February 2016 at the TSO

January 21, 2016

The TSO celebrates The Year of the Monkey with its third annual Chinese New Year Celebration, starring Maxim Vengerov, Long Yu, Dashan, and Wang Yi. Science @ the Symphony experiments with sound, and Marc-André Hamelin returns to the TSO.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) continues its family-friendly Young People’s Concerts this February with an exciting exploration of sound, technology, and intriguing science experiments at Science @ the Symphony on February 6. In partnership with the Ontario Science Centre, this educational and interactive event—under the musical direction of Evan Mitchell—features pre-concert entertainment, followed by a unique performance experience designed to inspire young minds and budding scientists.

On February 9 and 10, Pops maestro Jeff Tyzik shares the stage with not only a cast of special guest vocalists, but also a group of magnificent dancers performing tango, cha-cha, swing, ballroom, and more in the lively Let’s Dance! Part of the TSO’s Pops Series, it’s Dancing with the Stars—minus the judges—featuring classic tunes from legendary jazz artists including Peggy Lee and Tommy Dorsey.

February 13 marks the TSO’s third annual Chinese New Year Celebration with a festive program that welcomes The Year of the Monkey. Hosted by “the most famous foreigner in China,” Canadian Mark Rowswell (aka Dashan), The Year of the Monkey: A Chinese New Year Celebration is led by the internationally renowned conductor Long Yu—Artistic Director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. A shining example of Yu’s ability to bridge the East–West gap by intricately blending both traditional Chinese and western classical styles, the event features celebrated violinist Maxim Vengerov in the beautiful Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. With a narrative derived from Chinese folklore, the famous work by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang is a synthesis of eastern and western traditions, with melodies and overall style adapted from traditional Chinese opera. The evening also includes selections from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev—as Dashan recites Shakespeare’s text in Mandarin—and marks the TSO début of the exquisite Peking Opera soloist Wang Yi.

On February 17 and 18, passionate Latvian violinist Baiba Skride makes her TSO début performing the towering Brahms Violin Concerto. The concert, conducted by Fabien Gabel—Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec—also includes the heartfelt Symphony in D Minor by César Franck.

With a selection of classical treasures, From Mozart to Rachmaninoff, on February 20 and 21, features Berlioz’s Le corsaire, Bizet’s Suite from Carmen, Rachmaninoff’s ever-popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini—spotlighting pianist Pavel Kolesnikov (Prize Laureate of the 2012 Honens Competition)—along with Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, led by RBC Resident Conductor Earl Lee.

Closing out the month on February 25 and 27, Louis Langrée—Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival—makes his much-anticipated TSO début with Schumann Symphony 4. The program also includes Beethoven’s lyrical Leonore Overture. Multiple JUNO Award–winning pianist Marc-André Hamelin performs Mendelssohn’s impassioned Piano Concerto No. 1.

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The TSO Pops Series Presenting Sponsor is Scotia Wealth Management.
The TSO Official Airline and Feb. 20 Presenting Sponsor is Air Canada.
The TSO Season Patron is The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation.

The Feb. 17 concert is generously supported by Bill and Bronwen Thomas.

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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.

Science @ the Symphony

Saturday, February 6 at 2:00pm & 4:00pm
Evan Mitchell, conductor

Amir Safavi, violin (2015 TSYO Concerto Competition Winner)
Ontario Science Centre, concert partner

Heidi Breier, Ontario Science Centre, host
Sean Lee Ying, Ontario Science Centre, host
Donna Francis, Ontario Science Centre, host & researcher

Jonathan Newman: Blow It Up, Start Again
Evan Mitchell: Awesome Orchestra
Fucik: Entrance of the Gladiators
John Williams: Excerpt from Theme from Jurassic Park
Vivaldi: Mvt. 1 from “Winter”, No. 4 from The Four Seasons
Ryan Trew: Excerpt from Starlike
Holst: Excerpt from “Jupiter” from The Planets
J. Strauss: Thunder and Lightening Polka
Stravinsky: Excerpt from Finale from The Firebird

Special pre–concert entertainment with the Ontario Science Centre 30 minutes before the performance.

TICKETS: $20.50–$32.75

Let’s Dance!

Tuesday, February 9 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, February 10 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Michael Lynche, vocalist
Julie Jo Hughes, vocalist
Ted Louis Levy, tap dancer & vocalist
Stephen Sayer & Chandrae Roettig, swing dancers
Patricio Touceda & Eva Lucero, tango dancers
Forrest Walsh & Melissa Shahin, ballroom dancers
Bernstein/arr. Peress: “Mambo!” from West Side Story
J. Strauss: Blue Danube Waltz
Johnson, Mack/arr. Jeff Tyzik: Charleston-Shimmy
Erkstine/arr. Jeff Tyzik: Kiss of Fire Tango /El Choclo
Ruiz, Gimbel/arr. Jeff Tyzik: Sway
Bizet: “Danse bohème” from Act II of Carmen
O’Flynn, Meskill, Rich/arr. Jeff Tyzik: Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! 
Various/arr. Jeff Tyzik: 1950s Dance Medley
Offenbach: Infernal Galop from Orpheus in the Underworld
Various/arr. Jeff Tyzik: Swing Dance Medley
Gerardo Matos Rodriguez/arr. Jeff Tyzik: La cumparsita 
Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
Cooley, Blackwell/arr. Jeff Tyzik: “Fever”
Mariano Mores: Tanguera  
Hefti/arr. Jeff Tyzik: Cute; Sing, Sing, Sing
Previte/Denicola/Markowitz/arr. Jeff Tyzik: I’ve Had the Time of My Life

TICKETS: EVENING $33.75–$107
MATINEE $29.50–$83.75

The Year of the Monkey: A Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 13 at 7:30pm

Long Yu, conductor
Mark Rowswell (“Dashan”), host & narrator
Maxim Vengerov, violin
Wang Yi, Peking Opera soloist 

Huan Zhi Li: Spring Festival Overture
Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
Various: Selections from Peking Opera
He Zhanhao & Chen Gang: Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

TICKETS: $50–$182.50

Brahms Violin Concerto

Wednesday, February 17 at 8:00pm
Thursday, February 18 at 8:00pm

Fabien Gabel, conductor
Baiba Skride, violin

Simon Bertrand: Rideau et Fanfares
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major
Franck: Symphony in D Minor

Pre–concert chat in the lobby on Feb. 17 at 7:15pm

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

From Mozart to Rachmaninoff

Saturday, February 20 at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 21 at 3:00pm

Earl Lee, RBC Resident Conductor
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

Berlioz: Le corsaire, Op. 21
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620
Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Bizet: Suite from Carmen

TICKETS: EVENING $33.75–$107
MATINEE $29.50–$83.75

Schumann Symphony 4

Thursday, February 25 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 27 at 8:00pm

Louis Langrée, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Pre–concert chat in the lobby on Feb. 25 at 7:15pm

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

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