Trudel U.S. Premiere, Korngold, and Mahler to Open Symphony Season

Published Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:00 am

Music Director Alain Trudel and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) kick off the 2019-2020 ProMedica Masterworks Series on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. The program opens with a U.S. premiere of Trudel’s original composition Rhea, Korngold’s film-score-inspired Violin Concerto, and closes with Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

In addition to conducting, Music Director Alain Trudel is an accomplished trombonist and composer. Rhea was commissioned in 2008 and performed on a Canadian tour and at Roy Thompson Hall by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and various other orchestras in Canada. The TSO will perform the U.S. premiere of this work on Friday and Saturday evening.

“I can’t wait to introduce this special work to the Toledo community,” says Trudel. “Rhea pays tribute to Alexandra Alexander, an incredible woman and long-time volunteer of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years. The title Rhea represents the ancient Greek goddess mother of Zeus, wife of Kronos, and daughter of the sky and the earth. Rhea is one of the most respected divinities in the Greek mythology and she was always preceded by fanfares and drums. I think it’s fitting to open our 76th season with the same vigor that’s reflected in this work.”

Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman, renowned for her strong musical personality and versatile musicianship joins Alain Trudel and the TSO to perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto, a work premiered in 1947 by the legendary Jascha Heifetz, who is often regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time. Korngold composed this three-movement work with similar themes from his film scores. The first movement is drawn from the score to Another Dawn, released in 1937 and the 1939 film, Juarez. The second movement incorporates material from his Oscar-winning score to the 1936 drama, Anthony Adverse. The third movement uses elements from The Prince and the Pauper which was also released in 1937.

Music Director Alain Trudel and the TSO close the program with Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, famed as one of music’s most passionate and exhilarating symphonies ever written. This work is Mahler’s most frequently performed symphony worldwide and was last performed by the TSO in 2014 under the direction of Stefan Sanderling. It is composed of five movements and calls for a large-scale orchestra.

“Mahler’s Fifth Symphony will take audiences on a life-changing journey from start to finish,” says Trudel. “Each movement touches on different emotions of the human spirit—from tragedy to triumph—not to mention the sheer beauty of the Adagietto, a love letter without words that Mahler wrote to his future wife Alma.”

Mahler’s Fifth will take place Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 419.246.8000.

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