LSM Newswire

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tafelmusik debuts in Australia and New Zealand

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February 27, 2012:

For immediate release

Tafelmusik makes debut in Australia and New Zealand with

The Galileo Project

“No other Canadian orchestra … does so much to give Canada a profile in the international arena of music. And, increasingly these days, it is a profile constructed from top-flight engagements.”

—Toronto Star

Toronto (Canada) … Tafelmusik reaffirms its reputation as Canada’s most active touring orchestra with high-prestige engagements around the world as it prepares for its debut appearances in Australia and New Zealand, March 1 to 16, 2012. This seven-city, 11-concert tour with engagements in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane (Australia) and in Wellington (New Zealand) features Tafelmusik’s globe-trotting multi-media creation, The Galileo Project.

In addition to performing concerts in every city throughout the Australia/New Zealand tour, Tafelmusik will take part in special events including a masterclass, a school performance, free pre-concert talks, “Meet the Artists” gatherings, and Star Parties: a series of post-concert star-gazing sessions with Australian astronomers.

One of Tafelmusik’s most successful international exports, The Galileo Project was conceived, programmed and scripted by Tafelmusik bassist Alison Mackay, and has been seen in China (in Mandarin), Malaysia, Mexico (in Spanish), Canada and the United States. A co-production with The Banff Centre, The Galileo Project premiered there in 2009 to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy. With narration by actor Shaun Smyth, stage direction by Marshall Pynkoski, and production design by Glenn Davidson,The Galileo Project explores the fusion of arts, science and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries. Tafelmusik musicians perform music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Lully and Handel from memory against a stunning backdrop of images of the heavens from the Hubble telescope and Canadian astronomers.

Tafelmusik continues to thrive on the world stage as it celebrates Jeanne Lamon’s 30th anniversary as Music Director this season. A discography of more than 78 recordings has helped Tafelmusik build its excellent reputation abroad, and on January 19, 2012, the orchestra launched Tafelmusik Media — its own multi-platform recording label. Video excerpts from The Galileo Project can be seen on Tafelmusik’s recently-launched Watch and Listen site; on March 27, Tafelmusik will release a DVD version of the complete Galileo Project on the Tafelmusik Media label, as well as re-releases of its award-winning recordings of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Tafelmusik’s new recordings will be available at concerts and record retailers in Australia through Naxos Global Logistics distribution.

Tafelmusik’s most recent international appearance was a return to Carnegie Hall in New York City last November as part of a U.S. tour including performances in Virginia. The Carnegie Hall concert garnered praise from The New York Times: “Tafelmusik mixed insight, assurance and visceral engagement in works to show stylistic cross-pollination among Baroque composers.” In May 2012, Tafelmusik travels to Versailles, France with Opera Atelier for two performances of Lully’s opera Armide.

In addition to regular concerts in Toronto this season, Tafelmusik’s touring schedule has included performances in Germany, a residency in Banff (for House of Dreams, its second co-production with The Banff Centre). Last September, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir appeared with Kent Nagano and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal at the inaugural concerts in its new hall, La Maison symphonique de Montréal.

Tafelmusik Australia and New Zealand tour itinerary:


March 1 Perth

March 3 Melbourne

March 5 Sydney

March 6 Melbourne

March 8 Canberra

March 10 Sydney

March 11, 12 Adelaide

March 14 Brisbane

New Zealand

March 16 Wellington

For detailed information about Tafelmusik’s Australia and New Zealand tour dates and venues, visit thewebsite.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Deadlines - La Scena Musicale March 2012

[French Version]

The deadline for advertising in the March 2012 issue is February 24.

In March, La Scena Musicale spotlights under-discussed classical instruments

Violin, piano, voice: they're the holy trinity of classical music. And La Scena Musicale has kept you informed about the masters of these instruments. Such stars to look forward to our next edition include Lara St. John, Louise Bessette.

We're pleased to also shine a spotlight on under-discussed classical instruments in our March 2012 edition. You'll find a cover feature on Sixtrum, one of the most percussion ensembles today.

Young musicians and their parents will find handy info in our Annual Summer Music and Arts Camps Guide. There is also an inspiring piece on the Association des orchestres de jeunes du Québec music festival and Garage à musique, a music education organization based in Montreal.

Add to this mix a calendar cover profile of the talented Jean-Michaël Lavoie, a pianist as well as conductor who will take the podium with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and more including all of our recurring jazz, calendar, and review features, and you have an jam-packed read ahead of you.

DISCOVERY CD - SUBSCRIBER'S BONUS: all LSM subscribers will receive a disc of Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka conducted by the composer himself (courtesy of Espace 21)— or visit
In September, La Scena Musicale transformed into two magazines: a separate English and a separate French edition; now, you can read all the LSM articles in your favourite language in one handy issue. The distribution of the two magazines has doubled to 50,000 copies (reaching 100,000 readers) and we are also pleased to return to Ottawa-Gatineau and Quebec City with 5,000 copies in each region.  

The year will also see the reintroduction of the Bring a Teen outreach program.

The eBook of Volume 16 of La Scena Musicale is now available for $9.99. Get all of 2010-2011 magazines in a PDF or iPad format for tablets, plus the 10 Discovery CDs in MP3 format. Visitez

Wah Keung Chan
Founding Editor and Publisher

Next Issues 

La Scena Musicale March 2012
  • NEW: Separate English and French editions
  • On the cover : Sixtrum
  • Guide: Summer Music and Arts Camps
  • Appearance: March 1, 2012
  • Ad Deadline: February 24, 2012
  • Artwork: February 24-27
  • Calendar Deadline: February 15, 2011 (info)
  • Print run: 50,000 copies
    • English Edition: 25,000 copies
    • French Edition: 25,000 copies
  • Distribution: Montréal, Quebec City (5000 copies), Ottawa/Gatineau (5000 copies) and through the province of Quebec
  • Target audience: amateur and professional artists, music and arts lovers


Tombée - La Scena Musicale mars 2012

[English Version]

La date de tombée pour les annonces pour le numéro de mars 2012 de La Scena Musicale est le 24 février.
En mars, La Scena Musicale fait pleins feux sur des instruments classiques méconnus.

Violon, piano, voix: voilà la trinité des instruments musicaux classiques. Et La Scena Musicalevous a constamment informé des activités des maîtres de ces instruments. Parmi ces étoiles, figureront bientôt dans nos pages Lara St. John et Louise Bessette.

Nous sommes donc heureux de mettre sous les projecteurs, dans l’édition de mars 2012, un instrument dont on discute peu. La couverture est consacrée à Sixtrum, actuellement l’un des ensembles de percussions les plus appréciés.

Les jeunes musiciens et leurs parents trouveront une foule de renseignements utiles dans notre guide annuel des camps d’été de musique et d’arts. Nous avons aussi un article inspirant à propos du festival de l’Association des orchestres de jeunes du Québec et du Garage à musique, un organisme musical basé à Montréal.

Ajoutez à ce mélange un profil en couverture du calendrier consacré au talentueux Jean-MichaëlLavoie, un pianiste et chef d’orchestre qui prendra la barre de l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec. Il y a plus encore, incluant nos chroniques jazz, nos calendriers et nos critiques habituels. Une lecture riche vous attend.

En septembre, La Scena Musicale s'est transformée en deux magazines, une édition anglaise séparée et une édition française séparée. Maintenant, vous pourrez lire tous les articles LSM dans votre langue maternelle, dans un seul exemplaire pratique. La distribution de nos deux magazines a doublé à 50 000 exemplaires (touchant 100 000 lecteurs). Nous sommes également heureux de retourner à Ottawa-Gatineau et à Québec avec 5000 exemplaires par région.

Cette année verra aussi le retour de l’initiative communautaire « Sortez votre ado ».

La version électronique du volume 16 de La Scena Musicale est maintenant disponible pour seulement 9.99 $. Obtenez tous les magazines 2010-2011 en format PDF ou iPad pour les tablettes. Visitez

Bonne année 2012 !

Wah Keung Chan

Prochains numéros

La Scena Musicale mars 2012
  • NOUVEAU : les éditions anglaise et française
  • En couverture : Sixtrum
  • Guide : camps d'été
  • Sortie : le 1 mars
  • Tombée (publicité) : le 24 février
  • Maquettes (publicité) : le 24-27 février
  • Tombée (calendrier) : le 15 février (info)
  • Tirage : 50 000 exemplaires
    • édition française : 25 000 exemplaires
    • édition anglasie : 25 000 exemplaires
  • Distribution : Montréal, Laval, Rive-Sud et ailleurs au Québec, plus Québec (5000 exemplaires) et Ottawa-Gatineau (5000)
  • Public visé : artistes amateurs et professionnels, passionnés de musique et d’art


Friday, February 10, 2012

Russian piano sensation Olga Kern gives Masterclass in Toronto



Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM / Robert Lowrey Piano Experts / Store location: 943 Eglinton Ave. East (just west of Leslie)

General admission: $15 in advance / $20 cash at the door

Ample free parking / 416 423 0434 x 0 or for advance purchase / The master class will be livestreamed on


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Robert Lowrey Piano Experts is thrilled to present Olga Kern in master class in his European Gallery on Wednesday, February 22 at 4:30 PM at the store location at 943 Eglinton Avenue East. Robert Lowrey Piano Experts is known as one of the country’s best in piano sales, restoration, and as a service facility; Rob himself is also a devoted supporter of the arts and he is regularly spotted at many concerts in and around Toronto.

This masterclass is a fantastic and rare opportunity to see one of the world’s great pianists at the peak of her powers, mentoring some of Toronto’s finest young talent. OlgaKern, described “an absolute whiz at the piano” by The New York Times, is one of the leading pianists of her generation. This season takes her throughout the United States in concerto appearances, as well as recital appearances including her Koerner Hall concert in Toronto with world-renowned violinist Vladimir Spivakov on Thursday, February 23, at 8 PM. This is her first dual recital tour with Mr. Spivakov outside of Europe. The piano featured in both the masterclass and Koerner Hall appearance is the rare andlegendary Bosendorfer Imperial grand piano.

Three gifted piano students have been chosen to perform for Ms. Kern. They were selected based on the opinions of teachers and adjudicators throughout Toronto.

Coco Ma, 11, has performed since age six. A regular local, national, and international competition winner, she made her Carnegie Hall debut at age nine. Last summer, she was the youngest performer at the Young Virtuosos Series at the Niagara International Music Festival. She studies at the Young Artist Performance Academy (YAPA) at the Royal Converstory of Music (RCM) under Arshalouise Nersessian. For Ms. Kern, Coco will perform Chopin’s Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47.

Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston, 15, is a national scholarship and award-winning pianist. He has appeared in solo recital in Toronto, Waterloo, Peterborough, and Poland. He has performed in many events in the Toronto area, including Tom Allen’s Classical Goodtime Variety Show (CBC Radio/Peterborough Symphony Orchestra), Toronto Sinfonietta’s Concerto Competition Winners’ Gala, the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation “Young Stars of the Young Century” concert and many others. Amadeus studies on scholarhip at YAPA at the RCM under Li Wang and James Anagnoson. He will perform Chopin’s Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49.

Ricker Choi, 35, has won grand prizes from the North York Music Festival and second prize at the Berlin International Amateur Piano Competition. He has performed live on Classical FM 96.3 in Toronto and has been featured in the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festivals “Emerging Artists in Concert” at Walter Hall at the University of Toronto. He has also performed in the Off Centre Music Salon at Glenn Gould Studio. A full-time financial risk consultant, he also studies with Boris Zarankin. Ricker will perform Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz.

Robert Lowrey's Piano Experts is Canada’s premier piano sales, restoration and service facility. For over thirty years, the store’s highly trained piano experts have proudly served the community from its central location in Toronto. The Robert Lowrey experience is about honesty, education, an open, welcoming environment, and long-term customer care. Rob comes from a musical family and he studied to become a songwriter. His piano tuning side business grew to become the largest piano retailer and service companies in Canada, and perhaps North America.

Olga Kern appears in masterclass at Robert Lowrey Piano Experts courtesy of Robert Lowrey. She appears with Vladimir Spivakov in recital at Koerner Hall as presented by Show One Productions on Thursday, February 23 at 8 PM; for concert information.

All three piano students are previous winners of the North York Music Festival, founded by Ella Poret, Chair and Founder.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Opera Atelier Announces 2012-13 Season

Opera Atelier lays claim to a new period in their 2012-2013 season
Weber’s iconic German Romantic opera Der Freischütz (The Marksman)
will be paired with a revival of the family-friendly favourite
The Magic Flute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2012 (Toronto, ON) – Opera Atelier’s founding Co-Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg today announced plans for their 2012-2013 season, which will include OA’s first production from the Romantic period in the company’s 26-year history. Premiered in 1821, Weber’s Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is based on German folklore and folk music and is widely considered the first and most important German Romantic opera. This is an artistically bold move into uncharted territory for Opera Atelier, which has previously dealt exclusively with Baroque and Classical work from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is part of the company’s ongoing mission to shake off the preconceptions about “period production” by reimagining and revitalizing the great works of the entire operatic canon. Der Freischütz (The Marksman) will open Opera Atelier’s 2012-2013 season, followed by a revival of Mozart’s wildly popular The Magic Flute.

“This may be the biggest repertoire announcement of our company’s history,” says Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski. “No historical period exists in a vacuum, and we have long been interested in exploring the influences of the Baroque period on artists working in its wake. The interplay of artistic themes and styles between the Baroque and Romantic worlds is indisputable, and we look forward to exploring these connections in Der Freischütz while we treat our audience to an experience that is at once entirely new and absolutely identifiable as the work of Opera Atelier.”

Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is the story of Max, a young man who must pass a test of marksmanship in order to win his love’s hand and claim his position in the community. Frustrated at practice, Max enters into a Faustian deal for seven magic bullets: six will unerringly hit their intended mark, and the final one is at the command of the devil. The bullets are forged at midnight under the watchful eye of Samiel, the satanic huntsman. At the contest the following day, the seventh bullet becomes a catalyst for unimagined horrors. With its emotional intensity, integration of German folk legend, and depiction of nature as both sublime and untamable,Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is a quintessential work of the Romantic era.

Der Freischütz (The Marksman) is a powerful vehicle for Croatian tenor Krešimir Špicer (who played the title roles in OA’s productions of Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito) as the title marksman Max. He is joined by baritone Vasil Garvanliev as the villain Kaspar, soprano Meghan Lindsay as the heroine Agathe, soprano Carla Huhtanen as her companion Äanchen, baritone Curtis Sullivan as the satanic huntsman Samiel, bass-baritone Olivier Laquerre as head forester Kuno, baritone Michael Nyby double-cast as the peasant Killian and Prince Ottokar, and bass Michael Uloth as the wise hermit. Der Freischütz (The Marksman)will feature the full corps of the Artists of Atelier Ballet. The creative team includes director Marshall Pynkoski, choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, set designer Gerard Gauci, costume designer Martha Mann, and lighting designer Bonnie Beecher. Music Director David Fallis conducts the Tafelmusik Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Der Freischütz (The Marksman) runs October 27, 28, 30, 31, November 2 and 3, 2012 and will be sung in German with English SURTITLESTM. This exciting venture is made possible in part by the extraordinary generosity of Production Underwriter Michael A. Wekerle.

The Magic Flute is Mozart’s final work, and is one of the most-performed operas worldwide. It is about a prince, Tamino, who is sent by The Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from her nemesis Sarastro. Accompanied by the endearingly incorrigible Papageno and with the aid of a magic flute, the besotted Tamino ventures into the temple and quickly finds that all is not as it seems. An enchanting tale that delights audiences of all ages, The Magic Flute is perhaps Mozart’s greatest popular success.

The Magic Flute will reunite several of the cast members from Opera Atelier’s 2006 production, including Colin Ainsworth as Tamino and Olivier Laquerre as Papageno. They will be joined by Ambur Braid as The Queen of the Night, Mireille Asselin as Papagena, Laura Albino as Pamina, and João Fernandes as Sarastro, as well as Aaron Ferguson, Eve McLeod, Laura Pudwell and Curtis Sullivan with the full corps of the Artists of Atelier Ballet. The creative teamincludes director Marshall Pynkoski, choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, set designer Gerard Gauci, and lighting designer Kevin Fraser. Music Director David Fallis conducts the Tafelmusik Orchestra and Chamber Choir. The Magic Flute runs April 6, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 13, 2013 and will be sung in English with English SURTITLESTM.

Performances for Opera Atelier’s 2012-2013 Season will take place at the Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street) in Toronto with evening performances at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee performances at 3:00 p.m. Subscriptions start at $90 and are on sale now by calling 416-703-3767 x222. Single tickets go on sale on August 7, 2012. For more information visit
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Opera Atelier gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and the Creative Trust.

2012-2013 Major Sponsors

Season Sponsor: Sun Life Financial
Der Freischütz Production Underwriter: Michael A. Wekerle
Der Freischütz Production Sponsor: BMO Financial Group
The Magic Flute Production Sponsor: Scotiabank

Opera Atelier
is Canada’s premier Baroque opera/ballet company, specializing in producing opera, ballet and drama from the 17th and 18th centuries. While drawing upon the aesthetics and ideals of the period, Opera Atelier goes beyond “reconstruction” and infuses each production with an inventive theatricality that resonates with modern audiences. Over the past twenty-six years, lead by founding artistic directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, Opera Atelier has garnered acclaim for its performances at home as well as in the United States, Europe and Asia.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Announces its 2012-13 Season



Toronto February 1, 2012 – Today, Music Director Peter Oundjian announced the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) 2012.2013 concert season. The TSO is known for programming great works in unique ways, and for inviting audiences to experience live orchestral music in formats that fit into their personal lifestyles and tastes. In 2012.2013, the TSO adds new dimensions to the concert experience including visual elements, an “Audience-Choice” programme, and a symphonic work written for, by, and about the City of Toronto.

The season, said TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian, is “one of new faces and new possibilities, alongside treasured and timeless masterworks.” The TSO will bring great orchestral repertoire to the stage, performed by the world’s leading artists including: Peter Oundjian conducting an opening night performance of John Adams’s Harmonielehre; an all-Spanish cast performing in-concert Falla’s opera La vida breve; Mahler’s Sixth Symphony conducted by Thomas Dausgaard; Peter Lieberson’s song cycles setting to music poems by Pablo Neruda; Brahms’s A German Requiem conducted by Peter Oundjian; and the return of Jiří Bělohlávek, conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He also announced additions to the TSO artistic roster including the appointment of Steven Reineke as Principal Pops Conductor and opened a call for applications for a Resident Conductor and Affiliate Composer.

Premières and TSO commissions

In the 2012.2013 season, the TSO performs three world premières, two North American premières, and eight Canadian premières. The TSO presents three newly co-commissioned works and four newly-commissioned works, including a collaborative work that is uniquely Torontonian by Tod Machover.

A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City

What does our city sound like? That is just the question that composer and MIT media lab professor Tod Machover asks Toronto with the TSO commission A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City. In the months leading up to its March 9, 2013 world première at the TSO’s New Creations Festival, composer, Orchestra, and Torontonians will collaborate to write a work for, by, and about our city.

New Creations Festival

The 2013 New Creations Festival imagines the evolution of music from past to future, with new works inspired by existing traditions and by exploring the relationship between orchestra and technology. Peter Oundjian and festival curator Tod Machover present a selection of boundary-bending works, including the world première of a TSO commission from Canadian composer Andrew Staniland, which is inspired by Mahler (Mar 9, 2013), and the North American première of Vábení by Krystof Maratka (Mar 7, 2013). In a co-commission with the Barbican, the TSO performs the North American première of a Violin Concerto written by Canadian composer Owen Pallett for violinist Pekka Kuusisto (Mar 7, 2013). Other key works in the New Creations Festival are by composers Nicole Lizée, Mason Bates, Steven Mackey, and Krystof Maratka.

New positions: Resident Conductor & Affiliate Composer

New artists and new music are an essential component of great orchestras. Throughout its history, the TSO has been active in fostering the work of emerging artists and composers. Today, the TSO is proud to announce a call for applications for two newly-formed positions titled Resident Conductor and Affiliate Composer. These residency programmes are aimed towards emerging artists working in the professional world. Applications will be available at on February 8. The positions are open to Canadian residents.

The Resident Conductor will work closely with Music Director Peter Oundjian, the artistic staff, and the musicians of the TSO with access to all TSO rehearsals and performances. This two-year position includes significant podium time by combining the responsibilities of conducting select TSO concerts and rehearsals, as well as being Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. The Resident Conductor will also have the opportunity to work with TSO guest conductors for consultation, as well as active involvement in the behind-the-scenes workings of the Orchestra.

The Affiliate Composer will work closely with Music Director Peter Oundjian, Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, the artistic staff, and the musicians of the TSO with access to all TSO rehearsals and performances. Throughout the two-year term, there will be opportunities to write works for the Orchestra, to interact with international visiting composers, and to participate in the TSO’s extensive education programmes. In addition to involvement in the New Creations Festival, the Affiliate Composer will also have a role in promoting and advocating for the creation and performance of Canadian and contemporary music.

Steven Reineke appointed Principal Pops Conductor

Popular programming has been an integral part of each TSO season since 1975. Building on this foundation, the TSO announces the appointment of Steven Reineke as Principal Pops Conductor. A celebrated conductor and arranger who has become familiar to TSO audiences following his début in 1997, Steven Reineke is also the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As TSO Principal Pops Conductor, Steven will lead the popular programming initiatives at the TSO and conduct several concerts in the TSO’s Pops series.

Timeless works presented in fresh formats

The TSO is known for presenting great works in fresh and engaging ways to suit all lifestyles, schedules, and tastes. With Afterworks, audiences are invited to skip rush hour and recharge with 90-minute concerts that begin at 6:30pm. 2012.2013 season Afterworks include Sir Andrew Davis conducting R. Strauss’s Don Quixote(Nov 28, 2012) and Canadian Opera Company Music Director Johannes Debus conducting Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, K. 385 “Haffner” (Jan 9, 2013).

Saturday evening Casual Concerts take a relaxed approach to the symphony with performances followed by after-parties in the lobby where audiences can mingle with TSO musicians and guest artists, including pianist Joyce Yang (Sep 29, 2012), pianist Jan Lisiecki (Dec 1, 2012), and bass-baritone Gerald Finley (May 25, 2013).

Light Classics series concerts highlight the favourite works of the most beloved composers. For the first time, the TSO invites the audience to choose their own programme in an Audience Choice concert. Voting runs September through November and the orchestral works with the highest votes will make up the programme for the Light Classics concerts performed on January 26 & 27, 2013.

The Exposed series takes an in-depth look at Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony (Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great?©, Oct 25, 2012), Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 (Beyond the Score®, Feb 1, 2013) and Elgar’s Enigma Variations (with Bramwell Tovey, Jun 1, 2013). On June 15, the TSO goes Late Night with TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian conducting a special 10:00pm performance including Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and featuring pianist Yuja Wang in Rachmaninoff’sRhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Visual elements added to performance

With the 2012.2013 season, the TSO adds more visual elements to the concert experience than ever before. In partnership with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the TSO has commissioned photographer James Westwater to photo-choreograph Smetana’s Mà Vlast, the composer’s heartfelt tribute to the lush landscapes of his Czech homeland (Apr 17 & 18, 2013). Images illustrating Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition will be projected above the Orchestra in performances led by TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian (Sep 27 & 29, 2012); and with West Side Story, TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke leads the TSO in Leonard Bernstein’s score, live with the remastered film (directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, featuring Robbins's choreography, Ernest Lehman’s screenplay, Arthur Laurents's book and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics) shown in hidef with original vocals and dialogue intact (May 28 & 29, 2013).


The TSO celebrates Mozart’s concertos in Mozart@257 (January 9 – 17, 2013). Conducted by Canadian Opera Company Music Director Johannes Debus, pianist Jeremy Denk performs Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, and soprano Layla Claire performs selections from the composer’s beloved operas (Jan 9 & 10, 2013). TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian conducts as TSO Principal Musicians take centre stage with Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp featuring Principal Flute Nora Shulman and Principal Harp Heidi Van Hoeson Gorton (Jan 10, 12 & 13, 2013) and the Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola featuring Concertmaster Jonathan Crow and Principal Viola Teng Li (Jan 16 & 17, 2013). Opening the last programme of the festival is the TSO wind section, highlighted in Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 for Winds (Jan 16 & 17, 2013).

Celebrating the Voice

A number of vocalists join the TSO for stunning performances throughout the 2012.2013 season including Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman in Barber’sKnoxville: Summer of 1915 and four songs by Henri Duparc (Apr 11 & 13, 2013). An all-Spanish cast of vocalists join the TSO and conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos for an in-concert performance of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla’s passionate opera La vida breve (Nov 1 & 3, 2012). Celebrated Toronto-based vocalists, tenor Michael Schade and baritone Russell Braun come home for the holidays, along with The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, soprano Yulia Van Doren, and countertenor Daniel Taylor in Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Nicholas McGegan (Dec 18, 19, 21, 22 & 23, 2012). Love poems by the Nobel prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda are set to music in Peter Lieberson’s song cycles, performed by mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor in Neruda Songs (Jan 31 & Feb 2, 2013) and bass-baritone Gerald Finley inSongs of Love and Sorrow (May 22, 23 & 25, 2013). Also on the programme withSongs of Love and Sorrow, TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian leads Brahms’s soul-stirring A German Requiem with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

TSO Musicians featured

The musicians of the Orchestra are featured as soloists throughout the TSO 2012.2013 season in performances including: Principal Clarinet Joaquin Valdepeñas and Associate Principal Clarinet YaoGuang Zhai in Mendelssohn’s Konzertstück No. 1 for Clarinet and Basset Horn (Oct 13, 14, 2013); Principal Bassoon Michael Sweeney in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Bassoon in F Major (Oct 13, 14, 2013); Principal Flute Nora Shulman and Principal Harp Heidi Van Hoeson Gorton in Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp (Jan 10, 12 & 13, 2013); and Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, Principal Second Violin Paul Meyer, Principal Viola Teng Li, and Principal Cello Joseph Johnson in Schubert’s String Quartet in C Minor (Jan 23 & 24, 2013). TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow is also featured alongside cellist Shauna Rolston and pianist Jon Kimura Parker in Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello, in performances that will be repeated in Brockville, Montreal, and Ottawa (November 14 - 19, 2012).

TSO Specials

Maxim Vengerov resumes his brilliant career as a violinist performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and conducting and performing the solos in Rimsky-Korsakov’sScheherazade (Oct 20, 2012). As a rare treat, Toronto’s own Barenaked Ladies join the TSO for a full evening featuring new orchestral arrangements of their chart-topping hits in this family holiday concert (Dec 14, 2012).

Season Presenting Sponsor

The TSO welcomes BMO Financial Group as the Season Presenting Sponsor of the TSO’s 2012.2013 season. “BMO Financial Group is proud of its longstanding partnership with the TSO,” said Nada Ristich, Director of Corporate Donations at BMO Financial Group. “We recognize that Toronto is very fortunate to have an orchestra of such outstanding calibre and understand that cultural institutions like the TSO make our communities better places to live.”

TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.

The Resident Conductor and Affiliate Composer positions are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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.


Online: Phone: 416.598.3375
In Person: TSO Customer Service Centre, 212 King St West, 1st Floor, Toronto