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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Mozart's 255 Birthday

Come and Celebrate Mozart’s 255 Birthday with the TSO!

This January tradition honours one of classical music’s most brilliant composers.


December 8, 2010
– The Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrates the legacy of beloved Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with this popular TSO January tradition, the Mozart@255 Festival (January 19 – January 30, 2011 with concerts at Roy Thomson Hall and George Weston Recital Hall). Concert-goers can bask in the sounds of Mozart as TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian celebrates the prolific range of works created by classical music’s most admired composer.

January 27 marks Mozart’s 255 birthday and the TSO celebrates with treats in the lobby for audience members on January 27. On stage is renowned

pianist Jeffrey Kahane performing two Piano Concerti: No.9 “Jeunehomme,” one of Mozart’s inventive early masterpieces, and Piano Concerto

No.22. Kahane is also featured in the January 26 Afterworks concert that starts at 6:30pm and runs without intermission, designed to fit into Mozart

lovers’ busy schedules.

Grammy, Juno, and Gramophone-winning violinist, James Ehnes joins the TSO to perform the complete collection of all five Mozart Violin Concerti in

two nights (Wed, January 19 at 8:00pm and Thu, January 20 at 2:00pm). Ehnes is solo violin and leader in these special Mozart@255 Festival

performances. Also in the spotlight this Mozart@255 Festival, are TSO Principal Oboe Sarah Jeffrey and TSO Principal Double Bass Jeffrey

Beecher. They perform solos in Light Classics Concerts Series Mozart's World (Sat, January 29 at 7:30pm and Sun, January 30 at 3:00pm), a

programme that highlights the music of Mozart and his contemporaries.

Now in its seventh season, the TSO’s Mozart@255 Festival brings to light the wide range of the composer’s music. In his works, Mozart covers

various emotions and utilizes many different musical forms. In the January 22 and 23 concerts, conductor Bernard Labadie and contralto

Marie-Nicole Lemieux highlight Mozart’s vocal music with “Voi che sapete” from The Marriage of Figaro and other popular concert arias. The TSO

takes this programme north to the intimate space of the George Weston Recital Hall on January 23.

For tickets, please visit or call 416.593.4828 for more information.

For tickets to Mozart Arias on January 23 at the George Weston Recital Hall, visit or call Ticketmaster at 416.872.1111.

Mozart@255 Festival is sponsored by Invesco Trimark.
TSO Concert Season Sponsor is Tippet-Richardson Limited.
TSO Conductor’s Podium Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
TSO Light Classics Concerts Series Sponsor is Desjardins.
TSO Light Classics Media Partner is Classical 96.3FM.


Ehnes Plays Mozart I

Wed, January 19 at 8:00pm

James Ehnes, leader and violin

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 1, K. 207

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 2, K. 211

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3, K. 216

Tickets: $40-$148

Ehnes Plays Mozart II

Thu, January 20 at 2:00pm

James Ehnes, leader and violin

Mozart: Rondo in C Major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 373

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4, K. 218

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, K. 219 "Turkish"

Tickets: $32-$88

Mozart Arias

Sat, January 22 at 8:00pm

Sun, January 23 at 3:00pm (George Weston Recital Hall)

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto

Mozart: Chaccone from Idomeneo, K. 367

Select Mozart Arias

Mozart: Symphony No. 33, K. 319

Tickets: $32-$141

Mozart Symphony 34

Wed, January 26 at 6:30pm
Thu, January 27 at 8:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Tom Allen, host (Jan. 26)

Mozart: Symphony No. 34, K. 338

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9, K. 271 "Jeunehomme"

Mozart: Adagio and Fugue, K. 546 (Jan. 27 only)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22, K. 482

Tickets: $22.50-$141

Mozart's World

Sat, January 29 at 7:30pm
Sun, January 30 at 3:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Sarah Jeffrey, oboe
Jeffrey Beecher, double bass

Salieri: Overture to Les Horaces
Vanhal: Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra in D Major
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 285d
Haydn: Symphony No. 8 in G Major “Le Soir”

Tickets: $30-$82

About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest musical education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with curriculum-based programming.



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