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CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Feb. 13 – Feb. 19

L-R (clockwise): J.S. Bach (Library of Congress/Public domain); The King’s Singers (Photo: Frances Marshall); Massey Hall (Photo: Jag Gundu)

This is a list of concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between Feb. 13 and Feb. 19, 2023. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

RCM/The King’s Singers/Finding Harmony

Thursday Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. Koerner Hall. $45+

The popular British male vocal sextet offers a program of “anthems of struggle and revolution” drawn from the U.S. civil rights movement and parallel developments in Finland, Georgia, Scotland, South Africa and other locales. The Protestant Reformation is also represented. Read our preview and interview with tenor Julian Gregory here. Info here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Return to Massey Hall

Friday Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. Massey Hall. $95+

Gustavo Gimeno takes the band back home as part of its centenary observances. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony is on the program, as it was in the inaugural TSO concert of 1923; Samy Moussa’s Second Symphony, a TSO commission, is back after its U.S. premiere last week in Carnegie Hall. María Dueñas appears again as soloist, this time in Max Bruch’s once-ubiquitous (and indestructibly tuneful) Violin Concerto No. 1. Info here.

VOICEBOX Opera in Concert/Médée

Sunday Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre. $38+

The resourceful VOICEBOX Opera in Concert company presents the 1797 Luigi Cherubini potboiler (and, in an Italian translation, Maria Callas vehicle) with soprano Natalya Gennadi in the title role, tenor Scott Rumble as Jason and mezzo Julie Nesrallah as Néris. Narminsa Afandiyeva leads from the piano. Info here.

Music at MET/Trinity Bach Project

Sunday Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. Metropolitan United Church. Freewill donation.

The MET choir joins forces with the singers and instrumentalists of the Trinity (i.e. College) Bach Project in a program including Bach’s Cantata No. 23 and motet Singet dem Herren (BWV 225) and Brahms’s Geistliches Lied. Live and streamed. Info here.


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