A couple more listings…

These two slipped through the cracks:

choralsplendourSeptember 21st at 8pm Soundstreams have a choral concert at Koerner Hall.  It’s called Choral Splendour and features Soundstreams’ Choir 21 with Meghan Lindsey, Rebecca Cuddy, Owen McCausland and Alain Coulombe in a programme of music by Frehner, Pärt and Vivier.  Vivier’s Zipangu will be accompanied by a live dancer and a film created by Michael Greyeyes.

sarainfoxSeptember 30th also at Koerner Hall at 8pm there’s a free concert to commemorate National Truth and Reconciliation Day.  Sarain Fox MCs a mixture of the solemn (testimony from a residential school survivor) and the less solemn (Tomson Highway with excerpts from Songs in the Key of Cree), drumming, dancing and the piano quintet version of Ian Cusson’s Marilyn Dumont songs sung by Rebecca Cuddy with the New Orford Quartet and philip Chiu.  If you haven’t heard these songs you should and if you have, but haven’t heard this arrangement, see them anyway because this is the best version!  This show is free but ticketed and tickets are going superfast.

Even more listings

pilgrims-way-titleEven more listings for early/mid October…

  • October 1st at 7.30pm at Trinity St. Paul’s Toronto Mendelssohn Singers have a concert of (mainly) contemporary a cappella music titled The Pilgrim’s Way.  This is a new initiative in which the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will perform as a 24 person ensemble.  I’m quite fond of good professional choirs singing interesting stuff (see CD and concert reviews of The Crossing and LA Master Chorale).
  • Opera Atelier open a run of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas on the 20th at 7.30pm at the lgin Theatre.  Meghan Lindsey and Colin Ainsworth are the lovers.  Also on the 21st and 23rd.
  • Toronto Operetta Theatre will perform Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld on the 21st at 8pm at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.  The cast includes Vania Chan, Tonatiuh Abrego, Gregory Finney, Joshua Clemenger, River Guard and Mairi Demings.  Also playing on the 22nd and 23rd.

As the season ramps up…

fallintoLooking ahead to the next few weeks:

  • From September 11th to 25th Crow’s Theatre has a show; The Shape of Home: Songs in Search of Al Purdy.  This is a sort of staged song cycle exploring the words and ideas of “Canada’s unofficial poet laureate”.
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Season announcements

There are a few season announcements piling up in the in box….

confluenceFirst up is the always interesting Confluence Concerts series.  It’s an eight show line-up:

  • September 24th at 3pm and 8pm at 918 Bathurst the awesome trio of Marion Newman, Patricia O’Callaghan and Suba Sankaran have a recital including a new piece by Ian Cusson and André lexis called The Drawing Room and featuring a possibly recognisable trio of sisters.
  • October 12th at .7:30pm at St. Thomas’ Church, 383 Huron Street, Cellist Elinor Frey brings a group of virtuoso musicians from Montreal and Europe for music by Luigi Boccherini and contemporaries.
  • November 23rd and 24th at 7:30pm at Heliconian Hall, Suba Sankaran curates an 80th birthday concert for master drummer Trichy Sankaran featuring the man himself and many of his students.
  • December 5th at 7:30pm at The Atrium at Shaftsbury Place, the walter Unger salon will feature A Confluence Christmas.
  • Sometime in February next year at a time and place yet to be determined Marion Newman will present Tłabat’si (Copper Box) featuring Indigenous classical musicians from across Turtle island in a series of concerts, panels and other events.
  • April 7th and 8th at 7:30pm at Heliconian Hall, Andrew Downing will present Songs of Syria;  a program of the music of Syria, featuring members of the Canadian Arabic Orchestra.
  • May 26th and 27th at 7:30pm at Heliconian Hall will see the season finale, All the Diamonds, featuring words and music inspired by the night sky.

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Late August/early September

Ifallcolourst’s still pretty quiet but there are some things still going on:

August 16th to 20th, the National Ballet has free performances at Harbourfront incorporating a number of partners and an eclectic mix of dance styles.  Details.

August 28th at pm in the Music Garden at Harbourfront Lawrence Wiliford and PhoeNX Ensemble are performing Alec Roth’s Songs in Time of War.  This one is free and outdoors so “weather permitting”. Continue reading

August

As usual it’s pretty quiet.  Here’s a few thlaurenonthewallings I am aware of.

July 31st – Opera Revue @ Castro’s Lounge, 3:00pm-6:00pm. PWYC

Summer Opera Lyric Theatre has a short season at the Alumnae Theatre on Berkeley Street.  There are three shows: (at 8pm unless otherwise specified)

  • Menotti’s The Consul – July 29th, August 3rd (2pm), 4th and 6th.
  • Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel – July 30th, August 2nd, 6th (2pm) and 7th (2pm)
  • Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro – July 30th (2pm) and  31st (2pm), August 3rd and 8th.

August 4th to 12th in the atrium at the Royal Conservatory it’s Tapestry’s production of Brian Current’s Gould’s Wall. As of time of writing all performances are sold out.

And a bit further out Iain Scott is organising a tour to Dresden in March to see the Decker/Thielemann Ring.  Details are on his website.  Giving advance notice because apparently numbers for this need to be confirmed by August 22nd.

Music Garden

Rebecca Cuddy-p-500Today at 4pm in The Music Garden (Harbourfront) there’s a free concert of music by Métis composers performed by Rebecca Cuddy and the Wood and Wire Quartet.  Here’s the full program:

N. Weisensel, Three Songs from Li Keur: Riel’s Heart of the North, book and text by SM Steele

“The Mending of Violence Song”
“Beneath the Endless Azure Sky”
“You Come and Go”

T. Patrick Carrabré, Métis Songs (2022)

Chanson de la Gornouillèr (from a song by Pierre Falcon)

My People Will Sleep… (story chosen by the soloist)

Since When (poem by Gregory Scofield)

I. Cusson, Five Songs on Poems of Marilyn Dumont (2017) (new arrangement for voice and string quartet)

Letter to Sir John A. MacDonald
The Red & White
Helen Betty Osborne
Half-Human/Half Devil (Halfbreed) Muse
The Devil’s Language

Sorry for the short notice but I only just heard about it.

Late June

danikalA couple more things coming up this month.

  • June 17th/18th/19th Toronto Operetta Theatre are presenting Oscar Straus’ A Waltz Dream at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
  • June 19th at 4.30pm Opera Revue have a Father’s day show at the Emmett Ray.
  • June 24th the Happenstancers have a concert at 918 Bathurst.  It’s Pierrot themed with Danika Loren singing the obvious Schoenberg work plus moon themed music by Saariaho, Sokolovic and the Saskatchewan Songbird herself.  One not to miss IMHO
  • June 25th at Crow’s theatre Soundstreams are presenting Noam Bierstone and guests in Percussion Theatre. It’s described as “a curated concert experience exploring the concept of instrumental theatre: the music doesn’t just accompany an action, the music is the action”

As we head into summer…

SE_Raccoons_180201_164As we head into summer, as usual, things start to quieten down.  I only have five shows in my schedule for the month of June:

  • June 2nd, 4th and 5th Toronto City Opera are presenting Cavalleria Rusticana at the Fleck Dance Theatre.  It’s the usual TCO format; piano accompaniment, amateur chorus, young professional soloists.  Jennifer Tung conducts.
  • June 2nd, 3rd, 4th at &.30pm at the Canadian Opera Company Theatre it’s the latest iteration of Teiya Kasahara’s The Queen in Me.  It looks like this time it may be with small ensemble rather than just piano.  There’s a promo video on the COC’s Youtube channel.
  • June 3rd to 10th (preview June 2nd) at Crow’s Theatre it’s Maxime Beauregard-Martin’s Singulières; a play about “single ladies” in Quebec.  It’s in French with English surtitles (and/or 3D glasses).
  • June 5t at 4pm at Grace Church on the Hill, Soundstreams are presenting a homage to the late R. Murray Schaefer.  This one is free but registration is required.
  • June 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th at 8pm at Roy Thomson Hall the TSO are presenting Beethoven’s ninth symphony with an impressive line up of soloists including Rihab Chaieb.  It’s coupled with three short premiers including a piece by Adam Scime.

That’s about it until Toronto Summer Music opens on July 7th.