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A Tribute to Maureen Forrester
World Première. One of the finest voices of her generation, Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester dazzled audiences worldwide. Honouring her memorable life and career, these performances, hosted by renowned Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, feature a new song cycle for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by Howard Shore, performed by Canadian Susan Platts, plus Mahler’s symphonic song cycle Das Lied von der Erde.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – 8:00pm
Friday, October 20, 2017 – 7:30pm
With Glowing Hearts
This all-Canadian program—curated by renowned conductor and Canadian music champion Victor Feldbrill—explores Canada’s rich history of classical composers. Notable Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico is the featured soloist in the Romantic-style Piano Concerto by Québec composer Claude Champagne.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 7:30pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 3:00pm
Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation
To commemorate Remembrance Day, the TSO presents Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation, a soul-searching work by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan and Suzanne Steele, Canada’s war poet in Afghanistan, featuring a galvanizing performance by acclaimed Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 8:00pm
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 8:00pm
…and you won’t want to miss:
Schubert Symphony 9
Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena, Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, returns to lead Schubert’s rich, broadly-scaled final symphony. In soloist Marc-André Hamelin—a member of the prestigious Gramophone magazine Hall of Fame—Ravel’s ingenious, jazz-tinged Concerto for the Left Hand finds its ideal interpreter.
Experience Beethoven in all his glory—in a single concert! Selections range from the tempestuous Fifth Symphony to a pair of sweet-natured romances for violin and orchestra with soloist Blake Pouliot, the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition.
What Makes It Great?® Stravinsky The Firebird
Russian composer Igor Stravinsky broke through to fame in 1910 when his glittering and dynamic ballet score The Firebird premièred in Paris. The plot was drawn from Russian fairy tales, and Stravinsky packed the music with orchestral colour and folk-flavoured melodies. In the first half, Rob Kapilow takes you inside this magic kingdom to show you its roots and explore Stravinsky’s methods in bringing it to life. After intermission, he conducts the TSO in a full performance of the suite.