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R. Strauss’s Don Quixote

Wed, Apr 3–Sat, Apr 6, 2024 Roy Thomson Hall

Performances fuelled by the fantastical and formidable await when Richard Strauss’s masterful musical narration of Don Quixote takes the stage. The imaginative tone poem, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s 1605 novel, has captured the hearts of audiences since its creation. Wagner’s noble Prelude to Act I of Parsifal, his last opera, continues the literary theme with the tale of a young innocent and his challenges as a guardian of the legendary Holy Grail. Lontano by György Ligeti is a haunting soundscape used in the films The Shining and Shutter Island with psychologically terrifying effect. Finally, we realize a treasure in the North American Première of the Trombone Concerto by Canada’s own Samy Moussa, co-commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and performed by the mesmerizing Jörgen van Rijen making his TSO début.






Prelude to Act I of Parsifal


Samy Moussa

Concerto for trombone and orchestra “Yericho”

North American Première/TSO Co-commission



R. Strauss

Don Quixote, Opus 35


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Gustavo Gimeno

Jorgen van Rijen holding a trombone

Jörgen van Rijen


Joseph Johnson

R. Strauss’s Don Quixote is Part of

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