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Sketches of Our Ancestors

Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 3:00pm

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham

Everyone comes from somewhere, and we carry the sounds and images of our forbears with us as we live out our own stories. To finish our 2019-20 season, Orchestra Toronto explores music from various folk traditions including those of Romania, Poland, Hungary, Armenia, and DunHuang

  • Hungarian composer Béla Bartók explored the Hungarian countryside with his friend Zoltán Kodály recording the songs of the people they met there. These melodies did not follow the familiar conventions of European composition, and Bartók had to develop entirely new ways of harmonizing the collected melodies. 
  • Chinese-Canadian composer An-Lun Huang has written many compositions that blend Chinese and western influences. His erhu concerto Ancient Scores from Dunhuang features this iconic Chinese instrument.

  • George Enescu is Romania's most famous composer, and the Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 is his best known composition. 


Michael Newnham – Conductor

On the Programme

Bela Bartok:  Hungarian Sketches

Aram Khachaturian:  Gayane Suite no. 3

An-Lun Huang: Four Ancients Scores from Dunhaug, with Snow Bai, Erhu soloist

Witold Lutosławski: Mała suita (Little suite)

George Enescu:  Romanian Rhapsody no. 1, op. 11 A major


2019-20 subscriptions are on sale now! Single concert tickets go on sale on September 7. Buy tickets online or or call 1-855-985-ARTS (2787).


George Weston Recital Hall
Meridian Arts Centre
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8


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