CRITICS PICKS | 8 Concerts You Absolutely Need To See In Toronto This Week (January 6 12) – Ludwig Van

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Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of Jan 6 12.Critics Picks (Jan. 6 12)

Ludwig van Torontos weekly Critics 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 whats available in and around Toronto, check out our curated concert listingshere.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Beethoven 7th Symphony. 8 p.m. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. $51-$154. Repeats Jan 9 & 11.

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, the TSO offers an all-Beethoven program conducted by Sir Andrew Davis Symphony No. 7; Piano Concerto No. 4 with pianist Seong-Jin Cho, and the comparatively rare King Stephen Overture. | Details

University of Toronto Faculty of Music | Mark Fewer, violin and James Parker, piano. 12:10 p.m. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queens Park. Free.

U of T Music faculty members Mark Fewer and James Parker join forces to present half of Beethovens violin sonatas over two concerts, of which this is part 1. Part 2, a ticketed event, is on January 27. | Details

Music Toronto |Mir Quartet. 8 p.m. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre, 27 Front St. E. $53.75-$58.25. Pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.

The U.S. based Miro Quartet (Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violins; John Largess, viola; Joshua Gindele, cello) makes its fourth appearance with Music Toronto, in a program of Mozart, Glire, Franck, and Servais, with guest pianist Lydia Wong. | Details

The Piano Lunaire | Wolf Moon. 7:30 p.m. Bunker Lane Press, 1001 Bloor St. W., Rear entrance down laneway. $18.

Januarys concert celebrates the Wolf Moon, with saxophonist David Zucchi and pianist Adam Sherkin, performing music by John Adams, James MacMillan, Charlotte Bray, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Adam Sherkin. This program will be presented in Ottawa the following day. | Details

Cineplex Events/Met Opera Live in HD | Wozzeck 12:55 p.m. at select Cineplex Cinemas in the GTA. Consult website for details. $28. Encores on Mar. 7, 9, 11, 15.

Met Music Director Canadian Yannick Nzet-Sguin conducts William Kentridges new production of Alban Bergs expressionistic masterpiece Wozzeck, a 20th century masterpiece of Modernism. Peter Mattei makes his role debut as Wozzeck opposite Elza van den Heever as Marie. Christopher Ventris (Drum-Major), Gerhard Siegel (Captain), Christian Van Horn (Doctor), and Andrew Staples (Andres). This production was premiered in 2017 in Salzburg to critical acclaim. Not to be missed. | Details

Royal Conservatory of Music | 21C Music Festival: Ayre (Against the Grain Theatre). 8 p.m. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. $21-$90.

As part of the 21C Music Festival, Against the Grain Theatre presents Ayre, by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, a lush fusion of Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic folk melodies and texts. It stars Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil, staged by Joel Ivany. The evening also features other works: Mariel, Kvakarat, and Tenebrae. Musicians include Jamey Haddad, Barry Shiffman, Gabriel Radford, Michael Ward-Bergman, Juan Gabriel Olivares, Roberto Occhipinti, and Cantor Alex Stein. | Details

Royal Conservatory of Music | 21C Music Festival: 21C Afterhours: Veronique Mathieu. 10:30 p.m. Temerty Theatre, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. $21.

Violinist Vronique Mathieu and pianist Stephanie Chua perform True North, featuring the Canadian premiere of 4 Seasons by Alice Ping Yee Ho as well as works by Derek Johnson, Adam Scime, and the world premiere a work by Odawa First Nations composer Barbara Croall, a RCM co-commission. | Details

Li Delun Music Foundation | New Years Concert. 3:30 p.m. George Weston Recital Hall, Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St. $35-$68; $98(VIP, includes one CD)

This concert celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethovens birth, as well as the 50th anniversary of Canada-China diplomatic relations. Program includes Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 with pianist Haochen Zhang; Beethoven Violin Concerto with violinist Ti Zhang; Wagner: Rienzi Overture; Rossini: William Tell Overture; John Williams: theme from Schindlers List; and works by Chinese composers. Toronto Festival Orchestra conducted by Junping Qian. | Details

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Joseph So is Professor Emeritus at Trent University and Associate Editor of Opera Canada.He is also a long-time contributor to La Scena Musicale and Opera (London, UK). His interest in music journalism focuses on voice, opera as well as symphonic and piano repertoires. He appears regularly as a panel member of the Big COC Podcast.He has co-edited a book, Opera in a Multicultural World: Coloniality, Culture, Performance, published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

Joseph So is Professor Emeritus at Trent University and Associate Editor of Opera Canada.He is also a long-time contributor to La Scena Musicale and Opera (London, UK). His interest in music journalism focuses on voice, opera as well as symphonic and piano repertoires. He appears regularly as a panel member of the Big COC Podcast.He has co-edited a book, Opera in a Multicultural World: Coloniality, Culture, Performance, published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

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