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Monday, 6 June 2011

This Week in Toronto (June 6 - 12)

Pianist Yuja Wang (photo: Felix Broede)


















by Joseph K. So

Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is one of the current crop of piano virtuoso wowing audiences around the globe. She is in town with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra this week at the Roy Thomson Hall. Born in Beijing, Wang studied with Gary Graffman at Curtis and won the Aspen Music Festival's concerto competition at 15! In 2006, she was named Gilmore Young Artist, and in 2010, she was the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. She records exclusively for the Yellow Label. Wang had to cancel her National Arts Centre engagements last week due to illness. We hope she is fully recovered and look forward to a dazzling display of her artistry. Three shows - June 8's performance is part of the Afterworks Series starting at 6:30 pm. Wang plays Rachmaninoff No. 3. Also on the program is Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2. The show on June 9 is the longer one at 8 pm, with the addition of Debussy's La Mer and Ravel's Alborada del gracioso. Finally, on June 9 at 7:30 pm, as part of the Casual Concert Series, the program is the same minus the Ravel, and there is a post-concert party at the lobby with a live band. Peter Oundjian is at the helm. http://tso.ca/Home.aspx

The other big news this week is the return of the Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity. Technically the festival is from June 10 to 19, but the buzz is already starting in earnest! June 7 marks the opening of One Thousand and One Nights, Luminato's most ambitious commission to date. British director Tim Supple and Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh join forces for a cutting edge interpretation of the the One Thousand and One Nights. Go to http://www.luminato.com/2011/events for show details and tickets.

Just north of the GTA is the picaresque town of Sharon. The Music At Sharon series features Canadian pianist Jane Coop on June 12. Details at http://www.sharontemple.ca/

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