First half of November

I think it’s time to get back to doing two listing posts per month as the schedule is getting pretty busy.

On November 1st at 8pm Karina Gauvin is appearing at Koerner Hall with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in a programme of opera arias from 18th century St. Petersburg.  The following night at 7.30pm, in Mazzoleni Hall, the Glenn Gould School has its fall production.  This time it’s Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song.  Curiously UoT Opera is also doing a work by Dove this season.


LooseTEA’s Anne Frank double bill Singing Only Softly plays November 2nd to 4th at Heliconian Hall.  That’s at 7.30pm.  The 3rd also sees Russian soprano Hibla Gerzmava in recital at Koerner Hall at 7pm.

Also on the 3rd, at 3pm,  quartet Charsu, a contemporary classical music quartet, make their debut at the Aga Khan Museum with a program that features vocal and instrumental music by contemporary Iranian and Canadian composers; inspired by Iranian poetry and folklore.  Charsu consists of Asal Iranmehr (piano), Anoush Taba’ï (clarinet). tenor Jonathan MacArthur and cellist Dobrochna Zubek. Tickets are $30 – $40 and available at  They include all day admission to the museum.

On the 5th there’s a lunchtime concert in the RBA featuring the COC Ensemble Studio.  The program will include works from Tapestry’s 40 year catalogue plus music by Ian Cusson.

On the 7th at 9pm Against the Grain have their monthly Opera Pub and the following night at 8pm Tongue in Cheek productions are teaming up with Opera 5 to present Eight Singers Drinking.  There’s a line up of eight very decent singers plus cocktails.

On the 11th Soprano Monica Whicher and pianist Steven Philcox will be joined by COC Orchestra Concertmaster Marie Bérard for a recital called Of War and Peace.  That’s 7.30pm at Walter Hall.

On the 13th Soundstreams begin a run of a show called Two Odysseys in the Ada Slaight Hall at the Daniels Spectrum. It’s a double-bill of two music dramas: Pimooteewin, The Journey, a setting of an ancient Cree story from North America, sung and narrated in the Woodland Cree dialect; and Gállábártnit, The Bear, a setting of an ancient Sámi story from the Nordic countries, sung and narrated in Northern Sámi.  There will be a narrator, singers, dancers, choir and chamber orchestra.  This one is on the 13th to 16th at 8pm and the 17th at 2pm.

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