April 2016 at the TSO

March 10, 2016

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) embraces spring with renewed energy and fresh performances. On April 2, The TSO Presents Alligator Pie will delight children—big and small. Based on the children’s poetry collection Alligator Pie by Toronto poet Dennis Lee, with music composed by Abigail Richardson-Schulte (The Hockey Sweater), the work was co-commissioned by the TSO and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. The two matinee performances (2:00pm and 4:00pm) bring together soprano Carla Huhtanen, host Kevin Frank, and Dennis Lee himself under the musical direction of RBC Resident Conductor Earl Lee.

On April 2 at 8:00pm, the TSO presents Ottawa’s celebrated National Arts Centre Orchestra, who visits Toronto for the first time with its new music director, Alexander Shelley. Their program includes Ringelspiel by Canadian composer Ana Sokolović, two tone poems by Richard Strauss—Don Juan and Death and Transfiguration—and Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 20 performed by celebrated pianist Gabriela Montero.

On April 6 and 8, Beethoven Piano Concerto 4 features distinguished Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård (Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales), and renowned Swiss-Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi. The evening also includes Perpetual Summer by Canadian composer Kati Agócs, and the romantic Symphony No. 1 by Sibelius.

On April 9 and 10, A Midsummer Night's Dream & More takes audiences on a whimsical journey with selections from Mendelssohn’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The TSO’s own Principal Harp Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton takes centre stage for Handel’s exquisite Harp Concerto. Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Wagner’s powerful “The Ride of the Valkyries” round out the program, under the baton of conductor James Feddeck, making his TSO début. Watch a video of Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton playing the first movement of the Handel Harp Concerto.

On April 13, 14 and 16, Angela Hewitt Plays Bach marks the anticipated return of the amazingly gifted Canadian pianist. This time, Ms. Hewitt adds Leader of the Orchestra to her role as soloist, performing two piano concertos by Bach. The program also features the highly dramatic Symphony No. 8 by Shostakovich, conducted by TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian.

On April 28 and 30, the brilliant German conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher makes his TSO début with Mahler Symphony 1. Anchored by Mahler’s exalting Symphony No. 1 “Titan”, the concert also features the Canadian Première of Pintscher’s towards Osiris. Noteworthy Israeli piano soloist Inon Barnatan shines in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24.

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The TSO Season Patron is The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation.

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About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally. Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO with a commitment to innovative programming and audience development through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra along with a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under–35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music-education programs that reach tens of thousands of students each year.

All concerts are at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, unless otherwise noted.
Call the TSO ticket line at 416.598.3375 or order tickets online at TSO.CA.

The TSO Presents Alligator Pie

Saturday, April 2 at 2:00pm & 4:00pm

Earl Lee, RBC Resident Conductor
Carla Huhtanen, soprano
Kevin Frank, host
Dennis Lee, poet

Abigail Richardson-Schulte: Alligator Pie (TSO Co-Commission)
Debussy: Clair de lune
Mussorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov): Night on Bald Mountain
Stravinsky: Excerpt from "Infernal Dance of King Katschei" from The Firebird

Pre-concert entertainment with storytellers from Toronto Public Library at 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

TICKETS: $20.50–$32.75

National Arts Centre Orchestra

Saturday, April 2 at 8:00pm

Alexander Shelley, conductor
Gabriela Montero, piano
National Arts Centre Orchestra, guest orchestra

R. Strauss: Don Juan
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466
Ana Sokolović: Ringelspiel
R. Strauss: Death and Transfiguration

7:15pm: Pre-concert chat in the lobby by Rick Phillips

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

Beethoven Piano Concerto 4

Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00pm
Friday, April 8 at 7:30pm

Thomas Søndergård, conductor
Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Kati Agócs: Perpetual Summer
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1

Pre-concert chat in the lobby on April 6 at 8:00pm

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

A Midsummer Night's Dream & More

Saturday, April 9 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 10 at 3:00pm

James Feddeck, conductor
Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton, harp

Wagner: "The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre
Handel: Harp Concerto
Mendelssohn: Selections from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma"

TICKETS: $33.75–$107

Angela Hewitt Plays Bach

Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00pm
Thursday, April 14 at 8:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Angela Hewitt, piano

Bach: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056
Bach: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

Pre-concert chat in the lobby on April 14 at 7:15pm

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

Angela Hewitt Plays Bach

Saturday, April 16 at 7:30pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Angela Hewitt, leader & piano

Bach: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

TICKETS: $33.75–$107

Post-concert party in the lobby on April 16

Mahler Symphony 1

Thursday, April 28 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 30 at 8:00pm

Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

Matthias Pintscher: towards Osiris (Canadian Première)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 "Titan"

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

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Francine Labelle
Manager, Publicity
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
416.593.7769 X 267


Melissa Prince
NATIONAL Public Relations


Alison Crocker
NATIONAL Public Relations


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