This Week in Toronto (March 10 – 16)

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This Week in Toronto (March 10 – 16)

– Joseph So

This being Reading Week or Spring Break, the classical music scene around town is quiet, with Toronto Symphony Orchestra in hiatus and Royal Conservatory of Music and U of T Faculty of Music in reduced schedule, presumably to accommodate musicians (and audiences?) with family and kids who will be out of school.  Frankly I’ve often thought this practice to be rather illogical – surely only a minority of Toronto music lovers are actually leaving town, and what better time to enjoy some beautiful music than during Spring Break? No matter – there are still enough concerts by fine artists to satisfy the discriminating music lover.

Cecilia String Quartet

The Cecilia String Quartet with guests soprano Stacie Dunlop and cellist Shauna Ralston is appearing at Walter Hall in a program of Schoenberg and Schubert. Concert is on Monday March 10 7 pm.  For more information, go to  This fine group was featured in a cover story of The Music Scene, the sister publication of La Scena Musicale a couple of seasons ago. Here is the link to a pdf file –

Pianist David Jalbert, together with violinist Jasper Wood and celleist Yegor Dyachkov, and the three members of Trio Forte. Their CD of Ravel, Ives and Shostakovich on the ATMA label has won the 2014 Prix Opus for Album of the Year.  Mr. Jalbert is in town this week under the auspices of Music Toronto for a recital of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The date is Tuesday March 11 8 pm at Jane Mallett Theatre. For more information, go to and to the artist’s website

Pianist David Jalbert

If you haven’t caught Tafelmusik‘s presentation of The Four Seasons: A Cycle of the Sun, there is still time. The concert is repeated this week on March 11 8 pm and 12 7 pm at its home theatre of Trinity St. Paul Centre.  The program is an eclectic mix of Baroque (Vivaldi) and non-western (Chinese pipa, Indian sarangi and Inuit throat singing)! Don’t miss this interesting program.

While the Canadian Opera Company is in hiatus and the Four Seasons Centre is currently taken over by the National Ballet of Canada, the COC free noon hour series continues with an intriguing event billed Opera Interactive, featuring soprano Kyra Millan and artists of the COC Ensemble Studio (mezzo Danielle MacMillan, tenor Owen McCausland, and pianists Timothy Cheung and Christina Faye.) This is obviously designed for young people to coincide with Spring Break. Complete program at  Concert at noon on March 13 at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Be sure to show up an hour early for a seat.

Pianist Guillermo Gonzalez

Toronto’s Mooredale Concerts presents the Canadian debut of internationally celebrated Spanish pianist Guillermo González, playing his country’s greatest masterwork for the piano – the entire Iberia Suite by Isaac Albéniz, a nearly 90-minute work of singularly demanding virtuosity. The recital takes place on Sunday March 16 3:15 pm at Walter Hall on the campus of the University of Toronto. The score is Gonzalez’s own edited version, now considered the definitive source for the performance of this work. For ticket information, go to 

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About Author

Joseph K. So is Professor Emeritus at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, but his first love is music, which he studied as an undergraduate student at the State University of New York. Since seeing his first live opera – La Gioconda with Renata Tebaldi at the Met in 1967, the singing voice became his lifelong favourite instrument. In addition to his longtime contributions to La Scena Musicale and The Music Scene, he is Associate Editor of Opera Canada and a frequent contributor to Musical Toronto.

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