November 2016 at the TSO
October 25, 2016
A month filled with eclectic music and featuring a stellar lineup
October 13, 2016: With classical blockbusters—such as Ravel’s Boléro, Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony, and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto—and more fresh works to discover, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has a lot in store this November. Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman returns for a special collaboration with the TSO, and long-time friend and TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian. Throughout the month, outstanding guest conductors like Gianandrea Noseda, Long Yu, and James Gaffigan take turns at the podium, and soloists including Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Chinese cellist Jian Wang, Inuit throat singers Inukshuk Aksalnik and Pauline Pemik, and Italian jazz/classical pianist Stefano Bollani* grace the stage for some brilliant music-making.
On November 2, 3 and 5, the TSO presents From Paris to Leningrad. The second instalment of The Decades Project, which focuses on music of the 1920s, offers a fascinating program. Conductor James Gaffigan leads the Orchestra in La création du monde—the jazz-tinged, mythological ballet by Darius Milhaud—and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Canada’s own Jon Kimura Parker takes centre stage to perform the electrifying Piano Concerto No. 3 by Prokofiev. The November 2 concert also kicks off the TSO Chamber Soloists** series with a pre-concert performance of Nielsen’s Woodwind Quintet (admission is included in the price of a regular concert ticket).
On November 9, Best of the ’20s, also part of The Decades Project, features two English pieces for solo string instrument and orchestra: Vaughan Williams’s poignant and powerful masterpiece The Lark Ascending, spotlighting TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow; and William Walton’s rarely heard Viola Concerto—a work that is both exuberant and profoundly intimate—featuring Principal Viola Teng Li. The concert, led by Peter Oundjian, also includes the monumental Symphony No. 7 by Finnish composer Sibelius. On November 11, the TSO reprises the same program, adding Inuit Games—an intriguing work by Canadian composer T. Patrick Carrabré—featuring throat singers Inukshuk Aksalnik and Pauline Pemik.
On November 17 and 19, Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda returns to the TSO to lead a stunning program, Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, with the TSO’s own Patricia Krueger at the keyboard. The Orchestra also performs Elegia eroica, a powerful work by Alfredo Casella (1883–1947)—a prolific composer and a master of many styles. And Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major features Italian pianist and musical Renaissance man Stefano Bollani.
November 22 brings Itzhak Perlman’s Cinema Serenade—an evening filled with familiar themes from films like Casablanca, Cinema Paradiso, Out of Africa, and Schindler’s List. Beethoven’s magnificent Seventh Symphony, which was featured in three great movies (The King’s Speech, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and Immortal Beloved), completes this program conducted by Peter Oundjian.
China’s eminent conductor Long Yu takes the podium on November 26 to conduct a concert featuring Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, starring cellist Jian Wang, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. The cross-cultural program also includes Instants d’un opéra de Pékin by Qigang Chen, a Shanghai-born composer now living in France. The TSO reprises this concert (Dvořák and Shostakovich only) on November 27 at 3:00pm at George Weston Recital Hall.
*Stefano Bollani also appears with The Royal Conservatory of Music on November 18 as part of a joint Toronto Symphony Orchestra/The Royal Conservatory of Music residency, in association with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
**This November, TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow curates a series of performances featuring The TSO Chamber Soloists and guests at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), as part of the AGO Friday Nights events. The AGO is open until 9:00pm on Friday nights.
Included as part of General Admission to the AGO.
The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The 2016/17 season is dedicated to H. Thomas Beck in recognition of his vital and longstanding support of the TSO.
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.
NOVEMBER 2016 CONCERT LISTINGS
All concerts are at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, unless otherwise noted.
Call the TSO ticket line at 416.593.1285 or order tickets online at TSO.CA.
Wednesday, November 2* at 8:00pm
Thursday, November 3 at 2:00pm
Saturday, November 5 at 7:30pm
James Gaffigan, conductor
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Milhaud: La création du monde
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
*Pre-concert on-stage performance of Nielsen’s Woodwind Quintet by The TSO Chamber Soloists at 6:45pm (admission included in the price of regular TSO concert ticket).
November 2 & 3: Intermission chat features Tom Allen in conversation with Ingrid Mida (Fashion Historian and Curator of Ryerson University’s Fashion Research Collection) as they discuss the iconic fashions of the 1920s.
TICKETS: NOV 2 & 3 $33.75–$148
NOV 5 $33.75–$107
Wednesday, November 9 at 8:00pm
Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin
Teng Li, viola
Inukshuk Aksalnik and Pauline Pemik, throat singers
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
T. Patrick Carrabré: Inuit Games (Nov. 11 only)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
Walton: Viola Concerto
November 9 & 11: Intermission chat features Tom Allen in conversation with Kenneth Brummel (AGO Assistant Curator of Modern Art) as they discuss the intersection of visual art and music in the 1920s.
Thursday, November 17* at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19 at 7:30pm
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Stefano Bollani**, piano
Patricia Krueger, organ
Casella: Elegia eroica
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 “Organ Symphony”
*Pre-concert chat with Tom Allen in the lobby at 7:15pm
**Stefano Bollani also appears with The Royal Conservatory of Music on November 18 as part of a joint Toronto Symphony Orchestra/The Royal Conservatory of Music residency, in association with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.
TICKETS: NOV 17 $33.75–$148
NOV 19 $33.75–$107
Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30pm
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Steiner: “As Time Goes By” from Casablanca
Ennio Morricone: Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso
John Williams: Theme from Far and Away
Barry/arr. Itzhak Perlman: Main Title (“I Had a Farm in Africa”) from Out of Africa
Korngold: Marian and Robin Hood’s Love Theme from The Adventures of Robin Hood
John Williams: Main Theme from Sabrina
Thomas Newman: Tango (“Por Una Cabeza”) from Scent of a Woman
John Williams: Main Theme from Schindler’s List
Saturday, November 26 at 8:00pm
Sunday, November 27* at 3:00pm
Long Yu, conductor
Jian Wang, cello
Qigang Chen: Instants d’un opéra de Pékin (Nov. 26 only)
Dvořák: Cello Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
At George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street)