GSO 2017-18 tickets will be available through the River Run Centre 519 763-3000, in early June, but you have the option of purchasing advanced season tickets through GSO, by clicking here.
2017-18 Season at a Glance
Saturday, October 21, 2017 SEASON OPENING GALA – PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST For the first time, a curated spontaneous art+symphonic program featuring International Guest Principal Dancer Zdenek Konvalina. Mr. Konvalina, one of the most celebrated dancers of his generation, equally excelled as an abstract expressionist painter. You will experience live, the creation of a painting by Mr. Konvalina, as the orchestra performs music that had a significant impact on his dance career. GSO Concerto Finalist violinist Leslie Ashworth performs the music of one of Mr. Konvalina’s signature ballets, the Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2.
*Join the city’s cultural leaders for an exclusive, pre-concert dinner in Cooperator’s Hall, and a private performance by our guest soloists, joined at the piano by Artistic Director, Judith Yan (separate ticket required)
Sunday, December 10, 2017. A WINTER WONDERLAND. Acclaimed Canadian Baritone Kevin Aichele joins GSO to deliver the best of the holiday season. This special concert features music by Handel, Messiah, Vivaldi, and Tchaikovsky, along with your favourite Irving Berlin classics made famous Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.
Monday, January 1, 2018. DREAMS OF VIENNA. Bring in 2018 with your favourite Viennese classics by Strauss and Lehar, and arias from Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and Puccini’s Tosca. Our New Year’s guest is the multi-talented Soprano Ambur Braid - she has not only been featured by the Canadian Opera Company but has opened for superstar Tony Bennett. One of the most exciting new artists of her generation, Toronto Star described Ms. Braid has having “deliver(ed) the trifecta of crystalline high notes, blissfully graceful vocal cadenzas and deep emotional intensity”.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 “HUMPERDINCK’S HANSEL AND GRETEL”.
GSO presents a semi-staged production of this much-loved opera, featuring an all-Canadian cast of Soprano Lida Szkwarek, Mezzo-soprano Pascale Spinney, and Soprano Cheryl Hickman, the orchestral debut of the GSOKids and GSOBridge Children’s Chorus, and featuring sets designed by Guelph Young Artists. Staged by one of the most celebrated Gretels of her generation, director Linda Kitchen.
Sunday, March 25, 2018 REQUIEM AT THE BASILICA OF OUR LADY IMMACULATE. GSO returns for the 3rd season to Guelph’s acoustically stunning Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate for a special community performance on Palm Sunday. Performance will include the Organ Symphony of Saint Saens with soloist, Joe Carere!
Saturday, April 28, 2018 SEASON FINALE: THE RITE OF SPRING GSO brings you back in time to Paris, 1913, as we recreate the brilliantly controversial and electrify first performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The riotous premiere of this magnificent work forever changed the path of 20th Century art and music. We will begin the performance with a concert talk onstage with the orchestra, followed by an reenactment of that controversial event, before a complete performance of one of most exciting masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire.
Tickets go on sale through the River Run Centre in early June, 2017. 519 763-3000
Saturday, October 29, 2016 7:30pm
SEASON OPENING GALA – ALL HALLOW’S EVE BALL Elegant Pre-Concert Gala Dinner; Separate Ticket $150
We open our season with a gala performance, featuring symphonic masterpieces inspired by All Hallow’s
Eve. Music by Mussorgsky, Berlioz, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens and Poulenc. Featuring: Canadian Piano Duo
Anagnoson and Kinton, and Special Surprise Guests from the Guelph Community | River Run Centre
Join us in the lobby, immediately following the concert, for an after party for the entire audience, generously sponsored by the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre and Stonehammer Brewing!
Sunday December 12, 2016, 3pm
TCHAIKOVSKY’S -THE NUTCRACKER
Featuring: Young Artists of Oakville Ballet performing Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (Act I Family Scene),
Trumpet Trio of Matisse, Aled, and Maslin Blundell performing Telemann’s Concerto for 3 Trumpets, and
the Guelph Youth Singers (Director Markus Howard). e concert includes the annual carol sing-a-long
with audience | River Run Centre
Sunday, January 1, 2017 3pm
NEW YEAR’S DAY CONCERT – WITH SOPRANO JENNIFER MAINES
Featuring: Canadian soprano Jennifer Maines, winner of the 2015 Austrian Music eatre Prize Best
Leading Actress. Her recent performance as Senta in Wagner’s Der fliegende Hollander was described by
Musical America as “a force of nature with a voice of incredible power, e ortless throughout its range.”
Also on the programme will be Viennese classics by Johann Strauss Sr. and Jr., and Franz Lehar | River
Sunday, February 12, 2017 3pm
MUSICIANS’ CHOICE: BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 1
On the programme is the GSO musician’s choice of Brahm’s Symphony No. 1. To celebrate the 15th
anniversary of GSO’s Under-23 Concerto Competition, we will be featuring winners from both the strings
and piano categories.| River Run Centre
Sunday, April 9, 2017 3pm
VERDI’S REQUIEM at the BASILICA
With Guest Soloists: soprano Cheryl Hickman and mezzo Nina Yoshida Nelsen, tenor, Ernesto Ramirez and bass Adam Lau. Guest Choir: University of
Guelph Choirs (Director Dr. Marta McCarthy) | Basilica Our Lady of the Immaculate
Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:30pm
AUDIENCE CHOICE: ELGAR and ESTACIO
2016/17 season ends with audience and orchestra’s choice of Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Canadian
composer John Estacio’s “A Wondrous Light”. Also featured is the Grand Winner of the 2016 GSO Under-
23 Concerto Competition, pianist Coral Solomon | River Run Centre