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Classical Calendar for October 2019!

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Rusalka is coming to the COC with Sondra Radvanovsky! (File photo of Ana María Martínez in the title role from Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2014.) Photo: Todd Rosenberg

Classical Calendar for October 2019

Here at The New Classical FM we’ve started to fill out our calendars for the month of October. There are too many amazing concerts and events happening in the Toronto area to list them all, but below are a few that we think you’ll really enjoy!

Ongoing til December 8, 2019, various times
Mirvish Productions
Piaf / Dietrich – A Legendary Affair
Directed by Gordon Greenberg, this production explores the complex and lifelong friendship between two legendary women in show business, Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich, portrayed by Louise Pitre and Jayne Lewis, respectively. Unforgettable hits include La Vie En Rose, Milord, and Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
Louise Pitre and Jayne Lewis
CAA Theatre (south of Bloor on Yonge)

Ongoing til October 27
Canadian Opera Company
Turandot
Popular opera by Puccini that features “Nessun dorma”, the larger-than-life aria made popular by Pavarotti at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Turandot is a dark fairytale reimagined by director Robert Wilson.
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Queen Street at University

October 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm; Oct 5 at 12:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – In Concert
In the spectacular sixth episode of the Star Wars saga, the fate of the entire galaxy hangs in the balance as father and son face off in the ultimate battle of good versus evil. Revisit the original trilogy’s finale and experience John Williams’ grand, emotional score as the TSO performs it live with the film.
There will be a 20-minute intermission approximately 60 minutes into the film.
Roy Thomson Hall (Simcoe at King)

October 9, 10, & 12 all at 8:00 pm
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Gimeno Conducts Daphnis et Chloé
Experience the full force of the Orchestra when Gustavo Gimeno returns! The TSO’s incoming Music Director leads a suite from Ravel’s lush and passionate Daphnis et Chloé. Beatrice Rana makes her TSO début playing Prokofiev’s blistering Piano Concerto No. 3.
Stay in your seats after the concert for a chat with incoming Music Director Gustavo Gimeno!
Roy Thomson Hall (Simcoe at King)

Tafelmusik 
October 10 at 8:30 pm
Haus Musik: Café Counterculture: 1730 Leipzig to 1960 Yorkville.
Comparing concert and coffee cultures in Bach’s Leipzig and 60’s Yorkville. Limited seating, but it’s okay to stand, wander, and drink.
Burdock Music Hall (Bloor, west of Dufferin)

October 11 at 7:00 pm
Neil Crory Tribute Concert. Remembering the Toronto producer and impresario, one of the biggest supporter and mentor of opera singers.
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre (Bloor at Spadina)

October 16 – 19 at 8 pm & October 20 at 3:30 pm
Baroque Roots. Getting to know a range of composers with Viennese connections, whose music you may not encounter otherwise; also, a concerto by Vivaldi. Included is a world premiere of a work by Guido Mornini. Take in a 2:30 pre-concert chat given by Tafelmusik violist Patrick Jordan.
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre (Bloor at Spadina)

October 12 – 26 at various times
Canadian Opera Company
Rusalka
Based on The Little Mermaid’s original tale, this romantic opera stars Met sensation Sondra Radvanovsky, in a production filled with gorgeous sets, costumes, and choreography.
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (Queen at University)

October 26 at 8:00 pm
The Royal Conservatory
Sir András Schiff
A major-league pianist making a rare Toronto appearance. Along with his piano concerts, he’s known as a conductor, teacher, and lecturer. He will perform two works by Schumann and two sonatas by Beethoven. Also featured a 7:00 pm Prelude Recital with students from the Glenn Gould School. This concert is sold out, but you never know if last-minute tickets are released.
Koerner Hall (Queen at University)

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