In the Fifth Symphony, Tchaikovsky waged war against the dark forces of destiny. The Sleeping Beauty is the most elegant of his ballet scores, and the enchanting Variations on a Rococo Theme salutes his favourite composer: Mozart.
Come for: When the Armenian-born cellist, Narek Hakhnazaryan, was 22, he won the Gold Medal at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, the world’s most prestigious prize for cellists. The Los Angeles Times has said that “His command of the instrument is extraordinary.”
And more: An all-Tchaikovsky programme guarantees a nonstop feast of appealing themes and lavish orchestral colour.
Program: Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty (Dec 6 only); Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme; and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5.
6:45pm Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on Dec 6. Post-concert Party in the Lobby on Dec 7.
Casual concerts are performed without intermission and are followed by a party in the lobby. Mingle with musicians in a relaxed setting and enjoy live music by local bands.
For tickets or details: www.roythomsonhall.com
Venue: Roy Thomson Hall — 60 Simcoe Street