2020-2021 ProMedica Masterworks Series



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Saturday, September 12, 2020, 8 PM
Sunday, September 13, 2020, 3 PM
Peristyle Theater

Alain Trudel, conductor

Beethoven - Symphony No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5

Every master of his craft has an origin story, and the great Ludwig van Beethoven is no exception. Hear his First Symphony, called "a farewell to the eighteenth century," paired with his iconic Fifth, perhaps music's most famous example of an individual triumphing over the dictates of fate. The BTVN419 performances are made possible by the Rita Barbour Kern Foundation.

Friday, September 25 & Saturday, September 26, 2020
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor

Beethoven - Overture to Egmont
Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 "Eroica"

Inspired by triumph over tyranny, witness the ground-breaking performance of Beethoven's famous Overture to Egmont paired with his revolutionary "Eroica," the heroic symphony that changed the course of symphonic music. The BTVN419 performances are made possible by the Rita Barbour Kern Foundation.

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor
Randall Goosby, violin

Chevalier de Saint-Georges - Overture to L'Amant anonyme
Mozart - Symphony No. 31 "Paris"
Chevalier de Saint-Georges - Violin Concerto

Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges—a fencing master, virtuoso violinist, composer, and conductor of the leading symphony in Paris—became one of the most influential classical composers of 18th century France. Randall Goosby, winner of the 2010 Sphinx Competition, joins us for this homage to the most prominent Black composer of the Classical era.

Friday, November 6 & Saturday, November 7, 2020
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
Brandon Scott Russell, tenor

Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde

Mezzo-soprano Susan Platts and tenor Brandon Scott Russell join the TSO for a magical performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, a work combining vocal soloists, orchestra, and heartfelt poetry in a landmark reflection on the beauty of life and the inevitability of mortality.

Friday, November 20 & Saturday, November 21, 2020
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Kirk Toth, Téa Prokes, Merwin Siu, and Heewon Uhm, violin

Vivaldi - Four Violin Concerto in B Minor
Vivaldi/Richter - Four Seasons Recomposed

Rich colors captivate in this program for the senses! Experience Vivaldi's treasured Four Seasons, "recomposed" by British composer Max Richter with a fascinating 21st century spin. TSO musicians Kirk Toth, Téa Prokes, Merwin Siu, and Heewon Uhm take center stage as soloists for this beautiful depiction of the natural world.

Friday, January 15 & Saturday, January 16, 2021
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor
Canadian Brass

Featuring the music of Brahms, Ridenour, Shostakovich, and Tyzik

The world’s most famous brass group, the Canadian Brass, teams up with the Toledo Symphony in this powerhouse program featuring the strongest voices of the orchestra. Hear the music of Brahms and Shostakovich as well as the world premiere of a new work for brass quintet written by trumpetist Brandon Ridenour.

Friday, February 5 & Saturday, February 6, 2021
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano

Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
Wagner - Wesendonck Lieder
Bach arr. Zuskin - Passacaglia in C Minor
Wagner arr. Zuskin - Siegfried's Funeral March from Götterdämmerung

Though best known for his multi-hour operatic epics, Richard Wagner's turbulent romantic life often gave rise to surprisingly tender and lyrical music. Hear his Siegfried Idyll, a serenade to his young wife, and the passionate song cycle Wesendonck Lieder, as performed by Grammy award-winning soprano Measha Brueggergosman. 

Friday, February 19, 2021
Valentine Theatre
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor

Mozart – Symphony No. 38
Dvořák – Symphony No. 7

Connected through time by space, Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 were both inspired by the city of Prague. His most unique symphony, Dvořák’s Seventh is sometimes called his “tragic” symphony with its dark and foreboding themes.

Friday, March 5 & Saturday, March 6, 2021
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor
Kerson Leong, violin

Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture
Bartok – Violin Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5

From a grand rhapsody and haunting melody to a lively finale, hear Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto performed by Canadian violinist Kerson Leong who “displays remarkable mastery of the violin” (The Straits Times, 2019). Alain Trudel continues his Tchaikovsky cycle with the soaring Fifth Symphony and the epic 1812 Overture!

Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10, 2021
Valentine Theatre
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Stewart Goodyear, piano

Ellington – Black, Brown, and Beige
Goodyear – Callaloo
Dawson – Negro Folk Symphony

Back by popular demand, pianist Stewart Goodyear performs his own rousing Callaloo, a Caribbean Suite for Piano and Orchestra. Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown, and Beige and William Levi Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony bookend this program celebrating the Black musical experience.

Friday, April 30 & Saturday, May 1, 2021
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor
Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, piano

Mathieu – Piano Concerto No. 4
Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninoff once said of Canadian pianist Andre Mathieu that he was “the only one who can pretend to be my successor.” Dubbed the “Canadian Mozart,” hear Mathieu’s romantic and passionate Piano Concerto No. 4 and thrill to Rachmaninoff’s flashy Second Symphony.

Friday, May 21 & Saturday, May 22, 2021
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor
Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Barber - Symphony No. 1
Walker - Lyric for Strings
Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu returns to Toledo to perform Tchaikovsky's sweeping First Piano Concerto, one of the most beloved works in the repertoire. Also hear works by two trailblazing American composers: Barber's dramatic First Symphony and Walker's rich Lyric for Strings.

Friday, June 4 & Saturday, June 5, 2021
Peristyle Theater
Concert Time: 8:00 PM

Alain Trudel, conductor
Michael Chertock, piano

Wang Jie – Symphonic Overture on America, the Beautiful
Gershwin – Variations on I Got Rhythm
Copland – Appalachian Spring
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

Celebrate American music at our season finale! Enjoy Copland’s Appalachian Spring, two of Gershwin’s most beloved scores for piano and orchestra, and a beautiful rendition of America, the Beautiful you won’t soon forget.

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