Critic’s Picks (Mar. 11 – 17)
Ludwig van Toronto’s weekly Critic’s Picks are a curated list of some of the best concerts happening now through the end of the week. For a look at the full breadth of what’s available in and around Toronto, check out our curated concert listings here.
Canadian Opera Company | Chamber Music Series: Hidden Treasures. 12 p.m. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. Free. Limited Seating.
Violinist Nune Melik and pianist Michel-Alexandre Broekaert join forces in a program of music from Armenia, works that are little known to the outside world. | Details
National Ballet of Canada | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 7:30 p.m. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. Runs to Mar. 17. $40-$265. Check website for time and casting details.
Opened last week to critical acclaim, the National Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a perfect show for young people during Spring Break. Music by Joby Talbot and choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. | Details
Canadian Opera Company | Vocal Series: Opera for All Ages. 12 p.m. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. Free. Limited Seating.
A little operatic offering in time for Spring Break, members of the COC Ensemble Studio present a program designed to introduce opera to an audience of all ages. Details not available at press time. | Details
Music Toronto | Lafayette and Saguenay Quartets. 8 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. $53.50-$58.00
The Lafayette and Saguenay Quartets are frequent collaborators. They join forces for an evening of works by Gade, Ichmouratov and Mendelssohn. | Details
Gallery 345 | Impetuoso: Elizabeth Reid and Alison Cerutti. 7:30 p.m. 345 Sorauren Ave., Toronto. $25/$10(st)
Violist Elizabeth Reid and pianist Alison Cerutti return to Gallery 345 for a program of Rose Bolton From the Very Edge of the Flat Earth (2007), David Jaeger Sonata for Viola and Piano (2018), and Rebecca Clark Sonata for Viola and Piano (1919). The recital’s title, Impetuoso, is inspired by the first movement of the Clark Sonata. | Details
University of Toronto Faculty of Music | La finta giardiniera/ 7:30 p.m. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. $40/$25(sr)/$10(st). Three more performances to Sunday. Check listing for details.
U of T Opera presents the teenage Mozart’s opera, La finta giardiniera. It’s conducted by veteran Canadian baritone Russell Braun and directed by Michael Patrick Albano. | Details
Gallery 345 | The Art of the Piano: Vedrana Subotic. 8 p.m. 345 Sorauren Ave., Toronto. $30/$10(st) Cash only at the door. [EVENT CANCELLED] Pianist Vedrana Subotic plays a program of Chopin, Haydn, Beethoven, and Steven Mokranjac. | Details
Alliance Française Toronto | Judith Cohen & Her Guests: Women of the World. 8 p.m. Spadina Theatre, 24 Spadina Road. $25/$20(sr, st)$12(AFT members)
Montreal ethnomusicologist/singer Judith Cohen and her guests perform an evening of Sephardic songs in Judeo-Spanish, and other traditional songs from Portugal, the Balkans, Quebec, and Acadia. | Details
Royal Conservatory of Music | McCandless Presents: Songs for the Trumpet. 2 p.m. Mazzoleni Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St. W. $30.
TSO Principal Trumpet Andrew McCandless, joined by pianist Sonya Sim, perform Bramwell Tovey’s Songs of the Paradise Saloon, and transcriptions of songs originally for voice by Bernstein, de Falla, and others. | Details
Mooredale Concerts | Christian Blackshaw. 3:15 p.m. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. $40
British pianist Christian Blackshaw plays a Mozart-Schumann program including Sonatas No. 8 in B-flat Major, K333 (Linz), No. 8 in A minor, K310, and Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17. | Details