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February 19, 2014

Category: Performing Arts

The Universe of John Lennon

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is a unique opportunity to experience diverse artistic programming in what has become one of Toronto’s most exciting cultural hubs. Six inspiring series offer concerts, dance performances and engaging presentations that feature both up-and-coming young artists and established international stars. All performances are FREE to the public, with admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early as late seating is not available.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Acclaimed guitarist and arranger Michael Occhipinti is joined by an all-star band Shine On and one of Canada’s most distinctive jazz vocalists, Elizabeth Shepherd, as they explore “The Universe of John Lennon.” Their strikingly new and imaginative reinterpretations of John Lennon’s cherished tunes are sure to surprise and delight Beatles fans of all ages.

For more details: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Date: February 19, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

noob

On the Mainstage | Feb. 11-20, 2014 | Grades 4-7.

“noob“: an inexperienced and/or unskilled player of video games
Obsessed with online gaming, a boy refuses to respond to his parents’ concerns regarding the countless hours he spends in a make-believe world. As he becomes increasingly isolated, an online reality full of gunshots, enemies and strategy also provides a community full of acceptance, unity and safety. When his parents confiscate his game console, the boy runs away from home and into a world riskier than any combat game he has ever played.

For tickets and information: www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca

Venue: Young People’s Theatre — 165 Front Street East

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Start: February 11, 2014
End: February 20, 2014
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Location: Young People’s Theatre

Blue Rodeo

After playing to over 70,000 fans across the country in celebration of their 25th anniversary early in 2013, Blue Rodeo are heading back out on the road. The In Our Nature Tour will see the band play shows from coast to coast in support of their latest album In Our Nature, scheduled for release on October 29.

SPECIAL OFFER! As a special offer for fans attending Blue Rodeo’s 2014 In Our Nature Tour, everyone who purchases tickets will have one (1) CD copy of In Our Nature included for every pair (2) of tickets ordered. Codes and redemption instructions will be delivered to customers by email within 7-10 days of your ticket order being placed and cds can be redeemed at www.BlueRodeo.com. Enjoy the show and your In Our Nature CD!

For tickets: www.MasseyHall.com or 416-872-4255.

Venue: Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Start: February 19, 2014
End: February 20, 2014
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Location: Massey Hall

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is one of the most grandiose and beautiful of its kind. That makes it an enormous challenge not only for soloists’ fingers, but also to their hearts and minds as well.

Come for: TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow scales the Mount Everest of music for violin: Beethoven’s expansive, sweet-natured, and eloquent concerto.

And more: Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, completed in 1911, is a work of enormous scope, overflowing with energy and nobility.

Program: Handel: Beethoven: Violin Concerto and Nielsen: Symphony No. 3 “Sinfonia espansiva.”

7:15pm Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on Feb 20th.

For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Start: February 19, 2014
End: February 20, 2014
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Locations: Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Così fan tutte

Atom Egoyan explores love, fidelity and the frailties of the human condition.

Celebrated director Atom Egoyan returns to the COC, bringing his signature style to this wry comedy about two couples gambling with faith and desire. Featuring a cast of exciting young opera stars and distinguished, seasoned veterans, this work is full of both farce and folly. Yet Mozart’s sublime musical depiction of the honest and intimate struggles of love and temptation is truly one of the greatest pieces about relationships ever written.

Performance time is approximately three hours, 5 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Start: January 18, 2014
End: February 21, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Un ballo in maschera

An all-star cast includes Canada’s great diva Adrianne Pieczonka and the exciting tenor Dimitri Pittas.

Composed directly after his hugely successful Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Il Trovatore, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera depicts a deeply human tale of forbidden passion between two very grown-up lovers. This stunning production sets Verdi’s abiding love triangle in the American south of the 1960s, with its undertones of Kennedy-era tensions and power plays.

Performance time is approximately three hours including two intermissions.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Start: February 2, 2014
End: February 22, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

A Masked Ball

The Canadian Opera Company presents A Masked Ball, Verdi’s bittersweet opera of forbidden passion amidst dramatic political machinations and turmoil. An all-star cast features great Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and American tenor Dimitri Pittas in role debuts as the opera’s two lovers, Amelia and Riccardo, embroiled in political intrigue beyond their control. Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina returns to the COC as the mysterious fortune teller Ulrica, rising star British baritone Roland Wood makes his Canadian debut as Amelia’s husband, Renato, and Ensemble Studio graduate Canadian soprano Simone Osborne is the saucy page, Oscar. Stephen Lord, one of North America’s most distinguished conductors, leads the COC Orchestra and Chorus through Verdi’s thrilling score. This production from directors Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito sets the action in an invented reality that draws on American culture, mythology and visuals from the heightened Kennedy-era politics of the 1960s to the red carpet pageantry of awards shows in the new millennium. Striking period sets and costumes evoke the television series Mad Men, full of the colour, optimism and vitality of the early 1960s, along with the occasional more contemporary detail.

Single tickets for A Masked Ball are $12 – $332 (with specially priced $22 tickets available for people under the age of 30). To purchase, go to www.coc.ca, call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231, or visit the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, located at 145 Queen St. W., Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West

 
Start: February 2, 2014
End: February 22, 2014
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Location: Canadian Opera Company

Tribes

The Canadian premiere of this witty, daring, and jarringly emotional play that was the “Year’s Best” in New York in 2012.

A Theatrefront Production produced in association with Canadian Stage. A Canadian premiere.

Billy is deaf but his unconventional family has tried to raise him as part of the hearing world. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman who is becoming deaf herself, that he finally discovers what it means to be heard. Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk and New York Theatre Critics Circle awards, Tribes is an intelligent, provocative, and jarringly emotional play that gets its Canadian premiere at Canadian Stage.

“Extraordinary.” – The New Yorker.

“Dazzling.” – New York Post.

“#1 New Play of the Year!” – New York Magazine.

For more details: www.canadianstage.com

Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street

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Start: February 2, 2014
End: March 2, 2014
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Location: Canadian Stage

Heartbeat of Home

North American Premiere

From the producers of the international phenomenon, Riverdance, comes a brand new show!

Heartbeat of Home is a music and dance spectacular! A world-class cast of thirty-eight of the best Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban dancers and musicians will create a dream world of joyous, high-energy, heart-stopping performances.

Modern, mesmerizing, emotionally satisfying and fun! Heartbeat of Home is a crowd-pleaser for a new generation. Toronto audiences will be the first to see this exciting new show before it goes on its North American tour.

Visit www.heartbeatofhome.com for more information.

For tickets: www.Mirvish.com

Venue: Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon) — 244 Victoria Street

 
Start: January 21, 2014
End: March 2, 2014
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Location: Mirvish Productions

Metamorphosis

Kafka’s terrifying but bizarrely comic story bursts onto the stage in a theatrically explosive new version.

The ordinary, unremarkable life of the Samsa family is turned upside down when their son, Gregor, the sole provider for the family, emerges one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed into a gigantic insect. His family’s feelings of revulsion turn to resentment with horrifying results.

This hugely acclaimed production combines breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action as the recently transformed Gregor lithely negotiates a gravity-defying split level set. Domestic tragedy or a metaphor for totalitarian brutality? Metamorphosisis fantastic, surprisingly funny and powerfully poignant.

For tickets: www.Mirvish.com

Venue: Royal Alexandra Theatre — 260 King Street West

 
Start: January 28, 2014
End: March 9, 2014
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Locations: Mirvish Productions

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