May 2018 at the TSO
April 12, 2018
Consummate guest artists Leon Fleisher, Yefim Bronfman, and James Ehnes perform masterpieces
The TSO performs in Montreal and Ottawa for the last time under long-time Music Director Peter Oundjian
The month of May at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) brings masterful guest soloists including Leon Fleisher, Yefim Bronfman, and James Ehnes performing much-loved repertoire such as Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, and Brahms’s Violin Concerto, while young Canadian violinist Timothy Chooi lends his virtuosity to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
As part of Mozart & Bruckner on May 2 & 3, Peter Oundjian and the TSO welcome legendary American pianist Leon Fleisher. Just short of his 90th birthday, Fleisher brings vitality and insight to Mozart’s exquisite Piano Concerto No. 12. The program includes the Canadian Première of a new edition of Anton Bruckner’s colossal Symphony No. 8. The distinguished Yale University professor Paul Hawkshaw published it in 2014 after years of research. Following the Toronto performances, Fleisher, Oundjian, and the TSO travel to Montreal and Ottawa to present the same program at Maison symphonique (May 6) and the National Arts Centre (May 7).
Through spoken introductions and musical examples, conductor & host Rob Kapilow explores “Spring” and “Summer” as part of What Makes It Great?® Vivaldi The Four Seasons. The performances, on May 11 & 12, spotlight 25-year-old Canadian violin sensation Timothy Chooi.
On May 23 & 24, Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä conducts the Beethoven Emperor Concerto, featuring Yefim Bronfman, internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists. Vänskä leads the Orchestra in Charles Ives’s Second Symphony, a highly original work fusing the European symphonic form with popular American tunes. The program also includes Kaija Saariaho’s Ciel d’hiver.
On May 26, the TSO welcomes the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on a tour honouring Bramwell Tovey’s final season as Music Director. The compelling program includes Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations—one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire—and Tovey’s own Ancestral Voices, featuring Canadian mezzo-soprano Marion Newman. Famed Canadian violinist James Ehnes is the soloist for the profoundly expressive concerto by Brahms.
Ending May on a light and spirited note, Love, Lust, and Rock & Roll is the last instalment of the season’s Pops Series, on May 29 & 30. The charismatic Steven Reineke leads the delectable program featuring hits from the 1930s to today, from Frank Sinatra to Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and Queen. Guest vocalist Storm Large (who also brings her own band, Le Bonheur) lends her pitch-perfect chops to I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Somebody to Love, and more.
The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The 2017/18 season is dedicated to H. Thomas Beck in recognition of his vital and long-standing support of the TSO.
The Pops Series is presented by Air Canada, the Official Airline of the TSO.