THE DRAWER BOY
On now to March 25
Miles, an aspiring actor from Toronto, has relocated to rural Ontario. During an extended visit with two farmers Miles discovers the challenges of manual labor and inadvertently stumbles upon a secret that has been held for decades. The Drawer Boy is a show about the stories we tell ourselves and how they shape the world around us.Theatre Passe Muraille, Mainspace Theatre. For tickets and more info visit: http://passemurai
The New Classical FM is the Official Media Partner of TIFF’s “Cinematheque” programme. This year-round programme at the TIFF Bell Lightbox is devoted to film classics and favorites, rarities and recent restorations. Each season “Cinematheque” features curated retrospectives, national and regional spotlights, experimental and avant-garde cinema and in-cinema conversations and special guests. For tickets and info go to tiff.net.
CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY’S FREE CONCERT SERIES
On Now to May 31
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. The series features a diverse mix of international talent and rising stars in six varied series running throughout the season – Vocal, Chamber, Piano Virtuoso, Jazz, Dance and World Music. For a full calendar of events visit coc.ca.
March 3 to March 24
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s Canadian Premiere production of Idomeneus. The Trojan War is over, but for Idomeneus the greatest struggle awaits his return – a crucible of the soul. A chorus weaves fates and stories into a wrenching lyrical epic from one of Europe’s most exciting contemporary playwrights. On stage March 3 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
MACMILLAN: SEVEN LAST WORDS AND PART: BERLINER MESSE
March 6 to 7
The TMC and String orchestra will perform two great faith-inspired works by contemporary composers James MacMillan and Arvo Pärt in the intimate setting of Church of the Holy Trinity. It promises to be a powerful experience. At Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square (next to the Eaton Centre) More info and to purchase tickets: www.tmchoir.org
TAN DUN’S WATER PASSION
A ritual journey through life, through death, and beyond. Seventeen dramatically lit water bowls adorn the stage in this reimagining of Bach’s great masterpiece, where Tan Dun explores universal themes of birth, death, and resurrection. Using water as a sound and symbol of transition, Water Passion is a powerful narrative that explores a range of vocal styles from Mongolian overtone singing, to Peking Opera, and Bach’s Passions. David Fallis conducts Choir 21 and a small instrumental ensemble with baritone and soprano soloists in this distinctly modern reworking of a timeless liturgical text. At Trinity St. Paul’s Centre. For tickets visit Soundstreams.ca or call (416) 504-1282.
March 9 to April 7
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s World Premiere adaptation of Animal Farm. The tyrannical Farmer Jones must be overthrown! How long will the animal utopia last when a charismatic new leader emerges? An innovative new adaptation of Orwell’s classic satire bites just as much today as when it was first written. On stage March 10 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
CANADA BLOOMS 2018
March 9 to 18
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “Canada Blooms 2018.” It’s North America’s largest garden event… March 9th to 18th at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. There’s over 40 gardens including 6 new Balcony Gardens, 200 floral displays, 100 vendors in the Garden Marketplace and over 100 seminars on the Unilock Celebrity Stage. Tickets are available at the door or visit canadablooms.com and your ticket to Canada Blooms also provides free same day admission to The National Home Show.
JOHAN STRAUSS: DIE FLEDERMAUS
March 14 to 16
The extraordinary artists of The Glenn Gould School vocal program and Royal Conservatory Orchestra perform their annual staged opera, Die Fledermaus, a thoroughly high-spirited operetta of disguises and partly mistaken identities. Tickets: (416) 408-0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
J.S. BACH: THE CIRCLE OF CREATION
March 14 to 18
Alison Mackay’s acclaimed multimedia show returns with a celebration of the genius of Bach and the stories behind the inspiration – don’t miss your opportunity to see this program performed entirely from memory, before it tours to Australia! Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West) For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org
CLEMENS HAGEN WITH KIRILL GERSTEIN
Austrian cellist Clemens Hagen and Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein, described as “brilliant, perceptive and stunningly fresh” by The New York Times, will perform an all Ludwig van Beethoven program. Tickets: (416) 408 – 0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca.
SOUND AND COLOUR
March 22 to 24
Alexander Scriabin’s 24 Preludes for Solo piano, performed by Andrew Burashko, are bathed in coloured light that represents Scriabin’s synesthesia. For more info visit: artoftimeensemble.com
THE ECSTASY OF RITA JOE BY VICTOR DAVIES
March 24 to March 25
Robert Cooper, conductor featuring Marion Newman as Rita Joe with Evan Korbut, Everett Morrison, Michelle Lafferty and Michael Robert-Broder. Now an opera based on the extraordinary play by George Ryga, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe is a contemporary tragedy that condemns the brutality of a system that sentenced Indigenous peoples to lives of social and spiritual poverty. All performances at the St. Lawrence Theatre, 27 Front St. East – Box Office: (416) 366-7723 or STLC.com
GUITAR SOCIETY OF TORONTO PRESENTS GRAMMY WINNING GUITAR VIRTUOSO DAVID RUSSELL (SCOTLAND)
A performance of musical genius by world renowned guitarist David Russell on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8pm. Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Building. For tickets and more info visit guitarsocietyoftoronto.com or call 416-964-8298.
FLATO MARKHAM THEATRE PRESENTS TAFELMUSIK:
VIVALDI – CON AMORE
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents an all-Vivaldi program, led by its exciting new Music Director, violinist Elisa Citterio. Renowned for her brilliant, nuanced, and virtuosic performances, Elisa will perform two violin concertos celebrating love: “L’amoroso” and “L’amato bene.” Limited tickets still available by visiting markhamtheatre.ca or (905) 305 – 7469.
The New York Times lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more,” and the Financial Times has written “even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom.” Program includes works by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. Tickets: (416) 408-0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca
THE OVERCOAT – A MUSICAL TAILORING
March 27 to April 14
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “The Overcoat – A Musical Tailoring ” March 27 to April 14 at The Bluma Appel Theatre. 20 years after it took the world by storm, Morris Panych’s darkly-funny theatre phenomenon is re-mastered into a world premiere musical experience. A co-production from Canadian Stage and Tapestry Opera. For information or tickets call (416) 368-3110 or go to canadianstage.com.
SACRED MUSIC FOR A SACRED SPACE
March 28 to 30
Experience a program of music for contemplation and reflection in the beautiful space and acoustics of St. Paul’s Basilica. At St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St. More info and to purchase tickets: tmchoir.org
A MOVEABLE FEAST: PARIS IN THE 1920s.
March 30 to April 8
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of Soulpepper’s concert presentation of A Moveable Feast: Paris in the 1920s. In the decade following the First World War the French economy boomed, and Paris re-established itself as a capital of art, music, literature and sophisticated Bacchanalia….Hemingway, Joyce, Picasso, Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein were all there… as was Josephine Baker, Igor Stravinsky, Man Ray and Kiki of Montparnasse. Bienvenue. On stage March 30 for a limited time at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery Historic District. For tickets call (416) 866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca.
THE SHAW FESTIVAL
April 4 to October 28
The New Classical FM is the Official Radio Sponsor of The Shaw Festival 2018 Season at Niagara-On-The-Lake from April 4 to October 28. This year’s World-class theatre line-up includes 14 plays on 3 stages. See “Grand Hotel”, “The Magician’s Nephew”, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and more. To check out their complete schedule or to order tickets go to shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW
BACH: B-MINOR MASS
April 5 to 8
Bach’s B-Minor Mass towers as one of the supreme masterpieces of Western music, a synthesis of spiritual beauty and technical perfection. Featuring the Tafelmusik Orchestra and Choir and directed by Ivars Taurins, with soprano Dorothee Mields, mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell, tenor Charles Daniels, and baritone Tyler Duncan Venues:Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West) AND Apr 10 at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge St) For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org
BERNSTEIN @ 100 FEAT. JAMIE BERNSTEIN, WALLIS GIUNTA, SEBASTIAN KNAUER, AND THE ARC ENSEMBLE
This concert will be a joyful celebration of Leonard Bernstein, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, lecturer, and composer of scores for West Side Story, On the Town, and other popular musicals, on the occasion of his centenary, with German pianist Sebastian Knauer, Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta, and The ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory). Tickets: (416) 408 – 0208 or www.performance.rcmusic.ca