On Now to April 9
SOUSATZKA is set in London, England in 1982 and tells the story of a musical prodigy torn between two powerful women from vastly different worlds: his mother, a political refugee from South Africa and his piano teacher, a brilliant eccentric with a shattered past. These two proud women must ultimately cross cultural and racial divides to find common ground, or else jeopardize the young musician’s destiny. SOUSATZKA stars Victoria Clark, Montego Glover and Judy Kaye. Elgin Theatre. Buy tickets online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone 1-855-985-5000.
On Now to March 2
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of a brand new production of “Shen Yun” featuring breathtaking dance, music and colorful scenery and takes you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Its stunning beauty and energy will leave you uplifted and inspired. Shen Yun returns to Toronto to The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts from February 28 to March 2. For tickets and more information go to shenyun.com.
March 10 to 19
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Canada Blooms 2017. It’s North America’s largest garden event at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. “Everybody’s growing to Canada Blooms” to experience a paradise of glorious gardens in full bloom, meet Canada’s gardening experts and shop ‘til you drop in their Marketplace. Tickets are available at the door or visit canadablooms.com and your ticket to Canada Blooms also provides free same day admission to The National Home Show.
The annual DAREarts Leadership Awards celebrates six DAREarts youth who have turned their lives around and become leaders in their lives and communities. The event also honours an individual who has led the way in cultivating culture for Canadian youth with the Cultural Award. This year’s honouree is Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director of The Stratford Festival. For more info visit: www.darearts.com
THE NEW CLASSICAL FM PET OF THE WEEK
We’re proud sponsors of The Toronto Humane Society and each week we highlight a different pet who is in need of finding it’s “forever home”. Check our website every Monday for each weeks updated pet or learn more about the adoption process by visiting torontohumanesociety.com.
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Voice” of Imagine Cinemas in Toronto. When you visit any Imagine Cinema including The Promenade Mall, Woodbine Centre, Elgin Mills, Market Square on Front and Jarvis Streets and Carlton Cinema at Carlton and Yonge they’ll be playing The New Classical 96.3 FM before your favourite movie and watch for us on the big screen too. Imagine Cinemas…movie and radio magic from New Classical FM. For more information visit imaginecinemas.com.
Russell Watson never imagined he would someday be hailed as one of the world’s greatest classical singers. Since being described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra” he subsequently released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last.Catch him live in concert on June 4 at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Doors 6:30 pm. $49.50, $59.50, $79.50. For more info visit ticketmaster.ca
NICOLA BENEDETTI & VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
“Thrilling to hear and watch,” (The Times) Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and works by Galuppi, Avison, and Geminiani. Presented in association with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. For tickets visit www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
THE GLENN GOULD SCHOOL OPERA
The extraordinary artists of The Glenn Gould School vocal program and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra perform their annual staged opera performance in Koerner Hall. For tickets visit www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
“Mr. Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair.” (The New York Times) Cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht deftly described him as “a pianist for the rest of our lives.” He will perform works by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky. For tickets visit: www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
ALINA IBRAGIMOVA & CEDRIC TIBERGHIEN
“The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener.” (The Guardian) She and pianist Cédric Tiberghien will perform sonatas by Bach, Brahms, and Schumann, as well as Six Melodies by John Cage. For tickets visit: www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
BRAMWELL TOVEY CONDUCTS THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA
“One of the most versatile and charismatic musicians in the world,” (Musical America) Bramwell Tovey conducts the RCO and violinist Jennifer Murphy in a performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Kelly-Marie Murphy’s A Thousand Natural Shocks, and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. For tickets visit: www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
The London Times describes pianist Louis Lortie’s playing as “ever immaculate, ever imaginative” and celebrates his “combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have.” Lortie will perform an all-Chopin program, consisting of Twelve Études, Opp. 10 and 25, and Twenty-four Preludes, Op. 28. For tickets visit: www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
LES VIOLONS DU ROY WITH PHILIPPE JAROUSSKY
Québec City’s chamber orchestra, resident ensemble at the Palais Montcalm, will be conducted by Mathieu Lussier and joined by the ethereal, sensuously beautiful voice of extraordinary French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky for a program of baroque works by Handel, Bach, Fux and Graun. For tickets visit: www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
THE MONTROSE TRIO & FRIENDS
A Canadian all-star evening of chamber music featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver, and cellist Clive Greensmith. The trio will play Brahms’s Piano Trio No. 1 and will be joined by Barry Shiffman, Allyson McHardy, Erika Raum, Desmond Hoebig, Teng Li, and Sharon Wei to perform Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Brahms’s Alto Songs. The concert opens with the winners of The Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition. For tickets visit: www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
NATALIE DESSAY WITH PHILIPPE CASSARD
With French soprano Natalie Dessay “every vocal phrase is impelled by the emotion and dramatic intention of the moment.” (The New York Times) She and pianist Philippe Cassard will perform works by Schubert, Liszt, Fauré, Bizet, and Duparc. For tickets visit: www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S FREE CONCERT SERIES
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “The Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series” in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. The series features a diverse mix of international talent and rising stars in six varied series running throughout the season – Vocal, Chamber, Piano Virtuoso, Jazz, Dance and World Music. For a full calendar of events visit coc.ca.
April 20 to May 13
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of the Canadian Opera Company’s 50th anniversary production of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel… April 20th to May 13th at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The story of the polarizing Métis leader is presented in collaboration with Canada’s National Arts Centre, in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. For tickets call 416-363-8231 or visit coc.ca.
April 30 to May 20
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Puccini’s Tosca… April 30th to May 20th at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Tosca is a thrilling drama of passion and betrayal, presented through a lavishly beautiful production. For tickets call416-363-8231 or visit coc.ca.
TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S LIGHT CLASSICS SERIES
The New Classical FM is the “Official Media Partner” of the TSO’s “Light Classics Series in 2017. For more information or to order tickets visit tso.ca or call (416) 593-4828.
Our very own principal cello tom Mueller will perform Saint Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33. We also offer Debussy’s Iconic La Mer and selections from Pelleas et Mélisande Suite Op. 80 by Faure. For tickets call 1-855-985-2787 or visit ticketmaster.ca.
CANADIAN LIGHT CLASSICS
Canadian pianist Richard Harriot will perform the world premiere of his newest composition The Newfie Bullet andOrchestra Toronto will complete the program with a wonderful sample of Canadian composers including Colin McPhee, Elizabeth Raum, Howard Cable and of course we will play the theme from The Beachcombers by Bobby Hales. For tickets call 1-855-985-2787 or visit ticketmaster.ca.
We are thrilled to present our debut venture into fully staged live opera with Bizet’s exotic drama, Carmen at Hammerson Hall – Living Arts Centre
Call: 905-306-6000 or go to mississaugasymphony.ca
Our thrilling season finale and gala dinner will pay tribute to the composers, music and festivals of the ageless city of Rome. Hammerson Hall – Living Arts Centre. Call: 905-306-6000 or go to mississaugasymphony.ca
THE BAROQUE DIVA
March 23 to 26
One of the world’s great interpreters of the music of Handel, Karina Gauvin joins us for the concert which showcases the role of the Baroque Diva. The programme includes dramatic and compelling opera arias by Handel, and a stunning motet by Vivaldi. Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org
BACH: KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
April 5 to 9
Led by the father-daughter team of oboist Alfredo Bernardini, and violinist Cecilia Bernardini, enjoy the genius of J.S. Bach and his eldest sons in this concert, andas well as an orchestral suite by Telemann, godfather to C.P.E. Bach. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St West. For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org
MOZART MASS IN C MINOR
May 4 to 7
This powerful and inspiring work, left unfinished for reasons we may never know, contains an extraordinary range of style and depth of expression. It is joined by a characteristically zesty symphony by Haydn. Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org.
BRAHMS A GERMAN REQUIEM
April 1 to 2
Featuring soloists Clodagh Earls, Soprano and Jeremy Ludwig, Baritone. At St. Matthew Catholic Church, Oakville. Tickets $30 adults, $25 seniors, $10 student and children 10 and under are free. For tickets visit masterworksofoakville.ca.
R.MURRAY SCHAFER’S ODDITORIUM
March 2 to 5
A sensory carnival of music theatre works from the acclaimed Canadian composer’s Patria cycle. Your host, the barker, welcomes you to this concert of musical curiosities from the mammoth Patria cycle by R. Murray Schafer. Crow’s Theatre – 345 Carlaw Ave. Crow’s Theatre Box Office (647) 341-7390.
THE MUSIC OF UNSUK CHIN
Sounds from the dream world—virtuosic, ironic, mischievous, and dramatic. This concert features one of contemporary music’s most sought-after creators, Unsuk Chin, who seeks to render in sound the “visions of immense light” she sees in her dreams. Part of The Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2017 21C Music Festival. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 274 Bloor Street West. Call the Royal Conservatory of Music Box Office at (416) 408-0208.
Featuring music by Mendelssohn, Albeniz, de Falla and more. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave, Toronto. $30, Students & Seniors $25 on line, $35/$30 at the door. For more information or to order tickets go to guitarsocietyoftoronto.com.
4TH ANNUAL TORONTO GUITAR WEEKEND
April 21 to 23
Featuring the brilliant Eden Stell Duo of Britain, as well as Competition winners Bokyung Byun and Alec Holcomb. Concerts, lectures, master class, performance opportunities, and a luthier fair. Church of St Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E, Toronto. For more information or to order tickets go to guitarsocietyoftoronto.com.
SACRED MUSIC FOR A SACRED SPACE
April 12 to 14
Experience a concert of contemplative music in the beautiful setting of St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St. More info and to purchase tickets: tmchoir.org
THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER
April 26 to 30
Based on Bernard Shaw’s enormously popular Arms and the Man, Straus’ biggest hit is a seamless interweaving of hummable melodies and a hysterical comedy of manners. THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER features Jennifer Taverner, Anna Mcdonald, Stefan Fehr and Michael Nyby with Conductor Peter Tiefenbach. Box Office / St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts 416-366-7723. For tickets visit www.torontooperetta.com.
KHOVANSHCHINA (THE KHOVANSKY AFFAIR)
Mussorgsky’s genius is gloriously front and centre in this gripping tale of conflict between the old ways of ancient Russia and the new world introduced by Peter the Great. Featuring Emillia Boteva, Andrey Andreychik, Dion Mazerolle with pianist and music director Narmina Afandiyeva. For tickets call 416-366-7723 or visit www.operainconcert.com.
April 22 to 29
The New Classical FM presents the Opera Atelier production of Charpentier’s “Medea” on stage at The Elgin Theatre. A stunning French Baroque masterpiece about love, betrayal and revenge. For more information go to operaatelier.com and to purchase tickets go to ticketmaster.ca.
TRIPTYCH: THE MUSICAL WORLD OF HIERONYMUS BOSCH
March 3 to 4
Join the Toronto Consort in welcoming internationally acclaimed Belgian Renaissance vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis for their Canadian premiere of a program centered on the fantastical imagery of artist Hieronymus Bosch, with music by Pierre de la Rue, Clemens non Papa and Jean Mouton. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. Call the BOX OFFICE at (416) 964-6337 or online at torontoconsort.org.
HELEN OF TROY BY FRANCESCO CAVALLI
May 12 to 14
Cross-dressing, disguises, mixups and mashups! Join the Toronto Consort for 400 year old opera-in-concert Helen of Troy by Francesco Cavalli – the world’s first great comic opera about the face that launch a thousand ships (and apparently a thousand amorous mis-adventures, too!) Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. Call the BOX OFFICE at (416) 964-6337 or online at torontoconsort.org.
March 31 to April 1
A multi-faceted concert celebrating Brahms’ musical genius. Readings from his letters, highlights from his chamber music and solo piano works, and selections of his Lieder (sung by Sarah Slean) come together to form a unique and beautiful program. Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Tickets from $25 can be purchased at artoftimeensemble.com or by calling 416 973 4000.
MASTERWORKS OLD AND NEW
The evening includes great works from the past – Wagner, Mozart and Tchaikovsky – as well as the debut of a new work from an emerging young composer who won the Young Composer’s Competition. Tickets are adults $30; seniors $25/22 (prepaid); students $15. Call 416-239-5665 or visit eporchestra.ca.
Russian pianist Dmitry Masleev, gold medalist in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition makes his Canadian debut, playing works that reflect his breathtaking virtuosity and astonishing depth of feeling, by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Liszt (“one of the genuinely great pianists of his generation” – New York, 2017). Call 416-408-0208, visit the Koerner Hall box office, 273 Bloor Street W., or order online at www.rcmusic.ca.
On Now to May 14
The breathtakingly romantic thriller THE BODYGUARD comes to Toronto and features the classics including So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, Greatest Love Of All, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You. The Canadian premiere engagement stars the acclaimed UK cast direct from its London West End run. Tickets available at mirvish.com.
RUSSIAN BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS SWAN LAKE
April 11 to 13
An exquisite and romantic rendition of Tchaikovsky’s signature ballet that will enchant you from its opening act to its dramatic conclusion. Let your imagination take wing as the corps of ethereal swan maidens grace the stage, and male dancers dazzle with their athletic artistry. Come bathe in the misty moonlight, divine beauty, and melodious score that defines the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake. For tickets visit markham.ca.
March 1 to 18
The New Classical FM is the Official Radio Sponsor of the Sony Centre Canadian Stage presentation of the Cirque Eloize production of “Cirkopolis” – March 1 to 18 at The Bluma Appel Theatre in Downtown Toronto. It’s a show that combines the exciting worlds of circus, dance and theatre and features an original musical score, video projections, eleven acrobats and artists. Tickets are available at sonycentre.ca or call 1-855-872-SONY.
EIFMAN BALLET ST. PETERSBURG: RED GISELLE
May 11 to 13
Powerful, passionate, raw and visceral, the internationally renowned Eifman Ballet is set to deliver its visually stunning production of Red Giselle to Toronto audiences. Inspired by one of the 20th century’s greatest ballerinas, Olga Spessivtseva, Boris Eifman’s choreographic love letter to Spessivtseva’s tragic life draws parallels to the classic ballet Giselle, but is also a springboard for larger themes of politics vs. art and public vs. private personas in the age of celebrity. Red Giselle features Eifman’s signature choreography filled with highly charged performances and searing routines with “exuberant theatricality, boldly expressive movement and extraordinary dancing.” – Vogue. Co-presented with Show One Productions. For tickets go to sonycentre.ca or call 1-855-872-SONY.
OF HUMAN BONDAGE
On Now to March 11
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s returning hit show Of Human Bondage, an epic tale of obsession, lust, and the pursuit of beauty. Winner of seven Dora Awards, including outstanding production, new play and direction, don’t miss this signature Soulpepper production in Toronto, before it tours to New York this summer. On stage starting on now at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
MANHATTAN CONCERT CYCLE – DOWNTOWN, MIDTOWN, UPTOWN
March 4 to March 18
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s presentation of the Manhattan Concert Cycle.Albert Schultz is your conductor and tour guide on this three-part journey through the history, culture, and rhythms of New York’s original neighbourhoods. Join an all-star line-up of talent for an unforgettable concert. On stage starting March 4 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
March 31 to April 15
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s award-winning musical Spoon River. Edgar Lee Masters’ poems of the dead are brought to life, in this original production that was named Best New Musical by both the Dora Awards and the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards. See it in Toronto before it tours to New York City this summer. On stage starting March 31 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
TRUE PATRIOT LOVE
April 11 to 15
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s concert production True Patriot Love. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Artistic Director Albert Schultz andMusic Director Mike Ross have created a performance essay of iconic Canadian images, music and texts, celebrating our nation’s cultural gifts to the world. On stage April 11 – 15 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
FOR COLORED GIRLS
May 5 to June 3
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s production of for colored girls who have considered suicide. Through music, poetry and dance, seven women weave their stories of love, heartache, violence and joy into a powerful mosaic of the experiences of African-American women. Don’t miss this seminal work celebrating the power of reclaiming one’s voice. On stage starting May 5 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
PORGY & BESS
May 27 to June 1
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s concert performance of Porgy & Bess. The Gershwins blended folk tunes with classical opera to create what has become one of the most enduring works of the 20th century. Hear it brought to life on the Soulpepper stage by Toronto’s leading jazz, blues and gospel singers. On stage starting May 27 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
SPOTLIGHT AUSTRALIA FESTIVAL
March 29 to May 7
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Canadian Stage’s Spotlight Australia Festival, March 29 to May 7 at The Berkeley Street and Bluma Appel Theatres. Spotlight Australia features 6 weeks of mind-blowing storytelling, song, dance and circus from Down Under with 5 amazing shows including The Return, by Circa. For information or tickets call (416) 368-3110 or go to canadianstage.com.
April 7 to 16
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “887”, April 7 to 16 at The Bluma Appel Theatre. A dazzling autobiographical spectacle from stage visionary Robert Lepage back in Toronto after a sold-out run at Panamania. For information or tickets call (416) 368-3110 or go to canadianstage.com.
PEACE RIVER COUNTRY
On Now to March 19
Inspired by the real-life story of Reverend Wiebo Ludwig and his decades-long battle with the Alberta oil and gas industry, Peace River Country follows the lives of a close-knit traditional family as their land, health, and way of life become increasingly threatened by mega-corporations and big government. Visit Tarragontheatre.com or 416-531-1827 for tickets.
THE MILLENNIAL MALCONTENT
On Now to April 9
Moxie is fed up with her husband Johnny who’s decided to have an affair with Faith. Add to the mix a vain YouTube Star, his Québécois cousin, a PhD student and a music blogger and the stage is set for a raucous exploration of the social posing, sexual frankness and emotional minefield of the Millennial generation. Visit Tarragontheatre.com or 416-531-1827 for tickets.
MIDSUMMER ( A PLAY WITH SONGS)
April 18 to May 28
Bob & Elena meet in a bar. She’s totally out of his league. He’s not her type at all. They absolutely should not sleep together. Which is, of course, why they do – over the course of a great lost weekend of ill-advised romance, honest humour, and poignant pop songs. Visit Tarragontheatre.com or 416-531-1827 for tickets.