Season Opening Gala – October 20, 2018
Holiday Classics from Baroque to Hollywood – December 9, 2018
A Viennese New Year – January 1, 2019
Pop-Up Orchestra Festival – March 3, 2019
Beethoven Mass in C Major – April 7, 2019
Season Finale Celebration – April 27, 2019
- GUELPH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2018/19 SEASON
SEASON OPENING GALA Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 7:30 pm | River Run Centre
• VERDI- La Forza Del Destino
• TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 4
• BRUCH – Violin Concerto
Guest Conductor, MARK FEWER
GSO welcomes Guest Conductor, Mark Fewer! Mark Fewer has performed around the world to critical acclaim!
- Holiday Classics with the GSO – Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 3pm | River Run Centre From Baroque to Hollywood
• Guest Soloist – Natania Fok (Piano – GSO Under-23 Concerto Winner)
• Guest Choir – Guelph Youth Singers (Director Markus Howard)
• Featuring Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Dylan Langan)
Conductor, JUDITH YAN
- NEW YEAR’S DAY – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | 3pm | River Run Centre
• STRAUSS and LEHAR Waltzes, Marches, Polkas
• STRAUSS and PUCCINI ARIAS
• Guest Soloist – soprano SHARLEEN JOYNT
• Guest Soloist – cellist LIVA COBURN
Conductor JUDITH YAN
Start your new year with your favourite Viennese classics, with special guest, soprano
SHARLEEN JOYNT. Praised for her “silvery, sparkling, substantial and resonant soprano” (Die Deutsche Bühne), her “scintillating high range” (Opernwelt), and “an artistic command that leaves the listener breathless” (Deutschland Radio), this will be an unforgettable start to your 2019!
- GSO POP UP Orchestra Festival – Sunday, March 3, 2019 | 3pm
• WAGNER Siegfried Idyll (original setting)
• VANHAL Concerto for 2 Bassoons
• Guest Soloists – bassoonists SIMION CIOBANU and KRISTIN DAY
Conductor JUDITH YAN
The Guelph Symphony Orchestra presents the GSO POP UP Orchestra Festival. The
concert series will feature GSO musicians performing in landmark locations of our beloved City.
The culminating concert will present Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll”, the famous musical dedication of devotion from Wagner to his wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869.
- GSO AT THE BASILICA – Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 3pm | Basilica Our Lady Immaculate
• BEETHOVEN Mass in C
• Soprano Lida Szkwarek
• Mezzo Pascale Spinney
• Tenor Ryan Downey
• Bass Zachary Read
• Organ Joe Carere
Conductor JUDITH YAN
Ground-breaking at the time of its creation, Beethoven’s Mass in C is among “the most thrilling settings in the history of the Mass”, described by composer himself as “heartfelt resignation, whence comes a deep sincerity of religious feeling”.
We welcome GSO favourite organist Joe Carere, and the return of guest soloists Lida Szkwarek, Pascale Spinney, Ryan Downey, and Zachary Read, who brought standing ovations in the 2018 GSO production of “Hansel and Gretel”.
- SEASON FINALE – Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 7:30pm | River Run Centre
• WAGNER Prelude to Tristan und Isolde
• Dvorak Symphony No. 8
• Guest Soloist – violist SAMUEL CHOI (Under-23 GSO Concerto Winner)
• Guest Soloist – violist LYNN SUE-A-QUAN (Under-23 GSO Concerto Winner)
Conductor JUDITH YAN
GSO’s season finale features one of the most beloved works of the romantic repertoire, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. Celebrated as “the most joyful of romantic symphonic repertoire”,
this work is a brilliant combination of beautiful tunes and genius symphonic construction. Also featured as the 2 winners of the GSO Under-23 Concerto Competitions, violists Sue-AQuan and Samuel Choi.
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. Click here to purchase tickets online http://riverrun.ca/whats-on/gso-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.
Vivaldi The Four Seasons, Winter
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker (excerpts)
Berlin White Christmas
I’ll be home for Christmas
Torme and Wells Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
Hue Fantasie for Flute (conducted by Dylan Langan)
Milton Barnes Hanukkah Suite (with Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra, conductor Dylan Langan
Handel Sing-along Hallelujah Chorus (The Messiah)
Guest Soloist Baritone Kevin Aichele *
Guest Soloist Flautist Jillian Carney *
Guest Dancers Raven Sommerhalder and Noah Becks-D’Souza
Conductors Judith Yan and Dylan Langan
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,
Danny Kaye and Nat King Cole. Concert concludes with our traditional Carol Sing-along!
Also featured are the talented young musicians from the Guelph Youth Symphony
Orchestra, Flautist Jillian Carney (GSO Under-23 Concerto Winner),
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.
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.