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Classical Calendar for November 2019

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Pictured: Jon Kimura Parker, who appears with the TSO November 22 & 23

October 29, 2019

Here at The New Classical FM we’ve started to fill out our calendars for the month of November. There are too many amazing concerts and events happening in the Toronto area to list them all, but below are a few that we think you’ll really enjoy!

November 1 at 8:00 pm
The Royal Conservatory
Karina Gauvin with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra
One of the world’s reigning sopranos in Baroque and Classical rep teams up with Vancouver’s specialists in “early music for modern ears” for this concert entitled “Russian White Nights: Opera arias from 19th century St. Petersburg.”
Alexander Weimann, Music Director
Koerner Hall
Bloor, west of Queen’s Park

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Ongoing until December 8, 2019, various times
Mirvish Productions
Piaf / Dietrich – A Legendary Affair 
Directed by Gordon Greenberg, this production explores the complex and lifelong friendship between two legendary women in show business: Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich, portrayed by Louise Pitre and Jayne Lewis, respectively. Hits include La Vie En Rose, Milord, and Where Have All The Flowers Gone.
Louise Pitre and Jayne Lewis
CAA Theatre (south of Bloor on Yonge)

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November 7& 9, both at 8 pm
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Thaïs Grand Opera in Concert
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Massenet’s opera-in-concert with English surtitles. This is the story of a doomed courtesan with typical opera storylines involving temptation, obsession, and redemption.
Featuring sopranos Erin Wall, Liv Redpath, and Stacey Tappan; mezzos Andrea Ludwig and Emilia Boteva; tenor Andrew Staples; baritone Joshua Hopkins; and bass-baritone Nathan Berg.
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Roy Thomson Hall (Simcoe at King)

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Novewmber 14 – 17, various times
Tafelmusik
Lotti Revealed
Not every important composer’s works become part of the standard repertoire for a variety of reasons, but just so you know: Antonio Lotti was a contemporary of Bach and Handel, and his Missa Sapientiae was found in both composers’ libraries. Tafelmusik presents this lost, then rediscovere gem, along with works by all three composers, along with Zelenka and a world premiere by Toronto composer James Rolfe.

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November 22 at 7:30 pm & November 23 at 8:00 pm
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
An American in Paris
Famed conductor Leonard Slatkin leads this program of all-American masterworks, including Gershwin’s jazzy musical postcard “An American in Paris” and Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Piano Concerto, performed by Canadian Jon Kimura Parker.
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Roy Thomson Hall (Simcoe at King)

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November 22 – January 4
TIFF
Scorsese: A Retrospective
To mark the release of the American master’s highly anticipated film The Irishman, TIFF presents its first ever Cinematheque retrospective of a filmmaker whose entire oeuvre constitutes “one of the source points of modern movies” (Roger Ebert).
TIFF Bell Lightbox (King at John)

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