Singing at the TSO, 2015/16

Singing at the TSO, 2015/16

Jenna Simeonov

This morning, Peter Oundjian announced the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 2015/16 season. It looks creative and diverse, and there are more than a few items on the menu I can't wait to see. One of them is The Decades Project, a collection of six concert programmes featuring music from 1900-1909 (Oct. 21-Nov. 14, 2015), and 1910-1919 (May 25-Jun. 11, 2016). Since I'm a big fan of singers, and I know you are too, I've compiled a short, singer-centric list of the TSO's 2015/16 season. Click here for the full announcement and start marking your calendars (like September 24th, when Itzhak Perlman comes to town for the TSO's Opening Night Gala) .

On October 7 and 8, 2015, soprano Barbara Hannigan will make her Canadian conducting debut, leading a programme of Mozart, Haydn, and Ligeti. She'll return to Toronto in January, 2016, to star in the Canadian première of Accused: Three Interrogations for Soprano and Orchestra, a TSO co-commission by Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg, led by Music Director Peter Oundjian.

Russell Braun will join the TSO for Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, October 21-24, and for Brett Dean's Knocking at the Hellgate, March 21, 2016. Also in A Sea Symphony will be Canadian soprano Erin Wall, who also sings in Handel's Messiah, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, December 15-20, 2015.

Number one on my must-see list is in January 21-23, 2016, as part of the 2015/16 season's Mozart@260 Festival. Against the Grain Theatre's Artistic Director Joel Ivany presents a semi-staged version of Mozart's Reqiuem, K. 626. The soloists are a great bunch: soprano Lydia Teuscher, mezzo Allyson McHardy, tenor Frédéric Antoun, and bass-baritone Philippe Sly. The Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers join the TSO under Mozart Festival curator Bernard Labadie.

And in April, there's music for kids. On April 2, 2016, Toronto poet Dennis Lee's collection of children's poetry, Alligator Pie, is set to music by Abigail Richardson in a co-commission by the TSO. I can't wait.

Photo: Malcolm Cook



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