May 16, 2019« Back to News
TSO Brings Mahler Symphony 7 to Montreal and Ottawa
TORONTO — May 16, 2019 — The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) tours Mahler Symphony 7 — the most unique of all of his symphonies — in Ottawa and Montreal this month. As part of the TSO’s annual visit, Conductor Laureate and Interim Artistic DirectorSir Andrew Davis joins celebrated Canadian pianist Louis Lortie and the TSO with a selection of inspired works. Performances will be held at Montreal’s Maison symphonique on May 21, followed by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on May 22.
The concert will begin with a reprise of My Most Beautiful, Wonderful, Terrific, Amazing, Fantastic, Magnificent Homeland by Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin. This work was composed for the TSO’s Sesquicentennial celebrations, and first performed in 2017. World-renowned, three-time JUNO Award-winning pianist Louis Lortie will perform as a soloist in César Franck’s richly romantic Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, which is one of the composer’s most enduring classics. The bold Seventh Symphony byGustav Mahler, considered the most enigmatic of the 10 symphonies he composed, rounds out the program.
Mahler Symphony 7 program:
Chan Ka Nin: My Most Beautiful, Wonderful, Terrific, Amazing, Fantastic, Magnificent Homeland: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th (TSO Co-commission)
Franck: Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
For more details on the program at Montreal’s Maison symphonique on May 21, click here.
For more details on the program at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre on May 22, click here.
The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Toronto.
About the TSO: One of Canada’s most respected arts organizations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) plays a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life. Committed to serving local and national communities through vibrant performances and expansive educational activities, the TSO offers a wide range of programming that resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. With a notable recording and broadcast history complementing international touring engagements, the TSO is a unique musical ambassador for Canada around the world.
The TSO continues its long-established history of connecting younger generations with orchestral music. Two core programs include School Concerts, performed for over 40,000 students annually, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), which, in a tuition-free model, offers high-level orchestral training for talented young musicians aged 22 and under. Additionally, the TSO supports the development of next-generation artists through its annual open call for Canadian orchestral scores, and its essential Resident Conductor and Affiliate Composer positions.
Peter Oundjian was named TSO Conductor Emeritus at the end of his 14-year tenure as Music Director in June 2018. In the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, Sir Andrew Davis will serve as Interim Artistic Director, prior to the arrival of the TSO’s new Music Director in 2020. Sir Andrew Davis is well known to Toronto audiences, having a 44-year relationship with the TSO. Maestro Davis opens the 2018/19 season and returns to the TSO stage regularly in each of his two seasons as Interim Artistic Director. Gustavo Gimeno will begin serving as the TSO’s Music Director in 2020/21.
The TSO was founded in 1922 by a group of Toronto musicians and gave its first performance at the historic Massey Hall. Since 1982, Toronto’s iconic Roy Thomson Hall has been the TSO’s home, drawing patrons from around the world. Soon to celebrate its centenary, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s name remains synonymous with musical versatility and growth, and artistic distinction.