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Sunday, 9 January 2011

This Week in Toronto (Jan. 10 - 16)

Conductor and Trombonist Alain Trudel (photo credit: Pierre Racine)

Given the symphony and the opera are still in hiatus, there are fewer concerts than usual. But there are a few intriguing events well worth attending. Top on my list is the Mooredale Concerts presenting conductor Alain Trudel who is also a noted trombonist. In fact, Le Monde de la Musique from Paris called him the "Jascha Heifetz of the trombone." He is joining forces with organist Patrick Wedd for an eclectic program of original works for trombone and organ by Holst and Guilmant, as well as organ pieces by Bach and Messiaen. This is taking place at the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church at 1585 Yonge Street in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 16 3:15 pm. At 1:15 is Music and Truffles, a special program given by the artists for children. For details and tickets, go to

Tenor Michael Ciufo < > is giving a concert at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. Ciufo is a classically trained singer, having studied at the Glenn Gould School - I heard him as a fine Prince Charming in the RCM Cendrillon last March. He is also a very successful crossover singer, with a large following and several CDs to his credit. Ciufo will give a concert at the RBC Theatre at the Living Arts Centre on Saturday Jan. 11, 8 pm. For information and tickets, go to

Music Toronto is presenting the Tokyo Quartet on Thursday Jan. 13 8 pm at the Jane Mallett Theatre. This is the fifth of a six-concert Beethoven Cycle which will conclude on April 14. A regular guest quartet of Music Toronto, this will be its 41st concert, having played here almost every season since 1974. On the program is Beethoven's Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 127 and the Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130. More information at

Baritone Geoffrey Sirett has been awarded the second Jim and Charlotte Norcop Prize in Song at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music Voice Studies Department. Sirett will give a noon hour recital at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 12 pm, accompanied by renowned collaborative pianist Martin Katz. On the program are works by Ravel, Duparc, Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Holman, Quilter and others. Admission is free. On the same day, Katz will be giving a masterclass at Walter Hall 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Details at

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