Symphony Notes

TSO unveils its 2017-18 season
by Dennis Bova

Opera Singer Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming, one of the world’s most celebrated opera singers, will be in concert at
8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7,
at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle.

This will be Fleming’s debut performance with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

The announcement of the Fleming special event coincides with the TSO’s unveiling of its 2017-18 season, which features exciting guest artists, a new starting time for a concert series, and a brand new festival.

“The People’s Diva,” as Fleming is known, sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 and performed at the Diamond Jubilee concert for Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 and at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

She will come to Toledo direct from New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where she will sing Richard Strauss’s opera “Der Rosenkavalier.” In Toledo, the soprano will perform Strauss’s exquisite “Four Last Songs” as well as favorites from Italian, French, German, and Russian opera.

“Renée Fleming is classical music royalty,” said Toledo Symphony President and CEO Zak Vassar. “I have followed her career for years and am so proud to bring Ms. Fleming to this city, with this orchestra, at this time. Ms. Fleming is one of the top performers in music today, and we are lucky to have her here. This will be a high-water mark for our musicians and our organization.”

Fleming’s appearance is made possible by ProMedica, with additional artistic support from the Toledo Opera.

Single tickets, with prices starting at $49,

go on sale to the public on April 1 through the Toledo Symphony Box Office at
1838 Parkwood Ave.,
by calling 419-246-8000,
or by visiting

Fleming’s appearance is just one of several special surprises that Vassar and the symphony’s artistic team have in store for Toledo audiences in the 2017-2018 season. “It’s going to be a heckuva season,” Vassar said. “There’s literally something for everyone.”


Among the 2017-18 highlights:

The Welltower Mozart & More series starting time will move from 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to provide patrons with an afternoon concert option. The performances will remain on Saturdays at the Franciscan Center on the Lourdes University campus in Sylvania.

Opera legend Kathleen Battle will perform a program inspired by African-Americans’ journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad, a stop of which was in Sylvania. Her appearance is part of a new series called the North Star Festival.

Broadway star Leslie Odom, Jr., of the hit musical “Hamilton” joins the TSO for a show of Broadway and jazz-inspired hits, including a tribute to Nat King Cole.

Storm Large, a chanteuse and Carnegie Hall sensation who performed with the TSO in 2015, returns for two performances: “Seven Deadly Sins” and “Crazy Arc of Love.”

The Indigo Girls will perform their folk-rock favorites, like “Closer to Fine” and “Galileo” in a unique symphonic setting.