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Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway: ‘Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein’ (Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 8 p.m.)

This fabulous concert brings you unforgettable songs from every one of the eleven Broadway musicals that this legendary team created—solid-gold classics such as The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, Oklahoma!, and The King and I, with appealing rarities like Cinderella and Flower Drum Song, too!

All music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Orchestration by Robert Russell Bennett, unless otherwise indicated.

Arr. Adolph Deutsch/orch. Alexander Courage

Selections from Oklahoma!

Main Title (film version)

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” (film version)

“People Will Say We’re in Love”

Orch. Don Walker

Selections from Carousel

The Carousel Waltz

“Soliloquy”

“You’ll Never Walk Alone”

“It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from State Fair

“The Gentleman Is a Dope” from Allegro

Selections from South Pacific

“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught” (orch. Don Walker)

“I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”

“Some Enchanted Evening”

“There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame”

Selections from The King and I

Overture

“I Have Dreamed”

“I Whistle a Happy Tune”

“No Other Love” from Me and Juliet

“Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” from Pipe Dream

“Waltz for a Ball” from Cinderella

“I Enjoy Being a Girl” from Flower Drum Song

Selections from The Sound of Music

Prologue and “The Sound of Music” (orch. Irvin Kostal)

“Edelweiss”

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain”

Principal Pops Conductor, Steven Reineke says, “I love the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who together are arguably the most important and successful song writing duos in theatre history. While many of their songs from the eleven musicals on which they collaborated are classics now, it’s worth remembering that they revolutionized the genre when Rodgers and Hammerstein created them. Rather than simply being a diversion to the main action of the story, these song and dance numbers are directly integrated into the drama, furthering the plot and also providing social commentary. The music you’ll hear at this concert is sophisticated and affecting and I’m delighted to be performing these amazing songs with star vocalists Chilina Kennedy and Ryan Silverman, the glorious voices of the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada, and, of course, your Toronto Symphony Orchestra!”

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN

  • Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960) wrote eleven musicals in seventeen years, an astonishing accomplishment.
  • Although Rodgers and Hammerstein had collaborated on writing songs for Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), State Fair (1945), and Allegro (1947), the first musical they produced entirely on their own was South Pacific (1949). They would produce, or co-produce, every one of their musicals from then on.
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s casting process was a cottage industry unto itself. They held weekly Thursday morning audition sessions from which they would recruit fresh talent, who would first be sent out on road tours or be members of Broadway choruses before they became lead performers. For example, Shirley Jones worked in the choruses of South Pacific and Me and Juliet before she undertook the female lead role in the Oklahoma! film.

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the ‘Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein’ (Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 8 p.m. )performance!

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Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and the ‘Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein (Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 8 p.m.)’ Ticket Giveaway is Monday April 17, 2017.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘New Creations Festival’: Kronos Quartet (SaturdayMarch 11, 2017 – 7:30pm)

New music rock stars the Kronos Quartet add to their 800-plus world premières with Nicole Lizée’s Concerto, a wild and imaginative rave for this rare combination of instruments. Also on the program are daring works by Canada’s Cassandra Miller and Iceland’s Daníel Bjarnason.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is a Commissioning Partner for the Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future project.

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, as part of the Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire project, the Kronos Quartet will lead three quartet masterclasses with members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music from 5:00 to 8:30pm.

For more than 40 years, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world’s most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 850 works and arrangements for string quartet. In 2011, Kronos became the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group’s numerous awards also include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America.

Kronos photographed in San Francisco, CA March 26, 2013©Jay Blakesberg

Kronos’ adventurous approach dates back to the ensemble’s origins. In 1973, David Harrington was inspired to form Kronos after hearing George Crumb’s Black Angels, a highly unorthodox, Vietnam War–inspired work featuring bowed water glasses, spoken word passages, and electronic effects. Kronos then began building a compellingly diverse repertoire for string quartet, performing and recording works by 20th-century masters (Bartók, Webern, Schnittke), contemporary composers (Sophia Gubaidulina, Bryce Dessner, Aleksandra Vrebalov), jazz legends (Ornette Coleman, Maria Schneider, Thelonious Monk), rock artists (guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, Brazilian electronica artist Amon Tobin, and Icelandic indie-rock group Sigur Rós), and artists who truly defy genre (performance artist Laurie Anderson, composer/sound sculptor/inventor Trimpin, and singer-songwriter/poet Patti Smith).

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the ‘New Creations Festival’: Kronos Quartet (Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 7:30pm) performance!

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Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and the ‘New Creations Festival’:  Kronos Quartet (Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 7:30pm) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday March 8, 2017.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘New Creations Festival’: James Ehnes (Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 8:00pm)

Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 35 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors.

In the 2016-2017 season James continues his cross-Canada recital tour in celebration of his 40th birthday, performs the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas in Stresa, Montreux, Los Angeles, Liverpool, and Amsterdam, and joins the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on a tour of China and the National Arts Centre Orchestra on a tour of Eastern Canada. James also holds artist residencies with the Melbourne Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Scotia Festival, undertakes two tours with the Ehnes Quartet, and leads the winter and summer festivals of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, where he is the Artistic Director.

Superstar violinist James Ehnes performs a concerto that Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis wrote especially for him. Festival curator Owen Pallett offers his latest piece, Songs From an Island.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘New Creations Festival’ has snapped up James Ehnes to highlight their ‘New Creations Festival’ with light in these dark winter months.

As part of the performance night, be sure to enjoy Harry Stafylakis: Shadows Radiant (TSO Co-commission) [2′], Aaron Jay Kernis: Violin Concerto (World Première/TSO Co-commission) [25′], Owen Pallett: Songs From An Island (World Première/TSO Commission) [15′] and Nico Muhly: Mixed Messages [11′].

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the ‘New Creations Festival’: James Ehnes (Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 8:00pm) performance!

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Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and the ‘New Creations Festival’: James Ehnes (Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 8:00pm) Ticket Giveaway is Monday March 6, 2017.

Limited tickets available.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘New Creations Festival’: Tanya Tagaq (Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 8:00pm)

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Inuit throat singer and artist Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album in 2014, for Animism. Those who thought she had then made her definitive artistic statement are in for a surprise.

Also in for a shock are those who thought international success, playing to major festivals and packed houses all over the world, would lead to a mellower sound, or a more laid back approach.

Tagaq follows up Animism with Retribution, an even more musically aggressive, more aggressively political, more challenging, more spine tingling, more powerful masterpiece.

The Inuit people live on the cutting edge of the climate emergency. As sea ice dwindles at astonishing rates, they are witnessing the death of the entire Arctic ecosystem, as the colonialist machine rolls on, mining newly uncovered areas for diamonds. And the Inuit know the truth about the contemporary natures of the crimes at the center of Canada’s identity. Tagaq herself is a survivor of Canada’s infamous genocidal Residential School System, something most Canadians would rather imagine as a dealt-with thing of the distant past.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘New Creations Festival’ has snapped up Tanya Tagaq to highlight their ‘New Creations Festival’ with light in these dark winter months.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘New Creations Festival’ program ranges from an imposing work for piano and orchestra by Jörg Widmann to the World Premières of works by the TSO’s RBC Affiliate Composer Jordan Pal and Tanya Tagaq, written with Christine Duncan and Jean Martin, with orchestrations by Christopher Mayo.

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the ‘New Creations Festival’: Tanya Tagaq (Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 8:00pm) performance!

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Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and the ‘New Creations Festival’: Tanya Tagaq Ticket Giveaway is Monday February 27, 2017.

If you don’t win tickets, make sure you grab a NEW CREATIONS FESTIVAL PASS! See all 3 shows for only $30! Limited quantity.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Canadian Mosaic’: Canadian Legacy (Saturday January 21, 2017 7:30 p.m.)

‘Welcome to Canada Mosaic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s celebration of Canada 150! I have always been inspired by the cultural fabric of this country. The generosity of vision, spirit of identity, and strength of our inclusion makes the national mosaic concept an inspiration for our programming. As a Signature Project of the Government of Canada, our programming stretches far and wide, collaborating with over 40 communities in all of our provinces and most of our territories, as well as a diverse group of notable artists.

Throughout 2017, we are celebrating the legacy left to us by our past composers, upholding the fresh insight brought to us through vigorous commissioning of our composers of today, and looking to the future by recording all Canada Mosaic works digitally so they can be enjoyed for years to come.

In 2017, you will notice the word “Sesquie” at the top of many concerts. We asked orchestras across the nation to choose a composer with whom they felt an affinity, either through locality, personal relationship, or history. This short, fanfare-inspired orchestral work will be performed by the partner orchestra and the TSO in their respective cities, confirming not only two performances in two different communities, but the celebration of our orchestra friends on our stage.

I am especially proud of the work we are doing digitally. Our live Canada Mosaic performances are recorded and will be available at TSO.CA/CanadaMosaic. This website also includes a dynamic e-learning system for students of all ages, where TSO’s innovative digital player will allow viewers to choose, in real time, between 20 camera angles. You will have the best seat in the house to delve deeper into our growing Canadian repertoire.

Here’s to another 150!’

Peter Oundjian

Music Director

Alain Trudel

Birth: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th

(WORLD PREMIÈRE/TSO CO-COMMISSION)

Godfrey Ridout

Fall Fair

Pierre Mercure

Kaléidoscope

André Mathieu/arr. Gilles Bellemare

Rhapsodie romantique

Jean Coulthard

Introduction and Three Folks Songs

from Canada Mosaic

  1. Introduction: Lullaby for a Snowy Night
  2. Mam’zelle québecoise

III. The Contented House

  1. Billowing Fields of Golden Wheat

John Weinzweig

Suite from Red Ear of Corn

  1. Tribal Dance
  2. Ceremonial Dance

Birth is a modest tribute to the people, of all cultures and origins, who make up this great country in which we all have the privilege of living.

The exciting and tuneful Fall Fair is one of the most frequently performed Canadian orchestral works; in fact, it is a prime candidate for the title of “Great Canadian Overture”.  It was commissioned through the CBC for a United Nations Day concert at the General Assembly Building in New York. Sir Ernest MacMillan conducted the première. It portrays the hustle and bustle of an autumn carnival, the type of event that Ridout remembered attending frequently in Lakefield, Ontario, during the 1920s.  A nostalgic melody introduced by English horn provides lyrical contrast.

The score of the Rhapsodie romantique (Romantic Rhapsody) came to Lefèvre in a mysterious manner. It simply showed up at his home, accompanied only by a message stating, “I can’t tell you whom I am; I can only say that…you are the only person who should have this score.” Lefèvre commissioned Gilles Bellemare to revise the orchestration, then he and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal gave the much-belated première on April 4, 2006. The Rhapsodie is cast in a single, multi-sectioned movement. Effusively emotional, exciting and playful in the style of one of Mathieu’s idols, Rachmaninoff, it makes a welcome.

The Red Ear of Corn suite consists of a strongly rhythmic Tribal Dance, a slow, atmospheric Ceremonial Dance, and a lively, high-stepping Barn Dance to which the residents of a Quebec village celebrate with a corn-husking bee. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed the Barn Dance on its 1987 tour of Northern Canada, with Sir Andrew Davis conducting.

Alain Lefèvre: piano

Hailed as a “hero” (Los Angeles Times), a “spectacular pianist” (Fanfare), a “smashing” performer (Washington Post), and an “artistic winner” (Music Week, London), JUNO Award–winner Alain Lefèvre has also been acclaimed as “a pianist who breaks the mold” (International Piano, London) and “who stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene” (Classica). He has revived and championed the music of the forgotten prodigy, composer, and pianist André Mathieu, and collaborated on the motion picture on Mathieu’s life, L’Enfant prodige (The Child Prodigy) in 2010, as music director, pianist, and composer.

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Canadian Mosaic’: Canadian Legacy for their  Saturday January 21, 2017 7:30 p.m. performance!

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Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Canadian Mosaic’: Canadian Legacy Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 9 a.m..

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The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Presents the Mozart @ 261 Festival: ‘Magnificent Mozart’ (Wednesday January 11 – Thursday January 12, 2017) at Koerner Hall

‘Magnificent Mozart! Violinist Kerson Leong and pianist Leonid Nediak join us to open another celebration of the music of this most timeless of composers.

Mozart was a singularity, the ideal talent in the ideal time and place, the final and greatest Classicist, the last composer who worked at perfecting a style rather than changing it. Symphony No. 40 in G minor is one of his most fascinating and appealing works. He rarely used the minor key, and when he did, the effect is striking—turbulence mixed with lyricism. This is an extremely dramatic and atmospheric work. Mozart himself considered the Piano Concerto in B-flat to be quite difficult, but this is truly a giant at the height of his powers. If you hear him foreshadowing Beethoven in this great concerto, you are not imagining it. In contrast, the lovely Rondo in C for violin is one of his most gracious and polished works, a perfect example of everything we associate with his style.’

Peter Oundjian

Music Director

Introducing Kerson Leong and pianist Leonid Nediak!

Kerson Leong: Violinist

Kerson Leong made his TSO début in June 2013. Acclaimed by musicians and audiences alike for his commanding stage presence, magnificent tone, and musical integrity, Canadian violinist Kerson Leong is quickly establishing himself at the forefront of his generation since gaining international recognition by winning Junior First Prize at the Menuhin Competition in 2010. He has performed at such venues as Wigmore Hall and l’Auditorium du Louvre, as well as with such ensembles as the Oslo Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, I Solisti Veneti, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Orchestre Métropolitain, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.

Notable highlights in 2016 were his world and Australian premières and subsequent CD recording of Visions, a new work for violin, boys choir, and string orchestra written for him by John Rutter.

Kerson is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, mentored by Augustin Dumay. He gratefully acknowledges the support received from the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award 2016. He performs on a c. 1728–1730

Guarneri del Gesù, courtesy of Canimex Inc., Drummondville (Québec), Canada.

Leonid Nediak: Pianist

These performances mark Leonid Nediak’s TSO début. Known for his originality and captivating playing, 13-year-old pianist Leonid Nediak has been awarded many prestigious awards, including the Grand Prize in the Canadian National Composition Competition (CFMTA 2016), second place and the audience prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition 2015, and the Grand Prize twice at the Canadian Music Competition in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Leonid was selected as the youngest of the “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30”. Leonid has performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and the Canton Symphony Orchestra in the US, and he has given numerous solo recitals in Canada, the US, and Russia.

Leonid has studied piano with Michael Berkovsky and Ilya Itin. He is currently a full scholarship student at The Royal Conservatory’s Taylor Young Artists Academy in Toronto under the tutelage of James Anagnoson. He has been studying composition with John Burge since 2013. Leonid also enjoys computer science and math and he has won numerous prizes in national math and computer science competitions.

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Holiday Stocking Stuffer: Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Messiah’ (Sunday December 18 – Friday December 23, 2016)

‘Handel’s Messiah is one of the great traditions of the season. Somehow, this time of year makes traditions seem even more significant. It is a turning point in the year—by the calendar, it is the time when the days cease to grow darker and begin to grow lighter with the promise of spring a few months away, and this great work is a perfect way to celebrate. Messiah was written to celebrate faith, but it is first and foremost a work of music, not of philosophy or religion. Great melodies transcend any divisiveness among people, making us one, voices united. Handel has achieved something remarkable in this wondrous music: it overcomes time and language, and links the past and the future. Simultaneously pious and joyous, it is music that is both old and still new, still able to communicate to contemporary audiences. Nicholas McGegan returns to the TSO with this wonderful celebration, and he is joined by four outstanding soloists and the ever popular Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.’

Peter Oundjian

Music Director

https://www.tso.ca/concert/messiah-0