2019/20 Concert Series
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London Symphonia’s season-opener explores the relationship between Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann. Telling this love story, Actors Marion Adler and Scott Wentworth share letters between Johannes and Clara, Stephan Sylvestre performs piano variations by both, and the Symphonia performs Brahms’ magnificent Symphony No. 3.
A time of chaos and creativity inspired some of the most unforgettable music of the 20th century. London Symphonia’s own ‘cabaret band’ performs an eclectic program including Martinu’s Revue de Cuisine, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat, Gershwin’s Preludes, and Kurt Weill’s Mack the Knife.
Baritone Phillip Addis and the Amabile Choirs of London join London Symphonia for the world premiere of The Sleepers by Composer-in-Residence Scott Good. This new setting of Whitman’s poem is performed alongside Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with principal clarinettist Graham Lord, and Tower’s Made In America.
London Symphonia rings in the holiday season with special guests Sonja Gustafson, Joe Borowsky, the H.B. Beal Singers, and The London Singers. This concert will delight you with classics by Prokofiev and Corelli, popular favorites by Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell, and holiday classics by Duke Ellington and Vince Guaraldi.
At the turn of the 18th century, two styles of composition dominated the musical landscape - the Italian and the French – inciting a battle of notes and words. Actor Rod Beattie delivers inflammatory remarks from both sides before London Symphonia musicians use period instruments to perform works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Lully, Rameau, and Couperin.
London Symphonia and conductor Matthias Maute explore the musical friendship between Haydn and Mozart. While Mozart had a deep respect for his mentor, Haydn was awestruck by the genius and creativity of his young protégé. They formed a deep musical bond that influenced the symphonies and string quartets on this program.
As one of Canada’s most gifted singer-songwriters, Sarah Slean’s music borrows from cabaret, rock, pop, and orchestra – all knit together by the power of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and incredible voice. Performing alongside London Symphonia, this will be an unforgettable evening of songs from a catalogue that spans 20 years.
Mozart considered his Quintet for Winds and Piano to be the best he’d written. When Beethoven wrote his own quintet for winds and piano, he turned to Mozart for inspiration. Hear both masterpieces side by side, along with Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds - a 20th century work influenced by his predecessors.
London-born and New York-based Lara St John has been called a “high-powered soloist” by the New York Times. She brings her imagination and musical passion back to her home town to lead London Symphonia in performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.