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Weekend Roundup: March 30 to April 1

Friday: The Tao Japanese Drummings pound out a beat

Friday, March 30
Give your evening a bit (err… a lot) of rhythm at an explosive performance by the Tao Japanese Drummers, a 13-piece ensemble that fuses Japanese-style drumming with influences from Korea, Indonesia, New Zealand, and elsewhere in the Far East to create a  spectacle of modern and traditional sound.

Operatic tenor Michael Schade returns to his hometown for a recital with Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni—making his Canadian debut—and Justus Zeyen on piano. On the program are the expressive words and music of German lieders by the likes of Schumann, Brahms, and Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Greer.

Vanguard indie-pop band The Magnetic Fields take the stage at the Sound Academy to promote their 10th album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. As always, the band, formed by musician/songwriter/producer Stephin Merritt, promises a unique mix of tongue-in-cheek lyrics and synth-pop-meets-alt-folk sonics that really are not to be missed!

Saturday: See Deborah Samuel's Lizard I and other haunting images at the ROM

Saturday, March 31
You know how animals look on the outside, but what about the inside? The Royal Ontario Museum presents a collection of photo-based works by Deborah Samuel that artistically render the skeletons of birds, lizards, snakes and other vertebrates. In the lead-up to this May’s Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Samuel’s images offer a thought-provoking exploration of life and death.

Former Toronto Symphony Orchestra music director Jukka-Pekka Saraste returns to the stage to conduct the ensemble in a program featuring Brahms’s passionate Symphony No. 3 and Sibelius’s Tapiola—a magical sketch of Finland’s northern forest. A special treat: violinist Pekka Kuusisto joins the TSO to meet all the virtuoso challenges of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

Songs in the Key of Stephen is a tribute to composers and lyricists Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim, who have been credited with changing the face of American musical theatre. Enjoy famous songs from all your favourite musicals, including West Side Story, Into the Woods, Wicked and Godspell.

Sunday: Comb through the One of a Kind Show for that perfect item for spring

Sunday, April 1
Check out the creations of artisans from across Canada on the final day of the One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale—more than 450 vendors offer a wealth of designer clothing, jewellery, visual art, home decor items, furniture and much more.

If you’re a lover of films and all things French, come out to the final day of the Cinefranco Film Festival. Four films—including All Our Desires and The Tuches—are scheduled to run at various times on this, the final day of the festival.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir with a concert of powerful words and music from the baroque period and beyond—featuring works by Bach, Handel, Poulenc, Whitacre and more. Written specially for this occasion is the premiere of Garden by Canadian composer James Rolfe.

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