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Philip Glass

Hot Date: The Superb Soundtrack of Philip Glass

Philip Glass

SEPTEMBER 17 Open your ears to one of modern classical music’s great composers as the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra performs the film music of Philip Glass. Known for his contrapuntal, structurally repetitive symphonies, operatic works, string quartets and more, Glass is also a three-time Academy Award nominee for his work in motion pictures. Music from one of these lauded movies, The Hours, is a highlight of the orchestra’s program and features pianist Michael Riesman, longtime music director of the Philip Glass Ensemble. The recital also includes Glass’s Symphony no. 3 and his score to the 1931 version of Dracula. Glenn Gould Studio, 8 p.m., $45; call 416-872-4255 or visit here to purchase.

Hot Date: Venice Baroque Orchestra Plays Music for All Seasons

The Venice Baroque Orchestra

OCTOBER 26 In The Seasons Project, violinist Robert McDuffie and the Venice Baroque Orchestra guide listeners through a musical journey to 17th-century Italy. Considered one of the most adventurous period-instrument ensembles in the world, this award-winning group is set to interpret Antonio Vivaldi’s crowd-pleasing opus The Four Seasons, complemented by a modern twist—Philip Glass’s The American Four Seasons. The mix of flowery baroque and modern minimalism is sure to foster an intriguing yet beautiful performance. Roy Thomson Hall, $39.50 to $99.50; call 416-872-4255 or for tickets.