A CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 7 to December 22
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s beloved production of A Christmas Carol. Thousands of Toronto audiences return each year to follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts who help him understand the importance of charity, in a production the Toronto Star says “Couldn’t possibly be Better!”. Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
TO CANADA WITH LOVE
On Now to December 31
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of the “City of Toronto Historic Sites TO Canada With Love” programming in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. It’s a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada’s 150th birthday. A rich tapestry of museum-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. For more information and a list of events go to toronto.ca/canada150.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
On Now to December 31
Ross Petty Productions presents A Christmas Carol – The family music with a scrooge loose! Starring AJ Bridel, Dan “Plumbum” Chameroy and Eddie Glenn. At Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto from November 24 – December 31, 2017. Tickets can be purchased online at rosspetty.com, by phone at 1 (855) 599-9090 or in person at the Elgin Theatre Box Office, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto.
CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S FREE CONCERT SERIES
On Now to May 31, 2018
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.
FESTIVAL OF CAROLS
December 5 & 6
TMC’s annual joyous celebration of music for the season with the splendid brass of the Canadian Staff Band and organist David Briggs, including an audience sing-along of favourite carols. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. More info and to purchase tickets: tmchoir.org.
December 8 to 22
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s presentation of Peter Pan, from Bad Hats Theatre. J. M. Barrie’s classic story about the boy who would never grow up is given a lively musical reimagining for kids and kids-at-heart. Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
NAVIDAD: A SPANISH CHRISTMAS
December 8 to 10
The Toronto Consort presents the liveliest Christmas concert in town! With flashing rhythms and sensuous melodies, we bring you a fiesta of early music from the Spanish-speaking nations on both sides of the Atlantic, with harp, guitars, percussion, winds, keyboards and voices. From the solemnity of motets by Victoria and Guerrero, to the intricate cross-rhythms of villancicos and dances from Latin America, this is Christmas celebration at its most exuberant. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. West, Toronto. For tickets visit torontoconsort.org.
Recognized by London’s Evening Standard for her “jaw-dropping virtuoso technique,” Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili’s playing is “so full of imagination.” (Epoch Times) The Financial Times of London has described her Liszt as “magisterial.” In this solo recital she will perform three works by Liszt alongside Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. For tickets and more info call 416-408-0208 or visit performance.rcmusic.ca.
THE TENORS – CHRISTMAS TOGETHER TOUR
Multi-platinum, JUNO Award-winning vocal supergroup The Tenors are gearing up for the international release of their fifth studio album CHRISTMAS TOGETHER, out on October 13 through Universal Music Canada (UMC), the country’s leading music company, and Decca Records/Verve Label Group in the United States. Bringing the spirit of Christmas to their fans and to complement this release, The Tenors will embark on a 16-city North American tour stopping at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, December 12th. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT livenation.com and ticketmaster.ca, Sony Centre Box Office, or Charge by Phone 1-855-985-5000.
December 13 to 16
The New Classical 96.3FM Presents Handel Messiah. Revel in the glories of Handel’s masterwork with the renowned Tafelmusik Choir and Orchestra directed by Ivars Taurins, featuring soprano Joanne Lunn, countertenor James Laing, tenor Rufus Müller, and baritone Brett Polegato. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre (273 Bloor Street West). For tickets visit tafelmusik.org.
TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT 3
December 14 to 16
Featured Artists – The Art of Time Big Band, Jackie Richardson, Tom Wilson, Liam Titcomb, Jessica Mitchell, Andrew Burashko, the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. Program Highlights – custom new holiday arrangements for the big band, comedic readings, holiday carols, wintery songs and a few surprises. Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Tickets $25 – $64 available via artoftimeensemble.com or by calling 416 973 4000.
A VERY SOULPEPPER CHRISTMAS
December 15 to 17
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s production of A Very Soulpepper Christmas. Guests of all ages are invited to a family concert celebrating the sounds of the season from around the globe, featuring Mike Ross leading an all-star line-up of Toronto’s best musicians. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
TORONTO CHILDREN’S CHORUS: THE FIRE WITHIN
Kindle the joys of the holiday season with the Toronto Children’s Chorus! Performing Vivaldi’s Gloria and other seasonal favourites during this special 40th anniversary holiday concert, the Toronto Chuldren’s Chorus will be joined by alumnae Krisztina Szabó (mezzo-soprano) and Lesia Mackowycz (soprano), and more. Tickets at roythomsonhall.com.
The New Classical FM Presents Sing-Along Messiah. Bring your whole family, lift your voice, and be part of this iconic and annual holiday favourite, as “Herr Handel” directs thousands of people making music together. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street). For tickets visit tafelmusik.org.
The New Classical is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of the 10th Anniversary of “The Nutcracker” at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday December 23 at 2 pm and 7 pm. The Guest Artists are principle dancers from world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. With unique choreography and an innovative vision, TIBT brings out the strengths of the community of dancers and interjects a fresh and fun atmosphere to the traditional tale, providing a unique experience to all who attend. Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and some of the world’s best dancers, Toronto International Ballet Theatre’s performance preserves the imperial beauty and grandeur of the original Nutcracker, and will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder! Don’t miss this family Holiday Classic. For tickets visit the Sony Centre Box Office or call 1-855 985-2787 or go to ticketmaster.ca.
28TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATION AT ROY THOMSON HALL
The New Classical FM is the proud Radio Sponsor of the “28th Annual Christmas Eve Celebration at Roy Thomson Hall” on December 24th at 10:30 pm. This annual Christmas Eve service and celebration features Christmas Carol singing with The Choir of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto as well as special musical performances by Heather Bambrick, Alana Bridgewater, Billy Newton Davis and more and a Christmas message by well-known Reverend Brent Hawkes. Tickets are available at the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office, by phone at (416) 872-4255 or on-line at roythomsonhall.com.
CANDIDE BY LEONARD BERNSTEIN
December 28 to January 7
Composed at the same time as West Side Story, this operetta has become the darling of opera companies and Broadway through the sheer power of its drama, music and imaginative splendour. Starring Tonatiuh Abrego, Vania Chan, Elizabeth Beeler and Cian Horrobin – conducted by Derek Bate, staged by Guillermo Silva-Marin. St. Lawrence Theatre, 27 Front St. East – Box Office: 416-366-7723 or STLC.com.
SALUTE TO VIENNA
December 30 & January 1
Salute to Vienna, December 30, 2:30 pm at Hamilton’s First Ontario Concert Hall & January 1, 2:30 at Roy Thomson Hall: Featuring European Singers, Ballroom dancers, ballet, and a full orchestra in famous Strauss waltzes and Operetta excerpts. For tickets and more info on Salute to Vienna visit: salutetovienna.com.
BRAVISSIMO! OPERA’S GREATEST HITS
New Year’s Eve
A spectacular performance of opera favourites by world class international opera stars, the 100 piece Opera Canada Symphony and Chorus, performing hits from Carmen, La Boheme, Rigoletto, Aida, and more. Roy Thomson Hall. For tickets and info on Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits: roythomsonhall.com.
January 3 to 23
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of a brand new production of “Shen Yun” featuring breathtaking classical Chinese dancers, a grand East-West orchestra and colorful animated backdrops. It’s an uplifting journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Shen Yun returns to Toronto to The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts from January 3 to 7 and to Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre from January 19 to 23. For tickets and more information go to shenyun.com.
January 10 to February 4
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s production of the Tony Award-winning play, Amadeus. Genius can spring from the most unexpected of places. Newly arrived in Vienna, eccentric musical prodigy Mozart tries to secure his place at court, while jealous rivals conspire to tear him down. Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
A DELICATE BALANCE
January 13 to February 4
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s production of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-prize winning drama, A Delicate Balance. In all things – friendship, intimacy, civility – there is a balance that must be carefully maintained to avert disaster. When a daughter returns home and friends move in, Albee shows how easy it is to tip the scales. Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
January 18 to 23
The New Classical 96.3FM Presents Safe Haven. The latest multimedia creation from Alison Mackay (creator of The Galileo Project, Tales of Two Cities), this concert of masterworks portrays the influence of migration on the musical life of Europe – and equally of present-day Canada. Jan 18-21 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West) AND Jan 23 at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge St). For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org.
THE AMAZING YOUNG GUITARIST THIBAUT GARCIA (FRANCE)
Performing works by Albeniz, Rodrigo, Tarrega and more at Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. East, Toronto. For tickets and more info call 416-964-8298 or visit guitarsocietyoftoronto.com
January 20 to February 23
An innocent daughter’s first tragic love fuels a father’s heartbreaking quest for revenge in this searing masterpiece of Italian opera. For tickets call 416-363-8231 or visit coc.ca.
I DUE FIGARO BY SAVERIO MERCADANTE
Narmina Afandiyeva, music director, featuring Beste Kalendar, Illana Zarankin, Holly Chaplin, Nicholas Borg. Rediscovered in 2009, this 1826 opera turns out to be a jewel in the best Bel Canto style…brilliant and graceful. St. Lawrence Theatre, 27 Front St. East – Box Office: 416-366-7723 or STLC.com.
Piano virtuoso George Li gives his first Toronto performance since his victorious performance at the XV Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015. He performs a sublime program of works by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Haydn and Chopin at Toronto’s “best acoustical venue”, Koerner Hall on Sunday Feb 4, 2018 at 7 pm. For tickets call 416-408-0208 or visit rcmusic.com.
February 6 to 25
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “The Humans” at The Bluma Appel Theatre. Jackie Maxwell directs this extraordinary four-time Tony-Award winning comedy-drama about an American family caught in the wake of a changing nation. For information or tickets call (416) 368-3110 or go to canadianstage.com.
MOZART’S THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO
February 7th to 24th
Collisions of culture and gender are expressed through Mozart’s dazzling score, with vocal fireworks provided by Jane Archibald. At the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. For tickets call 416-363-8231 or visit coc.ca.
A RECORDER ROMP
February 8 to 11
The New Classical 96.3FM presents A Recorder Romp. Explode your preconceptions of the recorder with this concert of delightful and daring concertos, featuring recorder soloist Alison Melville. Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West). For tickets visit tafelmusik.org.
PROHIBITION, THE CONCERT
February 9 to 11
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s presentation of Prohibition, The Concert. Gangsters, flappers, booze and jazz – prohibition didn’t stop the party, it only forced it underground where it thrived. Writer/narrator Albert Schultz and Music Director Mike Ross invite you to the Distillery District for a night of stories and songs from the “dry” days of the Roaring Twenties. On stage February 9 for a limited time at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
The New Classical FM is an “Official Radio Sponsor” of Canada’s most lavish Chinese New Year celebration, The 29th Annual Dragon Ball –
Saturday, February 10 at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre in support of senior care at Yee Hong Centre. Enjoy a fantastic evening of fine cuisine, live entertainment and magnificent auction items. For more information or to purchase tickets go to: yeehongdragonball.org or call (416) 321-0777.
IAN BOSTRIDGE WITH JULIUS DRAKE
“Voices just don’t get much more distinctive than that of Ian Bostridge.” (The Baltimore Sun) The acclaimed English tenor returns to Koerner Hall on Valentine’s Day with “the peerless Julius Drake at the piano” (The Times) to perform an all Franz Schubert program. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W – For tickets and more info call 416-408-0208 or visit performance.rcmusic.ca
Legendary pianist and conductor, Leon Fleisher will be celebrating his 90th birthday in 2018. He will conduct The Royal Conservatory Orchestra in a program of works by Beethoven, Strauss, and Sibelius. Part of the Temerty Orchestral Program. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W – For tickets and more info call 416-408-0208 or visit performance.rcmusic.ca.
A SINGER MUST DIE
February 22 to 24
Featured Artists – Steven Page, Sarah Slean, Christopher Dewdney, Ian Brown, Karen Solie, Andrew Burashko, Joseph Phillips, Robert Carli and more. Program Highlights: readings and anecdotes by a rotating roster of authors, plus Cohen’s songs arranged for the ensemble by some of Canada’s top composers. Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Tickets $25 – $64 available via artoftimeensemble.com or by calling 416 973 4000.
THE BEIJING GUITAR DUO (CHINA)
A performance of masterful duets and arrangements at Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. East, Toronto. For tickets and more info call 416-964-8298 or visit guitarsocietyoftoronto.com.
NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT WITH FAZIL SAY
A combination of two brilliant soloists. German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt “is as an artist a category on its own.” (Hamburger Abendblatt) Turkish pianist, Fazıl Say “is a formidable and curious composer and performer, wholly capable of bringing freshness and a new light to music that we have heard many times before.” (Bachtrack). They will perform works by Claude Debussy, Fazil Say, Leoš Janáček, and Dmitri Shostakovich. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. For tickets and more info call 416-408-0208 or visit performance.rcmusic.ca
The New Classical FM is the Media Partner of TIFF’s Cinematheque programme. A year-round programme at the TIFF Bell Lightbox devoted to film classics and favorites, rarities and recent restorations. This fall TIFF Cinematheque presents retrospectives on some of the most exciting filmmakers working today — Denis Villeneuve, Sofia Coppola and Johnnie. For tickets and info go to tiff.net.
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.