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March 2019 at the TSO: Fun, epic, high-spirited music

February 11, 2019

March 2019 at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is filled with action, exuberance, inspiration, and fun, from The Second City Guide to the Symphony and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back—In Concert to the legendary Fred Penner and the return of former TSO Music Director Günther Herbig. As an extension of International Women’s Day (March 8), the TSO spotlights many brilliant ladies throughout the month, including conductors Gemma New—making her TSO début—Sarah Hicks, and Mélanie Léonard.

March 5, 6 & 7 bring The Second City Guide to the Symphony. TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and the TSO team up with the legendary Second City comedy theatre. Back by popular demand, the fun-filled event with sketch comedy, satire, songs, improvisation, and, of course, incredible classical music, stars the incomparable comedian Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway? fame.

On March 9 & 10, the TSO brings a program featuring outstanding women! New Zealand’s Gemma New, Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, steps onto the TSO podium for the first time. The concert begins with Abigail Richardson-Schulte’s GO!, followed by Shostakovich Symphony 5—the most performed symphony of the 20th century. Rounding out the program, TSO Principal Flute Kelly Zimba and Principal Harp Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton perform a heavenly double concerto by Mozart.

From March 20 to 23, guest conductor Sarah Hicks returns to the TSO for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back—In Concert. The battle for the galaxy intensifies in this thrilling fifth episode of the unfolding saga! The Orchestra performs the music of John Williams live (the legendary composer is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date) as the audience watches the action on the big screen. This is the second instalment of the TSO’s Star Wars Film Concert Series. Best ticket availability on March 20 & 21.

On March 27 & 28, the TSO welcomes back revered conductor Günther Herbig (who was the TSO’s Music Director from 1989 to 1994) for Schubert’s Unfinished. With his remarkable insight and authority, Herbig conducts Schubert’s beloved “Unfinished” Symphony and Bruckner’s magnificent Ninth Symphony.

Bringing his trademark message of joy and inspiration to children of all ages, the legendary Canadian entertainer Fred Penner joins the TSO on March 30 (2:00pm & 4:00pm). This concert, under the baton of young Canadian conductor Mélanie Léonard, promises to be an uplifting, must-see program full of Penner’s big-hearted music and boundless positivity. This event includes a pre-concert performance in the North Lobby (30 minutes prior to curtain time) featuring special guests Soli & Rob and their amazing musical puppets.

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Toronto.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra thanks the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund for their promotional support.

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