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James Ehnes standing with his violin

James Ehnes + An American in Paris

Wed, May 29–Sat, Jun 1, 2024 Roy Thomson Hall

Acclaimed French conductor Stéphane Denève leads a program teeming with the vivacity, imagination, and romance synonymous with his homeland. A spirited and tuneful ballet suite by Francis Poulenc and a journey through a supernatural dream city by Guillaume Connesson paint colourful sonic pictures rich in melody and texture. George Gershwin’s An American in Paris is a Jazz Age travelogue that continues to electrify the senses with its joie de vivre. And Toronto Symphony Orchestra Spotlight Artist James Ehnes returns for his second appearance of the season with Serenade, one of Leonard Bernstein’s most lyrical orchestral works—a musical interpretation of the Greek philosopher Plato’s dialogue on the multi-faceted forms love can take.

There's a free pre-concert performance by the TSO Chamber Soloists before the Thursday, May 30 performance. See the TSO Chamber Soloists page for more information.


Guillaume Connesson

 “Celephaïs” from Les Cités de Lovecraft (The Cities of Lovecraft)

Canadian Première



Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium)




Suite from Les biches



An American in Paris


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Stéphane Denève headshot

Stéphane Denève


James Ehnes

violin (2023/24 TSO Spotlight Artist)
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