He will conduct Beethoven’s heroic Missa Solemnis
Published Thursday, April 27, 2017
Maestro Stefan Sanderling steps on the platform to offer his penultimate concert with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra this weekend. Joining forces with the UMS Choral Union of the University of Michigan, he will conduct Beethoven’s heroic Missa Solemnis.
The work, considered one of Beethoven’s masterpieces, ranks with J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor as two of the most significant settings of the mass ever composed. “It is the most complex and challenging piece of music ever written, an amazing intellectual journey,”Sanderling said.
The work represents another installment in the symphony’s annual foray into major works for large chorus and orchestra. They have tackled such monumental masterworks as Verdi’s Requiem and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
As a part of the weeklong festivities celebrating Sanderling’s tenure with the ensemble, officials from Bowling Green State University will be on hand at the concert’s conclusion to present the esteemed conductor with an honorary doctorate of music for his years of excellence in artistic service to the northwest Ohio community.
The concert begins 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Peristyle of the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. Tickets and more information are available at 419-246-8000 or toledosymphony.com.
■ The Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras close their season with an annual Pops Concert.
Music on the program will include Gershwin’s An American in Paris as well as selections from The Phantom of the Opera, the Harry Potter movies, Bruno Mars tunes, and other popular favorites. Wasim Hawary and J. Patrick Barrett will conduct.
Preceding the concert, at approximately 6:20 p.m., winners of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition will present a recital. Soloists include violinsts Freya Klaas and Julia Xiong, oboist Amanda Withrow, and clarinetist George Kim.
In addition, 39 Toledo Symphony League Remembrance Fund Scholarships will be presented to youth orchestra winners.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. Monday at the Maumee Performing Arts Center, 1124 Saco St. at Maumee High School. Tickets, which are $10 adults, and free for students and children, are available at the door.