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TSO Music Director Gustavo Gimeno

Gimeno Conducts Beethoven 5

Wed, Mar 22–Sat, Mar 25, 2023 Roy Thomson Hall
Sun, Mar 26, 2023 George Weston Recital Hall

The most famous four notes in music usher in a towering masterpiece for the ages in Beethoven’s timeless and immortal Fifth Symphony. Intrepid Canadian cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras reveals the brooding, introspective beauty of Schumann’s concerto, then invites us on an adventure into the avant-garde with music of Ligeti. Two contemporary works round out the program: a world-première Celebration Prelude from Canadian Brian Harman; and Iranian-Canadian composer Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum spricht (Every Tree Speaks), a musical meditation on climate change inspired by Beethoven's love of nature.

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The performances of Gimeno Conducts Beethoven 5 are collectively supported by our generous Maestro's Club donors.


Brian Harman

Madrigal: Celebration Prelude

World Première/TSO Commission


R. Schumann

Cello Concerto




Cello Concerto


Iman Habibi

Jeder Baum spricht



Symphony No. 5



TSO Music Director Gustavo Gimeno

Gustavo Gimeno

Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras

Jean-Guihen Queyras

cello (2022/23 TSO Spotlight Artist)

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