PETEROUNDJIAN CONDUCTS THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANDVIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN IN BRUCH’S VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1ON SATURDAY, MARCH 26 AT 8:00 PMOrchestra Also Performs Works by Britten, Estacio, and Vaughan Williams
On Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presentsthe Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Peter Oundjian,featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman as soloist, performing Bruch’s ViolinConcerto No. 1. Also on the program is Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from PeterGrimes, Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 4, and John Estacio’s Frenergy.A native of Ontario, Canada, Mr. Estacio’s work is set to a brisk tempo andpacing of melodic ideas, which is often a bit frantic and a direct reflectionof the title, Frenergy; (for an audio clip of the work click here). Aprogram highlight will be Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 4, a stormy work thatdiverges from the composer's usual folk-inspired musical language. Following arecent performance of the work in Toronto, Toronto Star wrote,"under the direction of Peter Oundjian, the virtuoso players of the TSOrose to the sonic challenges of the work, fashioning each moment for all itsdramatic power."About the ArtistsConsidered the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman wasinvited to take part in the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, and,in 2003, he was a Kennedy Center Honoree. Highlights of Mr. Perlman’s 2010–2011season included performances with the New York Philharmonic for its seasonopening concerts with Alan Gilbert, as well a concert with the Chicago SymphonyOrchestra to benefit the Rotary Foundation’s End Polio Now campaign.This season Mr. Perlman appears with students and alumni from the Perlman MusicProgram in New York; Washington, DC; and Princeton. He also performs asconductor with leading orchestras, and this marks his third season as ArtisticDirector of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Perlman was previouslyMusic Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony (2002–2004) and the Principal GuestConductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (2001–2005). He devotesconsiderable time to education, both at the Perlman Music Program and at TheJuilliard School, where he holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair.Mr. Perlman is the recipient of four Emmy Awards and fifteen Grammy Awards andalso received an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion ofJulliard’s 100th commencement ceremony in 2005.Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian, noted for his musicality,collaborative spirit, and engaging personality, has been an instrumental figurein the rebirth of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since his appointment as MusicDirector in 2004. In addition to leading the orchestra in dynamic performances,he has been involved in a variety of new initiatives that have strengthened theensemble’s presence in the community and attracted a young and diverseaudience. In 2004, he established an annual celebration of contemporary musicto showcase premieres of commissioned works. Now an audience favorite, the NewCreations Festival celebrates the best in contemporary orchestral music andattracts celebrated composers of today. In his tenure with the TSO, Mr.Oundjian has released four recordings on the orchestra’s self produced recordlabel, tsoLIVE. From 2006–2010, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the DetroitSymphony Orchestra and played a major role at the Caramoor International MusicFestival from 1997–2007. Since 1981, Mr. Oundjian has served as a visitingprofessor at the Yale School of Music and, in 2009, he received an honorarydoctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory. Educated in England, Mr.Oundjian studied violin with Manoug Parikian and attended the Royal College ofMusic in London. He completed his violin training at The Juilliard School wherehe studied with Ivan Galamian, Itzhak Perlman, and Dorothy DeLay. For fourteenyears, Mr. Oundjian was the first violinist of the renowned Tokyo String Quartet.In addition to his post in Toronto, Mr. Oundjian was recently named the MusicDirector of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, beginning with the 2012–2013season.Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s majorcultural institutions. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian,the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster ofdistinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, theTSO serves the community with one of the largest musical education outreachprograms in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario withcurriculum-based programming.Program InformationSaturday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman StageTORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAPeter Oundjian, Music Director and ConductorItzhak Perlman, ViolinBENJAMIN BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33aMAX BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26JOHN ESTACIO FrenergyRALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 4Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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