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May 2016 at the TSO

April 20, 2016

  • The TSO performs Brahms Symphony 4 in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal
  • Highlights include Shostakovich Symphony 13 “Babi Yar”, Peter and the Wolf, and Music of John Williams
  • Sir Andrew Davis returns to conduct An Alpine Symphony

Kicking off the month of May with Brahms Symphony 4, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) presents the composer’s final, powerful masterpiece on May 4 and 5. The acclaimed Canadian-born violinist Leila Josefowicz—close collaborator of leading composer John Adams—takes centre stage in the Canadian Première of Adams’s new work Scheherazade.2. The impetus for the piece was an exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris detailing the history of the “Arabian Nights” and of Scheherazade and how this story has evolved over the centuries. The program, conducted by Peter Oundjian, also features Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Josefowicz and the TSO then travel to Ottawa (National Arts Centre, May 7) and Montreal (Maison symphonique, May 8) to share these remarkable works with other Canadian audiences.

On May 13 (Roy Thomson Hall) and 15 (George Weston Recital Hall), the masterful Andrey Boreyko leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich Symphony 13 “Babi Yar”, a poignant work that paints a searing portrait of the massacre of many thousands of people (including many Jews) during World War II. The basses of the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Amadeus Choir (Lydia Adams, Artistic Director) share the stage with the imposing Russian bass soloist Petr Migunov. The concert opens with Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 “Turkish”, featuring Lithuanian virtuoso Julian Rachlin.

The concert hall transforms into a dramatic and lively setting as the family-friendly Peter and the Wolf comes to life on May 14, starring the celebrated and energetic mimes from the Magic Circle Mime Company. Three musicians become characters in Prokofiev’s musical tale, as they attempt to outwit a fearsome wolf that threatens both the Orchestra and the audience, without upsetting the conductor—special guest Dina Gilbert, making her TSO début.

On May 17 and 18, the charismatic Steven Reineke takes to the podium for Music of John Williams in the final instalment of this season’s TSO Pops Series. Showcasing selections from the undisputed “king of film music,” this program captures the magic, wonder, and nostalgia of four decades’ worth of beloved scores, including those from Academy Award–winning director Steven Spielberg’s: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Indiana Jones, and Schindler’s List, and selections from the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens—hot off the press.

Through the ever-popular What Makes It Great?® series, engaging classical music expert, conductor, and host Rob Kapilow offers tips on what to listen for and looks at the intricacies of a variety of works. On May 19, for the final concert in the series, Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 is examined during the first half of the evening. Following intermission, the audience is treated to a full performance of this timeless, warm-hearted piece with fresh insight and perspective.

The incomparable Sir Andrew Davis returns on May 25, 26, and 28 to conduct An Alpine Symphony. This program is part of The Decades Project (in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario), which highlights masterworks from the first decade of the 20th century. The symphonic tone poem by Richard Strauss—a spectacular, colossal work—paints a scenic journey through the Alps. Music by Elgar, Ives, and Janáček round out the evening.

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The TSO Pops Series Presenting Sponsor is Scotia Wealth Management.
The TSO Season Patron is The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation.
In gratitude for their generous philanthropy, Blake and Belinda Goldring are recognized as Patrons of Leila Josefowicz’s appearances on May 4 and 5.

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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.

Brahms Symphony 4

Wednesday, May 4 at 8:00pm
Thursday, May 5 at 8:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont
John Adams: Scheherazade.2 – Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra (Canadian Première)
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

Shostakovich Symphony 13 “Babi Yar”

Friday, May 13 at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 15 at 3:00pm at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts

Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Julian Rachlin, violin
Petr Migunov, bass
Basses of the Elmer Iseler Singers & Amadeus Choir

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, K. 219 “Turkish”
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar”

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

TICKETS: May 13 $33.75–$148
May 15 $44.25–$100.50

Peter and the Wolf

Saturday, May 14 at 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Dina Gilbert, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company, mimes

Suppé: Overture to Light Cavalry
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Pre-concert performance in the lobby at 1:30pm and 3:30pm

TICKETS: $20.50–$32.75

Music of John Williams

Tuesday, May 17 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 18 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Steven Reineke, conductor

Shark Theme from Jaws
Selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
March from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
“Adventures on Earth” from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
“The Flight to Neverland” from Hook
Theme from Jurassic Park
Main Theme from Schindler’s List
“Dartmoor, 1912” from War Horse
“The People’s House” from Lincoln
Main Title Theme from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Suite from Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
March of the Resistance
Rey’s Theme
Scherzo for X-Wings
The Jedi Steps and Finale

TICKETS: $29.50–$107

What Makes It Great?® Dvořák Symphony 8

Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm

Rob Kapilow, conductor & host

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

TICKETS: $34.75–$83.75

An Alpine Symphony

Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30pm

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Tom Allen, host

R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

TICKETS: $29.50–$83.75

An Alpine Symphony

Thursday, May 26 at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 28 at 8:00pm

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Ives: “Decoration Day” from New England Holidays
Janáček: Taras Bulba
Elgar: Sospiri
R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

Pre-concert performance by The TSO Chamber Soloists on Thursday, May 26 at 6:45pm (admission is free with a concert ticket)

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

Media Contacts:

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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