“Forty years is a long time to maintain a relationship. In honour of this lifelong bond, Toronto Symphony Orchestra conductor laureate Sir Andrew Davis has been [appearing] all week with a series of concerts that culminated Friday night with a new work by his son, Ed Frazier Davis, and appearances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Toronto Children’s Chorus,” writes Michael Vincent in Monday’s (6/1) Star (Toronto, Canada). “The most poignant part of the evening came with the affable Yo-Yo Ma, whose presence also marked his own 40th appearance with the TSO,” in the Elgar Cello Concerto.… Ma joined TSO principal cellist Joseph Johnson, cellist Einona Zelenka and principal double bassist Jeffrey Beecher [for] an arrangement of Elgar’s ‘Salut d’amour.’ Davis sat down on the conductor’s podium and relished the enduring moment with his signature grace and humour…. Holst’s The Planets … left the audience on its feet.… On the whole the concert was like watching a late reunion between two lovers who have never really forgotten each other.” The TSO’s premiere of Davis’s The Stolen Child featured the Toronto Children’s Chorus.
Posted June 1, 2015