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Crow and Rachmaninov ◆ Sunday, June 4, 2023

One Hour and 45 Minutes with Intermission

Sunday, June 4, 2023, 3:00 p.m. (pre-concert chat at 2:15)

The George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St.

Single Tickets On-Sale Now.

What we love about this concert

Rachmaninov: Symphony no 2
Bruch: Violin Concerto no 1 with Jonathan Crow, violin
  • We’re excited to present the winner of the first-ever Orchestra Toronto Prize in Composition, to be selected in December 2022. Watch this space!
  • Well known to Toronto audiences, Jonathan Crow is performing one of the most justifiably popular concertos in the violin repertoire. Max Bruch, the composer, was, in fact, frustrated by just how popular this concerto was, and complained that contemporary violinists never wanted to hear any of his other violin works: “Go away and once and for all play the other concertos, which are just as good, if not better.” (Apparently, history did not agree.)
  • Rachmaninov struggled to write his Symphony No. 2, following the somewhat disastrous premiere of his First Symphony. After many drafts, he released Symphony No. 2 into the world, where it earned both awards and accolades, and restored the composer’s confidence.

The Program

Winner of the Orchestra Toronto’s Prize in Composition is Joel ToewsSleeping Giant 
Max BruchViolin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Sergei RachmaninovSymphony No. 2 in E minor

Featured Artists

Michael Newnham, Music Director – more about Michael Newnham ⟶

Jonathan Crow – more about Jonathan Crow ⟶

What you’ll hear

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2
Bruch: Violin Concerto

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