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Friday, February 22, 2008

[Toronto] TSO upcoming concerts release

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2008 * Please include in your listings/announcements

Superstar Pianists and Much More
at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang, whose recent performance on the Grammy Awards created a sensation, kicks off March at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra! Conducted by Music Director Peter Oundjian, this all-Beethoven programme includes Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 7, and will be presented for one night only on Saturday, March 1st.

Virtuoso Russian pianist and 2006 Grammy Award-winner, Evgeny Kissin, will return to the TSO on March 26th and 29th with a programme of Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert, lead by the TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis, will also include Tales of the Netsilik, written by the TSO Associate Principal Clarinetist Raymond Luedeke and narrated by Colin Fox.

Following Kissin is another master pianist, Garrick Ohlsson. The recent Grammy Award-winner and the first-ever American to win the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition will play Mozart's final Piano Concerto, No. 27, K. 595 on April 3 and 5. Also on the programme is Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro Overture and Mahler's Symphony No. 5, conducted by Mahler specialist Benjamin Zander. Maestro Zander will also give pre-concert talks prior to each performance.

The rest of March is equally stellar, beginning with Janine Jansen, one of the most exciting violinists of the day. In North America she is approaching pop star status as 'Queen of the Download' by the iPod generation. Her recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons account for more than 70 percent of total internet sales, surpassing most other classical music downloads. On March 5 and 6, Jansen will play Britten's Violin Concerto and Peter Oundjian will conduct Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad", conducted by Peter Oundjian.

Music of Smetana, Dvorˆ°k, Richard Strauss, and Mozart will highlight the hugely entertaining programme Classical Legends on March 8 and 9. Neil Deland, the TSO's Principal French Horn player, will be lead by a specialist in Slavic repertoire, the Toronto-born/Czech Republic-based conductor Charles Olivieri-Monroe.

Acclaimed Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan's performances have been called "nothing short of electrifying" and she returns to the TSO in Britten's song cycle Les Illuminations on March 12 and 13. Conducted by Peter Oundjian, the concert will also feature the TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha's The True Colour of the Sky and Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

On the afternoon of Saturday, April 5, Alain Trudel will lead the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra in a Young People's Concert featuring excerpts from John William's Star Wars and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Lang Lang: Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 8pm
Shostakovich Leningrad Symphony: Wednesday, March 5, & Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 8pm
Classical Legends: Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 7:30pm & Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 3pm
Mahler Symphony 4: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 8pm & Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 2pm
Kissin Plays Brahms: Wednesday, March 26, & Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 8pm
Mahler Symphony 5: Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 8pm & Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 7:30pm
Musical Heroes: Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 1:30pm and 3:30pm
All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
For tickets to all TSO concerts, call Roy Thomson Hall box office 416.593.4828
or online

Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY, Barbora Krsek X236,
720 Bathurst Street, #403 TOR M5S 2R4

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