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 favourites, 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 28
The city’s best all-access cultural programming returns with the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Over 400 emerging and established artists, spanning a broad spectrum of artistic and cultural traditions, will perform in 72 concerts from now until May. For tickets and more info visit www.coc.ca.
THE NEW CLASSICAL FM PET OF THE WEEK
We’re proud sponsors of The Toronto Humane Society and each week we highlight a different pet who is in need of finding it’s “forever home”. Check our website every Monday for each weeks updated pet or learn more about the adoption process by visiting torontohumanesociety.com.
On Now to March 16
Bluma Appel Theatre. A new dance/theatre work about corruption, farce and the forces of radical change. For tickets visit: canadianstage.com.
CANADA BLOOMS 2019
On Now to March 17
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of “Canada Blooms 2019.” It’s Canada’s largest Flower and Garden Festival… March 8 to 17 the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. Don’t miss amazing theme gardens, award-winning floral displays, vendors in the Garden Marketplace, seminars and much more. 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.
On Now to April 14
Mooredale Concerts celebrates 30 years with great music for all! Highlights include three top-tier string quartets, a wind quintet super-group, an all-Beethoven program, and grand piano works by Mozart and Schumann. Tickets available at mooredaleconcerts.com.
THE GLENN GOULD SCHOOL OPERA 2019: THE MAGIC FLUTE
March 20 and 22
The Royal Conservatory Presents: The Magic Flute. The gifted vocal students from The Glenn Gould School and The Royal Conservatory Orchestra present The Magic Flute, Mozart’s masterful comedy about love, truth, and the pursuit of enlightenment, conducted by Nathan Brock and directed by Joel Ivany. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Tickets start at only $25Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.rcmusic.com/performance Part of the Price Opera Program.
BACH ST MATTHEW PASSION
March 21 to 24
The New Classical 96.3FM presents Bach St. Matthew Passion
World-renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki directs the composer’s iconic masterpiece. The not-to-be-missed Tafelmusik concert of the year! At Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West)
For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TUNES
The Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra presents a thrilling evening for lovers of the greatest classical melodies ever written! Big works, big composers and a brilliant and very popular star pianist are featured in It’s All About the Tunes, Friday, March 22nd, 8 p.m. at Martingrove Collegiate Institute, 50 Winterton Drive. Celebrated artist Arthur Ozolins plays Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the orchestra also performing Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance and Brahm’s Symphony No. 3. Forget winter and be swept away on a wave of beautiful sound! Tickets: Adults $30; Seniors $25/$22 if prepaid; Students $15. Call 416-239-5665 or go to [email protected] or visit www.eporchestra.ca
ROSE ORCHESTRA: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
There is a little Bohemian in all of us. The Rose Orchestra welcomes Canadian violinist Royce Rich to the stage for an enchanting symphonic experience with artists, musicians, and free-spirited gypsies. For tickets and more info visit: theroseorchestra.org/bohemianrhapsody
GUITAR SOCIETY OF TORONTO PRESENTS AN TRAN (VIETNAM)
A doctor of musical arts candidate, Mr. Tran has performed throughout North America and Asia as a soloist and a chamber musician. Venue: Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. For tickets visit guitarsocietyoftoronto.com or call 416-964-8298
March 26 to 31
The New Classical FM is the “Official Radio Sponsor” of the all-new “Shen Yun 2019” in Toronto at The Four Seasons Centre from March 26 to 31. Shen Yun is an unmatched theatrical experience and it takes you on a journey through China’s five millennia of inspired culture featuring Chinese dancers, a spectacular animated backdrops accompanied by a full orchestra. For tickets go to shenyun.com.
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY
by Kurt Weill and Bertholt Brecht
March 30 and 31
“Condemned by the Nazis, this masterwork’s acerbic politics and satirical themes merge with humanity’s search for happiness.” Starring Elizabeth de Grazia ,Marion Newman and Theodore Baerg. St. Lawrence Centre – 27 Front St. East. Tickets – www.stlc.com or phone 416-366-7723 – 1-800-708-6754
Returning to North America after recording his second special for PBS television: Hungary’s famous violin virtuoso, Zoltán Mága with his orchestra, the Budapest Gypsy Virtuosi. Over his career, Zoltán has shared the stage with David Foster, Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, and Shlomo Mintz, and was featured on Michael Bublé’s recent album. With a diverse program including works by Bartók, Liszt, Kodály and Sarasate, Zoltán Mága will deliver a lively, masterful, not-to-be-missed performance. For tickets call (416) 872-4255 or visit roythomsonhall.com. Presented by Attila Glatz Concert Productions.
THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS: VIENNA BOYS CHOIR
The “breathtaking” choir is “totally disciplined voices tempered by a singular sense of ease and consistency” (Washington Post). The Vienna Boys Choir has delighted music lovers for six centuries with their purity of tone, charm, and crowd-pleasing repertoire. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Tickets start at only $45. Tickets: 416.408.0208 or rcmusic.com/performance.
April 6 to May 1
It is 1941, nations race to perfect The Bomb, and two scientists meet in occupied Denmark for a conversation that will change the course of history. At the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the distillery district. For tickets visit soulpepper.ca.
BRAMPTON CONCERT BAND: A NIGHT OF BROADWAY
A Night of Broadway with Sharron Matthews and Michael Hughes: The Brampton Concert Band offers a welcoming environment that challenges its members to grow musically. Each year, their spring performance features a special guest, celebrated in their field. Sharron Matthews and Michael Hughes join Brampton Concert Band for A Night of Broadway, an exhilarating showcase of the best of the Big Apple. For tickets visit brampton.ca
“PIANO BATTLE has the elegance of classic music, the excitement of rock and the energy of hip-hop.” – Newsies, South Korea. Internationally acclaimed pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis go head-to-head on stage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The show is divided into several rounds, each featuring a certain musical style. All members of the audience are invited to vote on the pianists’ performances and will eventually crown the winner! Part serious classical recital, part tongue-in-cheek performance by two classy pianists, the PIANO BATTLE is a unique concert that pleases both the ear and the eye. To learn more about Piano Battle, visit www.pianobattle.com
BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
April 9 to May 5
“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” at the Princess of Wales Theatre…April 9 to May 5. “Beautiful” tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom and features her hits “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” “You’ve Got A Friend” and more. For tickets and more info visit mirvish.com.
INA GARTEN: BAREFOOT CONTESSA LIVE AT THE SONY CENTRE
The New Classical FM Presents “Ina Garten: Barefoot Contessa” Live at the Sony Centre on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30pm. The culinary icon will be sharing stories that bring you behind the scenes of life in the Hamptons, filming her TV show and writing bestselling cookbooks. A Q&A will follow the interview. PLUS journalist, author, and general fun-ster Katie Couric, will be interviewing Ina Garten onstage at the Sony Centre in Toronto on April 11. For tickets go to sonycentre.ca
April 17 to May 22
LA BOHÈME by Puccini. Love and loss in 19th-century Paris. For tickets and more info visit coc.ca
THE MERRY WIDOW
by Franz Lehar
April 23 to 28
“Enjoy the greatest waltz of them all in Lehar’s masterwork of love, comedy and romance.” Starring Lucia Cesaroni, Michael Nyby and Gregory Finney. Venue: St. Lawrence Centre – 27 Front St. East. Tickets – www.stlc.com or phone 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754.
THE HUNT: MOZART & HAYDN
April 25 to 28
The New Classical 96.3FM presents The Hunt: Mozart & Haydn. Jeanne Lamon returns for this classical concert featuring the nobility of the horn. At Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West) AND
Apr 30 at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge St) For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org
ANDRAS KELLER CONDUCTS ROYAL CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA
Hungarian violinist, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, and founder of the Keller Quartet, András Keller leadsThe Glenn Gould School’s Royal Conservatory Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich,Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Tickets start at only $25 Tickets: 416.408.0208 or www.rcmusic.com/performance
TORONTO GUITAR WEEKEND
April 26 to April 28
Featuring Berta Rojas (Paraguay), Latin Grammy Nominee
Competition Winner’s Showcase featuring Brent Crawford and Bokyung Byun. Lectures, Masterclass, Luthier Fair, Brunch with the artists. Venue: Church of St. Peter and St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. East. For Details: www.guitarsocietyoftoronto.com or call 416-964-8298.
The MSO and guest vocalists perform your favourite Broadway hits! Living Arts Centre – Hammerson Hall. For tickets and more info visit: mississaugasymphony.ca
April 27 to May 21
OTELLO by Verdi. A hero’s heart spirals out of control. For tickets and more info visit coc.ca
LUCA PISARONI AND THOMAS HAMPSON: NO TENORS ALLOWED
Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni returns to Koerner Hall, this time joined by his father-in-law, famed American baritone Thomas Hampson, to perform an evening of operatic arias and Broadway songs. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Tickets start at only $55 Tickets: (416) 408-0208 or rcmusic.com/performance
May 3 to 12
Bluma Appel Theatre. Robert Lepage’s spectacular 887 is one of this country’s greatest solo stageworks, created and performed by one of our greatest storytellers and charts the social and political moments that shaped both our country and his identity. For tickets visit: canadianstage.com.
EIFMAN BALLET ST. PETERSBURG: TCHAIKOVSKY. PRO ET CONTRA.
May 9 to 11
An Exquisite Spectacle of Musical Genius & Tormented Soul. The immortal music and agonized life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky are cast in a bold new light through the eyes of Russian choreographer Boris Eifman. Returning for their fourth anticipated Toronto engagement, the dramatic intensity and exquisite artistry of Eifman Ballet invites viewers into the brilliant mind and tumultuous struggles of the unparalleled composer, Tchaikovsky. At The Sony Centre for Performing Arts. For tickets visit ticketmaster.ca or call 1-855-872-SONY.
May 9 to 12
The new Classical 96.3FM presents Bach Magnificat. Magnificent music to end the season, from the perfection of Bach to the splendour of Zelenka, directed by Ivars Taurins and featuring the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. At Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre (273 Bloor St West). For tickets visit: tafelmusik.org
TORONTO BACH FESTIVAL
May 24 to 26
The fourth annual Bach Festival is a trio of exquisite concerts, a free lecture and a late night at the pub with Bach. Passes and tickets on sale now visit TorontoBachFestival.org
Maestro Mastromonaco and the MSO welcome the mighty Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for the MSO’s final concert of the season; Gustav Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 2 , The Resurrection.” Living Arts Centre – Hammerson Hall. For tickets and more info visit: mississaugasymphony.ca