Toronto Symphony Announces 2006-07 Season

Classic Arts News   Toronto Symphony Announces 2006-07 Season
The Toronto Symphony's 2006-07 season will include festivals of Mozart, Russian music, and new music, as well as concerts juxtaposing Beethoven and Mahler.

The season, the third under music director Peter Oundjian, will open on September 20 with an all-Beethoven program featuring violinist Joshua Bell. Six subsequent concerts will pair Beethoven symphonies with Mahler song cycles, including R‹ckert Lieder, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Songs of a Wayfarer, and Kindertotenlieder. Soloists include baritone Russell Braun and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.

In late January 2007, the TSO will present Mozart @ 251, a sequel to its celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. The schedule includes several violin concertos, Symphony No. 39, the Clarinet Concerto, and the Requiem.

The Russian festival in late November and early December will include the North American premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's The Rider on the White Horse as well as works by Mussorgsky, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff. The third New Creations Festival, in February and March 2007, will include the Canadian premieres of works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Oliver Knussen, and James MacMillan.

The TSO will also perform the cycle of four Brahms symphonies over three programs in winter and spring 2007.

Guest conductors include former music director Andrew Davis, Nicholas McGegan, Valery Gergiev, and Leonard Slatkin.

In spring 2007, the TSO will exchange visits with the Montreal Symphony, Orchestre symphonique de Qu_bec, and National Arts Centre Orchestra; the MSO's performance at Roy Thomson Hall, to be led by music director Kent Nagano, will be its first there since 1986.

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