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October 28, 2014

The Idea of North

12 – 1 p.m. Víkingur Ólafsson, Iceland’s award-winning rising star pianist and host of the Icelandic TV series Útúrdúr, makes his Toronto debut performing music from his native Iceland and neighbouring Nordic countries. He also pays tribute to one of his greatest inspirations, legendary Toronto pianist Glenn Gould, in a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

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.

Website: www.coc.ca

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

 
Date: October 28, 2014
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October 30, 2014

Divertissement à 6

12 – 1 p.m. An all-female quintet featuring wind players of the COC Orchestra joins forces with pianist Monique de Margerie in a charming program of chamber works by Jean Françaix, György Ligeti and Francis Poulenc.

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.

Website: www.coc.ca

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

 
Date: October 30, 2014
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Voice of Asia – Astana Opera

The symphony orchestra, choir and soloists of Astana Opera will present the concert program Voice of Asia, introducing a broad spectrum of Kazakh musical performing art. The original sound of ancient folk instruments dombyra and kobyz will communicate a flavour of the endless Kazakh steppe. The program includes Kazakh national songs and music written by modern composers A.Zhubanov-L.Khamidi, Y.Rakhmadiev, T.Mukhamedzhanov as well as excerpts from great masterpieces of Verdi, Rossini, Offenbach, Borodin, Bernstein. The second half of the performance will present Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concert. Erzhan Kulibaev, prizewinner in many international competitions, will play on the Stradivarius “Rode” 1722, courtesy of the Maggini Foundation.

For tickets: www.sonycentre.ca

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — 1 Front street East

 
Date: October 30, 2014
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Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde comes to Massey Hall on a North American tour in support of her new album Stockholm.

The October 30th Massey Hall show features the first live performances of Stockholm material alongside classics spanning Chrissie’s legendary and storied career with the Pretenders.

For tickets: www.MasseyHall.com

Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street

 
Date: October 30, 2014
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October 10, 2014 – October 31, 2014

Madama Butterfly

Love waits for no one.

The story of the young geisha Cio-Cio San, her devotion to her American husband, and her subsequent heartbreak, unfold to Puccini’s exquisite score in one of the world’s best-loved operas.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Streest West

 
Start: October 10, 2014
End: October 31, 2014
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October 3, 2014 – November 1, 2014

Falstaff

No money. No morals. No problem.

Falstaff’s life of sport and pleasure comes crashing down when his appetites lead to an ill-advised seduction scheme. Director Robert Carsen lovingly evokes 1950s England in this hilarious production, which recently delighted audiences at Covent Garden, La Scala and the Met.

For tickets: www.coc.ca

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Streest West

 
Start: October 3, 2014
End: November 1, 2014
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October 30, 2014 – November 1, 2014

The Dream of Gerontius

Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. This cornerstone of British choral music tells the uplifting story of an elderly man whose dreams of the afterlife are filled with beauty and drama. It is performed by a massed chorus and a superlative cast of soloists.
*Please note that Ben Heppner, originally scheduled to perform the tenor part, has retired from singing and will no longer be a part of the concert. Acclaimed Australian tenor Stuart Skelton will perform in his place.
Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on Nov. 1.

For tickets: www.tso.ca

Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street

 
Start: October 30, 2014
End: November 1, 2014
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October 23, 2014 – November 1, 2014

Alcina

The 2014-2015 season will begin with the Canadian premiere of a fully staged period production of Handel’s Alcina (Oct. 23 – Nov. 1, 2014).

George Frideric Handel’s Alcina is a Baroque masterpiece and will mark Opera Atelier’s first major Handel production at the Elgin Theatre. Alcina tells the story of a sorceress whose world is a mirage composed of the souls of her past lovers and the Christian knight Ruggiero who is destined to set them free.

Producing this sublime masterpiece has long been on Opera Atelier’s wish-list, and we are delighted to have found an extraordinary Alcina in Canadian soprano Meghan Lindsay, who audiences will remember as Agathe in Der Freischütz (The Marksman). We are also particularly thrilled that Alcina includes some of Handel’s most famous dance music, giving us a unique opportunity to feature the superb Artists of Atelier Ballet.

Ms Lindsay will be joined by an exceptional international cast of singers which includes Allyson McHardy as Ruggiero, Wallis Giunta as Bradamante, Mireille Asselin as Morgana, Kresimir Spicer as Oronte and Olivier Laquerre as Melisso. Alcina is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

For tickets: www.Ticketmaster.ca

Elgin Theatre — 189 Yonge Street

 
Start: October 23, 2014
End: November 1, 2014
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October 6, 2014 – November 2, 2014

To Kill a Mockingbird

Racial injustice in Depression-era Alabama through the eyes of a child. An adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

On the Mainstage Oct. 6 to Nov. 2, 2014

Recommended for grades 6 to 12 | ages 11 & up.

Website: www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca

Young People’s Theatre — 165 Front Street East

 
Start: October 6, 2014
End: November 2, 2014
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November 2, 2014

Usher: The UR Experience

Hot on the heels of a blockbuster performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards and the release of his new single/video “She Came To Give It To You,” global megastar USHER announced today he will tour North America this fall, bringing The UR Experience to fans in 27 cities.

Packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning his 20-year career, the critically-acclaimed showman will give his fans a unique experience that only the multi-talented Usher can deliver. His show will include a fresh take on early and recent songs as well as new music from his anticipated forthcoming eighth studio album.

For tickets: www.Ticketmaster.ca

Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street

 
Date: November 2, 2014
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