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Sunday, 18 March 2012

This Week in Toronto (Mar. 19 - 25)

Canadian conductor Nathan Brock (Photo: artist website)

After the challenging two-week New Creations Festival and a one-week "Spring Break" hiatus, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra returns with a week of "easy-listening" - three performances (Mar. 20 8 p.m., and Mar. 21 at 2 and 8 p.m.) of their Pops Series: A Century of Broadway. Jeff Tyzik conducts the TS forces in selections from Show Boat, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera and other Broadway hits. On Mar. 24 7:30 p.m. and Mar. 25 3 p.m., young Canadian conductor Nathan Brock is on the podium in a program of Russian Romantics, featuring the music of Glinka, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky. Cellist Joshua Roman is the guest soloist.

As part of the Vocal Series of the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre noon hour programming this week, the students of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music is presenting Northern Landscapes: Art Songs of Scandinavia on Mar. 20. Steven Philcox is at the piano. The program ranges from familiar names the likes of Grieg and Sibelius to the lesser known Scandinavian composers (Kilpinen and Weyse). Click on the link for the program On Mar. 21, the Piano Virtuoso Series presents Mussorgsky's masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition, with rising Canadian pianist Alexander Serendenko. In addition to the Mussorgsky, he is playing Chopin, Scarlatti and Larysa Kuzmenko's Memoriam for the Victims of Chernobyl. For program, go to

The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music is presenting its annual spring opera, this time it's Cavalli's La Calisto, featuring students of the RCM. Brent Krysa is the director and Adam Burnette conducts. Performances on Mar. 21 and 23 at 8 p.m. at Koerner Hall.

On Sunday, Mar. 25 at 2:30 p.m., the University of Toronto Faculty of Music is presenting In Praise of Song, a program of choral pieces featuring the MacMillan Singers, Women's Chorus and the Men's Chorus, in works by Scarlatti, Staheli, Massenet, Ruth Watson Henderson, Hogan and Betinis. The concert takes place at the MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building.

Music Toronto's Discovery Series is presenting Canadian violinist Veronique Mathieu and pianist Stephanie Chua in a program of music by well known women composers - Lili Boulanger, Ana Sokolovic, Kaija Saariaho, Clara Schumann, Heather Schmidt, and Louise Farrenc. Concert takes place at the Jane Mallett Theatre on March 22 8 p.m. For more information, go to



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