Toronto Symphony Orchestra 2018/19 season delights with Pops, holiday concerts, family events, and films with live Orchestra
February 26, 2018
In addition to the previously announced 2018/19 Masterworks and Weekend Classics Series featuring beloved masterpieces and seminal orchestral works, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) continues to bring superb musical experiences to the Toronto community with Pops, holiday presentations, and films with live orchestra.
Launching an alluring Pops Series—curated by TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke—Blue Suede Tunes pays tribute to Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, The Beatles, and the world of rock ’n’ roll, with singer, showman, songwriter & musician Frankie Moreno.
The TSO reprises The Second City Guide to the Symphony, hosted by versatile Canadian comedian Colin Mochrie and conducted by Steven Reineke, sharing the stage with members of the legendary Toronto comedy theatre. Richard Kaufman conducts Best of Hollywood, featuring music from memorable films such as Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, and more. Jeff Tyzik is on the TSO podium as Broadway star Shayna Steele leads a trio of fabulous singers celebrating legendary divas in Queens of Soul. Steven Reineke brings his verve to Modern Broadway as soprano Betsy Wolfe and tenor Jeremy Jordan take centre stage.
The holiday season kicks off with Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker & More, as Earl Lee returns to the TSO podium for an evening featuring selections from the ultimate holiday classic, paired with Symphony No. 4. Back by popular demand, the TSO presents Home Alone in Concert—four delightful performances featuring the TSO and the Resonance Youth Choir conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. Steven Reineke and Canadian conductor Lucas Waldin take turns to lead TSO Holiday Pops, a sparkling Christmas extravaganza for the whole family that also features the young voices of the Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus.
December also brings the traditional Handel oratorio, Messiah, presented in collaboration with the Canadian Opera Company (COC): conductor Johannes Debus leads the Orchestra and the Grammy-nominated Toronto Mendelssohn Choir with a cast featuring COC Ensemble Studio alumni, including soprano Claire de Sévigné and tenor Andrew Haji.
As part of its Young People’s Concerts (YPC)—perfect for kids and their families—the TSO presents The Mozart Experience, with conductor Sameer Patel leading the Orchestra, the Magic Circle Mime Company, and young violinist Duncan McDougall, who is one of the 2017/18 TSYO Concerto Competition winners. Play It by Ear! (presented in collaboration with The Second City) is a unique interactive concert about improvisation. Co-produced by the TSO and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO), the performance features host Kevin Frank and alumni from The Second City Training Centre. The legendary Canadian entertainer Fred Penner, teaming up with the Orchestra and French-Canadian conductor Mélanie Léonard, brings his message of joy and inspiration to the TSO stage. And Montreal-born conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser leads Let’s Dance!, a high-energy program of dance music that includes many genres such as ballet, breakdancing, East Indian bhangra, hip hop, contemporary, and traditional dance forms, and features dancers from all over the GTA. All YPC events feature pre-concert activities or performances in the lobby by individuals or organizations from the GTA.
Along with Home Alone in Concert, the TSO’s 2018/19 season will once again feature films with live orchestra including the classic Casablanca with conductor Evan Mitchell, and more movies to be announced.