CRITICS’ CHOICES | Classic Events You Must See This Week: May 24-29

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Classical music and opera events for the week of May 24-29.

Here’s a list of amazing concerts we’re attending, wishing we could attend, or planning to attend between May 24-29, 2022. For more details on what’s happening around Toronto, visit our calendar here.

Opera tapestry | RUR A torrent of light

📅 Tuesday — May 24, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET (until June 5, 2022)
📍 LINK
💸 $60+

Tapestry opens this week one of its most ambitious projects in recent years. Created in partnership with OCAD University, RUR A torrent of light is a multidisciplinary work that engenders dance, music from a 100-piece chamber orchestra, projections and other multimedia design elements, and opera. This is an absolute must for Tapestry Opera lovers or anyone who wants to see what the future of opera might look like. To learn more, you can read our overview here. | Details

Royal Conservatory | Joshua Bell with Peter Dugan

📅 Tuesday — May 24, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $65+

A highlight of the week is visiting virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell for an intimate chamber music program at Koerner Hall with Peter Dugan. If you’ve never heard Bell in a bedroom before, it should be on your calendar this week. There is something more to his game than stunning technique. It’s a combination of humanism and magnetism that draws you into the music. | Details

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Gimeno directs “the Emperor”

📅 Wednesday — May 25, 2022, 8 p.m. ET (repeat May 27 and 28)
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💸 $82+

The TSO was scheduled to play with Daniil Trifonov this week, but he had to cancel due to a lingering injury. American pianist Garrick Ohlsson will join Gustavo Gimeno instead. The program includes Beethoven Concerto “Emperor” — a monumental work that propelled the symphonic form to new heights. Plus, you’ll hear the premiere of a brand new symphony by Samy Moussa and a new, shorter work by Toronto’s Afarin Mansouri. | Details

Estonian Music Week/SING! | Collegium Musicale — Endrik Üksvärav

📅 Thursday — May 26, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸$

Estonian Music Week takes place this week, with three events in Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton. Tonight, the Estonian choir Collegium Musicale will perform Veljo Tormis’ Forgotten peoples, a contemporary work based on an ancient folk song. Who is Veljo Tormis? He is one of Estonia’s most famous composers, renowned for his choral music. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav conducts the choir. This event is co-produced by SING!, one of Canada’s leading a cappella festivals currently running until June 5th. | Details

The Amadeus Choir | A time to heal

📅 Saturday — May 28, 2022, 3:30 p.m. ET (resumes at 7:30 p.m.)
📍 LINK
💸 $20+

Music is one of the oldest forms of healing, and nowhere is this truer than in Aboriginal culture. The Amadeus Choir will present A Time to Heal, a concert celebrating the power of music to heal the soul in the most difficult times. Doors open 30 minutes before concert time and will include a pre-show chat with our Artistic Director and Conductor, Kathleen Allan. | Details

Table music | Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

📅 Saturday — May 28, 2022, 8 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $38

The essential North American orchestra of the time will be back on stage this week with a selection of Bach’s magical Brandenburg concertos (3-6). Tafelmusik won a JUNO award for its recording of the Brandenburgs in 1995. Come visit them with new ears a quarter of a century later. | Details

Toronto Orchestra | The planets

📅 Sunday — May 29, 2022, 3 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $45

Orchestra Toronto will be at the George Weston Recital Hall for its grand season finale of Gustav Holst, The planets, with members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. The program also includes music by composer Elizabeth Raum Spirit of Canadaby Maziar Heidari Fancyand Bach/Respighi Passacaglia and Fugue. | Details

Elmer Iseler Singers | Songs of Light (online)

📅 Sunday — May 29, 2022, 4 p.m. ET
📍 LINK
💸 $45

The Elmer Iseler Singers will present an online concert that will include in-depth discussions and choral performances of works by Peter Togni, Eleanor Daley, Jason Jestadt, Hussein Janmohamed, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Myroslav Skoryk. Details

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