Toronto Symphony Orchestra Sets 11 Concerts for February
In February, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents 11 concerts with programmes and formats that range from the Beethoven and Bronfman starting after work at 6:30pm to the Orchestra Olympics, from Mahler and the visiting Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, to the great romance of Casablanca.
It's the Year of the Horse! The TSO is pleased to be presenting their first special Chinese New Year concert, modeled on the New York Philharmonic programme. Long Yu, Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic and Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, will lead the TSO in traditional Chinese and western orchestral music, featuring Chinese piano virtuoso Yuja Wang, Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-Liang Lin and Shanghai-born cellist Jian Wang. Highlights of the programme include Li Huanzhi's Spring Festival Overture, Mao Yuan's New Year's Greeting, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Tan Dun's The Triple Resurrection.
The TSO's Year of the Horse programme includes a rare special appearance by the internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated Chinese vocal artist, Song Zuying. The most famous Canadian in China, the always engaging Dashan (Mark Rowswell), will host the evening. (February 3, 2014)
The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), under the baton of RBC Resident Conductor Shalom Bard, will perform Brahms's Academic Festival Overture, Jeffrey Ryan's The Linearity of Light and Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 7, in the acoustically superb George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. (February 8, 2014)
Back at Roy Thomson Hall, the TSO is thrilled to be hosting the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) and Music Director Kent Nagano as they perform Mahler's 7th Symphony, kaleidoscopic evocation of night, mystery, and love. Symphony No. 7 offers a gallery of tone paintings that range in mood from forceful and march-like, to playfully lyrical and amorous. (February 12, 2014)
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the TSO will perform Max Steiner's glorious score live while the sublimely romantic film Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is viewed on the big screen. Almost 71 years to the date the film was originally released, Casablanca is still widely admired and endures as a prime example of the golden age of Hollywood. TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke will lead the Orchestra in the challenging task of accompanying a film live. The original surround sound! (February 14-15, 2014)