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PROGRAM 1 • NOVEMBER 2016 • Light Classics Series

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8pm | Regent Theatre (Oshawa)


Before winter firmly takes hold, enjoy “The Weather According to Vivaldi.”  Vivaldi’s timeless The Four Seasons is featured in OP’s opening concert.  Follow Vivaldi’s vision of what a year’s worth of weather can be – including Summer thunderstorms, barking dogs in Springtime, the crispness of Fall, and the austerity of Winter.   Although written in the 20th century, Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3 use dance forms from the 16th and 17th century, which create a fine marriage between ancient forms and modernist sensibilities.  While pleasing to the ear, these dances evoke simpler times and a graceful compositional style.  Arensky’s moving tribute to his mentor Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, was written one year after Tchaikovsky’s death and the theme is drawn from Tchaikovsky’s Sixteen Children’s Songs, Op. 54.  This evening of music is sure to keep you warm on a blustery November evening.
Anton ARENSKY   (1861-1906)

Ottorino RESPIGHI   (1879 –1936)

Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, op.35a
Leader: Etsuko Kimura, violin
Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3
Leader: Etsuko Kimura, violin
The Four Seasons
November 12, 2016
8 pm

PROGRAM 2 • DECEMBER 2016 • Light Classics Series

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 8pm | Regent Theatre (Oshawa)


Canadian Tenor, Michael Ciufo, joins OP for an evening of operatic and classical holiday favourites.  The evening begins on a sinister note with ballet music from Gounod’s Faust and famous tenor arias from such operatic favourites as La Traviata and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as additional gems from the tenor song repertoire.  
The second half of the program highlights recognizable music from the Classical Christmas canon.  Perennial favourites from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, a tenor excerpt from Handel’s Messiah, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.  And if that doesn’t work, then a few Christmas carols will be sure to dismiss the “humbug” in anyone.   It’s easy to see why OP stays off Santa’s “naughty list” with such spirited holiday programming. 
Get your tickets as an early stocking stuffer.
Part I: Michael and Operatic Favorites
Charles GOUNOD
Charles GOUNOD
Salvatore CARDILLO
Charles GOUNOD
Charles GOUNOD 
Giuseppe VERDI

Part II: Michael and Holiday Favorites
George Frideric HANDEL            
Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY          
Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY          
Franz Xaver GRUBER              
Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY          
Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY       
Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY         
John Francis WADE                 
Adolphe ADAM  
Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY          
Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY          

Faust: Ballet Music, part I   
Faust: Salut, demeure chaste et pure 
Core 'ngrato
Faust: Ballet Music, part II                                   
Romeo and Juliet: Ah! Lève-toi soleil                                        
La Traviata: De miei bollenti spiriti                                             

Sleigh Ride
Messiah:  Comfort Ye…Ev'ry Valley
The Nutcracker Op. 71: Marche 
The Nutcracker Op. 71: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Christmas Carol: Silent Night (Stille Nacht)
The Nutcracker Op. 71: Chinese Dance
The Nutcracker Op. 71: Reed-Flutes
The Nutcracker Op. 71: Act II - Pas de deux
Christmas Carol: Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
Christmas Carol: Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night)
The Nutcracker Op. 71: Russian Dance (Trepak)
The Nutcracker Op. 71: Waltz Finale & Apotheosis
December 17, 2016
8 pm

PROGRAM 3 • JANUARY 2017 • Masters Series

1. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8pm | Regent Theatre (Oshawa)
2. Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3pm | Koerner Hall (Toronto)

***ANNOUNCEMENT: Please note that our guest soloist, William Molina-Cestari, originally programmed to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto, is unfortunately unable to be with us this week. We are very pleased to announce that Santiago Cañon Valencia, the exciting young international star of the cello, will replace him for these performances.


Special feature: In a national series of Canada 150 fanfares and co-commissioned with Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), Ontario Philharmonic (OP) presents “Launch!”, by Canadian composer, Vivian Fung, with financial assistance from the Government of Canada.
This program consists of two pieces by Hungarian and Bohemian composers Franz Liszt and Antonin Dvorak.  Although Liszt was well-known and loved as a pianist, his place as a serious composer was more difficult to secure; however, the metaphysical and spiritual leanings that shaped his later life and contributed to his acceptance as a composer are found in his mid-career composition Les Preludes (Symphonic Poem 3). For the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1, Liszt turned to his native Hungary for inspiration.  An innovator, Liszt is credited with inventing the symphonic poem and the use of the word rhapsody in a musical way to define a narrative, story-like quality he insisted he found in the original gypsy songs that form the basis of his Hungarian Rhapsodies.  Bohemia’s most famous musical son, Antonin Dvorak, rounds out the program with his well-known Slavonic Dance No. 2 and the Cello Concerto in E minor - works that owe their genesis to the rhythms of the Slavonic language and Dvorak’s fierce national pride.
Vivian FUNG
Franz LISZT  (1811-1886)  
Antonin DVORAK   (1841-1904)
Franz LISZT  1811-1886)

Antonin DVORAK   (1841-1904)                  
Launch !
Les Préludes, S 97 (Symphonic Poem No.3)
Slavonic Dance no.2, op.72 in E minor                                       
Hungarian Rhapsody no.1 in F minor                                         
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191
Soloist: SANTIAGO CAÑÓN-VALENCIA, cello                                
January 28, 2017
8 pm
January 29, 2017
3 pm

PROGRAM 4 • FEBRUARY 2017 • Chamber Series

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm | Regent Theatre (Oshawa)


Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 90 is a pillar of the orchestral repertoire.   For a change of pace, OP presents an intimate arrangement of this symphony for wind nonet featuring OP’s wind section.  Beethoven’s inspired 7th Symphony was written in Teplice, Bohemia where the composer had taken up residence in hopes of a cure for his encroaching deafness. The work premiered December 8, 1813 in Vienna with the maestro himself at the podium and was incredibly so well received that movements had to be repeated two and three times to satisfy audience demand.  It found its place in the audience’s heart that night, a place it has never let go.  Franz Schubert was a devoted disciple of Beethoven and it should come as no surprise that one of his greatest chamber works, the String Quintet in C major is identified by musicologists as homage to Beethoven in its form and construction.  Expansive, melodic, at times tranquil, this chamber piece makes the five instruments that make up the quintet sound symphonic in nature and scope – something that would likely have made Beethoven proud.    
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN  (1770-1827)

Franz SCHUBERT   (1797-1828) 
Symphony No.7 op.90 in A major 
- arranged for wind nonet (2Ob, 2Cl, 2Bsn, 2Hrn ,1Cbsn)
- featuring the woodwind section of OP
String Quintet, D.956 (Opus posthumous 163) in C major
2 Violins, 1 Viola, 2 Cellos
February 25, 2017
8 pm

PROGRAM 5 • MARCH 2017 • Pop Series

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8pm | Regent Theatre (Oshawa)

benefit concert

Steven Page joins Ontario Philharmonic Strings for an evening of songs spanning his entire 30-year career, arranged for chamber orchestra in this Benefit Concert. 

Featuring some of his most popular compositions from his time as co-founder, lead singer and songwriter for Barenaked Ladies, including “Jane,” “Call and Answer” and “Brian Wilson,” alongside newer pieces from his most recent solo albums Page One and Heal Thyself Pt. I: Instinct, reimagined orchestrally.

Steven will be joined by Kevin Fox on cello and vocals and by Craig Northey of Canadian rock icons Odds on guitar and vocals.
Astor Piazzolla
Leroy Anderson
Libertango the string parts
Jazz Pizzicato for 2 violins, Viola, 'Cello and D Bass
Menuet for violin 1, violin 2, Viola, 'cello and Contrabass
March 25, 2017
8 pm

PROGRAM 6 • APRIL 2017 • Masters Series

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8pm | Regent Theatre (Oshawa)

FOR THE LOVE OF MOZART!  Presented by: Edmond & Sylvia Vanhaverbeke

OP’s final program is a triple shot of Mozart – 2 piano concertos - 2 pianists - 1 stage:  Jean Desmarais, Maria Sourjko and Ontario Philharmonic.   
On May 17, 1784 Mozart’s expense book reveals the purchase of a European starling from a Viennese pet shop for 34 Kreutzer (about 38 cents). The birds are known for uncommon abilities to mimic musical patterns. Mozart’s soon learned to ‘tweet’ several measures from the Finale of the Piano Concerto No. 17 – brings new meaning to “twitter”.  
In 1967, Swedish film, Elvira Madigan garnered awards from Cannes Film Festival and Golden Globe Awards. The soundtrack was taken directly from the Andante movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. The entire work has been nicknamed the “Elvira Madigan” concerto as a result. The film is long forgotten: the music remains one of the most recognizable melodies.
Mozart’s ‘Haffner’ started life as a commissioned piece for Marie Haffner’s wedding, daughter of Salzburg’s mayor. As a result, it became known as the ‘Haffner Serenade’, a hugely popular work originally scored in eight movements in 1776.  It took until 1782 for the Haffner Symphony as we know it to emerge - a work of unparalleled grandeur.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
Piano Concerto no.17 in G major, KV453
Soloist: Jean Desmarais
Piano Concerto no.21 in C major "Elvira Madigan", KV467
Soloist: Maria Sourjko
Symphony no.35 "Haffner" in D major, KV385
April 29, 2017
8 pm
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