November 2018 at the TSO: Mozart, Ravel, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Britten War Requiem
October 30, 2018
The month of November at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) begins with The Mozart Experience (a pair of delightful family concerts) and ushers in the holiday season with Tchaikovsky for the Holidays. In between, the TSO offers much-loved music by Beethoven, John Adams, and Ravel—in a program entitled Boléro—and presents the poignant Britten War Requiem, coinciding with the centennial of Armistice Day.
On November 3 (at 2:00pm and 4:00pm), guest conductor Sameer Patel returns to the TSO for The Mozart Experience. A recipient of three consecutive Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards, Patel is currently the Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony. With the participation of the Magic Circle Mime Company, this concert is a fun-filled and educational journey through the life of W. A. Mozart. The program also spotlights young violinist Duncan McDougall, a winner of the 2017/18 Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) Concerto Competition.
On November 8 & 10, the TSO commemorates the centennial of Armistice Day with Britten War Requiem—a tribute to all those who have given their lives in defence of freedom. For the world première of his War Requiem, Britten’s plan was to bring soloists from Great Britain, Germany, and Russia together on stage as a sign of the reconciliation between once-hostile countries. It is in the same spirit that the TSO has invited Russian soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, British tenor Toby Spence, and Canadian-German baritone Russell Braun, joined by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Children’s Chorus under the direction of Bramwell Tovey, to perform this moving work. The November 10 evening includes a free pre-concert performance by The TSO Chamber Soloists at 6:45pm.
On November 21, 23 & 24, Finnish conductor John Storgårds is back on the TSO podium for Boléro. The TSO reprises City Noir, John Adams’s jazz-tinged evocation of 1940s Hollywood cinema. Kirill Gerstein, praised by The New York Times as “one of the most respected pianists of his generation,” takes centre stage for Beethoven’s lyrical Piano Concerto No. 4, before the Orchestra delivers Ravel’s great orchestral showpiece, Boléro.
On November 25 (3:00pm), the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) bring their passionate music-making to the George Weston Recital Hall (Toronto Centre for the Arts). For the first public performance of the season, the young musicians and their new conductor, Simon Rivard, deliver the delightful overture to Candide and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Bernstein, as well as Brahms’s tongue-in-cheek Academic Festival Overture. The program also includes Debussy’s beautiful Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune.
On November 28, 29, 30 & December 2, the TSO sets the scene for the holiday season with Tchaikovsky for the Holidays. Korean-Canadian Earl Lee—the TSO’s former RBC Resident Conductor—conducts this year’s tribute to the beloved Russian composer, which features some of Tchaikovsky’s theatrical and symphonic music, including selections from the ballet The Nutcracker, complemented by the passionate and tempestuous Fourth Symphony.
The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The Mozart Experience is sponsored by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.