“We can anticipate getting up close and personal with Ludwig van Beethoven in 2020,” writes John Terauds in Wednesday’s (1/30) Star (Toronto). “That’s the word from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra…. Beethoven’s name features prominently in [2019-20], from the best known works to some obscure ones…. There’s much more than Beethoven, of course…. The TSO is riding a wave of interest in live symphony orchestra accompaniment to motion pictures. Its now annual pre-Christmas screening of Home Alone at Roy Thomson Hall will be joined by two more episodes in the Star Wars saga … and by a musical classic, Singin’ in the Rain…. Spanish maestro Gustavo Gimeno, who takes over as music director of the TSO at the start of the 2020-21 season, is a featured guest in two great programs … with rising Italian pianist Beatrice Rana [and] Chinese piano sensation Yuja Wang…. Conductor Sir Andrew Davis … oversaw the planning of the 2019-20 season [and] returns to the podium several times. The most notable is a concert performance of Jules Massenet’s 1893 opera Thaïs…. Several concerts … will highlight the talents of the orchestra’s principal players…. The TSO has repackaged its subscription tickets for 2019-20 with deeper discounts.”

Posted January 31, 2019