In his inaugural season as Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Gustavo Gimeno shares hand-picked favourites that are close to his heart—from Dvořák’s stirring “New World” Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s passionate Fourth to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and a New Year’s celebration filled with selections from his native Spain.
Throughout the season, you’ll also enjoy timeless classics like The Planets, Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, along with world-famous guest artists like Yefim Bronfman, Daniil Trifonov, and Nicola Benedetti.
“Arriving in Toronto, I was impressed by the vibrancy with which Toronto embraces and celebrates the diversity of its people and its places.”
Gustavo Gimeno was announced as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 11th Music Director in September 2018. Born in Valencia, Spain, he began his international conducting career in 2012 as assistant to Mariss Jansons, while he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Read Gustavo's biography.
Maestro Gimeno's appointment made international headlines, from the CBC to The New York Times, and from his birth country of Spain to Luxembourg (where he has also been music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg since 2015).
“When I walk in downtown Toronto, one of the things that strikes me is the mixture of architectural styles,” he says. “You have an old building next to new, and this contrast of styles causes us to see each differently. I approach programming from the same mindset.” Read a note from Gustavo Gimeno about his first TSO season.
The TSO continues to deliver dazzling Pops performances and fun, engaging Young People's Concerts for the young—and young at heart! Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke's contract has recently been extended, and Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser joins the TSO in the new role of Principal Education Conductor & Community Ambassador.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas—In Concert. Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.
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