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Listings are based on information sent to WholeNote in advance by event presenters. Including listings for a future period of approximately six weeks. Listings will remain in the updates until the last day of availability. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, some events may be cancelled or postponed. Please visit presenters' websites or contact them directly for updates. The deadline for the next weekly update is Tue Mar 02 at 6pm. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!
ONGOING!! Kevin Barrett. Live from Lockdown. Kevin Barrett does a live-streamed set of solo guitar tunes, coming directly from lockdown in his studio in Kensington Market, Toronto. Tune in to Kevin's Facebook page on Friday here. If you can't join live, the video will be available afterwards on Kevin's page with each week's episode archived on his YouTube channel here. YOUTUBE & FACEBOOK
ONGOING!! Feb 12: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. On Demand: Beethoven Septet. Curated by Jonathan Crow. Beethoven: Septet in E-flat Op.20; Schubert: String Trio in B-flat D471; Emilie LeBel: Haareis auf morschem Holz (Hair Ice on Rotten Wood). Visit TSO On Demand or call 416-598-3375. Available until Mar 4. ONLINE
ONGOING!! Feb 13 7:30: Opera Sustenida. Date with the Divas, Vol. 1. Arias and ensembles from the Baroque and Classical eras. Works by Handel, Mozart, Monteverdi, and others. Stephanie DeCiantis, soprano; Nicole Whitney Dubinsky, coloratura soprano; Daniella Theresia, mezzo; and Suzanne Yeo, piano. Visit Opera Sustenida. $30. Available to ticket holders until Mar 13. ONLINE
Feb 18-28: Montreal/New Musics (MNM) Festival. Au-delà des frontières (Beyond Borders). For full festival details, visit MNM Festival. ONLINE
Feb 26 5:30: Only Stage. All About Bach! Festival. Bach: Goldberg Variations (arrangement). Oliver Poole, piano. Visit Only Stage's YouTube channel. ONLINE
POSTPONED!! Feb 26 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. RCO Concerts Series: Johannes Debus conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Op.77; Haydn: Symphony No.88 in G Hob.I:88; Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Op.19a BB82 Sz.73a (suite from pantomime). Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or visit RCM Performance. $25-$60. LIVE PERFORMANCE
NEW!! Feb 27 3:00: Royal Conservatory of Music/Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. Oscar Peterson & Friends. Select moments from a CBC television series originally aired in 1981. Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Lorne Lofsky, Jimmy Rowles, Butch Watanabe, and Mary Lou Williams. Visit RCM Livestream. Available until Mar 5. ONLINE
Feb 27 7:30: Toronto City Opera. Singing in Exile, Staying Together. Verdi: Nabucco (highlights); and other works. Cristina Pisani, soprano; Deanna Pauletto, mezzo; Charles Sy, tenor; Michael Robert-Broder, baritone; Dylan Wright, bass-baritone; Toronto City Opera Chorus; Ivan Jovanovic, piano & music director; Jennifer Tung, host. Visit Toronto City Opera. $25. Available until Mar 4. ONLINE
Feb 27 8:00: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Dark and Light. Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1; Scriabin: Symphony No. 2. Amahl Arulanandam, cello; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Call 905-604-8339 or visit Kindred Spirits Orchestra. $15 per link. Includes discussion with Amahl Arulanandam and KSO Associate Conductor Michael Berec. ONLINE
Feb 28 2:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. UofT Opera Student Composer Collective: Escape Room. Libretto by Michael Patrick Albano. Sandra Horst, conductor; Mario Pachero, director. Zoom Pre-Registration at Escape Room Zoom. ONLINE
NEW!! Feb 28 3:45: Wychwood Clarinet Choir. A New Performance Video. The last Sunday of every month, the WCC releases a new concert video performance by The Wychwood Clarinet Choir, preceded by a live chat with Michele Jacot and Roy Greaves. Featuring Céline Peterson. Visit Wychwood Clarinet Choir. Free. ONLINE
Mar 04 1:30: Music in the Afternoon. Piano Recital. Schubert: Sonata in A D959; Chopin: Preludes No.4 in e & No.17 in A-flat from Op.28. Eric Lu, piano. Visit Music in the Afternoon for tickets and information.. On demand until Mar 25. ONLINE
Mar 04 6:15: Musical Stage Company. Allegiance. From New York. 6:15pm: Pre-Show Chat with Mitchell Marcus & director Stafford Arima. 7:00pm: Digital Performance. 9:20pm: Post-Show Analysis & Discussion with Mitchell Marcus. Ticket info available at Musical Stage Company. $35. ONLINE
Mar 05 5:30: Only Stage. All About Bach! Festival. Charlie Siem, violin. Visit Only Stage's YouTube channel. ONLINE
Mar 5 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Online Discussion: Gender & Opera. An expansion of the COC’s Women in Opera event, this interactive discussion explores how gender constructs affect opera professionals, the art form itself, and beyond. Moderated by Aria Umezawa, Canadian stage director, consultant, and co-founder of Amplified Opera, the COC’s new Disruptor-in-Residence. Featuring Amplified Opera co-founders Teiya Kasahara, Marion Newman, and Asitha Tennekoon; COC Ensemble Studio baritone Jonah Spungin; performer, creator, and transgender advocate Avery Jean Brennan; and actor/singer Jonathan Christopher. Following the discussion, viewers can participate in a live Q&A with the panelists using the YouTube and Facebook Live chat feature. Free admission. For full details on this program, visit Gender and Opera. ONLINE
Mar 05 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Mix Series: Skratch Bastid and DJ QBert. Call 416-408-0208 or RCM Performance. Free. ONLINE
UPDATE!! POSTPONED FROM FEB 27 Mar 06 8:00: Tapestry Opera. Our Song D'Hiver. Mireille Asselin, soprano. Visit Tapestry Opera. Free. ONLINE
NEW!! Mar 06 3:00: Acoustic Harvest/Third Row Live. Women Rising Festival: Claudia Acuna - Wind from the South. Visit Third Row Live. US$15. Also 8pm: The Art of Bolero. ONLINE
NEW!! Mar 07 1:30: Vincent Lauzer. The Imitation Game. Canons and sonatas by Telemann. Email email@example.com or call 416-537-6611. Free. ONLINE
Mar 07 2:00: Confluence Concerts. The John Beckwith Songbook: Over 70 Years of Originality. Visit Confluence Concerts for information. Free. ONLINE
NEW!! Mar 10 1:00: Jackman Humanities Institute. We Interrupt This Program: A Conversation with Amplified Opera. Asitha Tennekoon, Marion Newman, Teiya Kasahara, Aria Umezawa. Visit here to register or call 416-946-0313. Free. ONLINE
UPDATE!! POSTPONED. DATE TBA Mar 11 8:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Reflections of Mary. Charpentier: Missa assumpta est Maria; Charpentier: Salve regina; Poulenc: Salve regina & O magnum mysterium; and other works. Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Ivar Taurins, director. Tickets on sale Feb 25. Available until Mar 18. Visit //firstname.lastname@example.org">Tafelmusik or call 1-833-964-6337. ONLINE
Mar 12 Toronto Symphony Orchestra. On Demand: Vivaldi Four Seasons. Curated by Jonathan Crow. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Gabriela Lena Frank: “Coqueteos” from Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout; Dinuk Wijeratne: “A Letter from the After-life” from Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems. Jonathan Crow, leader & violin. Visit TSO On Demand or call 416-598-3375. Available until Apr 1. ONLINE
Mar 12 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Beethoven 250 Festival: ARC Ensemble. Beethoven: Piano Trio in D (arrangement of Symphony No. 2 Op.36 by composer); Folk song arrangements for voice and piano trio; String Quintet in C Op.29. Artists of The Royal Conservatory (ARC); Monica Whicher, soprano. Call 416-408-0208 or visit RCM Performance. ONLINE
Mar 13 7:00: Rezonance Baroque Ensemble. Musique de Chambre. Chamber music by François Couperin and others. Rezan Onen-Lapointe, baroque violin; David Podgorski, harpsichord. Call 647-779-5696 or visit Rezonance Baroque Ensemble. $10. ONLINE
NEW!! Mar 14 3:00: Flato Markham Theatre. Matt Dusk: Jazz Set Live. Streamed live from the El Mocambo. Visit Matt Dusk. $10. ONLINE
Mar 16 7:30: Music Toronto. Piano Recital. Schubert: Sonata in A Op.120 D664; Kaija Saariaho: Ballade; Scriabin: Selection of Preludes; Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No.2. Vadym Kholodenko, piano. Visit Music Toronto. Free. ONLINE
Mar 17: Flato Markham Theatre. Rhythm of the Dance. Visit Flato Markham Theatre. $26.51. ONLINE
POSTPONED!! Mar 17 7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. The Glenn Gould Spring Opera: The Rape of Lucretia. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. Call 416-408-0208 or visit RCM Performance. $25-$60.
Mar 18 7:30: Art of Time Ensemble. What Is Sacred. Steve Earle (arr. Steve Mackinnon): Pilgrim; Jeff Tweedy (arr. Aaron Davis): You Are Not Alone; Messiaen: Movements from Quartet for the End of Time; Traditional: Elijah Rock; Allegri: Miserere (choreography by David Earle). Gregory Hoskins, singer; Jackie Richardson, singer; Choir 21; Dancetheatre David Earle. What Is Sacred or call 647-344-2254. Available until March 21 at 7:30pm. YOUTUBE
POSTPONED!! Mar 19 7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. The Glenn Gould Spring Opera: The Rape of Lucretia. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. Call 416-408-0208 or visit RCM Performance. $25-$60. Also Mar 17.
NEW!! Mar 20 12:01am: Royal Conservatory of Music/Tirgan Festival. Lost in The Desert Sky: Kayhan Kalhor in Memory of Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian. A celebration of Iranian vocalist and master of Persian traditional music, filmed on location in Kashan, Iran. Visit RCM Livestream. Available until 11:59pm on Mar 21. ONLINE
Mar 20 8:00: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Passion and Drama. Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen; Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2; Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony. Michael Berkovsky, piano; Alexander Gangurean, violin; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. Call 905-604-8339. $30-$40; $22.50-$30(sr); $15-$20(youth). 7:10 pm: Pre-concert recital; 7:20 pm: Pre-concert talk. LIVE
Mar 21 1:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Songmasters & Recovered Concerts Series: To the Distant Beloved. Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte; Mansouri: World premiere commission. Call 416-408-0208 or visit RCM Performance. $10. ONLINE
Mar 21 6:30: INNERchamber Inc. A Night in the Salon. Sarasate: Caprice Basque; Albéniz: Tango; and other works. Marcus Nance, baritone; Emily Hamper, piano; Andrew Chung, violin. Revival House, 70 Brunswick St., Stratford. Visit Inner Chamber. $35(livestream); $10(arts/st). Concert is live and includes a take-out meal for those who live in Stratford. LIVE & LIVESTREAM.
Mar 24 4:00: Flato Markham Theatre. Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung: Un Voyage Romantique. Mozart: Sonata in d K381; Mendelssohn: The Hebrides ("Fingal's Cave") Op.26 (arr. Mendelssohn); Schubert: Andantino varié from Divertissement on French Themes D823; Debussy: Petite Suite L65; Brahms: Hungarian Dances WoO1 - No.6 in D-flat; No.4 in f; No.5 in f-sharp. ONLINE, . Visit Flato Markham Theatre. $24.99 USD. Available for Video on Demand 48 hours after the performance. ONLINE
Mar 24 7:00: Magisterra Soloists. From Paris to Moscow. Shostakovich: Piano Quintet Op.57; Lourié: Duos; Prin: String Quartet "La barque". Martin Karlíček, piano. Museum London Theatre, 421 Ridout St. N., London. Call 519-615-0163 or visit Magisterra Soloists. $30; $25(sr); $15(student with id); $10(child under 10); $85(young adult pass-30 years and under); $15(streamed tickets-adult). All tickets must be purchased in advance. LIVE
NEW!! Mar 26 7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Glenn Gould School Vocal Showcase. Call 416-408-0208 or visit RCM Performance. Free. ONLINE
Mar 26 8:00: River Run Centre. Sue Smith with The Potion Kings – Digital Performance. Sue Smith, vocals; Jeff Bird, bass; Kevin Breit, guitars; Randall Coryell, drums/percussion; Howie Southwood, drums/percussion. Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph. 519-763-3000 or 1-877-520-2408 or suesmith.ca. Free. Register here. ONLINE
Mar 27 8:00: Tapestry Opera. Where Do I Go? Morgan-Paige Melbourne, piano. Visit Tapestry Opera. Free. ONLINE
NEW!! Mar 28 1:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Online Concert. David Louie, harpsichord. Call 416-408-0208 or visit RCM Performance. Free. ONLINE
POSTPONED TO APR 04 Mar 07 3:00: Trio Arkel. La Bonne Chanson. Beethoven: String Trio in G; Shostakovitch: String Quartet No.1; Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge; Fauré: La Bonne Chanson. Marie Bérard, violin; Winona Zelenka, cello; Russell Braun; baritone; Carolyn Maule; piano; Erika Raum; violin; Rémi Pelletier; viola. Visit //email@example.com">Trio Arkel. ONLINE
NEW!! Apr 07 7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Rebanks Family Fellowship Concerts Series: Rebanks Family Fellowship Concert. Call 416-408-0208 or visit RCM Performance. Free. ONLINE
NEW!! Apr 08 8:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. On the Road. Purcell: Incidental music to The Double Dealer; Biber: Partita for violin & viola scordatura; Brescianello: Sonata for oboe, violin & continuo; Telemann: Quartet in e; Couperin: Sonate “La Sultane”; Vivaldi: Sonata “La Follia”. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-833-964-6337. ONLINE
NEW!! Apr 09 12:00_noon: VOCA Chorus of Toronto. Star Songs. Works by Ešenvalds, Daley, Weill, Halley, Gjeilo, Lauridsen and others. Shawn Grenke, organ; Colleen Allen, saxophone; Jamie Drake, percussion; Jenny Crober, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. Call 416-872-4255 or visit Roy Thomson Hall Organ Series. Free. LIVE
POSTPONED TO APRIL SPRING BREAK!! Canadian Opera Company. Spring Break at the COC: Exploring New Opera. Hosted by COC Opera Teaching Artist Makenzie Morgan, this program gathers a group of artists and craftspeople to explore what a career in the performing arts can look like. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Fantasma, the company’s upcoming original Opera for Young Audiences for youth ages 12-18. Join us for hour-long sessions with Fantasma’s creative team, to learn about what it's like to work with a composer, design props and costumes for the stage, and much more! Free admission. For more information and to receive an alert for when registration opens, visit COC Spring Break. ONLINE
NEW DATE!! Apr 12: COC Composer-in-Residence Ian Cusson takes us through the genesis of the story of Fantasma and how this translates into his music.
NEW DATE!! Apr 13: Ensemble Studio artists Matthew Cairns (tenor) and Alex Soloway (pianist) share what it is like to work with a living composer, and originating a new role in an opera.
NEW DATE!! Apr 14: Wulf Higgins (COC Props Supervisor) gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how the world of Fantasma is created and brought to life through the use of props and set dressing.
NEW DATE!! Apr 15: Wig & Makeup Supervisor Sharon Ryman and Costume Supervisor Sandra Corazza give us a sneak peek at the Zombie character in Fantasma, and share some of their backstage tips and tricks.
NEW DATE!! Apr 16: Julie McIsaac, COC Lead Curator, Opera Everywhere, speaks with music therapist Dr. SarahRose Black about her considerations in staging Fantasma, as well as creating an engaging experience for young people from the moment audience members walk in the door.
Arts@Home. A vibrant hub connecting Torontonians to arts and culture. Designed to strengthen personal and societal resilience through the arts. Visit Arts@Home to learn more about this exciting collaborative initiative. ONLINE
Ottawa Chamberfest. Chamber Chats: At Home / Chez vous. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. Hosted by celebrated broadcaster/writer Eric Friesen. Interactive episodes combine chat with pre-recorded and live performances and feature guest artists and lecturers from all over the world. For information: 613-234-8008. Visit Ottawa Chamberfest. ONLINE
NEW!! Tafelmusik. Musik in Motion. A free series of collaborative videos produced by Puncture Design, featuring local artists of diverse art forms. In keeping with our commitment to exploring “baroque and beyond,” Tafelmusik invited five creative partners to interpret music that is an essential part of Tafelmusik’s signature repertoire. Today’s video features painter Darby Milbrath. In Studio with Darby Milbrath follows the completion of a painting, featuring visceral close ups of the artist’s movements, dabs, and gestures—all created while she listened to Tafelmusik’s recording of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in C Minor, RV 761 “Amato bene”, featuring soloist and Music Director Elisa Citterio. Watch now here. ONLINE
Toronto Consort. Explorer: Discovering the World of Early Music. Explorer is a blog for the curious; a place of learning, sharing, and community. This all-new offering will present an assortment of curated content in a range of formats, like original short- or long-form articles, original video and audio recordings, and educational content on relevant topics relating to Early Music, history, and world music, as they relate our beloved repertoire. Visit here for further information. ONLINE
Recollectiv: A unique musical online meeting group made up of people affected by memory challenges caused by illness (such as dementia) or brain injury (stroke, PTSD, etc.) and their care partners. Volunteers of all ages also form part of the band, providing a positive intergenerational experience for all. Participation is free with pre-registration. Contact Recollectiv by email here for meeting times, information and registration. ONLINE
ONGOING!! Esprit Orchestra. Soundbites: RBC Associate Composer/Conductor Eugene Astapov in Conversation with New Wave Composer Stephanie Orlando. Eugene Astapov sits down with composer Stephanie Orlando, whose upcoming Esprit commission will be premiered as part of our New Wave Festival. Find out more about Orlando's artistic processes and philosophies, and what she is currently working on for Esprit audiences! Visit Esprit Soundbites Insights. ONLINE
ONGOING!! Kingston Symphony. Finale of Beethoven’s Third Symphony (Eroica). Forty members of the orchestra perform the finale of the Eroica, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 while in isolation in their homes. To view the virtual performance, please click here. For more information on the Kingston Symphony, please visit here. ONLINE
NEW!! New Music Concerts. Sonic Grace: An NMC Audio Diary. Lynn Kuo, Canadian violin virtuoso and Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra has made her mark as one of Canada's most celebrated performers. Listen to Synchronisms No. 9 for Violin and Tape by Mario Davidovsky here. ONLINE
ONGOING!! Thirteen Strings! Virtual Concert. Purcell: Excerpts from The Fairy Queen. Handel: Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 5 in D. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (Marc Djokic, violin). Elgar: Serenade for Strings. Find the link here. Free. ONLINE
ONGOING!! Toronto Operetta Theatre. Video Excerpt: The Merry Widow. Performance from April 2019. Lucia Cesaroni, soprano (Hanna Glawari). Visit Toronto Operetta Theatre's Merry Widow. ONLINE