More spring fever

3b3790d131e56a6498103d0c82f97e9bThe very busy spring season continues for another couple or three weeks before we head into the summer lull.  This afternoon sees the final Songmasters concert of the season at the Royal Conservatory with the Hungarian-Finnish connection.  Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley, bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus, pianists Rachel Andrist and Robert Kortgaard and violinist Erika Raum will perform Kaija Saariaho’s Changing Light as well as works by Liszt, Bartók, Sibelius, and others.  That’s at 2pm in Mazzoleni Hall.

There are another bunch of lunchtime concerts in the RBA.  Tuesday sees Anita Rachvelishvili in a program of works by Rachmaninov, De Falla, Ravel, Faure, and Georgian composer Otar Taktakishvili.  Thursday sees a concert presented by the Canadian Art Song Project.  A program of works by John Beckwith and Sylvia Rickard performed by emerging artists from University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music will culminate in a performance of a Erik Ross’ The Living Spectacle performed by Ambur Braid and Steven Philcox.

The following week on Tuesday May 10th Aviva Fortunata and Iain MacNeil say their Ensemble Studio farewells with a concert featuring John Greer’s arrangements for singer and piano quintet of Strauss’s inimitable Four Last Songs, and Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel.  And Tuesday May 17th features the final vocal concert of the season.  Karine Boucher will perform Ravel’s Shéhérazade, and Charles Sy joins in with Britten’s Les Illuminations.

There are two performances integrating song and dance next week as well.  On Thursday there is the world premiere of James Rolfe’s Against Nature (À Rebours) with libretto by Alex Poch-Goldin. It will be directed and choreographed by James Kudelka. Inspired by a book of the same name by Joris-Karl Huysmans, it explores the beauty and perils of isolation. The piece will be performed by dancer Laurence Lemieux, singers Alexander Dobson and Geoffrey Sirett with Steven Philcox (piano), Parmela Attariwala (violin) and Carina Reeves (cello). It’s at The Citadel at 304 Parliament Street at 8pm.

Then on Saturday there’s an intriguing event at 221 Sterling Avenue (grungy post-industrialism for the win!).  It’s  FAWN Chamber Creative‘s  Synesthesia IV pt. 1. I can’t describe better than the FAWN website but I’m meeting with Amanda Smith during the week and should know more then.

ETA: On Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th at 8pm the Talisker Players have their final concert of the season: Cross’d By The Stars.  The program focuses on tragic love stories, from the Greco-Roman myths to the streets of 1950s New York City. There will be works by composers inspired by the classic tragedies of Dido and Aeneas, Orpheus and Eurydice,  and Tony and Maria from West Side Story, as well as Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.  It also includes Dean Burry’s The Highwayman based on the poem by Alfred Noyes.  The soloists will be Krisztina Szabo and Aaron Durand.  My review of Krisztina singing The Highwayman at an earlier concert is here.  This one is at Trinity St. Paul’s.

Against the Grain’s much anticipated A Little too Cozy; a transladaptation of Così fan tutti opens at Studio 42 at the CBC (25 John Street) on Thursday May 12th at 7.30pm.It’s the final instalment of the Ivany/Mokrzewski/Mozart/da Ponte trilogy and will likely sell out pretty fast despite there being seven performances.

The following night there’s doom and gloom at Roy Thomson Hall as the TSO present Shostakovich’s 13th symphony; a setting for orchestra, bass soloist and bass choir of Yevtushenko’s poems about the Babi Yar massacre.  Andrey Boreyko conducts with Petr Migunov as soloist.  Just the thing for Friday 13th.

Meanwhile Carmen and the must see Maometto II continue at the Four Seasons Centre until May 15th and 14th respectively.

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