Here’s what I’m looking forward to this month (previously mentioned gigs omitted):
The Glenn Gould School’s fall opera is on the 4th and 5th at 7.30pm in Mazzoleni Hall. This time it’s John Blow’s Venus and Adonis; “A masque for the entertainment of the King.” from 1683.
From the 18th to December 2nd there are four concerts in the West End Micro Music Festival curated by Brad Cherwin and Sebastian Ostertag. This was one of the events of last fall’s “return to live” and looks fascinating again. WEMMF blends chamber and contemporary music with the visual arts in the intimate space of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on Bloor West. All concerts are at 7.30pm.
- November 18th: Interruption explores maximalism and minimalism in music ranging from Brahms to Muhly.
- November 25th: One + 2 features the music of Nahre Sol combining electric and acoustic jazz with traditional Korean percussion.
- November 26th: Altrock brings together art rock and chamber music plus a toy piano.
- December 2nd: Quartet plus Paper V2 will be a multi-media evening of string quartet, visual artist, electronics and clarinet.
Full details, ticketing etc are here.
On Sunday 20th at 2.30pm at the St. Lawrence Centre VOICEBOX have a performance of Mozart’s rarely seen Lucio Silla with Owen McCausland in the title role.
UoT Opera’s fall show is Trilogy; three short comic operas. There’s Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück (spoiler – it’s a musical and dramatic palindrome), Offenbach’s Monsier Choufleuri and Gallantry; Douglas Moore’s satire of the then new TV form; the soap opera. Michael Albano directs and Sandra Horst conducts. It’s playing at the Macmillan Theatre at 7.30pm on the 24th,25th and 26th and 2.30pm on the 27th.
There are several interesting concerts in the lunchtime series in the RBA:
- On the 8th it’s the Royal Conservatory’s Reebanks Fellows. Featured artists include sopranos Hannah Crawford, Jaclyn Grossman, and Jonelle Sills; and mezzo-soprano Camila Montefusco, with Trevor Chartrand on piano.
- On the 22nd there’s a concert of Persian music featuring Padideh Ahrarnejad on tar, Ali Massoudi on tombak with the singing of Mahnaz Raad.
- On the 23rd members of the Ensemble Studio perform music by Pauline Viardot.
- On the 30th it’s a concert by the winner of McGill’s Wirth vocal prize. .Soprano Elisabeth Saint-Gelais and collaborative pianist Louise Pelletier will perform pieces by Berlioz, Duparc, Dvorak, and Strauss plus a work by Odawa First Nation composer Barbara Assiginaak in a captivating program of song.