What’s on at the TSO this Valentine’s week: Barbara Hannigan Sings & Conducts.
Known for her take on contemporary opera and her laser-beam high-note accuracy, soprano Barbara Hannigan returns to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to perform – both conducting and singing, a rarity. Flutist Kelly Zimba will also appear. Check it out – Hannigan is a tour de force, leaving audiences reeling with the impact of her musicianship. These rare concerts take place on Wednesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 14, both at 8 pm at Roy Thomson Hall. For more info, please click here.
***Debussy: Syrinx for Solo Flute (see note below)
Sibelius: Luonnotar for Soprano and Orchestra
Haydn: Symphony No. 86
Berg: Suite from Lulu
Gershwin/arr. Bill Elliot: Suite from Girl Crazy
An extra treat at the Valentine’s Day concert:
The TSO Chamber Soloists at 6:45pm (included with ticket purchase)
Jonathan Crow, violin
Clare Semes, violin
Theresa Rudolph, viola
Ashley Vandiver, viola
Joseph Johnson, cello
Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron, cello
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4, for String Sextet
Here’s what it looks like to see Barbara conduct and sing – but it’s sooooo much better live:
***Note: The Syrinx is a super gorgeous piece for solo flute, and it is IMPERATIVE cell phones are turned OFF. I once heard a gorgeous rendition of the Syrinx performed by flute star Emmanuel Pahud, who performed it as an encore after a TSO performance. As the final note floated away into the ether, someone’s phone went off, full-blast, with a ring tone of Carmen’s Overture. Now, I love Carmen as much as the next gal, but not as a ring tone after I’ve been gently floating along to Debussy music. If you’re not sure which of the many famous melodies of Carmen the overture is, here it is.
To get an idea of the spell Syrinx can cast:
See you at the Symphony!