Saturday, December 12, 2015

Symphony: Thursday, December 3 2015

Conductor Peter Oundjian
Another fabulous concert from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra!

The afternoon was All Tchaikovsky, and consisted of music by the Russian composer, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It began with the Waltz and Polonaise from Eugene Onegin. The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra joined the TSO for this piece. There were around 100 musicians on the stage, and they were rewarded with a standing ovation.

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 35 with Jonathan Crow as the solo violinist was a delight. What virtuoso playing, and what a wonderful orchestra as accompanists! The audience didn't want to let the violinist go, and insisted he took three curtain calls. Once again, they gave the performers a standing ovation with loud calls of "Bravo".

Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74  "Pathetique", completed the afternoon. This is a lovely piece of music, and was the last Tchaikovsky wrote before his death nine days after its first performance. The second theme of the first movement was popularized by Glenn Miller as "This is the Story of a Starry Night".

Conductor Peter Oundjian led the orchestra in a magical concert that ended with many curtain calls and a long standing ovation by an appreciative audience.

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