TSO to Close 2013-14 Season with Light Classics Program Featuring Ravel, Copland, Gershwin and More
In the final month of the 2013/2014 season, TSO musicians will claim the spotlight in an engaging Light Classics programme that includes the electrifying crescendo of Ravel's famous Boléro and Brahms's merry medley of German student songs. Led by RBC Resident Conductor Shalom Bard, Niccolò Paganini's Sonata per la gran viola will provide the dazzling showpiece for Principal Viola Teng Li, while Principal Oboe Sarah Jeffrey will steal the spotlight in Calla Lilies by Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich.
Named as one of "five classical shows that should not be missed" this season by The Globe & Mail, Songs for Soprano features the achingly nostalgic songs that form Richard Strauss's last musical will and testament. The German composer's Four Last Songs will be brought to life by soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, hailed by The New York Times for singing "with unflinching honesty and uncommon intensity." Under the baton of TSO Music DirectorPeter Oundjian, the Orchestra will perform Suites Nos. 1 & 2 from Ravel's atmospheric and sumptuous Daphnis et Chloé, with RBC Resident Conductor Shalom Bard taking to the podium to lead the Orchestra in Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni.
The last of this season's Exposed: What Makes it Great? Series showcases American composer Aaron Copland's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece,Appalachian Spring. Conductor and commentator Rob Kapilow will take audiences behind the scenes of Copland's iconic work, conjuring a joyful pre-wedding celebration in early 19th century New England. On an episode of NPR Music, Kapilow noted: "Copland's Appalachian Spring has a million things in it, but at its heart is one chord, which is not only the essence of Appalachian Spring but in my mind Copland's entire vision of America."
While last year's first annual Music Mob at the Luminato Festival drew in crowds of musicians young and old, Mother Nature took a turn for the worse by flooding David Pecaut Square with rain and putting a damper on the otherwise enthusiastic gathering. This year the Music Mob goes major league, indoors at the Air Canada Centre - with participants taking a crack at Maurice Ravel's Boléro, side-by-side with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Co-hosted by TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian and Luminato Festival Artistic Director Jorn Weisbrodt, everyone is welcome to join what could possibly be the biggest orchestra Toronto has ever seen! No musical experience necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm, a keen sense of adventure and, of course, an instrument.
After performing with the Orchestra at the TSO's inaugural Chinese New Year concert this past February, Yuja Wang returns to the Roy Thomson Hall stage in June for another exciting concert. At a TSO performance last season, the Toronto Star observed that "Wang displayed technique to burn with almost supernatural precision." This time, she will bring her virtuosity and poetic insight to Beethoven's stormy C-minor concerto. TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian will then guide the Orchestra through Shostakovich's stirring Fifth Symphony, which mingles triumph and tragedy in one unforgettable work.
One of the most anticipated TSO Luminato Festival events, this year's Late Night concert boasts an evening of celebration and exceptional classical music. TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian will lead the Orchestra in Shostakovich's mighty Symphony No. 5, a powerfully emotive masterpiece so beloved that it ranks as his most popular symphony. Sharing the bill with Shostakovich is an equally bold pioneer, American composer Mason Bates. The TSO will be among the first to present his new Garages of the Valley, a clever, all-acoustic celebration of Silicon Valley's tech visionaries.