OUNDJIAN CONDUCTS THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND
VIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN IN BRUCH’S VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1
ON 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 presents
the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Peter Oundjian,
featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman as soloist, performing Bruch’s Violin
Concerto No. 1. Also on the program is Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter
Grimes, 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 and
pacing of melodic ideas, which is often a bit frantic and a direct reflection
of the title, Frenergy; (for an audio clip of the work click here). A
program highlight will be Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 4, a stormy work that
diverges from the composer's usual folk-inspired musical language. Following a
recent performance of the work in Toronto, Toronto Star wrote,
"under the direction of Peter Oundjian, the virtuoso players of the TSO
rose to the sonic challenges of the work, fashioning each moment for all its
dramatic power."About the Artists
Considered the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman was
invited 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 2010–2011
season included performances with the New York Philharmonic for its season
opening concerts with Alan Gilbert, as well a concert with the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra to benefit the Rotary Foundation’s End Polio Now campaign.
This season Mr. Perlman appears with students and alumni from the Perlman Music
Program in New York; Washington, DC; and Princeton. He also performs as
conductor with leading orchestras, and this marks his third season as Artistic
Director of the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Perlman was previously
Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony (2002–2004) and the Principal Guest
Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (2001–2005). He devotes
considerable time to education, both at the Perlman Music Program and at The
Juilliard School, where he holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair.
Mr. Perlman is the recipient of four Emmy Awards and fifteen Grammy Awards and
also received an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion of
Julliard’s 100th commencement ceremony in 2005.
Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian, noted for his musicality,
collaborative spirit, and engaging personality, has been an instrumental figure
in the rebirth of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since his appointment as Music
Director in 2004. In addition to leading the orchestra in dynamic performances,
he has been involved in a variety of new initiatives that have strengthened the
ensemble’s presence in the community and attracted a young and diverse
audience. In 2004, he established an annual celebration of contemporary music
to showcase premieres of commissioned works. Now an audience favorite, the New
Creations Festival celebrates the best in contemporary orchestral music and
attracts celebrated composers of today. In his tenure with the TSO, Mr.
Oundjian has released four recordings on the orchestra’s self produced record
label, tsoLIVE. From 2006–2010, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra and played a major role at the Caramoor International Music
Festival from 1997–2007. Since 1981, Mr. Oundjian has served as a visiting
professor at the Yale School of Music and, in 2009, he received an honorary
doctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory. Educated in England, Mr.
Oundjian studied violin with Manoug Parikian and attended the Royal College of
Music in London. He completed his violin training at The Juilliard School where
he studied with Ivan Galamian, Itzhak Perlman, and Dorothy DeLay. For fourteen
years, 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 Music
Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, beginning with the 2012–2013
Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major
cultural institutions. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian,
the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of
distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the
TSO serves the community with one of the largest musical education outreach
programs in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with
curriculum-based programming.Program InformationSaturday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m.Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Peter Oundjian, Music Director and Conductor
Itzhak Perlman, Violin
BENJAMIN BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a
MAX BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
JOHN ESTACIO Frenergy
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 4Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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