So here we go with things to look out for in the second half of the month or so. On the 13th Stacie Dunlop and flautist Kelly Zimba are putting on a program of pieces by living American and Canadian composers, including premieres by Toronto composer David Jaeger and the duo HaRebraIN (Anh Phung/Alan Mackie) along with works by Leslie Uyeda, Braxton Blake, Kate Soper and James O’Callaghan. That’s at 8pm at Gallery 345.
From November 15th to December 2nd Red Snow Collective are presenting the world premiere of The Monkey Queen, written by Diana Tso, directed by William Yong, and performed by Diana Tso and Nick Eddie. The production weaves text, movement, visual art and music, and reimagines the ancient tale through the playwright’s own personal journey as a Chinese-Canadian female artist; a sort of Journey to the East if you will. It’s at the Theatre Centre Incubator at 7.30pm.
On the 17th at 8pm at Metropolitan United Church, Soundstreams are presenting the Latvian Radio Choir with a program that includes Latvian, Canadian and international choral works from Ēriks Ešenvalds to Talivaldi Keninš to Santa Ratniece, from Rachmaninov to Anders Hillborg to Pëteris Vasks. It will also feature the Canadian Premiere of a new choral piece by Omar Daniel.
On the 19th at 8pm at The Great Hall, Against the Grain are opening the latest iteration of Bound; a Handelian pastiche with additional music by Kevin Lau and a libretto by Joel Ivany. It deals with themes of the state, oppression and alienation. Also on the 20th and 21st.
The fall production from UoT Opera runs November 22nd to November 24th at 7:30 pm and November 25th at 2:30 pm at the MacMillan Theatre. This year it’s Kurt Weill’s Street Scene directed by Michael Patrick Albano and conducted by Sandra Horst.
November 28th and 30th at 7.30pm and December 1st at 9pm at Factory Theatre – Studio Theatre, Opera 5 will present staged vocal chamber music in a black box style. Open Chambers is planned as the first of a series of yearly black box productions along with their main stage productions. It will feature Hindemith’s Oboe Sonata and Die Serenaden and Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on poems by Alexander Blok.
Thursday free lunchtime concerts (12.10pm) concerts at UoT include, on 15th November, Women on the Verge (Elizabeth McDonald, soprano, Emily Martin, soprano, and Kathryn Tremills, piano) exploring the common threads of women’s lives through the millennia including music by alumni Cecilia Livingston and Emilie LeBel, and faculty member Norbert Palej. That’s at Walter Hall.