This week at the TSO features a range of pieces – something for everyone. First up is Toronto composer Chan Ka Nin’s My Most Beautiful, Wonderful, Terrific, Amazing, Fantastic, Magnificent Homeland: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th. Now, before we go any further, we have to talk about that title. I checked the Canadian Music Centre‘s website (a hub for composers) and here’s the programme note that I found:
“This short piece with a long title reflects the composer’s enthusiasm for his homeland. Composer Chan Ka Nin immigrated to Canada in 1965. He is grateful for what Canada has to offer—education, health care, jobs, and a generally peaceful and safe environment. This work tries to capture the essence of being able to live in this most beautiful, wonderful, terrific, amazing, fantastic, and magnificent country.”
Love it! Next up on the program is Franck’s Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra with pianist Louis Lortie. The program concludes with Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 – a long piece with a short title – sometimes dubbed “Song of the Night”. It’s lengthiness is typical of Mahler (he took the Romantic sensibility of “grandiose” to the next level) with large orchestra (this is where freelance musicians get the call to be an “extra” player, to beef up the sound) and includes atypical instruments like tenor horn, cowbells, guitar, and mandolin.
These TSO concerts are May 16 and 17 at 8 pm at Roy Thomson Hall. Look here for tickets.
See you at the Symphony!