Concerts

This page is a compendium of mostly free stuff so that I don’t have to keep sending emails to people event-by-event, and so that you, dear readers, don’t have to find those emails when you want them.

Last updated October 18, 2021 at 7:50 pm.

This Week

Trio Arkel has made its program La Bonne Chanson available for free.

  • Russell Braun, Carolyn Maule, Rémi Pelletier and Erika Raum as well as Trio Arkel’s Marie Berard and Winona Zelenka in a program of Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich and Fauré.

The group has also announced their first concert for the new season.

Art of Time has announced a Christmas concert at Koerner Hall on December 9, 2021. Tickets go on sale soon including live stream access.

Mon Oct 18

Tues Oct 19

Wed Oct 20

Thurs Oct 21

Fri Oct 22

  • Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste conductor
    • Noon: Organ & Orchestra
      • Andersson: Poseidon, Organ concerto No 2
      • R Schumann: Symphony No 1 “Spring”

Sat Oct 23

TBA

Sun Oct 24

Directory

Canadian Artists/Companies/Venues

Against the Grain Theatre

TBA

Amici Chamber Ensemble

Angela Hewitt

  • Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel on YouTube

Arts & Letters Club of Toronto

Art of Time

There are many excerpts from past concerts on YouTube. Andrew Burashko, AOT’s Artistic DIrector, has announced that future seasons will be dedicated to joint projects with other groups rather than a return to the long-running concert series at Harbourfront.

Canadian Opera Company

The COC is offering a free digital season for 2021/22 including:

Koerner Hall / Royal Conservatory of Music

Koerner Hall has announced their 2021/22 season. Tickets are available both for in person and streamed viewing.

There are many concerts/recitals in their library including:

Music Toronto

Music Toronto has announced a winter season.

National Film Board

The National Film Board has a lot of free online content including their animation page. Of course this includes the ever popular Blackberry Subway Jam.

A series of shorts on recipients of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award:

Opera Atelier

TBA

Russell Braun & Carolyn Maule

Soulpepper Theatre

Soulpepper’s online summer season has ended, and they have not yet announced their plans for the fall.

Stratford Festival

The festival has a $10/month subscription ($11.30 with tax) available for access to much content both from their library and new productions on demand. To access this you have to create a Stratford online account.

They have posted a tour of the new Tom Patterson Theatre.

Meet the Festival sessions are all available online free.

The Stratford Festival has announced online screening dates for their 2021 productions beginning on September 2, 2021 with Why We Tell The Story. The first screening of each program will include a live chat.

Tickets are $11.30 (including tax) for Stratfest@Home subscribers, or $22.60 otherwise. Screening times are for specific dates, but the admission is good for 24 hours.

Tafelmusik

Tafelmusik has announced that its 2021/22 season will be entirely digital with an option to buy tickets for in-person attendance if and when this type of gathering is allowed.

Tapestry Opera

Toronto Consort / Early Music TV

The Toronto Consort presents its season and other content through a new site dedicated to Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque music. Subscriptions and single concert purchases available.

Available now:

  • All in a Garden Green: A musical stroll through the verdant gardens of Elizabethan England
  • A Medieval Christmas: A serene and contemplative exploration of enchanting medieval chants, polyphony and carols.
  • Of Tricksters and Trolls: The musical story-telling of the medieval fables of Valhalla, with Peter Tiefenbach.

The 2021/22 season will be delivered online, and will be announced soon.

Toronto Summer Music

The 2021 concerts remain available online for varying periods.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

The TSO has announced its 2021/22 season. Concerts will begin in mid-November with smaller forces on stage and a socially distanced audience. Full scale concerts are planned beginning in March 2022.

Trio Arkel

The first concert in their 2021/22 season has been announced. It will be presented both online and in person.

  • Sunday, November 7 at 3:00 pm (live), Sunday November 14, 2021 (streamed version released)
    • Fantasia
      • Marie Bérard, Winona Zelenka, Rémi Pelletier and guest artist Philip Chiu – piano
        • Jean Cras – String Trio
        • Schubert – Fantasia arr. for piano quartet
        • Lekeu – Piano Quartet

University of Toronto Faculty of Music

USA Artists/Companies/Venues

Carnegie Hall

  • Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin conductor, Yuja Wang piano
    • Coleman Seven O’Clock Shout, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, Bernstein Overture to Candide, Habibi Jeder Baum spricht, Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

The festival has completed for 2021.

San Francisco Opera

TBA

University of Washington Meany Center

TBA

Across the Pond

Concertgebouw Orchestra

There is a large library of free concerts available from the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam including a performance on June 19 conducted by the TSO’s incoming music director, Gustavo Gimeno. Note that you will have to first create an account on their site to access the older material, but after that it’s a big collection including the complete Mahler symphonies.

Daniel Hope

Please see this separate page for previous Hope@Home concerts. This series has completed and the videos are no longer available.

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

The GSO has a page with both their upcoming concerts and links to many previously archived ones.

Free online streams begin on September 9, 2021.

Holland Baroque

  • Violinist Aislinn Nosky and Holland Baroque play a program of music by Telemann in the Polish style.
  • Bach: Art of Fugue arranged for string quartet and harpsichord

Komische Oper Berlin

London Philharmonic Orchestra

A series of concerts will be available free on Marquee TV for 72 hours after initial posting. You must create a free account on Marquee TV to watch.

London Symphony Orchestra

Past performances:

A series of concerts will be posted free on Marquee TV for one week. You must create a free account on Marquee TV to watch.

National Theatre

The National Theatre in London, UK, has announced an NT at Home program allowing subscription access to their library of plays with a choice of monthly or a discounted annual payment. Recent additions to the online library are Hamlet and Frankenstein (both casts).

Old Vic Theatre

Queers

“Originally commissioned in 2017, Queers commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act from the perspective of those whose lives it affected with a poignant, funny, tragic and riotous celebration. To mark this year’s Pride Month, two new commissions with stories from the wider LGBTQ+ community will be premiered as part of Your Old Vic, available exclusively on The Old Vic’s YouTube channel from 30 Jun.”

Wiener Staatsoper

To view screenings from the Staatsoper, you must create an account, but then they are free. Normally they are available only for a day or so. Current listings are on their calendar page.

Wigmore Hall

Past Concerts:

You will need to create an account to watch stuff from Wigmore Hall, but it’s free!

Recent live streams:

  • Anastasia Kobekina cello; Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula piano (Avl to Oct 20/21)
    • Debussy, Franck and Juon
  • Camerata RCO: A chamber ensemble from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Avl to Oct 26/21)
    • Nielsen and Brahms
  • Christian Gerhaher baritone; Isabelle Faust violin; Anne Katharina Schreiber violin; Timothy Ridout viola; Danusha Waskiewicz viola; Jean-Guihen Queyras cello; Christian Poltéra cello (Avl to Oct 28/21)
    • Berlioz, Schoeck and Schoenberg
  • Wolf Song Gala (Avl to Nov 2)
    • Julia Kleiter soprano, Ema Nikolovska mezzo-soprano, Christoph Prégardien tenor, Florian Boesch baritone, Olivia Warburton soprano, Kieran Carrel tenor, James Baillieu piano, Richard Stokes speaker
  • Aris Quartet (Avl to Nov 10)
    • György Kurtág, Mendelssohn and Schulhoff
  • Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; Xenia Löffler oboe; Georg Kallweit violin, leader (Avl to Nov 12)
    • Bach, CPE Bach and Goldberg
  • Gweneth Ann Rand soprano; Allyson Devenish piano; Sarah Daramy-Williams violin; Cathy Tyson narrator (Avl to Nov 13)
  • Nash Ensemble: Dame Myra Hess Celebration (Avl to Nov 15)
    • Brahms, Dvorák, Mozart and Schubert
  • Elizabeth Llewellyn soprano; Simon Lepper piano (Avl to Dec 2/21)
    • Finzi, Puccini, Verdi and Walton
  • Boris Giltburg piano (Avl to Jan 2/22
    • Prokofiev, Ravel and Schumann
  • Kirill Gerstein piano (Avl to Jan 31/22)
    • Debussy, Janácek, Kaprálová, Komitas and Skryabin

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