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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Tours Brockville, Ottawa and Montreal


TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO in a programme which includes Shostakovich’s Twelfth Symphony.

Toronto, October 30, 2012 – TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO and three Canadian soloists in a programme featuring the works of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Canadian composer Pierre Mercure. Joining the TSO for Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” are pianist André Laplante, TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, and cellist Shauna Rolston. Following two concerts at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto (November 14 & 15), the TSO takes the programme on tour to Brockville (November 17, 7:30pm at Brockville Arts Centre), Montreal (November 18, 2:30pm at Maison Symphonique de Montreal) and Ottawa (November 19, 8pm at the National Arts Centre).
Subtitled “The Year 1917,” Shostakovich composed his Twelfth Symphony as a portrait of Lenin, focusing on Lenin’s role as leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution. The piece is a programmatic work, with musical themes representing a series of tableaux in a cohesive, continuous whole as themes are shared throughout the four movements. Following its première in 1961, audiences and musicians expressed disappointment with the work, however the Soviet cultural authorities hailed it as a triumphant act of Socialist Realism. Theories about the content of Shostakovich’s Twelfth swirl about it, as listeners question if it is a sincere salute to Lenin and the revolution, or veiled satire.

Composed between 1803 and 1805, Beethoven's “Triple Concerto,” is one of his brightest works, and unique for the composer, featuring the rare combination of piano trio and orchestra. TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow is joined by two of Canada's most respected soloists, cellist Shauna Rolston and pianist André Laplante, for this collaboration of virtuosos. The “Triple Concerto” has the grand scale, heroic rhetoric, and orchestral brilliance typical of Beethoven's middle-period style, with its three soloists forming a detachable piano trio set against the backdrop of a full orchestra.

This musically varied programme begins with an atmospheric work by Montreal-native Pierre Mercure. The opening of Triptyque is dramatic and sinister, a beautiful dark tapestry of orchestral textures and colours. Its powerful and rhythmic second movement and moody third movement complete this suggestive work, filled with images and contrasts.

Following the November 14 and 15 Toronto performances in the TSO’s home at Roy Thomson Hall, stay for an audience Q&A led by TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian with the soloists.

Join the TSO on the road to Brockville, Ottawa and Montreal by following the TSO Tour blog at

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.

Tour Cartage is provided by Tippet-Richardson Limited.

Brockville, Ottawa, Montreal Tour Transportation Sponsor is VIA Rail Canada.

TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow fills the Tom Beck Concertmaster Chair.

About TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian: Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian, noted for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit, and engaging personality, has been an instrumental figure in the rebirth of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since his appointment as Music Director in 2004. In addition to his post in Toronto, Peter Oundjian has been named Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, starting this season. Mr. Oundjian was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 and played a major role at the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York between 1997 and 2007. He has served as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music since 1981. In May 2009, Mr. Oundjian received an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory.

About TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow: A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan Crow is in his second season as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Between 2002 and 2006 Jonathan was the Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and notably during his tenure, was the youngest concertmaster of a major North American orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Jonathan has performed at chamber music festivals throughout North America, South America, and Europe. He is a founding member of the New Orford String Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to the promotion of standard and Canadian string quartet repertoire. In 2005, Jonathan joined the Schulich School of Music at McGill University as an Assistant Professor of Violin and was appointed Associate Professor of Violin in 2010. 

About André Laplante: Canadian pianist André Laplante, hailed as one of the great romantic virtuosos, has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has released a series of ever more impressive CDs. He garnered international attention after winning prizes at the Geneva and Sydney International Piano Competitions, and capturing the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.  Recently honoured as an Officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. Laplante’s history includes an extensive North American tour with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and a tour in Europe with the Toronto Symphony under Andrew Davis.  André Laplante's releases include an award-winning Brahms album and a recording of Jacques Hetu's Piano Concerto No. 2 that won a 2004 Juno award.

About Shauna Rolston: Award-winning Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston is considered by peers and fans alike to be one of the most compelling and unique musical voices on the stage today. She has appeared around the world, performing in major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, and was the featured artist at the 1988 Olympics. Her passion for the music of our time has led to the commission and creation for her of more than 50 works for cello, including concertos by Canada’s leading composers. The diversity of Shauna’s artistry is reflected in the many honours received, including an invitation to join the Governor-General’s State Delegation to Finland and Iceland, her appointment as Canadian Music Centre Ambassador for her commitment to the performance of Canadian music, and most recently, the Oskar Morawetz Award for Excellence in Music Performance. Shauna is Professor of Cello and Head of Strings at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Artist for the Music and Sound Programs at The Banff Centre.
About the TSO:  Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions and is internationally recognized as a leading orchestra. 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 music education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with acclaimed curriculum-based programming.



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