flamenca, might be a uncommon all-women flamenco gala, that includes the Spanish contingent: dancer Irene La Sentío (Seville), guitarist Antonia Jiménez (Madrid), percussionist Nasrine Rahmani (Madrid), and singer Laura Marchal (Barcelona), together with Toronto-based artists: dancer Lia Grainger, singer Tamar Ilana, and dancer Virginia Castro (Cordoba). The music of Flamenco merely can not exist with out the virtuosic dance that rides quick between the explosion and implosion, and this might be a fantastic likelihood to expertise it reside. Data right here.

Continuum Modern Music: PIVOT 2024 Showcase

Sunday, April 7, 8 p.m.
Hugh’s Room, 296 Broadview Ave. $15+

Continuum, the Canadian League of Composers, and the Canadian Music Centre, will premier 5 early-career Canadian composers’ works on this Sunday night. Efficiency alternatives are integral in inventive growth, and by making a 6-month particular person mentorship and premiere by Continuum core members, for the chosen 5 — Alexander Bridger, Ricardo Ferro, Liberté-Anne Lymberiou, Anju Singh, and Janet Sit — the PIVOT undertaking is usually a true accelerator in so some ways. In the event you can, come somewhat early for 7:45 p.m., and see who’s received this yr’s annual Teen Composer Award.
Data right here.


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