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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!

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me you why you want to win the Symphony tickets.

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.

https://www.tso.ca/concert/best-rodgers-hammerstein

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!

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me you why you want to win the Symphony tickets.

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.

https://www.tso.ca/concert/tanya-tagaq

http://tanyatagaq.com/

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Dining Partner: ‘Azure Restaurant & Bar’ at the InterContinental Toronto Centre

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Featuring contemporary Canadian cuisine, the Azure Restaurant & Bar restaurant in downtown Toronto offers an innovative dining experience. Showcasing the city’s diverse culinary influences in a pleasing modern environment, Azure Restaurant & Bar offers a distinct selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chef de Cuisine Grace DiFede creates a tempting culinary journey, using the ingredients to take your taste buds off the beaten path. Stylish private dining rooms provide intimate spaces for parties and private dining, and Azure Lounge offers the ultimate space to unwind. For a delectable buffet breakfast, inspiring business lunch or lingering dinner and drinks, Azure is a sophisticated and inviting option loved by locals and travelers alike.

Located in the open lobby of the luxurious InterContinental Toronto Centre, the Azure Restaurant & Bar is a modern urban escape. Soaring floor-to-ceiling windows meet a gorgeous glass canopy, letting diners look out onto the cityscape. Enjoy the ambiance of outdoor dining all year long, and experience superior service from a knowledgeable, attentive staff. Stunning blue glass artwork from Stuart Reid floats above the bar, which serves signature martinis, organic local beer and thoughtful wine selections. Pamper your senses and indulge your hunger for serene, contemporary dining at Azure Restaurant & Bar.

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Review:

Upon entering the modern and relaxing space we were guided to our seats which overlooked the Azure Restaurant & Bar. The hanging sconces and dim lights were romantic but at the same time offered us comfort. The city lights shone into the window and the music playing was gentle to the ears.  We viewed fellow guests enjoying intimate conversations with one another, a few were quietly eating their meals on their own with a glass of wine and some were just taking in the moment.

Glancing at the Cocktail List at the Azure Restaurant & Bar is a sight to behold. We sipped our Azure Blue cocktails which had flavours of coconut and pineapple (white rum + malibu + pineapple juice + lime juice + blue curacao) and Apple Ginger Punch which was laden with ginger, spice and everything nice (bacardi black + galliano + angostura bitters + thyme syrup + apple cider + ginger beer) quietly.  They were beautifully hand crafted and potent in the first sip.

To begin we ordered the Crisp Pork Belly & Chive Blini which consisted of red cabbage slaw, sour cream and fig marmalade. The pork belly was beautifully cooked. Although solid in placement, when consumed it was fluffy and buttery.  Almost cloud like.  The crust was nicely baked and tender.  The sour cream and fig marmalade indeed took a back seat to the pork belly but illuminated its flavour once it hit the palate.

The Quinoa & Endive Salad was zesty and humorous. The granny smith apple, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds were laced elegantly with pomegranate yogurt.  The Quinoa & Endive Salad was a wonderful introduction to the meal.  Light, airy and yet brimming with delight in its crispiness and subtle flavours.

If you are stopping in for a quick bite or before a performance at The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, order the Charcuterie Board. It consists of cured meats, pickled vegetables, olives, mustard and crostini. Think rustic and ‘oh so’ Italy meets Canadiana on a piece of slate.  Put a slice of salami on the crostini with a dash of the spicy mustard.  It was divine, powerful and must be had with a wine or beer from the bar.  The Mezze Platter or the Cheese Board will also make great first dates for the evening.  Wonderful additions if you are looking to prolong your evening with good company.

For the mains, the Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast came to the table sat politely on an island of beetroot mash, squash, brussel sprouts and drizzled with cherry jus. The Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast was majestic, rich and generous.  Filling but not to the point of exhaustion.  The beetroot mash could easily been eaten on its own sat in a reclining chair looking out at your back garden in the summer.  This dish was picturesque.  The mini brussel sprouts were cheeky and plumped up the plate.  The Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast can be dwelled upon over conversation or satiated even further with a glass from Organized Crime’s ‘Break In’ (Pinot Noir).

If seafood is your fancy, the Grain Mustard Coated Salmon requires a gentle introduction. The salmon was beautifully cooked and was a substantial size as it said hello on a freshly made bed of couscous, fennel, radicchio and blood orange nage.  Truly ceremonial.  Flavourful, tantalizing and romantic.  This plate was all glamour but subtle.  It definitely stayed in its own lane.  Pair the Grain Mustard Coated Salmon with Cantina Rauscedo’s (Pinot Grigio).

For the steak lover in your life, the Striploin Steak and Fries had the best fanfare. Think Wellington County Beef drizzled with jus, caramelized onions, double smoked bacon, bbq aioli and corn bread.  This plate immediately transported us to a back country smokehouse with all the trimmings.  Woody, aromatic and yet no nonsense.   From the beauty of the meat – simple and uncomplicated.  To the dancing caramelized onions and double smoked bacon – this dish popped.  The bbq aioli was quietly noticeable.  The Colores Del Sol ‘Malbec’s’ was the perfect pairing with the Striploin Steak and Fries.

Dessert was just as verbose and refined at Azure Restaurant & Bar. The Lemon Cheesecake consisted of graham crust, candied lemon, citrus segment salad and toasted sesame seeds.  The Lemon Cheesecake was the perfect end to a rich, tantalizing adventure in modern Canadian cuisine at Azure Restaurant & Bar.

Grab a reservation with Azure Restaurant & Bar over Winterlicious in the weeks ahead. You will be guaranteed a beautifully curated meal and an authentic foodie experience before you trot off for a date at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Azure Restaurant & Bar

225 Front Street West

416.597.8142

https://www.tso.ca/concerts/plan-your-visit/restaurants

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Review: Toronto Symphony Orchestra: ‘A Jann Arden Christmas’

‘The holiday season is such a wonderful time for music—we hear everywhere during this period of the year some of the finest classical music written for the occasion as well as inspiring traditional carols and tuneful popular classics. The brilliant, multi-talented Canadian artist Jann Arden recently recorded her take on the season’s most beloved songs and I’m thrilled to have her perform them in her début with your Toronto Symphony Orchestra! The beautiful voices of the Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus also join us for this performance, and you, too, will have the chance to contribute to this Christmas soundscape in our annual sing-along. May this concert of holiday music warm your hearts and get you in the holiday spirit!’

Steven Reineke

Principal Pops Conductor

Review:

Elegant, sexy and savvy. The Toronto Symphony was in top form last night.  We were ready to be ‘sleighed’ with holiday anthems.  Add the likes of the Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus and the incomparable Jann Arden, whom brought the house down within seconds of taking the stage.

The evening was robust with songs like ‘The Best Christmas of All’, ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.’ The audience caroled using carol sheets in their TSO Program book, the air was filled with warmth and fairy lights and the mood was festive and jovial.

When Arden took the stage with her cheeky humour on show and her voice in all its abundance ready to tear the walls down in Roy Thomson Hall, the audience was warmed up and ready for her.   She gifted the audience with songs from her song catalogue including of ‘Insensitive’ and ‘Waiting for Canada’.  The Canadian flag’s poppy red colour was emblazoned on Arden’s gorgeous chiffon dress and bejeweled gown.  We were on the same page.

After the intermission the Toronto Symphony gave us ‘Carol of the Bells’ from Mykola Leontovych/arr. David Hamilton and ‘“We Need A Little Christmas” from Mame’ from Jerry Herman/arr. Robert Wendel. Perhaps not all that well known but beautifully positioned in the evening.  TSO did a wonderful job playing the audience old standards, blues, folk and pop songs.  It was an evening for everyone.  The audience was satiated, ready to learn, have a giggle and most importantly have a great time.

Arden had many intimate moments with the audience last night. She spoke of road stories, her writing process, sweet comments to orchestra members and a rawness only she can pull off in a space as prestigious as Roy Thomson Hall.

She created a gorgeous space between her and her fans last night when she spoke of her collaboration with Bob Foster on ‘Good Mother’. Arden spoke of scribbling notes in the lining of a cigarette liner and how she wanted to create an ode to her parents.  The moment felt like she was whispering her narrative to every member of the audience singularly.  Intimate, emotional, generous and fraught with pain.  As the Toronto Symphony Orchestra started to play the opening bars of ‘Good Mother’ the audience sighed a sigh full of anticipation, Kleenex were at the ready, men sat up straighter in their seats and other’s leaned forward.  The Toronto Symphony Orchestra illumined ‘Good Mother’.  It took the audience to another level of loving Arden’s music and winning us over with TSO’s gorgeous arrangement.  People wept, some stood up and cheered.  The festive love embraced us as the song concluded.

The night could not be complete without an appearance by Jolly Saint Nick who ‘ho, ho ho’d’ down the aisles and then helped in leading the audience with a ‘The Jingle, Jangle Sing-along’. It was upbeat and fun.  What better way to warm up our voices by busting them out into the holiday season with the professional help of TSO?

The Etobicoke School of the Arts Chorus is comprised of the Grades 11 and 12 music theatre classes at the Etobicoke School of the Arts (ESA). The music theatre department, headed by Paul Aikins, is one of six majors offered at ESA, which is the oldest free-standing arts-focused high school in Canada. Their contribution was boisterous, electric and punctuated the evening’s program with a lightness that can only be captured by the talented voices of these youngsters.

As Arden said last night, ‘Music is the fabric of life’. It’s true.  The evening delivered was joyous, a true respite from work drama and encouraging in the colours of red, green and gold of the holiday season into the fabric of our lives in the present.  Music as performed by the likes of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Jann Arden is to be inhaled and exhaled and perhaps even channelled into 2017 as we move ahead into the next year of our collective lives.

https://www.tso.ca/

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Pop-Up Shop at Roy Thomson Hall

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On Saturday October 8, 2016 the Toronto Symphony is launching their very first TSO Pop-Up Shop at Roy Thomson Hall.

Items you should think of picking up just in time for holiday shopping season are hot off the press!

First of, TSO has collaborated with Toronto street artist ANSER to bring a Beethoven Collection limited-edition black shirt. It’ll be on sale before the concert and during the Beethoven & Tchaikovsky performance intermission on Saturday October 8, 2016. If you don’t have your tickets yet – get on it soon!  https://www.tso.ca/concert/beethoven-tchaikovsky

If you are not coming to Beethoven & Tchaikovsky – t-shirts will be available to purchase online starting on Saturday October 8, 2016.

While you are at it, pick up the Toronto Symphony Listening Guide, which has been bringing the TSO international attention. Voila, https://www.creativereview.co.uk/how-the-toronto-symphony-orchestra-uses-graphic-design-to-guide-its-audiences-though-its-music/.

The TSO Listening Guide has been shortlisted for a data visualization award from “Information is Beautiful”, which is based in London, England. The awards were founded by David McCandless – http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/about/

The list is now out for public voting. Here’s the link: http://www.informationisbeautifulawards.com/showcase/1322-toronto-symphony-orchestra-listening-guide

Bravo to the Toronto Symphony for blending classical music into street culture. Let’s keep classical music alive for generations to come!

https://www.tso.ca/

 

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven & Tchaikovsky Ticket Giveaway

CONCERT PROGRAM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Canzonetta: Andante

III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

Esther Yoo, violin

Intermission

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60

  1. Adagio – Allegro vivace
  2. Adagio

III. Allegro vivace

  1. Allegro ma non troppo

Peter Oundjian conductor says, ‘Two brilliant young musicians make their Canadian débuts with us in this concert of music by the masters. Karina Canellakis begins the concert with Mozart’s zesty Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, one of his wittiest and most engaging works. This is truly Mozart at his finest—ebullient, tuneful, energetic, and full of surprises. Esther Yoo then joins the Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s great Violin Concerto, one of the most famous works in the repertoire. Tchaikovsky’s success with audiences probably comes from his endlessly inventive melodic gift, his ability to spin out memorable melodies effortlessly. The Violin Concerto is also a true showpiece for the soloist. Considered unplayable when it was written, it’s now a cornerstone of the concerto repertoire. Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, on the other hand, is less well known to audiences than the two mighty giants on either side of it, the Third and Fifth Symphonies. But many musicians consider it to be one of the composer’s most masterful works—it’s hugely attractive, with some of Beethoven’s best melodies and a truly dazzling finale.’

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to Beethoven & Tchaikovsky Ticket Giveaway for their Saturday October 8, 2016 performance!

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me you why you want to win the Symphony tickets.

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and the Beethoven & Tchaikovsky Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday October 5, 2016.

Here’s the scoop!

Twitter: @TorontoSymphony

Facebook: facebook.com/torontosymphonyorchestra

YouTube: youtube.com/torontosymphony

Instagram: instagram.com/torontosymphony

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.

https://www.tso.ca/

Toronto Symphony Orchestra: The Music of Abba Ticket Giveaway

FUN FACTS ABOUT ABBA

  • Before they were “ABBA” (the initials of the members’ first names), the band was known as “Festfolk”, meaning “party people” in Swedish.
  • ABBA’s greatest hits album, Gold, is one of the best-selling records of all time.
  • ABBA was well-known for performing in outrageous, sparkly outfits. Part of the reason they did so was for tax purposes—according to Swedish laws, the cost of clothes for performance (i.e. could not be worn as normal street clothes) was tax-deductible.
  • ABBA was one of the first groups to use videos to promote their music. Most of them were directed by Lasse Hallström, who received Academy Award nominations for the films My Life as a Dog and The Cider House Rules.

Steven Reineke conductor says, ‘Mamma mia, here we go again! Welcome to the first TSO Pops concert of the 2016/17 season! I’m delighted to welcome back to the TSO stage the extraordinary Finnish vocal ensemble, Rajaton, to perform the greatest hits of 70’s Swedish pop sensation, ABBA. As always, Rajaton bring their infectious energy and dazzling vocals to interpret the music of one of the most commercially successful music groups of all time—ABBA’s songs continue to remain ever popular, decades after they hit No. 1 on worldwide music charts.  And it’s not difficult to see why—especially when you hear them with the full forces of your Toronto Symphony Orchestra!’.

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to The Music of Abba for their Tuesday October 4, 2016 performance!

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me you why you want to win the Symphony tickets.

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and The Music of Abba Ticket Giveaway is Saturday October 1, 2016.

Here’s the scoop!

Twitter: @TorontoSymphony

Facebook: facebook.com/torontosymphonyorchestra

YouTube: youtube.com/torontosymphony

Instagram: instagram.com/torontosymphony

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.

https://www.tso.ca/

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway: The Second City Guide to the Symphony (June 23 – June 25, 2016)

Spring has finally sprung in Toronto! What better time is it then to get out there and enjoy what makes the Toronto Symphony Orchestra great!

Back by popular demand! The legendary Second City comedy theatre and the TSO team up once again to bring back this hit show, filled with sketch comedy, satire, songs, improvisation, and of course, incredible classical music. This light-hearted comic performance will take on all things orchestral, from the colourful musicians to the mighty Maestro, from send-ups of classical music history and conventions to the manners and mannerisms of our beloved audiences.

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of The Second City Guide to the Symphony tickets for the June 23, 2016 performance!

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me you why you want to win The Second City Guide to the Symphony tickets.

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway is Tuesday June 21, 2016.

Here’s the scoop!

https://www.tso.ca/concert/second-city-guide-symphony

Twitter: @TorontoSymphony

Facebook: facebook.com/torontosymphonyorchestra

YouTube: youtube.com/torontosymphony

Instagram: instagram.com/torontosymphony

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.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway: The Decades Project 1910-1919 – Ravel Daphnis et Chloé

Spring has finally sprung in Toronto! What better time is it then to get out there and enjoy what makes the Toronto Symphony Orchestra great!

Under the inspiring baton of Basque conductor Juanjo Mena, this riveting program of masterpieces from the second decade of the 20th century brings you Ravel’s voluptuous mythological ballet score, Daphnis et Chloé, in its full, original version. Charismatic Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto performs the robust Violin Concerto by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, three of whose symphonies the TSO performed to great acclaim last season.

Pekka Kuusisto will be signing CDs post concert in the North Lobby on June 1 and 2.

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of The Decades Project 1910-1919 – Ravel Daphnis et Chloé tickets for the June 2, 2016 performance!

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me you why you want to win The Decades Project 1910-1919 – Ravel Daphnis et Chloé tickets. By the way, stay tuned I have more tickets to TSO to giveaway in the weeks ahead!

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday May 31, 2016.

Here’s the scoop!

https://www.tso.ca/concert/ravel-daphnis-et-chloé

Twitter: @TorontoSymphony

Facebook: facebook.com/torontosymphonyorchestra

YouTube: youtube.com/torontosymphony

Instagram: instagram.com/torontosymphony

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.

Review: TSO’s 12th Annual New Creations Festival ‘Knocking at the Hellgate’ (March 12, 2016)

 

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) curated the TSO’s 12th Annual New Creations Festival which was avant-garde and infused with the best contemporary music in Toronto this March. Revered Australian composer, conductor, and violist Brett Dean joined festival conductor and host Peter Oundjian created diverse, powerful and swoon worthy programming.

Packed with Premières (World, North American, and Canadian), many of which are TSO Commissions, the New Creations Festival features original, intriguing music by Canadian composers Kevin Lau, Paul Frehner, and Skratch Bastid, as well as works by György Kurtág (Hungary), Anthony Pateras (Australia), James Ledger (Australia), Jonny Greenwood (UK) of Radiohead fame, and of course, Brett Dean. Guest artists include Toronto’s Afiara Quartet, baritone Russell Braun, DJ Skratch Bastid, filmmaker Peter Mettler, and Swedish trumpet virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger. To round out the festival, Toronto composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte curated an array of ancillary events such as pre-concert performances, a forum presented in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre, and post-concert parties.

Brett Dean presented last night’s ‘Knocking at the Hellgate’—a vocal/instrumental suite of excerpts from his forceful, surreal, and highly praised 2010 opera, Bliss, starring baritone Russell Braun. The evening included Water, a tender and dynamic piece by Jonny Greenwood of the iconic English rock group, Radiohead, which adds a tambura (an East Indian instrument), to the Orchestra. As an ear-opening final bonus, DJ Skratch Bastid created a remix of music from the festival.

‘Water was commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, who worked closely with Greenwood to develop a taut and nuanced work employing a unique instrumentation. The work is scored for two flutes, amplified upright piano, chamber organ, string orchestra, and one or two tanpuras. The inclusion of the tanpura, a traditional Indian drone instrument, came as a result of Tognetti’s initial desire for Greenwood to employ electronics alongside the orchestra. Throughout the work, Greenwood manages to incorporate the tanpura in unique and surprising ways.

Greenwood established himself as a significant compositional force with his award-winning score for the 2007 film There Will Be Blood. In 2012, Greenwood created the Suite from There Will be Blood, scored for string orchestra with ondes martenot. This arrangement has since received numerous performances around the world, including one this month by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The performance, under the direction of Scott O’Neil, takes place on April 25 at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver.’ (Excerpt from https://www.eamdc.com/news/us-premiere-of-jonny-greenwoods-water-with-australian-chamber-orchestra/).

Greenwood’s ‘Water’ was a wonderful ode to Philip Larkin’s poem of the same name.

Water

If I were called in

To construct a religion

I should make use of water.

 

Going to church

Would entail a fording

To dry, different clothes;

 

My liturgy would employ

Images of sousing,

A furious devout drench,

 

And I should raise in the east

A glass of water

Where any-angled light

Would congregate endlessly.

Greenwood’s meditative piece enhanced Larkin’s poem with the addition of the tanpura. The tanpura’s soft tones effortlessly melted alongside the chamber orchestra.  One couldn’t help but envision observing a body of water on a sunny day with its ripples and then those polar opposite quiet but disastrous moments in a storm.  These themes floated alongside Larkin’s poetic intention.  We see how the glimmer of water is used as a form of a cleansing ritual in religion, the importance of practicing faith in the present and the transcendent power of water as a life force seen within one’s own healing, growth and empowerment through faith.

As we transitioned from ‘Water’ into ‘Knocking at the Hellgate’ we felt the pangs of emotion, discontent and movement from one stage of light into a chapter of darkness.

Skratch Bastid’s custom summary of TSO’s 12th annual New Creations Festival was pure decadence and gave the audience a break from the intensity of the evening. It seemed like everyone was waiting for him to take centre stage with his kit.  His piece was a testament to the TSO taking the Company not only in a modern direction but creating a sense of inclusion for the next generation of music enthusiasts.  Skratch took bits and pieces from the festival’s rehearsals and stitched them into a breakbeat essay that not only demonstrated the beautifully curated scope of the festival but honoured the musicians work at its classical core.  I encourage TSO instead of giving Skratch Bastid five minutes to give him an hour in the years ahead.  It’s time.

Please continue to check out other wonderful programming at TSO in 2016. They are changing the game for classical music in ‘the city’.

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