My recommendations for this month:
11 SEPTEMBER — Aradia Ensemble performs a semi-staged Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Glenn Gould Studio. Inexplicably, one day before the performance, the names of singers have not yet been publicized.
14 SEPTEMBER — Royal Conservatory begins its free lunch time series on the mechanics and materiality of piano. Music comes in later. This is where I’ll have my Tuesday brown bag lunches until December.
15 SEPTEMBER — Tafelmusik & Opera Atelier Pre-Season Open House, with performances. St Lawrence Hall, 157 King St E. 7pm, free.
17 SEPTEMBER — The Hildegard Project will perform Hildegard von Bingen’s vocal music in Meditation in Motion: Hildegard von Bingen Feast Day Concert and Labyrinth Walk at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Eaton Square), 8pm.
24-26 SEPTEMBER — Fallen Voices: Three Operas for Two People is a new operatic triptych (or should I say Il Trittico) by the composers Ben Mueller-Heaslip, Michael Hynes and Alex Eddington which for the first time in herstory brings Edith Sitwell, Tammy Faye Bakker and Anna Akhmatova in the same room. Performing the three twisted pieces are Kristin Mueller-Heaslip (soprano, librettist) and Jen Wardle (saxophone). NOT TO BE MISSED. Bread & Circuses, 8pm on 24-25th, 3pm on 26th.
25 SEPTEMBER — Canadian Opera Company opens its doors to the public for the ORCA rehearsal (Orchestra, Chorus, Soloists) of Aida which opens October 2. Free tickets on first-come-first-served basis. 7pm, details here and here.
29 SEPTEMBER — Toronto Mayoral Arts Debate, Walker’s Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 7pm. This is the only debate which will focus on candidates’ art platforms, so make sure to attend, ask questions, and shake your head in disbelief. Arts Vote Coalition has been keeping the fires of art advocacy burning in the past months — follow and join them here.
And that is only the initial calendar of events, which is bound to grow. October will be even fuller. But about October in October.
PS: Five months and fifteen days until Anne Sofie von Otter’s recital in Toronto.