Mozart@262 Festival and More Set for January 2018 at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
In January 2018, Mozart rules at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)! To celebrate the 262nd anniversary of the great composer's birth, TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian and Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie are co-curating the Mozart@262 Festival-four compelling programs presented at three different venues.
Mozart@262 Festival: January 10-21, 2018
• Majestic Mozart on January 10 & 13: Bernard Labadie leads the TSO in Mozart's Serenade No. 10 "Gran Partita"-an extended and luxurious work scored for 12 wind instruments and double bass-and the composer's final and elegant Symphony No. 39. Presented at Roy Thomson Hall.
• What Makes It Great? Mozart Clarinet Concerto on January 12: In his usual friendly manner, host/conductor Rob Kapilow takes the audience into the heart of the haunting, touching work, which is performed in its entirety in the second half, as TSO Principal Clarinet Joaquin Valdepeñas steps into the spotlight. Presented at Roy Thomson Hall.
• Essential Mozart on January 17 & 18: In this program of Mozart masterworks, TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow and Principal Viola Teng Li take centre stage for a dazzling performance of Mozart's Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola. The Orchestra also delivers the overtures to The Magic Flute and The Impresario, as well as Symphony No. 36 "Linz"-all under the direction of Mozart specialist Bernard Labadie. The January 17 concert takes place at Roy Thomson Hall; the January 18 concert takes place at Koerner Hall.
• Mozart Jupiter Symphony from January 19 to 21: Crowning his final performances in the treasured annual Mozart Festival that he created, Peter Oundjian leads the TSO in the breathtaking Jupiter Symphony. French-Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin is the guest soloist in the graceful Piano Concerto No. 23. The TSO also welcomes emerging Canadian violinist Adrian Anantawan who performs Rondo for Violin and Orchestra "Haffner" and Adagio for Violin and Orchestra. The January 19 concert takes place at Roy Thomson Hall; both January 20 concerts take place at Koerner Hall; the January 20 performance (3:00pm) takes place at George Weston Recital Hall.
January 25-27, guest conductor John Storgårds returns to the TSO for a program that includes John Estacio's stunning Trumpet Concerto, showcasing the talent of TSO Principal Trumpet Andrew McCandless, and the Canadian Première of Stravinsky's recently rediscovered Funeral Song-a piece he composed in memory of his teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert concludes with the celestial music of Gustav Holst-the magnificent suite, The Planets.
On January 31 & February 2, Slovak conductor Juraj Val?uha makes his TSO début with A European Romance. The concert opens with The Enchanted Lake by Liadov, followed by Falla's evocative Nights in the Gardens of Spain, featuring Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter. Val?uha also leads the TSO in irresistible works by R. Strauss: Don Juan and the exquisite suite from Der Rosenkavalier.
JANUARY 2018 LISTINGS:
All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., unless otherwise noted. Call the TSO ticket line at 416.593.1285, or order tickets online at TSO.CA.
Wednesday, January 10 at 8:00pm
Saturday, January 13 at 8:00pm
Bernard Labadie, conductor
Mozart: Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major, K. 370a/361 "Gran Partita"
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543
Friday, January 12 at 7:30pm
Rob Kapilow, conductor & host
Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
Wednesday, January 17 at 8:00pm*
Thursday, January 18 at 8:00pm**
Bernard Labadie, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin
Teng Li, viola
Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra, K. 364/320d
Mozart: Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario), K. 486
Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 "Linz"
*Free pre-concert performance by The TSO Chamber Soloists at 6:45pm (seating in the Roy Thomson Hall choir loft):
Kelly Zimba, flute
Clare Elene Semes, violin
Ivan Ivanovich, viola
Alastair Eng, cello
Mozart: Flute Quartet No. 1, K. 285
Mozart: Flute Quartet No. 2, K. 285a
Friday, January 19 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 20 at 2:00pm*
Saturday, January 20 at 8:00pm*
Sunday, January 21 at 3:00pm**
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano
Adrian Anantawan, violin
Mozart: Rondo for Violin and Orchestra from Serenade No. 7, K. 248b "Haffner"
Mozart: Adagio in E Major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 261
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 "Jupiter"
Thursday, January 25 at 8:00pm
Friday, January 26 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 27 at 7:30pm
John Storgårds, conductor
Andrew McCandless, trumpet
Women of the Elmer Iseler Singers (Lydia Adams, Artistic Director)
Stravinsky: Funeral Song (Canadian Première)*
John Estacio: Trumpet Concerto (TSO Co-commission)
Holst: The Planets
*January 25 & 26 only
Wednesday, January 31 at 8:00pm
Friday, February 2 at 7:30pm
Juraj Val?uha, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano
Liadov: The Enchanted Lake, Op. 62
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain for Piano and Orchestra
R. Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada's most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally. Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO with a commitment to innovative programming and audience development through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra along with a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music-education programs that reach tens of thousands of students each year.
Pictured: John Storgårds conducts Holst The Planets, January 25-27. Photo by Marco Borggreve.