Classical Music

Feb 21-22 2018, 08:00 PM
The greatest of all cello concertos comes robustly to life under the expert fingers of Canadian Johannes Moser. Gustavo Gimeno, the charismatic Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, mines all the vitality and humour of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. You will also enjoy Ligeti’s diverting orchestral concerto on Romanian folk tunes.
Mar 01 2018 (Thursday), 07:00 PM
Superstar pianist Lang Lang brings his drive and his poetry to Beethoven’s tempestuous Third Piano Concerto. The blossoming artists of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra play side-by-side with the TSO to give a supersize reading of the magical tone poem, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The TSO also performs the Canadian première of Insomnia, a vivid portrait of a sleepless night by Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Mar 24 2018 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra returns for another highly anticipated visit. The heart of their program lies in Brahms’s most serene and refreshing symphony. Russian-born Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg is the soloist in the lively piano concerto that Dmitri Shostakovich composed specifically for his nineteen-year-old son, Maxim.
Mar 24 2018 (Saturday), 02:00 PM
Join the TSO and the cast from Classical Kids Live! as you learn the story of Gershwin and his music. With over twenty of Gershwin’s most popular works featured in this concert, including Rhapsody in Blue, I Got Rhythm, and An American in Paris, this program is sure to please kids of all ages!
Mar 28 2018 (Wednesday), 08:00 PM
Renowned German pianist Lars Vogt joins the TSO and the enormously popular conductor Stéphane Denève to explore the strong and wide-ranging emotions—from heroic and stormy to serene and graceful—of Brahms’s Concerto No. 2. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances—his final composition and one his greatest—presents a satisfying blend of propulsive energy, poignant lyricism, and a stormy conflict between the powers of light and the powers of darkness.
Apr 05 2018 (Thursday), 08:00 PM
TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis leads a hearty and varied program, anchored by Bruch’s beloved Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring violinist Ray Chen as soloist, and Sibelius’s towering Symphony No. 5. It also offers a sparkling fairy-tale overture by Mendelssohn.
Apr 10 2018 (Tuesday), 08:00 PM
Join Steven Reineke and two of Broadway’s brightest stars for an unforgettable tribute to the Great White Way! The program draws together the crème de la crème of American musical theatre, presenting favourite, toe-tapping songs from such vintage classic shows as Carousel, Funny Girl, The King and I, and Gypsy, and from more recent hit productions including Wicked, Company, and Into the Woods.
Apr 13 2018 (Friday), 08:00 PM
The highly accomplished musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and music director Kent Nagano make their eagerly awaited annual appearance. German violinist Christian Tetzlaff explores the poetry of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto. Maestro Nagano and the orchestra also guide you through the grandiose expanses of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony.
Apr 13 2018 (Friday), 12:00 PM
Founded in 2002, the Ottawa Bach Choir has already achieved international acclaim through appearances at many of the world’s major capitals and choral festivals including Venice, Vienna, Salzburg, Leipzig and Beijing. The choir performs music from all periods past and present while keeping Bach’s choral music as the focus of its repertoire.
Apr 14 2018 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
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.
May 02 2018 (Wednesday), 08:00 PM
Peter Oundjian and the TSO give the Canadian première of a new edition of Anton Bruckner’s colossal Symphony No. 8. The distinguished Yale University professor Paul Hawkshaw published it in 2014 after years of research. Legendary American pianist Leon Fleisher brings decades of experience and insight to an exquisite Mozart concerto.
May 11-12 2018, 07:30 PM
As an early and enduringly popular example of program music—the kind that paints pictures or tells a story—Vivaldi’s set of violin concertos that he himself called The Four Seasons is the perfect piece for Rob Kapilow. He explores it through spoken introductions and musical examples, then conducts two of the four concertos with Timothy Chooi, the 25-year-old Canadian violin sensation, as the soloist.
May 23-24 2018, 07:30 PM
Beethoven’s “Emperor”—the most eloquent of all piano concertos, and a bold declaration of artistic and moral freedom—comes vibrantly to life in the adept hands of pianist Yefim Bronfman. Composed on the brink of the Second World War, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 offers a sharply contrasting, thought-provoking, and eventually rollicking sequence of moods.
May 25 2018 (Friday), 08:00 PM
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 this performance, Kissin brings an exciting programme which includes Beethoven’s Sonata No. 29, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier,” considered one of the composer’s greatest and most challenging pieces, as well as a selection of 12 preludes by Rachmaninoff, including the famous Prelude in C-sharp minor.
May 26 2018 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
Brahms: Violin Concerto [36'] Bramwell Tovey: Stream of Limelight [9'] Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme “Enigma” [29']
Jun 02 2018 (Saturday), 07:30 PM
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.
Jun 04 2018 (Monday), 12:00 PM
This concert features choristers from two of Canada’s leading children’s choirs. The Hamilton Children’s Choir, formed over 40 years ago, has participated in countless festivals and competitions across Canada, Europe and in China, winning an abundance of top awards and many prestigious prizes over the years. The Toronto Children’s Chorus, celebrating its 40th season, has represented Toronto on 30 international tours and four national tours, and its latest CD was named Outstanding Choral Recording by Choral Canada. This concert features the choristers of the TCC Chamber Choir.
Jun 08 2018 (Friday), 08:00 PM
Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard, a regular guest of the TSO, returns with a program of outstanding works from the summit of the Romantic era. Deeply rooted in the soil of his beloved homeland, Czech composer Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony offers a feast of lush and spirited melodies. Soloist Vadim Gluzman, whose recordings of Russian music have been hailed as “spellbinding” in BBC Music magazine, ignites all the fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s marvelous Concerto.
Jun 13-14 2018, 08:00 PM
Two jaunty, jazz-flavoured American classics—Bernstein’s bouncy sailors-on-leave-in- New York ballet, and Gershwin’s captivating, bluesy concerto—launch this program in high style. Peter Oundjian pairs them with one of the grandest of all symphonies: the heartening, darkness-to-light emotional journey that Brahms shares with us in Symphony No. 1.
Jun 16 2018 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, named Artist of the Year by Gramophone magazine, and who at age 20 won the Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, joins the TSO for one night only! He meets every challenge of Rachmaninoff’s monumental Concerto No. 3, then Maestro Oundjian and the Orchestra guide you through the kaleidoscopic imagery of Mussorgsky’s picture gallery
Jun 20 2018 (Wednesday), 08:00 PM
Peter Oundjian conducts the final Mahler performances of his tenure with one of the most achingly romantic of all symphonies: Mahler’s Ninth. Mahler’s last completed work, it bids farewell to everything he held dear: love, the dances of the central European countryside, the bustle of the big city, and finally to life itself. Mirroring the opening week of Peter Oundjian’s TSO directorship in 2004, pianist Emanuel Ax once again weaves his magic with a concerto by Mozart
Jun 26 2018 (Tuesday), 08:00 PM
Oscar and Tony Award–winning actor Christopher Plummer narrates this uplifting blend of Shakespeare’s immortal words with music by many of the great composers who have been inspired by their magic.
Jun 28-29 2018, 08:00 PM
Peter Oundjian concludes his fourteen-year term as Music Director with one of the enduring icons of music: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. A cast of exciting soloists and a large chorus join him and the Orchestra for this stirring testament to joy and brotherhood
Feb 22 2018 (Thursday), 08:00 PM
MTO introduced this young Polish quartet to Toronto audiences in November 2015 – and then invited them to return. Founded in 2006, they met in Vienna, and were mentored by the legendary Alban Berg Quartett. They have won many awards, the latest being a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2014.
Feb 22-24 2018, 08:00 PM
Welcome to the Persian city of Persepolis! Come feast your senses with Alexander the Great and his mistress Thaïs. Timotheus will be present, singing and playing his lyre.
Feb 24 2018 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
ORIANA is very excited to collaborate with our Newfoundland colleagues, Lady Cove Women’s Choir. This programme, Rhythm Song, developed by their Artistic Director Kellie Walsh features works for women’s choir and percussion. This concert will include works by Canadian composers Stephen Hatfield, John Washburn, Jason Noble, John Wyre and James Rolfe.
Mar 02 2018 (Friday), 07:30 PM
An opera in which the servants outclass the masters and women outsmart the men. An opera buffa in four acts composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte.
Mar 05 2018 (Monday), 03:00 PM
Light Classics
Mar 05 2018 (Monday)
Canadian debut of the 54th Paganini International Violin Competition top prize winner. Schumann Violin Sonata No. 3, Beethoven Sonata No. 9 (Kreutzer) “An arresting performer…” — The Boston Globe.
Mar 07 2018 (Wednesday), 08:00 PM
The Rolston String Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Chamber Music Residency. The 2016 First Prize winner of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet competition, the Rolston String Quartet was named among the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 2016 '30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30'.
Mar 14 2018 (Wednesday), 07:00 PM
Alison Mackay’s acclaimed J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation returns, following its premiere performances in 2014/15. This multimedia creation combines text, music, and stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans—papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers—who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this all-Bach program, performed entirely from memory, before it tours to Australia!
Mar 15 2018 (Thursday), 08:00 PM
The Penderecki String Quartet celebrated its 30th anniversary season in 2016. These four musicians from Poland, Canada, and the USA bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Globe and Mail, Toronto). Their recent schedule has included concerts in New York, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Rome, Belgrade, Zagreb, Atlanta, as well as appearances at international festivals in Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Venezuela, Brazil, and China. They enter their 20th year as Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Mar 17 2018 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
The Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating our 10th anniversary. We have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with our audiences, while developing a very fine orchestra since 2008. The 2017/18 Season will feature a balance of new repertoire and answer requests from audience members to hear your favourites, recounting some of our special moments over the years. The 2017/18 Season celebrates the past and looks to the future, as we continue to explore our unique brand of entertainment that utilizes the magic of theatre to support each concert program of quality symphonic music, offering the best possible concert going experience.
Mar 27 2018 (Tuesday), 08:00 PM
Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon made his Toronto debut in February 2015 and we discovered his commanding virtuosity. At the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, he studied piano with Sándor Falvai and chamber music with György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, finishing his studies in 1991. He is a regular guest at the most prestigious festivals world-wide, has performed with major orchestras throughout Europe and in the US, and is a deeply committed chamber musician.
Mar 30-31 2018
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.
Apr 05-07 2018, 08:00 PM
Bach’s B-Minor Mass towers as one of the supreme pieces of music ever written and it’s a beloved work of Tafelmusik Choir and Orchestra. Whether you are a performer or listener, this piece captivates your heart and soul from the very opening notes of the Kyrie to the majestic close of the Dona nobis pacem. Time stands still as the energy of the Credo, beauty of the Benedictus, and glory of the Gratias inspire contemplation of life and the power of music.
Apr 08 2018 (Sunday), 03:00 PM
TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis leads a hearty and varied program, anchored by Bruch’s beloved Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring violinist Ray Chen as soloist, and Sibelius’s towering Symphony No. 5. It also offers a sparkling fairy-tale overture by Mendelssohn.
Apr 10 2018 (Tuesday), 08:00 PM
Bach’s B-Minor Mass towers as one of the supreme pieces of music ever written and it’s a beloved work of Tafelmusik Choir and Orchestra. Whether you are a performer or listener, this piece captivates your heart and soul from the very opening notes of the Kyrie to the majestic close of the Dona nobis pacem. Time stands still as the energy of the Credo, beauty of the Benedictus, and glory of the Gratias inspire contemplation of life and the power of music.
Apr 12 2018 (Thursday), 08:00 PM
The three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann, who grew up in the Rhineland, have been playing together since 2007. In 2012, they were joined by violist Liisa Randalu, who was born in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, and grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany. CDs, study with the Alban Berg Quartet, a residency of many years at the Robert-Schumann-Saal in Düsseldorf, winning the prestigious Concours de Bordeaux along with other awards – it all adds up to an exciting new European quartet. Their latest award was the Newcomer Award for 2016 of the BBC Music Magazine.
Apr 15 2018 (Sunday)
Mooredale Concerts concludes its season and pays homage to Canada’s sesquicentennial with a guitar extravaganza. Québec-based ensemble Forestare comprises 12 guitars and two double basses. Since its 2002 inception, Forestare has participated in the creation of 50 original works and adapted nearly another 100 for its unique configuration – as a result creating the largest repertoire for guitar orchestra in the world.
from Oct 29 2017 to Apr 15 2018, 01:15 PM
Artists featured in the main-stage concerts will also perform a one-hour interactive concert especially designed for young people age 5-11, at Music & Truffles, the same days at 1:15 p.m. in Walter Hall. Host Joanna explores the music and chats with the artists, facilitating some audience involvement. Adults wishing to learn more about music and music-making are also welcome. Everyone receives a Lindt chocolate truffle at the end.
Apr 22 2018 (Sunday), 03:00 PM
Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Apr 22 2018 (Sunday), 07:30 PM
Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian-language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.
Apr 23 2018 (Monday)
Elite orchestral leaders perform Brahms Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2, Schubert Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Op. 163, and more “Nothing short of electrifying.” –The Star.
Apr 25 2018 (Wednesday), 11:00 AM
These intimate, hour-long concerts, presented in an informal style with introductions from the musicians, allow you to explore new aspects of Tafelmusik repertoire.