Classical Music

Dec 19 2017 (Tuesday), 12:00 PM
The illustrious 20-voice Elmer Iseler Singers, founded in 1979 by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler and led by conductor-artistic director Lydia Adams since 1998, have built an international reputation through concerts, broadcasts, recordings and touring. In addition to their annual Toronto series, the Singers are frequent guests with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and other major arts organizations.
Dec 18-20 2017, 08:00 PM
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without Handel’s Messiah—performed with matchless spirit by the TSO! Conductor Matthew Halls, Artistic Director of the Oregon Bach Festival, and a stellar line-up of Canadian vocalists and chorus, are featured in these tremendous performances of the immortal oratorio.
Dec 31 2017 (Sunday), 07:00 PM
Opera stars & full orchestra and chorus perform favourite opera hits.
from Dec 31 2017 to Jan 01 2018
Enjoy waltzes, polkas and operetta excerpts, with European singers, dancers and full orchestra.
Jan 10 2018 (Wednesday), 08:00 PM
This program features one of Mozart’s last and most elegant symphonies, No. 39, and offers the rare and welcome opportunity to experience the sublime “Gran Partita”, an extended and luxuriously scored work for 12 wind instruments and double bass. When the Salieri of Amadeus hears the ravishing third movement of this work for the first time, he says, “it seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.”
Jan 12 2018 (Friday), 07:30 PM
Mozart’s final concerto—and one of the last of all his works—the Clarinet Concerto is a haunting, soulful work. The mellow tones of the clarinet were the perfect medium to express his late-life emotions, including his dismay at the ill health of his deeply cherished wife, Constanze. Rob Kapilow and the TSO’s distinguished Principal Clarinet first take you to the piece’s heart; then they perform it, complete
Jan 17-18 2018, 08:00 PM
The [email protected] Festival continues with an entertaining yet substantial program of masterworks, from a “double concerto”—with the TSO’s Concertmaster and Principal Viola as soloists—to the symphony that he composed at top speed but unflagging skill for a visit to the Austrian city of Linz. Two merry operatic overtures complete the bill.
Jan 19 2018 (Friday), 07:30 PM
Peter Oundjian crowns his final performances in the treasured annual Mozart Festival that he created, with Mozart’s symphonic masterpiece: the exhilarating “Jupiter” Symphony. Charles Richard -amelin takes centre stage for a graceful piano concerto, and emerging Canadian violinist Adrian Anantawan performs two engaging short works
Jan 25 2018 (Thursday), 08:00 PM
Conductor John Storgårds returns to the TSO for this program which opens with the Canadian première of Stravinsky’s recently rediscovered Funeral Song, a piece he composed in memory of his teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. In an extraordinary act of coproduction, the TSO, featuring its brilliant Principal Trumpet as soloist, is one of more than 20 Canadian orchestras to perform John Estacio’s new Trumpet Concerto. The program concludes with Holst’s majestic suite portraying seven of the planets in our solar system.
Jan 31 2018 (Wednesday), 08:00 PM
A double helping from Richard Strauss’s magnificent catalogue anchors this program. You will be enthralled by the lilting waltzes from his most beloved opera, and the ardent escapades of the amorous Spanish rake, Don Juan. Argentinean pianist Ingrid Fliter strikes sparks from Falla’s exotic nocturnal evocation of Spain.
Feb 02 2018 (Friday), 12:00 PM
Celebrating its 50th season, the Canadian Children’s Opera Company is the only permanent children’s opera company in Canada that regularly commissions and produces opera for children. Based in Toronto, the members frequently perform with the Canadian Opera Company and other arts groups as well as tour nationally and internationally. This concert features the 80 choristers of the company’s Principal and Youth choruses.
Feb 14-15 2018, 08:00 PM
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the TSO’s esteemed Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis presents his selections from Prokofiev’s masterpiece, the passionate ballet Romeo and Juliet. The Orchestra’s gifted Principal Harp is featured in Reinhold Glière’s thoroughly romantic Harp Concerto, and a tuneful overture by 19th-century Russian composer Mily Balakirev opens the program.
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), 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 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 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), 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 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 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
Dec 15 2017 (Friday)
A Big Band Bash Swing into the holiday spirit with choir, 20-piece Big Band, and one of Canada’s great jazz pianists, John Sherwood, as Orpheus presents Swedish composer Nils Lindberg’s hypnotic and sweetly melodious Christmas Cantata that “invigorates, inspires and swings in equal measure.” Celebrate this Yuletide season with festive carols, audience sing-alongs, and seasonal music that is sure to raise the roof. It’s Christmas with groove!
Dec 16 2017 (Saturday), 07:00 PM
Karine Vasserman are busy working on an exciting new collaboration with wonderful and talented friends, Tenor, Charles Di Raimondo and Violinist, Oleksandra Fedyshyn, for our upcoming Christmas concert, "O Holy Night", which will be taking place on Saturday, December 16th from 7 pm - 9 pm at the Richmond Hill United Church! We can't wait to share our beautiful selection of traditional Christmas songs, carols and sacred music with you! We truly hope that you will join us to celebrate the holidays together with inspiring and uplifting music!
Dec 13-16 2017, 07:30 PM
Directed by Ivars Taurins Relish Tafelmusik’s original sounds of Handel’s go-to oratorio for the festive season. “Tafelmusik's Messiah (is) a masterpiece of urgency and fire, tension and drama.” – The Globe and Mail
Dec 17 2017 (Sunday), 02:00 PM
“The sound of thousands of people making music together is the most moving and joyful experience you could wish for.” – The Toronto Star Grab a score and join a cast of thousands for Toronto’s annual Hallelujah event! “Herr Handel” conducts his beloved Messiah with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, guest soloists, and YOU at historic Massey Hall.
Jan 11 2018 (Thursday), 08:00 PM
Founded in 1992, the Brentano Quartet just celebrated its 25th anniversary season. The quartet performs music spanning from the Renaissance, through the beloved Classical and Romantic literature, up to music of today’s composers. The Brentano played their Bach Project for MTO in November 2003 (Bach’s Art of the Fugue with 10 modern compositions) and Fragments, the incomplete thoughts of great composers, in September 2012. They succeeded the Tokyo as quartet-in-residence at Yale in 2014. Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. A five-time Grammy Award winner, in 2007 she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” prize.
Jan 14 2018 (Sunday)
Back by popular demand, two acclaimed Canadian pianists David Jalbert (http://davidjalbert.com) and Wonny Song (Mooredale’s artistic director), (https://www.mooredaleconcerts.com/about-us/wonny-song), pool their virtuosic talents and contrasting styles in shimmering 20th Century grand works for two pianos. They will perform Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 1 (Fantasie-tableaux) in G minor, Op. 5 and the Sleeping Beauty Waltz, as well as Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche, Op. 165b, and Stravinsky’s Petrushka Suite for two pianos
Jan 18-20 2018, 08:00 PM
A new program from Alison Mackay. Directed by Elisa Citterio Following the success of Alison Mackay’s productions, The Galileo Project and Tales of Two Cities, comesSafe Haven. This multimedia concert of masterworks by Vivaldi, Corelli, Lully, and Bach portrays the influence of migration on the musical life of Europe—and equally of present-day Canada. The movement of refugees across 18th-century Europe changed and enriched both the economy and culture of major cities: French Huguenots could be found in Amsterdam, Scottish Catholics in Warsaw, Sephardic Jews in the cities of Northern Italy.
Jan 21 2018 (Sunday), 03:00 PM
Mozart: Rondo for Violin and Orchestra, K. 250/248b “Haffner” Mozart: Adagio for Violin and Orchestra, K. 261 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488 Mozart: Symphony No. 41, K. 551 “Jupiter”
Jan 22 2018 (Monday)
Canadian debut of award-winning young artists performing string quartets by Bartók and Dvorák and string arrangements of select organ works by J.S. Bach.