At Koerner Hall
Menahem Pressler, pianist and founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, celebrates his 90th birthday with a performance. Pressler is joined by the New Orford String Quartet in a program of Beethoven, Brahms and Murray Schafer (in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday). The Royal Conservatory concert takes place at Koerner Hall, Sunday, Nov. 24, 3 p.m. $35 to $75.
Also, Israeli conductor Lior Shambadal leads the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in a program of Beethoven and Hindemith, Koerner Hall, Nov. 22, 8 p.m. $25 to $55. www.performance.rcmusic.ca, 416-408-0208.
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Yiddish Vinkl: Elly Gotz, who spent his teenage years in the Kovno Ghetto before being imprisoned in Dachau, came with his family to Toronto in 1964. A Yiddish maven, Gotz reads the Yiddish poems of Lithuanian-born poet Rivka Galin (1890-1935) and Romanian-born poet Eliezer Shteinbarg (1880-1932) with English translations. Yiddish Vinkl, Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. Thursday, Dec. 5, 12 noon. $18 includes buffet lunch. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Names in the News: Toronto-based band Jaffa Road has won the World Music Group of the Year award in the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the ceremony for which took place recently in Calgary. The band, which consists of Aviva Chernick, Aaron Lightstone, Sundar Viswanathan, Jeff Wilson and Chris Gartner, makes its debut performance in Montreal on Nov. 21.
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• Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents a screening of Aftermath/Poklosie, the 2012 film by Polish director Wladyslaw Pasikowski, in Polish with English subtitles. Award-winner at the 2013 Jerusalem Film Festival. $15. City Playhouse Theatre, Sunday, Nov. 24, tea 4 p.m., film 5 p.m. www.tjff.com
• Critic Kevin Courrier continues his series on the films of Robert Altman with a session on “Biography – Vincent and Theo.” Miles Nadal JCC, Monday, Nov. 25, 7 to 9 p.m. $11.25 drop in, students $6.
• The TIFF Bell Lightbox features a 10-film spotlight of the works of American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, Nov. 28 to Dec. 20. The idea is to “invite audiences to (re)familiarize themselves with the off-kilter universe of the Brothers Coen” in preparation for their newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, which opens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Dec. 25. 350 King St. tiff.net
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Arts in Brief
• Music She Wrote – A Tribute to Canadian Women Composers features Jacques Israelievitch, the Koffler Chamber Orchestra and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico. The Music Gallery, 197 John St. Sunday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m. $15, $20, $25. Advance tickets, 416-638-1881, ext. 4333, or email@example.com
• Aviva Chernick performs songs in Judeo Spanish, Hebrew and Yiddish, accompanied by musician Josh Engel, at a Chanukah Musical Celebration presented by Active Seniors/BoomersMiles Nadal JCC, Thursday, Nov. 28, 1:30 p.m. $5 includes latkes and treats. Please pre-register, 416-924-6211, ext. 0.
• Author Lily Poritz Miller launches her new book, The Newcomers, about a South African family with Jewish roots transplanted to New England after World War II. Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St. (south of Queen), Thursday, Nov. 28, 6 to 8 p.m.
• Teatron’s production of Chaim Potok’s The Chosen, which Aaron Posner adapted for the stage, was originally supposed to run until Nov. 24, but it has been extended for another week. It’s at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (Studio Theatre) until Dec. 1. www.teatrontheatre.com, 416-733-0545.
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At the Galleries: Nearly a century after the beginning of World War I, the artistic frenzy that swept Europe in the years leading up to the conflict comes alive at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The new exhibition, The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 features more than 60 works by 36 artists including Kandinsky, Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse and Chagall. Nov. 30 to March 2, 2014. www.ago.net