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Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Thu, Sep 29–Sun, Oct 2, 2022 Roy Thomson Hall

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"I gave everything to it I was able to give,” declared Camille Saint-Saëns of his Third Symphony. “What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.” Conductor Gemma New and the Toronto Symphony pull out all the stops in a performance of this dramatic, late-Romantic masterwork, featuring the sonic splendour of Roy Thomson Hall’s magnificent pipe organ. A visit to Sicily’s awe-inspiring Mount Etna gave rise to Canadian composer Samy Moussa’s Violin Concerto, subtitled “Adrano” in reference to the ancient fire god said to have lived beneath, and it shines in the hands of Canadian phenom Kerson Leong. Leong also plays soul-stirring music of Dvořák, and the concerts open with Mendelssohn’s enchanting musical postcard of Scotland, The Hebrides.

Program

Mendelssohn

The Hebrides ("Fingal's Cave")

Samy Moussa

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra "Adrano"

Dvořák

Romance for Violin and Orchestra

Saint-Saëns

Symphony No. 3 "Organ Symphony"

Performers

Conductor Gemma New

Gemma New

conductor
Kerson Leong

Kerson Leong

violin
Jean-Willy Kunz in a black jacket with a white shirt and a black bow tie

Jean-Willy Kunz

organ
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony is Part of:

Thursday 2

Seven Thursday concerts at 8:00pm
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Saturday 2

Six Saturday concerts at 8:00pm and one Friday concert at 7:30pm
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Sunday Matinee

Five Sunday concerts at 3:00pm
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