CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Occasions You Completely Want To See This Week: Oct. 10 – 16

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L-R (clockwise): Jan Lisiecki (Photograph: Holger Hage/Deutsche grammophon); Yefim Bronfman (Picture courtesy of the Opus3 Artists); J’Nai Bridges, COC’s Carmen (Photograph: courtesy of the Canadian Opera Firm)

It is a listing of fantastic live shows we’re attending, wishing we may attend, or excited about attending between Oct. 10 – 16, 2022. For extra particulars on what’s taking place round Toronto, go to our calendar right here.

VOCES8/Theatre of Early Music

📅 Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at  St. James Cathedral.
💸 $40+

St. James Cathedral is the suitable setting for a live performance by the famous British a cappella octet. On this system are luminous motets from the Renaissance (Byrd, Gibbons, Monteverdi, Palestrina, Victoria) via newer instances (Elgar, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff). Choristers from Daniel Taylor’s Theatre of Early Music pitch in on three picks, together with Sir Hubert Parry’s I used to be glad. Extra data right here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Yefim Bronfman

📅 Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m. (repeats Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.). Roy Thomson Corridor.
💸 $35+

The Israeli-American veteran is the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Gustavo Gimeno on the rostrum. Additionally heard are brief works by Unsuk Chin and Christina Volpini, Haydn’s Symphony No. 39, the ethereal Prelude to Act 1 Wagner’s Lohengrin and Ligeti’s evocative Atmosphères (of 2001: A Area Odyssey fame). Extra data right here.

Steven Isserlis/Connie Shih

📅 Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Walter Corridor.
💸 $40 ($25 seniors, $10 college students)

The established English cellist performs Hahn, Fauré (Sonata No. 2), Adès, Schumann (Introduction and Allegro) and Brahms (Sonata Op. 99). Connie Shih is the pianist. Information right here.

Pacifica Quartet/Music Toronto

📅 Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre.
💸 $47.50+ (college students $10, accompanying non-student half value, 18-35 pay your age).

Acquainted from recordings on Naxos, the quartet-in-residence at Indiana College brings a largely American program of Florence Value (Quartet No. 1), Frederick Tills (spirituals), Sean Shepherd (the lately premiered String Quartet No. 3) and Dvorak (Op. 105) to the St. Lawrence Centre. Information right here.

Carmen/Canadian Opera Firm

📅 Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. (repeats Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.). 4 Seasons Centre.
💸 $44+

Bizet’s hit returns within the COC’s 2005 manufacturing, which updates the motion to the mid-Twentieth century and transports it from Seville to a Latin republic. The much-admired American mezzo J’Nai Bridges takes the title function; her estimable Canadian counterpart Rihab Chaieb performs the temptress subsequent week. Argentine tenor Marcelo Puente is Don José. Joel Ivany directs and Jacques Lacombe conducts. Observe additionally repeat performances of The Flying Dutchman on Oct. 13 and 15. Information right here.

Élysée Quartet/Alliance française

📅 Friday Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Alliance française Spadina Theatre.
💸 $30

Billed as mixing French and Russian types, this Paris-based string quartet performs Beethoven (Op. 18 No. 4), Rachmaninoff (the youthful and unfinished Quartet No. 2), Puccini (Crisantemi) and Debussy (Op. 10) on the native chapter of the Alliance française. Information right here.

Jan Lisiecki/Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/RCM

📅 Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Koerner Corridor.
💸 $75+

The Calgarian pianist joins forces with the well-known (and conductorless) American orchestra in a program of Haydn (Symphony No. 77) and Mozart (Piano Concerto No. 9 and Symphony No. 33). That is an RCM gala with costs to match. Full particulars right here.

Marc-André Hamelin/RCM

📅 Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. Koerner Corridor.
💸 $45+

The Canadian virtuoso visits with an offbeat program of Dukas (Piano Sonata), Fauré (Barcarolles and Nocturnes), his personal Suite à l’ancienne and the premiere of a piece by the Canadian “plunderphonics” practitioner John Oswald. Information right here.


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