La Scena Musicale

Sunday, 8 January 2012

This Week in Toronto (Jan 9 - 15)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Jan. 27 1756 - Dec. 5 1791)

Now that we are firmly into 2012, the classical music scene is heating up once again. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is continuing it albeit fairly new tradition of celebrating Mozart's birthday in January. For Mozart @256, the TSO is offering three concert series, the magnificent Mozart Requiem, the Jupiter Symphony, plus the children-friendly Mozart's Magnificent Voyage. The legendary pianist/pedagogue Leon Fleisher leads the TSO forces in Mozart's Symphony No. 41 K.242 "Jupiter", and joins his former student at Curtis Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear and his wife Katherine Jacobson Fleisher in Mozart Concerto for Three Pianos. The performance on Jan. 11 is part of the Afterworks Series, starting earlier (6:30 pm.) to accommodate office workers. On Jan. 12 Thursday 8 p.m., the performance is augmented by an early work by Mozart, his Symphony No. 1 K.16, as well as his Piano Concerto No. 23 K. 488 this last work with Goodyear as soloist. Also there are two young people's concert on Saturday Jan. 14, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Mozart's Magnificent Voyage, conducted by Joshua Weilerstein. This specially designed program is from the producers of Beethoven Lives Upstairs and will feature 23 excerpts of Mozart's most important works.

Music Toronto welcomes the new year with a duo recital featuring flutist Leslie Mewman and harpist Eric Goodman in a wide-ranging program from Bach to Ravi Shankar. The concert is on Thursday Jan. 12 8 p.m. at the Jane Mallett Theatre. More information at

On Jan. 15 3:15 p.m., Mooredale Concert is presenting violinist Dmitri Berlinsky and the International Chamber Soloists at Walter Hall. Berlinsky is the youngest winner of the Paganini International Violin Competition and the Grand Prize winner of the Montreal International Musical Competition a few years back. He teaches at Michigan State University, where he founded the International Chamber Soloists as a showcase for his advance students. On the program are works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Astor Piazzolla. Earlier at 1:15 p.m., there will be a one-hour Music and Truffles concert designed for children 5 - 15. More information at

Last but certainly not least, Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson is giving a recital, Songs For A Winter's Day, at Gallery 345, at 345 Sorauren Avenue in Toronto on Sunday Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. On the program are songs by Schubert and Schumann. Marc di Ruggiero is at the piano. Five years or so ago, I heard him sing Die Winterreise with Yannick Nezet-Seguin (piano) at the Heliconian Hall and can attest that Dobson is a very fine singer and particularly marvelous in the song repertoire. We don't get to hear him very often in Toronto and this is a great opportunity to experience his artistry. More information at



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