Toronto Symphony musicians, other Canadians prominent in orchestra’s 2016-17 season

Posted on: February 5, 2016

“There’ll be more Canadians—and more members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra—being given center stage in the 2016/17 program, TSO president and CEO Jeff Melanson announced Wednesday,” writes Trish Crawford in the Toronto Star on Wednesday (2/3). TSO musicians “will play a greater role in the programming, he says, as will Canadians, particularly those showcased in the New Creations Festival, which highlights new works. Curated by Canadian composer Owen Pallett, the festival features works by Polaris prize winner Tanya Tagaq, violinist James Ehnes, composer Nicole Lizée and the Kronos Quartet.” The TSO season will also include a semi-staged production of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins as part of The Decades Project, a collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario. In partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, the TSO will accompany such films as The Fellowship of the Rings (score by Howard Shore) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (John Williams). Fourteen-year-old Canadian pianist Leonid Nediak will make his TSO debut. A Mozart @261 Festival will be co-curated by Bernard Labadie and TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian. Also planned for the season are “many special events to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, to be announced later, says Melanson.”

Posted February 5, 2016