THE GREATEST SHOW
Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 8 p.m.
Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham
Stravinsky’s Circus polka, subtitled “For a Young Elephant”, was composed as a short ballet production for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth;” the ballet was originally performed by several young elephants in pink tutus! Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Jonathan Crow takes the spotlight to perform Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, whose second movement—a theme and variations—is an early example of a theme employing all twelve tones of the chromatic scale. For the grand finale, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 showcases a masterwork of virtuosic orchestral sound in a work that the young composer found inspiration and encouragement from Richard Wagner—although the Wagnerian allusions were revised out of later versions.
7:00 p.m. Silent auction in support of music education and the arts (closes after the intermission).
7:10 p.m. Prélude: pre-concert recital.
7:20 p.m. Pre-concert talk.
Intermission discussion and Q&A with Jonathan Crow and Daniel Vnukowski.
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Stravinsky, Circus Polka: for a young elephant
Bartók, Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 2
Bruckner, Symphony No. 3 in D minor