By Dennis Bova, marketing communications associate
Opening with a top Broadway singer, moving to music selections inspired by the world’s most famous playwright, and concluding with a performance of pieces by arguably the top three composers of all time, the Toledo Symphony’s 2016-17 season will be one of lasting impressions. While the Symphony’s season will be about music, it’s also about people – starting at the top. Toledo native Zak Vassar has replaced the retired Kathy Carroll as President and CEO. Stefan Sanderling will wield the baton at four concerts in this, his final year as TSO Principal Conductor. He concludes 15 years here in which he has raised the Symphony’s level of performance and exposure, notably with a 2011 performance at Carnegie Hall.
There will be top talent at the podium in between Sanderling’s appearances: Giordano Bellincampi, who is well-known and well-liked by Toledo audiences, internationally praised Karina Canellakis, and acclaimed conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, among others. Among the featured soloists who will perform with the symphony are Sarah Chang, who began as a child prodigy and has become one of the world’s great violinists, Paul Jacobs, the first organist to receive a Grammy, and Martina Filjak, a star pianist with an energetic stage presence.
When it comes to the other classical music – classic rock, that is – the symphony has the baby boomers covered, thanks to appearances by Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone on Oct. 22 and the husband-wife rock duo of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on March 11. The season opens Sept. 17 with a special performance by Kristin Chenoweth, the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer. The symphony then performs the first of three programs inspired by the works of William Shakespeare: Shakespeare Under Glass on Sept. 18, Romeo and Juliet on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and West Side Story on Feb. 3 and 4.
The season concludes with two powerful shows. Sanderling: A Perfect Cadence, features Sanderling conducting pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms, on May 5 and 6. Westwater Arts: Our National Parks, is a sweeping performance of sight and sound on May 13 to note the centennial of our National Park system.
The TSO will perform about 100 concerts this season, across its Classics Series, KeyBank Pops Series, Welltower Mozart and More Series, The Andersons Family Series, and numerous neighborhood and regional appearances. Any one of those shows is primed to leave a lasting impression on the audience.
For more information about the Toledo Symphony, visit toledosymphony.com.