CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Nov. 14 To Nov. 20

L-R (clockwise): Augustin Hadelich (Image courtesy of the artist); Quatuor Despax (Photo: ©2010 Patrick Endale); Lafayette Quartet (Photo: Frances Litman and Miles Lowry)

This is a list of concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Augustin Hadelich

Saturday Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall (repeats Sunday Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.). $49+

The Yo-Yo Ma gala on Wednesday is sold out. Your TSO alternative on the weekend is the Italian-German-American violinist Augustin Hadelich as soloist in Sibelius’s momentous concerto for that instrument. Gustavo Gimeno leads a suite from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Ravel’s equally lavish La Valse; plus Aeriality, a minimalist landscape by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. More information and tickets here.

Women’s Musical Club of Toronto/Quatuor Despax

Thursday Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Walter Hall. $45 (students free)

Four siblings from Gatineau taught by their father play Haydn (Op. 76 No. 1), Ravel and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (with violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and cellist Brian Manker). Arrive by 12:15 p.m. for a preliminary talk by Robin Elliott. More information and tickets here.

Music Toronto/Lafayette Quartet

Thursday Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre. $47.50+ (students $10, 18-35 pay your age)

This all-female quartet-in-residence at the University of Victoria — in the midst of its final season — performs Mozart (K. 589), Borodin (Quartet No. 2) and new piece by the Canadian Abigail Richardson Schulte. More information and tickets here.

Opera in Concert/Lucio Silla

Sunday Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre. $50/$38

Young Mozart’s opera seria gets a concert airing with tenor Owen McCausland as the Roman dictator of the title. Piano accompaniment. In Italian with English subtitles. More information and tickets here.

New Music Concerts/Standing Wave Ensemble

Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. St. George by the Grange. $35 (arts workers/seniors $25; students $10)

The Vancouver collective Standing Wave visits with works by mid-career composers Bekah Simms, Mari Alice Conrad, James O’Callaghan and Gordon Fitzell. The 20th century classic is an expanded arrangement of Messiaen’s Le Merle Noire. Arrive by 7:15 for discussion and 7:45 for the warmup act: Derives I by Pierre Boulez performed by musicians from the Glenn Gould School. More information and tickets here.


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