2019-2020 ProMedica Masterworks Series

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater.

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September 27 & 28, 2019

Alain Trudel, conductor
Liza Ferschtman, violin

Trudel – Rhea
Korngold – Violin Concerto
Mahler – Symphony No. 5

Celebrate the new season with Music Director Alain Trudel and the Toledo Symphony! Opening with a work written by Trudel himself, go on a symphonic journey through Korngold’s lyrical, film-score-inspired Violin Concerto, composed for Jascha Heifetz and dedicated to Alma Mahler. End with one of music’s most sublime masterpieces, Mahler’s Fifth. Famed for its heart-wrenching Adagietto, you don’t want to miss this epic work that launched a new era in music.

October 19, 2019

Alain Trudel, conductor
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Robert Clemens, narrator
Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras

Rossini – Barber of Seville Overture
Dukas – Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Daugherty - Tombeau de Liberace
Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain
Stookey & Snicket – The Composer is Dead

It’s a musical celebration of the most mysterious time of year—with a few laughs thrown in! From the music of Fantasia to Ann Arbor composer Michael Daugherty’s tribute to the high-living showman, Liberace—this program is sure to entertain! End the night with a fun musical mystery. With whimsical music by Nathaniel Stookey and macabre author Lemony Snicket, The Composer is Dead will leave you guessing until the very end!

November 22 & 23, 2019

James Feddeck, conductor
Julian Schwarz, cello

Smetana – The Moldau
Price – Mississippi River Suite
Dvořák – Cello Concerto

Cellist Julian Schwarz returns to the TSO following his triumphant premiere of Liebermann’s Cello Concerto in 2017. This time, he dazzles in Dvořák’s breathtaking masterpiece. The program also features two intoxicating works inspired by rivers of the world.

January 17 & 18, 2020

Alain Trudel, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
Kirk Toth, violin

Geminiani – Concerto Grosso No. 5
Higdon – Concerto for Orchestra
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3

Russian pianist Olga Kern returns to Toledo with “Rach 3,” one of the repertoire’s most beloved and daunting works! Experience the music of Grammy Award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Her Concerto for Orchestra is full of color and persuasive energy. Not to be missed!

February 14 & 15, 2020

Alain Trudel, conductor
Lisa Mayer-Lang, director and choreographer

Michael Lang, director and choreographer
BGSU Choruses
Toledo Ballet dancers

Vivier – Orion
Orff – Carmina Burana

O fortuna! Both sacred and profane, romantic and carnal, witness the earth-shaking sounds of Carl Orff’s awe-inspiring Carmina Burana—complete with an epic chorus, orchestra, and newly-created choreography. Unleash the inescapable forces of fortune and fate!

March 13 & 14, 2020

Alain Trudel, conductor
Sidney Outlaw, baritone

Boulanger – Of a Sad Evening
Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer
Brahms – Symphony No. 4

Hear the beauty of bittersweet harmonies in Lili Boulanger’s little-known work Of a Sad Evening. Then, swoon to the rich and velvety voice of baritone Sidney Outlaw in Gustav Mahler’s wistful Songs of a Wayfarer. Johannes Brahms’s passionately intense fourth and final symphony wraps up an evening dedicated to timeless stories of love.

April 3 & 4, 2020

Ricardo Casero, conductor
Spanish Brass

Falla – Three-Cornered Hat
The Spanish Brass in Concert

One of the most dynamic and admired brass groups on the international music scene, The Spanish Brass joins the TSO in a show that will take you to Spain without ever leaving home! Enjoy Manuel de Falla’s boisterous Three-Cornered Hat Suite and a program of Spanish brass favorites.

April 24, 2020

Alain Trudel, conductor
Toledo Ballet dancers

Dietz – Origin Story (world premiere)
Ravel – La Valse
Stravinsky – Petrushka

Witness this groundbreaking production of Stravinsky’s Petrushka, a story of a deadly love triangle. Featuring new, original choreography, spirited dancers join the TSO for this feast for the senses. Also, enjoy Ravel’s mesmerizing poem, La Valse, and a world premiere by Christopher Dietz.

May 15 & 16, 2020

Alain Trudel, conductor

Wagner arr. Maazel – The Ring Without Words

Long before Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones became household names in pop culture, composer Richard Wagner created the story of The Ring of Nibelung where mortals and immortals searched for a magic ring with the power to grant dominion over all. Lorin Maazel’s wonderful arrangement makes it easy to enjoy the greatest moments from Wagner’s epic opera cycle—including the Ride of the Valkyries, Magic Fire Music, and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey!

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