CRITIC’S PICKS | Classical Events You Absolutely Need To See This Week: Oct. 24 – 30

Pianist Michelle Cann (Photo courtesy of the artist); Conductor & Music Director Alex Pauk and the Esprit Orchestra (Photo: Bo Huang); Lucas Debargue performs in Toronto in 2020 (Photo courtesy of Show One Productions)

This is a list of amazing concerts we are attending, wishing we could attend, or thinking about attending between Oct. 24 – 30, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Film Scores

Tuesday Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. (repeats Wednesday Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.). Roy Thomson Hall. $35+

Principal pops conductor Steven Reineke surveys a century of film music from Nosferatu (1922) to The Batman (2022). Among the 16 selections are excerpts from King Kong (Max Steiner), The Sea Hawk (Erich Wolfgang Korngold), The Godfather (Nino Rota) and Gladiator (Hans Zimmer). Add Miklós Rózsa, Bernard Herrmann, Maurice Jarre, Jerry Goldsmith and you are bound to leave humming something. More information and tickets here.

Michelle Cann/Music Toronto

Tuesday Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre. 47.50 + (students $10, 18-25 pay your age)

Hailing from the faculty of the Curtis Institute, this American pianist mixes Chopin and Brahms with music by her compatriots Florence Price and Margaret Bonds. More information and tickets here.

Philippe Jaroussky/Ensemble Artaserse

Wednesday Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. Koerner Hall. $50+

The French countertenor appears with his six-piece Ensemble Artaserse in a Baroque program featuring music by Ferrandini, Handel, Hasse, Piccinni and Vivaldi. More information and tickets here.

Esprit Orchestra/Spira

Thursday Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. Koerner Hall. $27+

The title piece is by the South Korean-German composer Unsuk Chin in a Canadian premiere; other works are by Christopher Goddard (Canada) and Thomas Adès (UK). Alex Pauk conducts. Read our interview with conductor Alex Pauk here. Tickets here.

Tafelmusik/Aisslinn Nosky

Friday Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. (repeats Saturday Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.). Jeanne Lamon Hall. $39+

Violinist Nosky is in change of an interesting 19th-century chamber program of Reicha (Wind Quintet Op. 88 No. 1), Mendelssohn (Octet) and Farrenc (Nonet). More information and tickets here.

Lucas Debargue/Show One Productions

Saturday Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. Koerner Hall. $40+

The charismatic French pianist offers a recital of Mozart (Sonata K. 310), Chopin (Ballade Op. 38, Prelude Op. 45, Polonaise-fantaisie Op. 61) and Alkan (Concerto for Solo Piano). Not to be missed. Read our preview here; more information and tickets here.

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