Toronto Symphony Orchestra
As conductor Peter Oundjian embarks on his final season as music director, 2017/18 promises another alluring mix of thrilling live music, enthralling education and brilliant innovation
FROM BREATHTAKING masterworks to blockbuster films live in concert and bold and experimental new music, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has more than 100 events to offer in its must-see 2017/18 season. Countless world-famous stars grace the TSO stage as part of conductor Peter Oundjian’s 14th and final season as music director. From Canada itself, violinist James Ehnes and pianists Jan Lisiecki and Angela Hewitt will be delighting with Brahms, Bach and Mozart, while, to mark Remembrance Day, soprano Measha Brueggergosman leads a stunning cast in Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation, a soul-searching work by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan and war poet Suzanne Steele. Leading musicians visiting Roy Thomson Hall from abroad will include pianists Leon Fleisher, Jean-yves Thibaudet and Daniil Trifonov and violinist Christian Tetzlaff, to name a few. Major festivals in January and March celebrate, respectively, the genius of Mozart and the many wonders of the world of new music. March also sees a one-off appearance by Lang Lang, who will be bringing his sublime touch to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. And, on a celebratory note, Canadian Brass will be welcoming the Christmas period with three festive concerts. The season draws to a close in June, when legendary actor Christopher Plummer will be taking to the spotlight in a not-to-be-missed celebration of Peter Oundjian’s inf luential Toronto Symphony Orchestra career.
Peter Oundjian, TSO’S music director; (left) Measha Brueggergosman sings in Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation
Lang Lang plays Beethoven, 1 Mar