Opening Night Gala

Saturday, October 19, 2024 at 8 p.m.

Flato Markham Theatre

171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham

A suite drawn from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet opens the season; this music will likely be most familiar from the Walt Disney film of the same name whose score—including the famous “Once Upon a Dream” song—was adapted from Tchaikovsky’s ballet.  Award-winning Canadian cellist Winona Zelenka performs Dvořák’s Concerto for cello and orchestra. Though Dvořák was initially resistant to the idea of writing a cello concerto, as he felt it would not make for a good solo instrument, this work has since become one of the most popular works for cello. A typical three-movement Romantic concerto, the music includes pentatonic melodies similar to those in his famous “New World Symphony,” as well as quotes from one of Dvořák’s own songs as a tribute to his ailing sister-in-law. Concluding the performance is Édouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo’s final orchestral composition, the Symphony in G minor. The work, a typical romantic-era symphony, features an opening theme that recurs over the course of all four movements, creating a cyclical symphonic form on the largest scale.

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Winona Zelenka | cellist
Daniel Vnukowski | host

7:10 p.m. Prélude: pre-concert recital. 

7:20 p.m. Pre-concert talk.

Intermission discussion and Q&A with Winona Zelenka and Daniel Vnukowski. 

Post-concert reception.


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Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty suite

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Dvořák, Concerto for cello and orchestra

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Lalo, Symphony in G minor

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Tickets Pricing

Box Seat – $50
Orchestra Centre – $48
Orchestra back/side – $45
Balcony – $42

Box Seat – $40
Orchestra Centre – $38.40
Orchestra back/side – $36
Balcony – $33.60

Box Seat – $30
Orchestra Centre – $28.80
Orchestra back/side – $27
Balcony – $25.20

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