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Berliner Philharmoniker

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Roy Thomson Hall present

Founded in 1882, the Berliner Philharmoniker has long been regarded as one of the world's greatest orchestras, and its Digital Concert Hall, launched in 2009, demonstrates the organization’s firm 21st-century footing.

Since their first ever tour of North America, in 1955, the Philharmoniker have performed in Toronto a total of four times, including three performances at Massey Hall, and, most recently, at Roy Thomson Hall in 1993. The orchestra’s upcoming return to Roy Thomson Hall for two back-to-back evening performances – not just “a rare event, indeed,” as critic John Terauds wrote, but featuring programmes “compelling enough to warrant two sets of tickets” – will not only be the orchestras only Canadian stops on their North American tour, but will also be the last time Canadian audiences will be able to witness the Philharmoniker with acclaimed conductor Sir Simon Rattle at the helm, before his tenure with the orchestra ends in 2018.

Sir Simon, who is known for having reinvented the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and bringing innovative programming and presentation to the Philharmoniker, is clearly inspired by music, his role and the future of the form, as we learned from a conversation with Michael Enright for CBC’s Sunday Edition. In the candid interview, we discovered that Sir Simon’s love of music is rooted as much in his “St. Paul on the road to Damascus” moment hearing Mahler’s Second Symphony The Resurrection for the first time as it is in his parents’ courtship, which unfolded at the record store his mother ran, at the rate of both 78 RPM and one record a day for a year.

READ: How the Philharmoniker’s second Toronto trip made a deep impression on a young Massey Hall usher who went on to become a celebrated broadcaster, author, conductor and teacher, and the orchestra’s history, legacy and importance in Musical Toronto.

Tue Nov 15, 2016 • 8 PM 
Boulez: Éclat
Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Wed Nov 16, 2016 • 8 PM 
Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra 
Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra (Sechs Stücke)
Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra (Drei Orchesterstücke
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

View the programme here.

Related Link:
"Something Old (World), Something New: Two powerhouse maestros lead Berlin and Boston orchestras through Roy Thomson Hall" — Soundboard Issue 2

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Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle, Chief Conductor

  • Tue Nov 15, 2016 8pm
  • Wed Nov 16, 2016 8pm

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