November 11 this year marks the centenary of the end of World War 1.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is commemorating the passing of a century since Armistice Day by paying tribute to all those who have given their lives in defence of freedom. A cast featuring the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Children’s Chorus and guest soloists will perform Benjamin Britten’s moving War Requiem on November 8 and 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
At George Weston Recital Hall, We Remember also commemorates the centenary with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Toronto Youth Choir, and Elmer Iseler Singers performing music by composers representing the Allied Nations of Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand. It takes place on November 11.
Several years after Leo Tolstoy used some of his own war experience to craft the monumental War and Peace, he published a quite different style of novel that gained the same acclaim and is considered one of the supreme works of 19th century fiction. The National Ballet of Canada begins its season this month with the North American premiere of a production inspired by that 1878 novel. Anna Karenina, a ballet by John Neumeier, is at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts from November 10 – 18.
The NBC’s next offering, from November 21 – 25, is a double bill. Frederick Ashton’s The Dream is based on the Shakespeare comedy of fairies and bewitched humans, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is paired with Being and Nothingness, a short ballet based on the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, by National Ballet principal dancer and choreographic associate Guillaime Côté.
For an entirely different dance experience, you can take in Forever Tango from November 6 – 11 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
Ain’t too Proud, the Life and Times of the Temptations, is currently playing to enthusiastic audience reviews at the Princess of Wales Theatre through November 17.
Or, for an entirely different musical experience, check out Another Brick in the Wall, an opera by Julien Bilodeau based on the classic Pink Floyd album. It’s onstage at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts from November 13 – 23.
The shows noted above represent a small sampling of the great theatre, music and dance happening throughout Toronto this month. We’ve just mentioned some of what’s on at the big theatres because we’re building a database of the seating in these venues and we hope you’ll help by submitting a review of the view from your seat on our Homepage. But we are well aware of and enjoy many of the excellent small and medium-sized productions in Toronto. If you’ve seen a performance that you highly recommend, please tell us about it in a comment below.