THE DRAWER BOY
On now to March 25
Miles, an aspiring actor from Toronto, has relocated to rural Ontario. During an extended visit with two farmers Miles discovers the challenges of manual labor and inadvertently stumbles upon a secret that has been held for decades. The Drawer Boy is a show about the stories we tell ourselves and how they shape the world around us.Theatre Passe Muraille, Mainspace Theatre. For tickets and more info visit: http://passemurai
The New Classical FM is the Official Media Partner of TIFF’s “Cinematheque” programme. This year-round programme at the TIFF Bell Lightbox is devoted to film classics and favorites, rarities and recent restorations. Each season “Cinematheque” features curated retrospectives, national and regional spotlights, experimental and avant-garde cinema and in-cinema conversations and special guests. For tickets and info go to tiff.net.
CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S FREE CONCERT SERIES
On Now to May 31
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.
March 3 to March 24
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s Canadian Premiere production of Idomeneus. The Trojan War is over, but for Idomeneus the greatest struggle awaits his return – a crucible of the soul. A chorus weaves fates and stories into a wrenching lyrical epic from one of Europe’s most exciting contemporary playwrights. On stage March 3 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
MACMILLAN: SEVEN LAST WORDS AND PART: BERLINER MESSE
March 6 to 7
The TMC and String orchestra will perform two great faith-inspired works by contemporary composers James MacMillan and Arvo Pärt in the intimate setting of Church of the Holy Trinity. It promises to be a powerful experience. At Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square (next to the Eaton Centre) More info and to purchase tickets: www.tmchoir.org
TAN DUN’S WATER PASSION
A ritual journey through life, through death, and beyond. Seventeen dramatically lit water bowls adorn the stage in this reimagining of Bach’s great masterpiece, where Tan Dun explores universal themes of birth, death, and resurrection. Using water as a sound and symbol of transition, Water Passion is a powerful narrative that explores a range of vocal styles from Mongolian overtone singing, to Peking Opera, and Bach’s Passions. David Fallis conducts Choir 21 and a small instrumental ensemble with baritone and soprano soloists in this distinctly modern reworking of a timeless liturgical text. At Trinity St. Paul’s Centre. For tickets visit Soundstreams.ca or call (416) 504-1282.
March 9 to April 7
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s World Premiere adaptation of Animal Farm. The tyrannical Farmer Jones must be overthrown! How long will the animal utopia last when a charismatic new leader emerges? An innovative new adaptation of Orwell’s classic satire bites just as much today as when it was first written. On stage March 10 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
CANADA BLOOMS 2018
March 9 to 18
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “Canada Blooms 2018.” It’s North America’s largest garden event… March 9th to 18th at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. There’s over 40 gardens including 6 new Balcony Gardens, 200 floral displays, 100 vendors in the Garden Marketplace and over 100 seminars on the Unilock Celebrity Stage. 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.
JOHAN STRAUSS: DIE FLEDERMAUS
March 14 to 16
The extraordinary artists of The Glenn Gould School vocal program and Royal Conservatory Orchestra perform their annual staged opera, Die Fledermaus, a thoroughly high-spirited operetta of disguises and partly mistaken identities. Tickets: (416) 408-0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
J.S. BACH: THE CIRCLE OF CREATION
March 14 to 18
Alison Mackay’s acclaimed multimedia show returns with a celebration of the genius of Bach and the stories behind the inspiration – don’t miss your opportunity to see this program performed entirely from memory, before it tours to Australia! Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West) For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org
CLEMENS HAGEN WITH KIRILL GERSTEIN
Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen and Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein, described as “brilliant, perceptive and stunningly fresh” by The New York Times, will perform an all Ludwig van Beethoven program. Tickets: (416) 408 – 0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
SOUND AND COLOUR
March 22 to 24
Alexander Scriabin’s 24 Preludes for Solo piano, performed by Andrew Burashko, are bathed in coloured light that represents Scriabin’s synesthesia. For more info visit: artoftimeensemble.com
THE ECSTASY OF RITA JOE BY VICTOR DAVIES
March 24 to March 25
Robert Cooper, conductor featuring Marion Newman as Rita Joe with Evan Korbut, Everett Morrison, Michelle Lafferty and Michael Robert-Broder. Now an opera based on the extraordinary play by George Ryga, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe is a contemporary tragedy that condemns the brutality of a system that sentenced Indigenous peoples to lives of social and spiritual poverty. All performances at the St. Lawrence Theatre, 27 Front St. East – Box Office: (416) 366-7723 or STLC.com
GUITAR SOCIETY OF TORONTO PRESENTS GRAMMY WINNING GUITAR VIRTUOSO DAVID RUSSELL (SCOTLAND)
A performance of musical genius by world renowned guitarist David Russell on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8pm. Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Building. For tickets and more info visit guitarsocietyoftoronto.com or call 416-964-8298.
FLATO MARKHAM THEATRE PRESENTS TAFELMUSIK:
VIVALDI – CON AMORE
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents an all-Vivaldi program, led by its exciting new Music Director, violinist Elisa Citterio. Renowned for her brilliant, nuanced, and virtuosic performances, Elisa will perform two violin concertos celebrating love: “L’amoroso” and “L’amato bene.” Limited tickets still available by visiting markhamtheatre.ca or (905) 305 – 7469.
The New York Times lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more,” and the Financial Times has written “even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom.” Program includes works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. Tickets: (416) 408-0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca
THE OVERCOAT – A MUSICAL TAILORING
March 27 to April 14
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “The Overcoat – A Musical Tailoring ” March 27 to April 14 at The Bluma Appel Theatre. 20 years after it took the world by storm, Morris Panych’s darkly-funny theatre phenomenon is re-mastered into a world premiere musical experience. A co-production from Canadian Stage and Tapestry Opera. For information or tickets call (416) 368-3110 or go to canadianstage.com.
SACRED MUSIC FOR A SACRED SPACE
March 28 to 30
Experience a program of music for contemplation and reflection in the beautiful space and acoustics of St. Paul’s Basilica. At St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St. More info and to purchase tickets: tmchoir.org
A MOVEABLE FEAST: PARIS IN THE 1920s.
March 30 to April 8
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s concert presentation of A Moveable Feast: Paris in the 1920s. In the decade following the First World War the French economy boomed, and Paris re-established itself as a capital of art, music, literature and sophisticated Bacchanalia….Hemingway, Joyce, Picasso, Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein were all there… as was Josephine Baker, Igor Stravinsky, Man Ray and Kiki of Montparnasse. Bienvenue. On stage March 30 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 SHAW FESTIVAL
April 4 to October 28
The New Classical FM is the Official Radio Sponsor of The Shaw Festival 2018 Season at Niagara-On-The-Lake from April 4 to October 28. This year’s World-class theatre line-up includes 14 plays on 3 stages. See “Grand Hotel”, “The Magician’s Nephew”, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and more. To check out their complete schedule or to order tickets go to shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW
BACH: B-MINOR MASS
April 5 to 8
Bach’s B-Minor Mass towers as one of the supreme masterpieces of Western music, a synthesis of spiritual beauty and technical perfection. Featuring the Tafelmusik Orchestra and Choir and directed by Ivars Taurins, with soprano Dorothee Mields, mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell, tenor Charles Daniels, and baritone Tyler Duncan Venues:Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West) AND Apr 10 at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge St) For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org
BERNSTEIN @ 100 FEAT. JAMIE BERNSTEIN, WALLIS GIUNTA, SEBASTIAN KNAUER, AND THE ARC ENSEMBLE
This concert will be a joyful celebration of Leonard Bernstein, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, lecturer, and composer of scores for West Side Story, On the Town, and other popular musicals, on the occasion of his centenary, with German pianist Sebastian Knauer, Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta, and The ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory). Tickets: (416) 408 – 0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca
Italian pianist Beatrice Rana came to public attention in 2011 after winning First Prize and all special jury prizes at the Montreal International Competition. In 2013 she won the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in 2015 she was named a BBC New Generation Artist and, in 2016 she was awarded a fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. Rana will perform works by Schumann, Ravel, and Stravinsky. Tickets: (416) 408 – 0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca
April 13 to 14
The Toronto Consort presents Quicksilver, the hot new group of virtuoso players of early Baroque music. Join us for Fantasticus a program of extravagant music from 17th-century Germany for violins, sackbut, bassoon, and continuo. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St West. Ticket info: Call the BOX OFFICE at (416) 964-6337 or online at torontoconsort.org.
STRAVINSKY’S THE NIGHTINGALE AND OTHER SHORT FABLES
April 13 to May 19
The 50th anniversary production of Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables… April 13th to May 19th at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Sold out during its world premiere run, this magical Robert LePage production returns at last. For tickets call (416) 363-8231 or visit coc.ca.
April 14 and 15
The New Classical FM is the “Official Media Partner” of the TSO’s Light Classics Concert Series at Roy Thomson Hall. The next concert in this themed series is “All Beethoven”… April 14 and 15…Experience Beethoven in all his unsurpassed variety—in a single concert! Selections range from the tempestuous Fifth Symphony to a pair of sweet-natured romances for violin and orchestra with soloist Blake Pouliot, the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition, and two forceful, dramatic overtures. For more information or to order tickets visit tso.ca or call (416) 593-1285.
FLATO MARKHAM THEATRE PRESENTS CAMERON CARPENTER
Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music – all the while generating worldwide acclaim. His repertoire – from the complete works of J. S. Bach to film scores, his original works and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements – is probably the most diverse of any organist. Limited tickets still available by visiting markhamtheatre.ca or (905) 305-7469
April 19 to 22
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “Betroffenheit” April 19 to 22 at The Bluma Appel Theatre. After two sold-out runs, Crystal Pite and Jonathan Young’s internationally applauded dance-theatre masterpiece returns for a limited return engagement as part of a major international tour. For information or tickets call (416) 368-3110 or go to canadianstage.com.
MONTEVERDI’S THE RETURN OF ULYSSES
April 19 to 28
Monteverdi’s deeply moving opera recounts the return of the Greek king Ulysses to his family after a twenty-year absence fighting in the Trojan War. This production abounds with gods, goddesses, flying machines and magical transformations, and features tenor Krešimir Špicer, whose definitive performances in the title role have thrilled audiences around the world. For tickets and more info visit https://operaatelier.com/
JOHANNES DEBUS CONDUCTS THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA
Canadian Opera Company (COC) Music Director, Johannes Debus, will conduct The Royal Conservatory Orchestra (RCO), in a special concert of works by Hector Berlioz, Francis Poulenc, and Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story. Part of the Temerty Orchestral Program. Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
Inspirations from King Frederick’s gift to Bach. In 1747, Bach paid a visit to his patron King Frederick the Great. King Freddy, a talented amateur musician, handed him a theme and challenged Bach to improvise. That theme became the basis for Bach’s masterpiece The Musical Offering. The Gryphon Trio joins forces with DJ SlowPitchSound, Cuban-born drummer Dafnis Prieto, trombonist/composer Scott Good, and Roberto Occhipinti on bass, to create a spectacular cross-genre Musical Offering. From the world premiere of a Bach remix, to a special arrangement of John Adams’ dazzling Phrygian Gates, expect an energetic evening of new compositions inspired by Bach’s timeless brilliance. At Trinity St. Paul’s Centre. For tickets visit Soundstreams.ca or call (416) 504-1282.
GERALD FINLEY WITH JULIUS DRAKE
Having received multiple Gramophone Awards together, Canadian baritone Gerald Finley and British pianist Julius Drake return to Koerner Hall to perform works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, as well as American and English folk songs. For tickets call (416) 408-0208 or visit www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
The New Classical FM is a proud Media Partner of Itzhak Perlman on Sunday April 22, 2018 at 3PM. Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm, humanity, and talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond to his remarkable artistry and his irrepressible joy for making music. Having performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe, Mr. Perlman has been awarded many honours including 16 GRAMMY Awards, 4 Emmy awards and numerous honours for his humanitarian and cultural contributions. Itzhak Perlman returns to the Roy Thomson Hall stage this spring with his long-time collaborator, pianist Rohan De Silva. The pair last performed to a sold-out Toronto crowd in 2014. For more info visit: roythomsonhall.com
LA BELLE HELEN BY JACQUES OFFENBACH
April 25 to 29
The beautiful Helen got the Golden Apple from Paris and left some rather irate goddesses ‘in the dust’. Long before her fabled trip to Troy, there was much singing, frolicking, amusement and hanky-panky in the ancient city of Athens! Featuring Beste Kalendar, Adam Fisher and Stuart Graham, conducted by Peter Tiefenbach. All performances at the St. Lawrence Theatre, 27 Front St. East – Box Office: (416) 366-7723 or STLC.com
AMICI CHAMBER ENSEMBLE 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ISABEL BAYAKDARIAN AND FRIENDS
The Amici Chamber Ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special concert featuring exquisite soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Friends. Joaquin Valdepeñas, one of the most distinguished clarinetists of his generation, cellist “[of] rare delicacy and clarity” David Hetherington, and “keyboard acrobat” pianist Serouj Kradjian have invited some of the finest musicians to join the celebration. Isabel Bayrakdarian, possessing “a soprano voice that combines lyricism with remarkable dramatic instincts,” (Time) Royal Conservatory faculty members, and principals from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra join Amici in a celebratory concert that features some of their favourite repertoire, including works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Bernstein. Tickets: (416) 408-0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
GAUTIER CAPUCON WITH JEROME DUCROS
French cellist Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. “It’s the rare performer who can bring such ease and refinement to this music, while still giving everything he plays a sense of dramatic urgency.” (San Francisco Chronicle) Jérôme Ducros is “a brilliant and very gifted and sensitive pianist.” (The Subterranean Review) Together, they will perform sonatas by Brahms and Rachmaninov, and some of their favourite French and Russian pieces. Tickets: (416) 408-0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca
April 28 to May 26
Donizetti’s Anna Bolena… April 28th to May 26th at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The COC completes its Tudor trilogy in the court of King Henry the Eighth, with a sumptuous new production starring the queen of bel canto, Sondra Radvanovsky. For tickets call (416) 363-8231 or visit coc.ca.
BEETHOVEN PASTORAL SYMPHONY
May 3 to 6
Long-time Tafelmusik collaborator Bruno Weil returns to conduct the orchestra alongside Jeanne Lamon as concertmaster and Elisa Citterio’s much-anticipated performance of Beethoven’s violin concerto – music full of spirit, just right for Spring. Venue: Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre (273 Bloor St West) For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
May 4 to 27
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s presentation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Chicago in the 1920s is a city on a collision course with change – and through it all plays the Blues. In August Wilson’s masterpiece a routine music recording session becomes the front line for issues of race, power, and opportunity. On stage May 4 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
JORDI SAVALL AND HESPERRION XXI WITH CARLOS NUNEZ
One of early music’s living legends, Spanish viol master Jordi Savall, leads his ensemble Hespèrion XXI and Carlos Núñez in a special program titled “Celtic Universe.” The evening will be a musical dialogue between ancient, historical, and modern traditions of north and south Europe: Ireland, Scotland, the French Brittany, Galicia, and the Basque Country. Tickets: (416) 408-0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca
ALL WE ARE SAYING
May 10 to 12
A festival of protest music spanning time, genre and political message, featuring the Rolston Quartet, Jackie Richardson, Andy Maize, Shakura S’Aida and so many more. For tickets and more info visit: artoftimeensemble.com
May 14 to June 10
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s production of Innocence Lost. It’s 1959 in a small Ontario town with summer vacation on the horizon. And then a girl goes missing. Innocence Lost is a riveting take on the Steven Truscott criminal case that rocked the country for decades, and scarred a generation forever. On stage May 14 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
May 16 to June 22, 2018
La Bête is a modern comedy of classical insanity. When the Royal Patron grows weary of their theatre troupe, actors Elomire and Valere fight for survival, as art squares off with ego in a riotous theatrical showdown for the ages. For tickets and more info visit soulpepper.ca
THE MONKIEST KING
May 25 to 27
The main opera production for the season is the world premiere of The Monkiest King, a new CCOC commission by award-winning composer Alice Ping Yee Ho and librettist Marjorie Chan. The duo won the 2013 Dora Award for Outstanding New Opera for their Toronto Masque Theatre commission of The Lessons of Da Ji. For tickets and more info visit canadianchildrensopera.com
May 25 to 27
The world’s first great opera and one of the most moving love stories of all time – join The Toronto Consort caps off it’s 45th Anniversary with a production of Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo, live in concert, featuring Charles Daniels, Kevin Skelton, and Montreal’s early brass ensemble, La Rose des Vents. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. Ticket info: Call the BOX OFFICE at (416) 964-6337 or online at torontoconsort.org.
The New Classical FM is a proud Media Partner of Evgeny Kissin on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 8pm at Roy Thomson Hall. One of the world’s greatest living pianists, Evgeny Kissin, returns to Toronto this spring, three years after his critically acclaimed, sold-out performance at Roy Thomson Hall in 2015. For tickets and more info visit: roythomsonhall.com
KATIA AND MARIELLE LABEQUE
“The best piano duo in front of an audience today.” (The New York Times) Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. In this concert they will perform Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (original version for two pianos), Bryce Dessner’s El Chan, and Philip Glass’s Four Movements for Two Pianos. Tickets: (416) 408-0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca
POWER BALL XX: CAROUSEL
The New Classical FM is the proud sponsor of the 20th Edition of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s annual fundraiser “Power Ball XX: Carousal” presented by Max Mara – May 31 at Harbourfront. Come celebrate the Power Ball event’s 20th year as one of the most provocative and influential art galas in Toronto. Experience one-night-only art projects, musical performances, the best in food, cocktails, contemporary culture and more. Join us for an evening in support of The Power Plant’s year-round program of exhibitions and educational events. For tickets or for more information go to: powerball.thepowerplant.org
June 2 and 3
The New Classical FM is the “Official Media Partner” of the TSO’s Light Classics Concert Series at Roy Thomson Hall. The next concert in this themed series is “Water Music”… June 2 and 3….This enthralling celebration of music inspired by water brings such tuneful and familiar favourites as Johann Strauss II’s most famous waltz, and Smetana’s glowing portrait of his Czech homeland’s principal river. Canadian soprano Leslie Ann Bradley lends her beautiful voice to songs by Schubert, Mozart, and Dvořák. For more information or to order tickets visit tso.ca call (416) 593-1285.