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Opening concert of the TSO’s 2016/17 season stars beloved soprano Renée Fleming

September 2, 2016

  • Yuja Wang makes highly anticipated return
  • Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton kicks off Films with Live Orchestra Series
  • Blockbusters include Mahler 3, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Rachmaninoff Symphony 2, and Beethoven Symphony 4

August 30, 2016: Led by Music Director Peter Oundjian, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) opens its 95th season on Wednesday, September 21 at Roy Thomson Hall with a sumptuous performance by the radiant soprano Renée Fleming. After a six-year absence from the TSO stage, Fleming returns with her magnetic presence, and golden voice, for an evening of audience favourites from composers ranging from Tosti and Rossini, to Ravel and Rodgers.

  • On September 23 and 24, Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud shares the stage with the TSO and Peter Oundjian for the Sibelius Violin Concerto. The masterpiece is framed by Butterfly Wings and Tropical Storms, by Canadian composer Randolph Peters, and one of Rachmaninoff’s best-known works, the powerful Symphony No. 2.
  • On September 28 and 29, Peter Oundjian is back on the podium for Mahler Symphony 3. The TSO joins forces with the sensational, award-winning mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton—who made her acclaimed TSO début in Verdi’s Requiem in May 2015—the women of the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers (Lydia Adams, Artistic Director), and the Toronto Children’s Chorus (Elise Bradley, Artistic Director), adding extra lustre to this gorgeous hymn to the natural world.
  • On October 4 and 5, TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke brings his boundless energy and brilliance to The Music of ABBA, with the incomparable Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton. Back by popular demand, the program is a tribute to the ’70s Swedish pop group.
  • Beethoven & Tchaikovsky, on October 8 and 9, marks the highly anticipated TSO début of American conductor Karina Canellakis. Winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, Canellakis leads a brilliant program comprising Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Beethoven Symphony 4; and Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Violin Concerto, spotlighting American/Korean violinist Esther Yoo, who also makes her TSO début.
  • Piano phenomenon Yuja Wang returns to the TSO, on October 13 and 15, to perform Bartók’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3, teaming up with the equally dynamic Polish conductor Krzysztof Urbański. Grieg’s Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt and Dvořák’s glorious Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” round out the program.
  • On October 14, the Exposed Series opens with What Makes It Great?® Pictures at an Exhibition. With his congenial personality and captivating approach, conductor & host Rob Kapilow provides a unique experience by taking the audience inside Mussorgsky’s kaleidoscopic piece.
  • Launching the Young People’s Concerts on October 22, the TSO and Canadian conductor Lucas Waldin invite audience members of all ages to dress up for Symphony Spooktacular, featuring Tha Spot Halloween Dancers, for two one-hour performances filled with classical favourites—perfect for a haunted Halloween.
  • On October 26 and 27, celebrated Estonian/American conductor Kristjan Järvi and Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin both make their TSO débuts in Rachmaninoff & Gershwin—the first concert of The Decades Project for the 2016/17 season. The program features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Gershwin’s jazzy Rhapsody in Blue, and Kodály’s Suite from Háry János. Also, from the ranks of the TSO, Eri Kosaka and Shane Kim take centre stage to perform Duet for Two Violins and Strings by Steve Reich.
  • October 29 and 30 mark this season’s launch of the TSO’s popular Films with Live Orchestra Series. Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton features themes and songs from Danny Elfman’s iconic film scores to Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more. Known as an authority on the musical-theatre repertoire, Ted Sperling conducts the combined forces of the TSO and the Orpheus Choir of Toronto (Robert Cooper, Artistic Director).

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.

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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.

A screengrab of the 2016/17 TSO season trailer featuring Peter Oundjian conducting the orchestra

All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., unless otherwise noted.
Call the TSO ticket line at 416.593.1285, or order tickets online at TSO.CA.

Opening Night: Renée Fleming

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano

Program includes Ravel’s song cycle Shéhérazade, Italian arias by Puccini and Leoncavallo, and beloved songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.

TICKETS: $45–$169

Rachmaninoff Symphony 2

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Henning Kraggerud, violin

Randolph Peters: Butterfly Wings and Tropical Storms
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

Mahler Symphony 3

Wednesday, September 28, 2016* at 8:00pm
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Women of the Amadeus Choir & Elmer Iseler Singers
Toronto Children’s Chorus

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

*Pre-concert chat with Tom Allen in the lobby at 7:15pm

The Music of ABBA

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8:00pm

Steven Reineke, conductor
Rajaton, vocal ensemble

Program includes ABBA hits Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, S.O.S., and more.

TICKETS EVENING: $33.75–$107
TICKETS MATINEE: $20.50–$83.75

Beethoven & Tchaikovsky

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00pm

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Esther Yoo, violin

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

TICKETS EVENING: $33.75–$107
TICKETS MATINEE: $20.50–$83.75

Yuja Wang

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8:00pm
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8:00pm

Krzysztof Urbański, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

Grieg: Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

What Makes It Great?® Pictures at an Exhibition

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:30pm

Rob Kapilow, conductor

Mussorgsky/orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

TICKETS: $34.75–$83.75

Symphony Spooktacular

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2:00pm
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 4:00pm

Lucas Waldin, conductor
Tha Spot Halloween Dancers

Stravinsky: “Infernal Dance of King Katschei” from The Firebird
Klaus Badelt: Music from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Tchaikovsky: Waltz from the The Sleeping Beauty Suite
Kristen Anderson-Lopez: Music from Frozen
Berlioz: “March to the Scaffold” from Symphonie fantastique
Maxime Goulet: On Halloween Night
John W. Bratton: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Mussorgsky: St. John’s Night on Bald Mountain
John Williams: Main Title Theme from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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

TICKETS: $20.50–$32.75

Rachmaninoff & Gershwin

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8:00pm
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8:00pm

Kristjan Järvi, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Eri Kosaka, violin
Shane Kim, violin

Steve Reich: Duet for Two Violins and Strings
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 40 (revised version)
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Kodály: Suite from Háry János

Part of The Decades Project (1920–1929)

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3:00pm

Ted Sperling, conductor
Orpheus Choir of Toronto

Program includes music from the films Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, and others.

TICKETS: $46–$75

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