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Classical Calendar for February 2020 to beat the winter blahs!

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The Takacs Quartet at Lincoln Center, NY. Photograph: Dan Gomes 

January 31, 2020

I don’t know about you, but for me, February is a “blah” month and I make a point of scheduling fun things to do – including attending concerts, to make it way more bearable. There are too many amazing concerts and events happening in the Toronto area to list them all, but below are a few I think you’ll really enjoy. Happy February! -Liz

February 6 – 21, various times
Canadian Opera Company
Hansel & Gretel
This Hansel & Greta is a modern fairytale: Canadian director Joel Ivany, founder of indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre, puts a new spin on Humperdink’s winter favourite with digital storytelling and video projections that usher this classic into modern-day Toronto.
Johannes Debus, conductor
Emily Fons, Hansel
Simone Osborne, Gretel
Russell Braun, Peter
Krisztina Szabo, Gertrude
Michael Colvin, The Witch
Anne-Sophie Neher Sandman/Dew Fairy
Koerner Hall (Bloor/Queens Park)

February 8, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Singin’ in the Rain – Film with Orchestra
Topping the American Film Institute’s list of 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of all time, this film masterpiece comes to life with live orchestral accompaniment and award-winning on-screen performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.
Jack Everly, conductor
Roy Thomson Hall (Simcoe/King)

February 14, 15, and 16, various times
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Rachmaninoff & Scheherazade
If you’re staying in town for the Valentine’s/Family Day long weekend, here’s some meaty repertoire to feast on with the “Rocky 2” (Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto) and the exotic Scheherazade featuring Jonathan Crow in the violin solo.
Elim Chan, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano
Jonathan Crow, violin
Roy Thomson Hall (Simcoe/King)

February 11 – May 17, various times
Mirvish Productions
Hamilton
Hamilton is the story of the United States’ Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway. Enjoy it – if you’re lucky enough to score tickets.
Ed Mirvish Theatre (Victoria/Dundas Square)
Cast TBA.

February 18 – March 1, various times
Canadian Stage
How To Fail As A Popstar
World premiere. Polaris Music Prize nominee, visual artist, filmmaker, and superstar of bestsellers She of the Mountains and I’m Afraid of Men, Vivek Shraya chronicles her journey to “not quite” pop music superstardom.
Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre (Berkeley/south of Front)

February 22 at 3:00 pm
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Romantics and New Romantics – FREE TMC Concert
TMC’s annual gift to the city! The TMC’s guest conductor will highlight the three choirs within the TMC: Mendelssohn Singers, the full Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and its 20-voice professional core. Mendelssohn, Brahms, Lauridsen, and Esenvalds.
John William Trotter, guest conductor
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street (north of St. Clair east)

February 22 at 11 am, March 1 at 2 pm & 4 pm
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
The Composer is Dead  (Feb. 22) and March 1 at 2 pm & 4 pm
This Young People’s Concert features a hunt that’s on to find out who snuffed out the composer! Was it the shifty string section or the treacherous trombones? Included is a free, interactive instrument Discovery Zone to the pre-concert lobby activities. Also, you can take in a performance by the Cello Fellows.
Simon Rivard, RBC Resident Conductor
Kevin Frank, host
Eugene Ye cello (last season’s TSYO Concerto Competition winner)

February 23 at 3:00 pm
The Royal Conservatory of Music
Takacs Quartet
This concert is part of the RCM’s Beethoven 250 Festival. The Quartet will perform Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s String Quartet in E flab Major; Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 in C Major; and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 9 in C Major.
Koerner Hall (Bloor/Queens Park)

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