Isabel Bayrakdarian (photo by Dario Acosta)
JUNE 18 Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a production of Ravel’s Shéhérazade—part of an evening of music and culture honouring Armenian heritage. Peter Oundjian conducts a program that also includes Khachaturian’s “Waltz from Masquerade,” “Three Armenian Songs” and “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia.” Roy Thomson Hall, 8 p.m., $44 to $165; call 416-593-4828 to purchase.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)
JANUARY 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23 & 24 If Wolfgang’s works are your cup of tea, it runneth over during the Mozart@254 Festival. Hear the Toronto Symphony Orchestra accompany principal horn Neil Deland in Horn Concerto no. 2 directed by Peter Oundjian, or principal viola Teng Li playing Sinfonia Concertante conducted by scholar Jane Glover, who authored Mozart’s Women. In Mozart: Beyond the Score, actor Paul Gross explores cultural and historical themes in the composer’s music in a multimedia experience designed for both symphony newcomers and classical enthusiasts. Roy Thomson Hall and George Weston Recital Hall, $29 to $128, call 416-593-4828 or click here for times and tickets.
Peter Oundjian conducts the TSO.
SEPTEMBER 24 & 26 The Toronto Symphony Orchestra launches its 2009/10 season with a program featuring two works by Johannes Brahms. Conducted by Peter Oundjian, the orchestra accompanies violinist Joshua Bell—playing his 300-year-old Stradivarius—on Brahms’s graceful Violin Concerto in D Major and Symphony No. 2. Roy Thomson Hall, 8 p.m., $35 to $125; call 416-598-4828 or click here to buy.