A musical time machine to the 1930s
MUsIC | Decades Project June 2 to 24, Roy Thomson Hall
In 2015, the TSO began chugging through the music of the 1900s in 10-year bursts. This month: the ’30s, when global turmoil powered both radical innovation and nostalgia for simpler eras. Alban Berg’s violin concerto has both, mixing Bach-style harmony with experimental techniques (June 2 and 3). Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, a satirical sung ballet with mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta (pictured), contrasts with the neo-Romanticism of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings (June 14 and 15). And Carmina Burana, Carl Orff’s ebullient cantata, looks back to the songs of medieval monks (June 21 and 24).