Soprano Suzie LeBlanc, who appears at Ottawa’s Chamberfest July 26
Here at The New Classical FM we’re looking at the month of July. Whether it’s a Toronto staycation or loading up the car for a road trip, we’ve rounded up some terrific concerts happening in the city, or outside the Greater Toronto Area.
Thursday, July 4, 7:30 pm
PopOpera, Brott Music Festival
This event, held at FirstOntario Concert Hall in Hamilton, features opera’s greatest hits from The Barber of Seville, Die Walkure, The Marriage of Figuro, La Traviata, The Pearl Fishers, and more. The cast of another concert, La Boheme, will be featured; for the cast listing, please click here.
July 6, 8:00 pm
Kyung-A Lee, Hunstville Festival
Pianist Kyung-A Lee will return to perform Saturday night at Algonquin Theatre for a concert that will showcase the virtuosity and lyrical talents of French music. Lee will present Chopin and Debussy, which requires the utmost technical and emotional demands of a pianist. An interesting twist is promised, too!
Saturday, July 13, at 1:00 pm
The Elora Festival & Elora Singers, have an amazing treat – a workshop and master class given by the State Choir Latvija, at 10:00 am.
The workshop is a look into the journey of the evolution of the Latvian song festival and folk arrangement. The choir is on hand to demonstrate, and start practising your do-re-mi’s – you’ll be asked to sing along! Also, the State Choir Latvija Concert at 1:00 pm – a rare opportunity to hear some of the world’s leading choirs from the Baltic region.
Both events take place at Gambrel Barn.
Friday, July 19, 7:30 pm
Charles Richard-Hamelin and Members of the Dover Quartet, Toronto Summer Music Festival
Toronto’s summertime chamber music festival features a wide array of concerts, and this one, at Koerner Hall, features Richard-Hamelin, the 2015 silver medallist at the International Chopin Piano Competition, both as soloist and with members of the Dover Quartet. Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Brahms – it’ll be a terrific evening. Koerner Hall.
July 20, 7:00 pm
Classical crossover Quartetto Gelato will appear at the Collingwood Summer Music Festival presenting their always fun, varied, and unique performances. The ensemble is known for its virtuosic showpieces and solos, romantic tenor arias, blazing gypsy showpieces, and more. This concert takes place at New Life Church.
Sunday, July 21, 4 pm
Global Inspirations, Summer Music in the Garden Harbourfront Centre -TorQ Percussion Quartet is an entertaining, informative, and lively percussion group. When they play outdoors, passersby always stop and listen. They’ll perform works composed by its own members along with Steve Reich and Wijeratne. This concert takes place at the Toronto Music Garden at 479 Queens Quay West, weather permitting. Call 416 973 4000 for last-minute updates. Otherwise, bring a blanket, lawn chair, hat, and sunscreen!
July 23, 1:30 pm
Anagnoson & Kinton in Recital at Festival of the Sound
Popular piano duo James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton will perform Stravinsky’s Petroushka with artwork by Alan Stein portraying each scene, and Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini. This one-hour concert takes place at Sockey Centre, 2 Bay Street in Parry Sound.
Friday, July 26, 7:00 pm
Baroque Treasures: Apollo e Dafne and Strozzi , Ottawa Chamberfest
A must-see for Baroque fans. A Chamberfest favourite, soprano Suzie LeBlanc opens with a celebration of Venetian composer Barbora Strozzi, born 400 years ago this year. Les Boréades de Montréal and Les Jardins choréographiques pair music and dance for Handel’s cantata for soprano and baritone, Apollo e Daphne. If you’re in the area earlier in the evening, at 5:30 pm, musicologist Ann Monoyios will give a free lecture about the legacy of Barbara Strozzi . Both events take place at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.