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Monday, March 24, 2008

Benjamin Zander Delivers Special Pre-Concert Talks for the TSO, April 3 and 5

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is especially pleased to welcome the multi-talented Maestro Benjamin Zander to Toronto and Roy Thomson Hall in the first week of April. As a prominent Mahler interpreter and specialist, he will conduct Mahler's Symphony No. 5, as well as deliver pre-concert talks from the stage to all members of the audience.

After completing his studies at Harvard, Maestro Zander settled in Boston and in 1967 joined the New England Conservatory, where he teaches the Interpretation Class, conducts the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and regularly conducts the Conservatory's orchestras. In 1979 he became the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and in their 28 seasons together they have performed an extensive repertoire with an emphasis on late-Romantic and early-twentieth century composers, including Gustav Mahler's complete symphony cycle. To celebrate the orchestra's 25th anniversary in 2003-2004, the BPO completed an all-Mahler season, including a concert of Mahler's Second Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

Maestro Zander is currently recording Beethoven and Mahler Symphonies for the Telarc label with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. His earlier Mahler recordings were awarded prizes from High Fidelity magazine, the Critic's Choice by the German Record Critic's Award Association, and a Grammy Award-nomination.

In addition to being an internationally renowned conductor, Zander is a respected teacher and speaker. He has an extensive speaking career, traveling the world lecturing to organizations on leadership. He was just presented with the Crystal Award for "outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations" in Switzerland. His philosophy on teaching, conducting, and leadership are outlined in the best-selling book, The Art of Possibility, which he co-authored with his wife, Rosamund Stone Zander. It has already been translated into 16 languages.

On April 3 and 5 with the TSO, Maestro Zander will conduct Mahler's Symphony No. 5, as well as Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro Overture and final Piano Concerto, No. 27, K. 595, performed by 2008 Grammy Award-winner Garrick Ohlsson.

Thursday, April 3, 2008 from 7pm to 7:30pm (concert starts at 8pm)
Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 6:30pm to 7:00pm (concert starts at 7:30pm)
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

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