November 14, 2012
Category: Performing Arts
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir opens its 12/13 Season (its 118th season) on November 14th with Carl Orff’s modern masterpiece Carmina Burana. The Choir will be joined by Toronto’s dynamic TorQ Percussion Quartet in the great acoustics and setting of Koerner Hall. In this entertaining program, voice and percussion combine in three works. The full TMC, TorQ Percussion Quartet, two pianists and soloists will take the audience into the earthy and vivid imagery of medieval life in Beuren, Germany with Orff’s popular Carmina Burana. The TMC’s full symphonic sound and clear articulation is a perfect match for Orff’s dramatic story telling. Also on the program, British composer Jonathan Dove’s choral song cycle The Passing of the Year commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra in 2000, and contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst for double choir, piano and percussion. Whitacre is one of today’s most popular composers of choral music. More details on the concert, including musical clips and program notes, can be found on the TMC website. www.tmchoir.org
André Laplante, Shauna Rolston, and the TSO’s Concertmaster, Jonathan Crow, pool their talents for Beethoven’s exciting and sublimely beautiful “Triple Concerto.” Peter Oundjian has paired it with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12, a monumental evocation of the Bolshevik Revolution. Post-concert chat onstage with Peter Oundjian on Nov 14 & 15. www.roythomson.com
In a room safe from the desolate landscape outside, Hamm, a blind man unable to stand, gives orders to his servant, Clov, a man unable to sit, as Hamm’s elderly parents, Nagg and Nell, look on from their trashcan homes. One of master absurdist Samuel Beckett’s most important works, Soulpepper’s acclaimed Endgame returns with a new vision. Directed by Daniel Brooks. Featuring Diego Matamoros, Michael Simpson, Maria Vacratsis and Joseph Ziegler.
At 8:00pm. Multiple JUNO-winner and Grammy nominee Gordon Lightfoot returns to Massey Hall this fall. The 150 concerts that have followed the Canadian music icon’s first two sold-out concerts at Massey Hall in March 1967 have become legendary. They have been described by the Toronto Star “as a defining event in the cultural life of Toronto,” the iconic singer-songwriter continues his sixth decade of touring, and will be at Massey Hall for four nights this November. www.MasseyHall.com
WELCOME TO La Cage Aux Folles! Winner of three 2010 Tony Awards® including the award for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL, this hilarious new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season, leaving audiences in stitches night after night!
Starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber tells the story of Georges (George Hamilton), the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin (Christopher Sieber), who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly!
LA CAGE is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together… stay fabulous… and above all else, stay true to themselves! With a glorious score of hummable melodies and a dynamite cast featuring the “notorious and dangerous Cagelles,” LA CAGE is an indisputable musical comedy classic… and this extraordinary new version shows you why!
American Idol star and Tony® Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins with Grammy® Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox to inject new life into the classic tale of good and evil, JEKYLL & HYDE. After four thrilling, chilling years on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story from Tony® and Grammy® Award nominee Frank Wildhorn and Oscar® and Grammy® winner Leslie Bricusse returns in a stunning new pre-Broadway production that includes all the classic songs (This is the Moment, A New Life, Someone Like You) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and transformed JEKYLL & HYDE into a theatrical phenomenon. www.mirvish.com/shows/jekyllandhyde
It’s time that Fifty Shades of Grey got SPANKED! SPANK! is the unauthorized musical parody that captures all of the naughty fun of the book in this saucy and hilarious show! Part Chippendales, part Second City…all in one delicious package! Grab your girlfriends and get there early for pre-show drinks and a specialty SPANK! cocktail will be served Stay after the show for a photo with Mr. Dangerous himself and meet the cast! Don’t miss the sexiest, funniest, and most exciting show of the year! SPANK! is written and directed by Jim Millan, along with an all-star cast of top comedic actors and improvisers. Best known as the Director for Kids In The Hall, Millan’s work has appeared in 37 countries, 17 languages and has sold over 10 million tickets over the last decade. Recent credits include Marijuannalogues with Tommy Chong, Spiderman on Broadway, Larry King Standing Up, and Mythbusters Live. CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT. SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press. www.mirvish.com
When a woman goes missing, four marriages fall into a mess of sex, lies, and neglect. Through it all, each couple desperately searches for fulfillment and the line between right and wrong becomes dangerously blurred.
Speaking in Tongues is a thrilling play fresh from Australia; a multi-faceted adventure that reveals the darker side of human nature. The Company Theatre, our Berkeley Street Partners who presented 2011’s critically-acclaimed The Test, return with this intriguing and intelligent play in which nine parallel lives are interlocked by lust, infidelity, and one mysterious stiletto.