Adding a Romantic Taste to Life

Yiruma live concert – A peaceful classic night in the city.

South Korean pianist and composer - Yiruma
South Korean pianist and composer – Yiruma

If you want a peaceful night of classical melody this Christmas season, go see Yiruma live at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. The concert, which presents pieces from his new album to older hits, should bring love, happiness and passion to audiences. For fans of Yiruma, there will be a chance to meet and even take a picture with him at the post-concert event.

Yiruma, a South Korean pianist and composer, has released eight studio albums, the most successful was First Love released in 2001. Some of his most popular songs include “May Be,” “Kiss the Rain” and “River Flows in You,” which have reached millions of views on YouTube. His romantic music was also played in hit K-dramas such as Spring Waltz, Secret Garden, and Winter Sonata.

Yiruma Concert 2017

When: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 28th, 2019.
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto.

The Nutcracker ballet – A Christmas tradition

Christopher Gerty as Peter/The Nutcracker. Artists of the Ballet as Mice. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
Tanya Howard as the Snow Queen in THE NUTCRACKER Photo by Karolina Kuras
Tanya Howard as the Snow Queen in THE NUTCRACKER Photo by Karolina Kuras

When the Nutcracker ballet comes back to stages around the world, it is a sign that Christmas and New Year is coming. There are many versions of the ballet that are produced by different ballet companies. However, The National Ballet of Canada is one of the finest versions in the world.

The ballet is about two siblings, Misha and Marie, who attend a Christmas party and receive a beautiful nutcracker doll. When the clock strikes midnight, the magic begins and they find themselves in the land of the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy. With non-stop dancing and beautiful sets and costumes, the ballet is an unparalleled holiday treat for both children and adults.

When: Dec. 12th, 2019- Jan. 4th, 2020.
Venue: The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto.

Anastasia – A new Broadway musical comes to Toronto

Theatre lovers will love the romantic and adventure-filled musical Anastasia that premieres in Canada this December.

Victoria Bingham (Little Anastasia) and Joy Franz (Dowager Empress) in the National Tour of ANASTASIA
Victoria Bingham (Little Anastasia) and Joy Franz (Dowager Empress) in the National Tour of ANASTASIA
Lila Coogan (Anya) and Jake Levy (Dmitry) in National Tour of ANASTASIA Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade
Lila Coogan (Anya) and Jake Levy (Dmitry) in National Tour of ANASTASIA Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade

Based on the 1997 film with the same name, it is a story about brave young Anya setting out to discover the mystery of her family. The show takes audiences from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Anastasia is created by the same team behind the legendary musical Ragtime, including playwright Terence McNally, composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens.

When: Dec. 3rd, 2019 – Jan. 12th, 2020.
Venue: Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto.

Feature image by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade.

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