A mu­si­cal time ma­chine to the 1930s

MU­sIC | Decades Pro­ject June 2 to 24, Roy Thom­son Hall

Toronto Life - - Culture -

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).

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