Orchestra Toronto presents...

Telling a Tale w/ Tom Allen

Happening in the George Weston Recital Hall

Pre-concert chat at 2:15 with Michael Newnham


Escape from the dregs of Toronto’s long winters with an afternoon of music inspired by stories. Host Tom Allen will guide us through a narrative labyrinth, woven through with an orchestral counterpoint.

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius wrote En Saga (A Legend) without a specific programme. Host Tom Allen will weave a story around this work's "astonishing power and originality."

Toronto composer Elizabeth Raum has set the 14th-century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as a five-movement orchestra suite. The original Middle English saga features one of King Arthur's best known knights.

We all know the story behind Prokoviev's ballet Romeo and Juliet ballet. Prokoviev's own story is less well known. Romeo and Juliet is one of two non-political works that Sergei Prokoviev wrote after his return to the Soviet Union. Among its other quirks's, it is one of the rare orchestral works that calls for a tenor saxophone. 

Antonin Dvořák's Noonday Witch paints a musical picture of a scary figure from a story told to keep in his native Bohemia to scare children away from playing in the fields under the hot sun. 



Michael Newnham – Conductor

Tom Allen – Storyteller and Host



Jean Sibelius:  En Saga

Elizabeth Raum: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Antonin Dvořák:  Noonday Witch

Sergei Prokofiev:  Selections from Romeo and Juliet (Suites 1, 2 and 3)


February 23, 20203:00 pm
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