Winter draws on

Moving into winter what does the Toronto opera/concert calendar have to offer?  This coming week there’s an interesting looking concert in the RBA at noon on Tuesday.  The Haven Trio (soprano Lindsay Kesselman, clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano, and pianist Midori Koga) will perform the world premiere of Toronto-based composer Kieren MacMillan’s Three Portraits, a dramatic setting of poems by Dana Gioia, the current Poet Laureate of California.

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Wednesday and Thursday evening the TSO have an all Vaughan Williams program conducted by Peter Oundjian.  It’s mostly instrumental but it includes the Serenade to Music (in the version for four soloists, not sixteen!).  The soloists are Carla Huhtanen, Emily D’Angelo, Lawrence Wiliford and Tyler Duncan and they are joined by the Elmer Iseler Singers.

Also on Thursday, and slightly off the Operaramblings beaten track, Danceworks have their 40th anniversary recital at Harbourfront Centre.  The program includes Esmeralda Enrique & Joanna de Souza (Amalgam), Holly Small & Robert W. Stevenson (Cheap Sunglasses), Learie  McNicolls (The Night Journey and Dancing With The Ghost), and Denise Fujiwara (Moving Parts).  It’s repeated on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday at 7.30pm in Mazzoleni Hall, the Glenn Gould School is presenting Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel in piano version directed by Brent Krysa with Peter Tiefenbach at the piano.  Also that evening the Toronto Consort have a show at Trinity St. Paul’s called Renaissance Splendours featuring songs, dances, fantasias and madrigals, plus a special appearance by dancers from the School of Atelier Ballet.  It’s repeated on Saturday evening.

Saturday lunchtime it’s Adès’ The Exterminating Angel in the Met HD series.  Tickets at my local cinema are $28 so I’ll wait for the Blu-Ray!

Stay warm!

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