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Classical Calendar: May 2019 highlights

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Tenor Russell Thomas, who portrays Otello at the Canadian Opera Company

What’s coming up this month? A roundup of concert/event highlights for May 2019!

Wednesday, May 1 at 8 pm (pre-concert talk at 7 pm)
Royal Conservatory of Music
Peter Serkin
Here’s what the New York Times had to say about American pianist Peter Serkin: “Peter Serkin is one of the handful of pianists who not only possess a cerebral understanding of the music of our time but the ability to communicate it with feeling. In his hands, even the most formidable works are fluid and expressive.” It’s very rare to hear Bach’s Goldberg Variations live – so take the opportunity to do so!
Mozart: Adagio in B Minor, K. 540
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat Major, K. 570
JS Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Koerner Hall, Bloor Street at Queen’s Park

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Thursday, May 9 at 8 pm
Friday, May 10 at 8 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 12 at 3:30 pm
Tafelmusik
Bach Magnificat
The final concert in Tafelmsik’s 40th anniversary season features the burst of exuberance and invention that is Bach’s Magnificat. High on Bach’s list of favourite composers was Jan Dismas Zelenka, a Bohemian immigrant to Saxony. This is Tafelmusik’s debut performance of Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii. Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins presides over this concluding concert to a celebratory season.
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir
Jana Miller, soprano
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Colin Ainsworth, tenor
Koerner Hall, Bloor Street, at Queen’s Park

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Friday, May 10 at 9:45 pm
TIFF
Reality Bites
Throwback movie! Ben Stiller’s directorial debut following four Houstonites (Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Jeaneane Garofalo, and Stave Zahn) as they navigate the Gen X grunge scene on the 90’s. Renée Zellweger and David Spade appear before they became famous.
TIFF Bell Lightbox
King Street at John

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On now through September 2019
Mirvish Productions
Dear Evan Hansen
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Listen to our interview here.
Cast: Robert Markus, Stephanie La Rochelle, Jessica Sherman, Claire Rankin, Sean Patrick Dolan, Evan Buliung, Alessandro Costantini, Shakura Dickson, Zachary Noah Piser, Erin Breen, Malinda Carroll, Jay Davis, David Jeffery, Laura Mae Nason and Kaitlyn Santa Juana.
On Wednesday and Saturday matinees, the role of Evan Hansen will be performed by Zachary Noah Piser.
Royal Alexandra Theatre on King at John

 

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On now until May 21 at various start times
Canadian Opera Company
Otello
Paranoia and suspicion is the thread in this story about Otello, a self-made man, his wife Desdemona, and his trusted by shady advisor, Iago. Hashtag this popular Verdi opera with #COCOtello @CanadianOpera.
Otello Russell Thomas
Iago Gerald Finley
Desdemona Tamara Wilson
Cassio Andrew Haji
Emilia Carolyn Sproule
Roderigo Owen McCausland
Lodovico Önay Köse
Conductor Johannes Debus
Four Seasons Performing Centre for the Performing Arts, on Queen at University

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Wednesday, May 29 at 8 pm
Thursday, May 30 at 8 pm
Saturday, June 1 at 8 pm
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Denk Plays Mozart
American pianist Jeremy Denk (who’s also a beautiful writer – check it out here) performs Mozart – solo, chamber music (May 30th only, with Principals from the orchestra; see website for start time and seating restrictions), and concerto! A must for Mozart fans.
Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14, K. 449
Mozart: Rondo in A Minor for solo piano, K. 511
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503
Jeremy Denk leads and plays the piano, with RBC Resident Conductor Simon Rivard takes the helm for the Overture to Don Giovanni.

Roy Thomson Hall, on Simcoe at King.

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