• Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011

    Peter Oundjian Conducts the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Violinist Itzhak Perlman on March 26



    Orchestra 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 season.

    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 Information
    Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    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

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
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