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To commemorate Remembrance Day, the TSO presents an emotional performance of Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation, a soul-searching work by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan and Suzanne Steele, Canada’s war poet in Afghanistan. Soloists include soprano Measha Brueggergosman, mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy, tenor Colin Ainsworth, and baritone Brett Polegato, with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Canadian conductor Tania Miller.

Commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in partnership with One Yellow Rabbit, with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and residency assistance from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Additional Partner Orchestras

  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Jeffrey Ryan/text by Suzanne Steele: Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation)—January 27, 2017
  • Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (Jeffrey Ryan/text by Suzanne Steele: Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation)—November 11, 2017

Program

  • G.S. MacLennan: The Unknown Warrior
  • Richard Diespecker: Creed
  • Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2) – Mvt. II
  • Traditional: Last Post
  • Traditional: Piper’s Lament (Flowers of the Forest)
  • Traditional: Reveille
  • Binyon: For the Fallen
  • Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
  • Julien Bilodeau: “La fantaisie du pendu (Hangman’s fantasy)”This is a Canadian composer
  • Jeffrey Ryan/Suzanne Steele: Afghanistan: Requiem for a GenerationThis is a Canadian composer

Performers

  • Tania MillerconductorThis is a Canadian artist
  • Measha BrueggergosmansopranoThis is a Canadian artist
  • Allyson McHardymezzo-sopranoThis is a Canadian artist
  • Colin AinsworthtenorThis is a Canadian artist
  • Brett PolegatobaritoneThis is a Canadian artist
  • Trooper Darlene Spencer (Queen’s York Rangers)speakerThis is a Canadian artist
  • Trooper Melissa Frangella (Queen’s York Rangers)speakerThis is a Canadian artist
  • Corporal Jonathan Elliotson (Queen’s Own Rifles)buglerThis is a Canadian artist
  • Corporal Billy Boulet-Gagnon (Toronto Scottish)piperThis is a Canadian artist
  • Corporal Jeremy Federico (The Lorne Scots)piperThis is a Canadian artist
  • Corporal Sean McKenzie-Mardelli (48th Highlanders)piperThis is a Canadian artist
  • Master Corporal Conor Cooper (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada)piperThis is a Canadian artist
  • Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirThis is a Canadian artist
  • Toronto Children’s ChorusThis is a Canadian artist

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9 November - 8:00pm

Details

Date:
9 November
Time:
8:00pm - 10:00pm

Venue

Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe St
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2H5 Canada

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