The 2016/2017 Toronto Symphony Orchestra season will include a wide range of popular tie-ins including a live performance and presentation of Sir Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, scored by Toronto's Howard Shore. Other movie/music performances include Danny Elfman's scores for Tim Burton and the Disney-Pixar film Ratatouille scored by Michael Giacchino and John Williams Indianan Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Polaris Prize winners Owen Pallett and Tanya Tagaq will be featured as part of the New Creations Festival curated by Pallett and music director Michael Oundjian. The festival includes seven World Premières: a work by Tagaq, written with Christine Duncan (TSO Commission), and new works by festival curator Owen Pallett, Mica Levi, TSO’s RBC Affiliate Composer Jordan Pal, Cassandra Miller, and Nicole Lizée—performed by the Kronos Quartet. The festival also features Yefim Bronfman performing Trauermarsch for Piano and Orchestra by Jörg Widmann (Canadian Première/TSO Co-commission), and a violin concerto by Pulitzer Prize–winner Aaron Jay Kernis (TSO Co-commission) performed by James Ehnes.
Oundijian and the TSO will also take on some of powerhouses in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, featuring mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton; Mahler’s Symphony No. 10, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”, conducted by Hannu Lintu; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, conducted by TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis.
The season opens Sept. 21 2016 with world renown soprano Renee Fleming. Canada will celebrate its 150 birthday in 2017 and the TSO will be bringing some special performances to the festivities. Canada Mosaic on Jan 21, will play tribute to Canadian composers. Alain Trudel conducts works by Ridout, Mercure, Coulthard, and Weinzweig, as well as Rhapsodie romantique by André Mathieu, with Canadian pianist Alain Lefèvre.
Other presentations include Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee, Roch Carrier's Hockey Sweather, a tribute to ABBA, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Jann Arden, Colin Mochrie, Science @ The Symphony and Itzhak Perlman.
All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.,in Toronto unless otherwise noted. For more information on season subscriptions and individual concert tickets check the website.