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My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of June 8 to 14~ Joseph SoSoprano Erin Wall (Photo: Tara McMullen)We’ve reached that time of year when there’s a decided lull in classical music events. The spring season has more or less ended, and the summer programming hasn’t yet started. But there are still a few interesting events like the TSO concerts going on this week, and Luminato Festival is starting next week. Mahler fans can look forward to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Mahler Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) in two performances, on Wednesday June 10 8 pm and Friday June 12 7:30 pm…

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Is Anna Karenina the greatest novel ever written? Dostoyevsky and Nabokov declared it “flawless.” Faulkner described it as “the best ever written.” Hemingway, Woolf, Proust, Joyce, Mann, and countless others learned large parts of their craft from it. In 2007, Time magazine published a poll of 125 big-name authors – from Norman Mailer to David Foster Wallace – which placed Tolstoy’s epic tale of outlaw passion and self-destruction at Number One in a list of “The Top Ten Books of All Time.” Numerous stage, film, television, radio, opera, dance, and other adaptions of Anna Karenina have swelled consciousness for more than…

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Photo courtesy of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de MontréalLast row 3rd&2nd from right:Jeunes Gouverneurs co-president Élise Sauvé & Jessica Drolet, JG founder/co-president flanked by committee members (left to right): Catherine Coursol, Camille Lamy, Marie-Christine Beaulieu, Caroline Abastado, Coco Messier, Luce Caillères, Sophie Gagnon, Nicolas Rubbo, Lise Berichel, Sophie Bergeron, Alexandra Meunier Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal’s Jeunes Gouverneurs stage princely soiréeby Naomi Gold For their third Grand Ballets Canadiens gala, the Jeunes Gouverneurs choreographed a fabulously festive fundraiser fit for, well, a prince. Held in conjunction with the hugely successful springtime production of Didy Veldman’s Le Petit Prince, the benefit was led by JG…

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Flash version here. Luminato Festival (Toronto, June 6-15) This packed ten-day festival is overflowing with too many events to even begin to mention here! Among the visual arts, performance art, music, dance, theatre, literary events, talks, films, food, and even magic, there is sure to be something for everyone. Highlights include Louise Lecavalier in high-voltage ballet duo So Blue (June 13-15), Rufus Wainwright joined by renowned male voices for an evening of Broadway love duets (June 14), literary walks through Toronto neighbourhoods hosted by novelists Cary Fagan, Andrew Pyper and Alissa York (June 15), a broadcast of CBC’s Q Live…

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By Naomi GoldThey almost didn’t make it. Just hours after Ukraine’s National Ballet departed their homeland, the airport went into lockdown mode. Luckily for us however, Ukraine’s dancing gods cleared the runway for their finest dancers and Montreal’s 137-year wait for La Bayadère was finally over. Their beyond breathtaking Bayadère was indeed a historic, tour-de-force production. Hyperbole is not redundant here.Legendary ballerina Natalia Makarova, the troupe’s stage director, along with artistic director Aniko Rekhviashvili led the Kyiv Ballet in delivering an absolutely awesome production of near-perfection. Whatever preconceived notions spectators had, going in to Salle-Wilfrid Pelletier, nothing could have prepared…

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Discovery and Exploration at the Montréal Baroque Festival In addition to their Grand concerts series, the Montréal Baroque Festival will offer festival-goers more intimate programming, including a recital by this year’s artist-in-residence, Brazilian born Cléa Galhano, and a concert of sacred cantatas by Manuel de Zumaya performed by Mexican ensemble La Fontegara. This festival is a place of exploration and discovery; Soirée sans frontièreswill push the limits of baroque experience by combining early music with the digital arts. This year’s closing event is Élémens, a divine ballet by Jean-Ferry Rebel depicting the Creation, featuring dancers and acrobats. www.montrealbaroque.com – Renée…

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Discovery and Exploration at the Montréal Baroque Festival In addition to their Grand concerts series, the Montréal Baroque Festival will offer festival-goers more intimate programming, including a recital by this year’s artist-in-residence, Brazilian born Cléa Galhano, and a concert of sacred cantatas by Manuel de Zumaya performed by Mexican ensemble La Fontegara. This festival is a place of exploration and discovery; Soirée sans frontièreswill push the limits of baroque experience by combining early music with the digital arts. This year’s closing event is Élémens, a divine ballet by Jean-Ferry Rebel depicting the Creation, featuring dancers and acrobats. www.montrealbaroque.com – Renée…

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Since June 2007, the Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity – now simply referred to as Luminato Festival – has become one of the premiere cultural events. True to its name, it always features an eclectic lineup of cutting-edge, surprising, and always illuminating shows that expand our horizons of what constitute the arts and the creative spirit. As a classical music lover, while I bemoan a little that the traditional sort of programming (such as the LUNA operatic concert in the first year) has essentially disappeared, I welcome the replacement – a more unconventional aesthetic that embraces a more contemporary…

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Violinist Joshua Bell makes a welcome return to the TSOThe big news on the classical music scene this week is the return of American violinist Joshua Bell to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A frequent visitor, Bell will perform Ravel’s Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra, and then he will join forces with bassist Edgar Meyer in the Canadian premiere and TSO co-commission Concerto for violin and double bass, an unusual combination! The Ravel is a stunning piece with an extended unaccompanied violin solo in the beginning. I heard this played just two weeks ago in the Montreal International Musical Competition (Violin)…

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British Composer Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)This being March Break, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is having its one-week hiatus, and the Canadian Opera Company is in the early stages of rehearsal for the upcoming Spring Season opening of Lucia di Lammermoor. Currently the Four Seasons Centre stage has been taken over by the National Ballet of Canada for its presentation of Romeo and Juliet in its new version by Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. The music is Prokofiev’s alternately fiery and lyrical score that is an audience’s favourite. Performances from March 12 to 17. http://national.ballet.ca/2013 marks the centenary of the birth…

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