Ludwig van Toronto’s weekly Critic’s Picks are a fully curated list of some of the best concerts happening now through the end of the week. This is not to say we are the provocateurs of taste, but simply seek to provide a good weekly summary. For a look at the full breadth of what’s available in and around Toronto, check out our curated concert listings here.
Canzona Chamber Players | In Concert. 7:30 p.m. St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John St. $25
The Canzona Chamber Players is made up of musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (violinists Yosuke Kawasaki, Jessica Linnebach, Shane Kim and Ashley Vandiver; violists Theresa Rudolph and Ivan Ivanovich; and cellists Joseph Johnson and Alastair Eng). On the program are Brahms Sextet Op. 18 and Mendelssohn Octet Op. 20. | Details
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir | Festival of Carols. 7:30 p.m. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. $35-$76/$20(30 & under) Repeats Dec. 6
TMC (Noel Edison, conductor) is joined by the Canadian Staff Band, organist David Briggs, and Canadian Children’s Opera Company in an evening of carols. | Listing
Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Best of Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall. $40.75-$154. Repeats Dec. 6 & 7.
Royal Conservatory of Music | Janine Jansen, Martin Fröst, Torleif Thedéen, Lucas Debargue. 8 p.m. Koerner Hall. $30-$75
Four distinguished instrumentalists join forces for an evening of chamber music, playing Bartók, Szymanowski, and Messiaen. Pre-concert talk with Rick Phillips at 7 p.m. | Listing
Toronto Choral Society | Christmas Oratorio. 7:30 p.m. Koerner Hall. $45 Sold Out
Toronto Choral Society, founded in 1845, is one of the oldest choirs in Canada. It is celebrating the Christmas season with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Soloists are soprano Anne Marie Ramos, mezzo Jillian Yemen, and baritone Anthony Cleverton, joined by the Talisker Players. | Listing
Music Toronto | Gryphon Trio. 8 p.m. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. $55-$50/$10(st)
The Gryphon Trio is joined by violist Jethro Marks in a program of Haydn, Brahms, and Marjan Mozetich. | Listing
Toronto Consort | Navidad: A Spanish Christmas. 8 p.m. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. Repeats Dec. 9 (8 p.m.) & 10 (3:30 p.m.)
The Toronto Consort presents a Christmas concert of early music from the Hispanic world on both sides of the Atlantic, with harp, guitars, percussion, winds, keyboards and voices. | Listing
National Ballet of Canada | The Nutcracker. 2 p.m. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. Repeats at 7 p.m. Runs to Dec. 30. $39-$160. Some performances sold out. Check website for details.
The National’s Christmas Extravaganza is back! This is the James Kudelka production that premiered in 1995, with subtle changes from traditional choreography. Dancing this afternoon – Skylar Campbell (Peter), Jullian Vanstone (Sugar Plum Fairy), and Xiao Nan Yu (Snow Queen). | Listing
The Annex Singers | December Diaries: A Choral Drama. 7:30 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. $35/$25(st, sr) Repeats Dec. 10 3 p.m.
The Annex Singers presents an original choral piece by Elizabeth Koester and Maria Case. The show tells the stories of three historic Christmases from the past. Soloists include tenor Roger Honeywell and actor Cheryl MacInniss. | Listing
Flato Markham Theatre | Lynn Harrell, cello. 8 p.m. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham. $75-$85/$15 (youth)
The legendary American cellist Lynn Harrell makes a rare GTA appearance, playing Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello. | Listing
Royal Conservatory of Music | Invesco Piano Concerts: Khatia Buniatishvili. 3 p.m. Koerner Hall. $35-$80
Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili plays a program of Mussorgsky and Liszt. | Listing
Toronto Classical Singers | Noël Noël 4 p.m. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. $30
The Toronto Classical Singers and the Talisker Players Orchestra (Jurgen Petrenko, conductor) perform a “French Christmas” featuring Messe de Minuit (Charpentier) and Oratorio de Noël (Saint-Saëns). Soloists are sopranos Whitney Mather and Kendra Dyck, mezzo Lillian Brooks, tenor Stephen McClare and baritone Bruce Kelly. | Details