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Gimeno + Hannigan

Thursday, May 19–Saturday, May 21, 2022 Roy Thomson Hall
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Fairy-tale magic springs from every moment of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, from the spine-tingling opening to the pounding “Infernal Dance” to the glittering finale. Experience the full colour and splendour of this beloved masterpiece when Music Director Gustavo Gimeno and the TSO perform the ballet score in its entirety. Back-to-back world premières from Canadian composers begin the concert: first, a prelude by Julia Mermelstein, written in celebration of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 100th season; then, music of “riotously inventive” (The New Yorker) composer Zosha Di Castri, featuring incomparable Canadian soprano and contemporary-music icon Barbara Hannigan.

Gustavo Gimeno's appearances are generously supported by Susan Brenninkmeyer in memory of Hans Brenninkmeyer.

The TSO's Celebration Preludes are generously supported by Peter and Margie Kelk.

Gimeno + Hannigan • Promo Video

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Program

Julia Mermelstein

in moments, into bloom: Celebration Prelude

(World Première/TSO Commission)

3'

Stravinsky

Scherzo fantastique, op. 3

11'

Zosha Di Castri/text by Tash Aw

In the half-light for Soprano and Orchestra

(World Première/TSO Commission)

20'

Stravinsky

The Firebird

(complete ballet, 1910)

44'

Performers

Gustavo Gimeno

conductor

Barbara Hannigan

soprano