Last week, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and music director Peter Oundjian announced the orchestra’s 2015-16 season: 112 performances of 60 different programs, highlighting “innovation, collaboration and eclecticism”, as Maestro Oundjian put it. Here are a few highlights:
October 21 to November 14, and May 25 to June 11, the TSO will explore the first two decades of the 20th century with concerts and cross-disciplinary programming presented in association with the Art Gallery of Ontario. Repertoire ranges from Debussy’s La Mer to Stravinky’s The Rite of Spring, and the TSO Chamber Soloists are also featured. The New Creations Festival runs from March 5-12, and will feature Australian guest composer/conductor/violist Brett Dean, along with DJ Skratch Bastid (who will create a remix of the festival itself – how meta!), Anthony Pateras, James Ledger, Paul Frehner, Kevin Lau, and Jonny Greenwood. Elsewhere on the season, internationally-celebrated Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan sings and conducts the orchestra (October 7 and 8), Against the Grain Theatre’s Joel Ivany directs a semi-staged Mozart Requiem (Jan 21 – 23, 2016), and the orchestra will give its first performance of a new work by Abigail Richardson set to Dennis Lee’s beloved children’s poetry collection Alligator Pie. Finally, the launch also included the announcement of a Florida tour for the orchestra in January 2016, with Peter Oundjian conducting and concertmaster Jonathan Crow and pianist Jan Lisiecki featured as soloists.