CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Nov. 7 – Nov. 13

L-R (clockwise): Peter Oundjian (Photo courtesy of the TSO); Heinrich Schütz, around 1660 by Christoph Spätner (Public domain); the ARC Ensemble (Photo courtesy of the artists)

This is a list of concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between Nov. 7 and Nov. 13, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/The Planets

Wednesday Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall (repeats Thursday Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 12 at 8 p.m). $59+

TSO conductor emeritus Peter Oundjian returns to lead Holst’s indestructibly popular orchestral suite. Among the first-half numbers is Mendelssohn’s Konzertstück No. 2 with Eric Abramovitz on clarinet and Miles Jaques on basset horn. North Yorkers will hear Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) instead of Holst at the George Weston Recital Hall on Sunday Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. More information and tickets here.

Sinfonia Toronto/Chan Ka Nin Harp Concerto

Friday Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. Trinity St. Paul’s Centre. $44 (senior $37, student $17)

Conductor Nurhan Arman opens starts with his own chamber-orchestra arrangement of Mozart’s early String Quartet in D Major K. 155/134a and ends with Suk’s Serenade. In between comes a new harp concerto by the veteran Chan Ka Nin with Teresa Suen-Campbell of Lakehead University as soloist. More information and tickets here.

Theatre of Early Music/Nota Bene/Schütz and Handel

Friday Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. Trinity College Chapel. $35

Dan Taylor’s Theatre of Early Music and Howard Dyck’s Nota Bene Players and Singers perform the Musikalische Exequien of the early Baroque master Heinrich Schütz along with Handel’s The Ways of Zion do Mourn. The concert is part of a weekend Schützfest including an historically informed church service, Sunday Nov. 13 at 11 a.m., at St. George’s Lutheran Church (410 College Street). More information and tickets here.

ARC Ensemble/Robert Müller-Hartmann

Sunday Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Mazzoleni Concert Hall. $25

The ARC (Artists of the Royal Conservatory) Ensemble shines some light on chamber works by Robert Müller-Hartmann, a German composer and critic who found himself in England from 1937 to his death in 1950. More information and tickets here.


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