Coming up

letravail_365sqIt’s getting a bit busier again.  This afternoon there are a couple of concerts.  At 2pm in Mazzoleni Hall you can catch Mireille Asselin and Brett Polegato with Peter Tiefenbach and Rachel Andrist in a painting themed program of lieder, artsongs and chansons called Le travail du peintre.  At 4.30pm at Metropolitan United Church Bach’s Mass in B Minor meets German film maker Bastian Clevé’s film The Sound of Eternity.  The soloists are Marjorie Maltais, Geoff Sirett, Jennifer Krabbe and Charles Sy plus the Orpheus Choir, Chorus Niagara and the Talisker Players.  I suppose it would just about be possible to do both…

Then towards the end of the week it gets very busy.  Scottish Opera/Tapestry’s presentation of The Devil Inside opens at Harbourfront on Thursday at 8pm with further performances on Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm.  Also on Thursday UoT Opera opens its run of Britten’s Paul Bunyan (famous for the Lumberjack Song).  That one is at the MacMillan Theatre at 7.30pm.  There are further shows on Friday and Saturday evening and a matinee on Sunday.  As is the usual practice it is double cast so you can pick which group of  attractive young people you fancy seeing in plaid shirts.

There’s even more on Friday and Saturday when The Toronto Consort and Benjamin Bagby will perform everyone’s favourite early English epic Beowulf.  That’s at Trinity St. Paul’s at 8pm.  And in contrast, on Saturday night, the TSO’s New Creations Festival wraps up with Water, a piece by Jonny Greenwood of the English rock group, Radiohead. There’s also Brett Dean conducting a vocal/instrumental suite of excerpts from his 2010 opera, Bliss, with Russell Braun. And finally, DJ Skratch Bastid creates a remix of music from the Festival.  That’s at Roy Thomson Hall at 7.30pm.

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