Classical music clings to youthful saviours as Roy Thomson Hall announces 2012-13 season

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez makes her solo Toronto début at the Glenn Gould Studio on Feb. 22 (Monica Trejo photo).

There isn’t much classical programming any more from Roy Thomson Hall with the demise of its mainstage concert series. But what may be missing in quantity is still there in youthful quality, according to today’s announcement of the 2012-13 season.

The best news is that Roy Thomson Hall continues its advocacy of rising vocal talents with a series of four recitals with piano at the Glenn Gould Studio collectively billed as Canadian Voices.

Toronto baritone Philip Addis, who has been getting raves abroad, most recently at the BBC proms concerts, leads the series on Oct. 28. The other three singers are equally worthy: tenor David Pomeroy on Feb. 24 and mezzos Wallis Giunta (Mar. 24) and Allyson McHardy (Apr. 14).

Two headline names from the grand old days of the biz are violinist Itzhak Perlman, who is coming to present a solo recital with pianist Rohan De Silva at Roy Thomson Hall on Nov. 18, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the worlds best, coming on Feb. 27. If only they had chosen a more colourful conductor for this tour than the starchy music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Möst, this could have been one of the highlights of the coming concert season.

One interesting piano newcomer to catch is Gabriela Martinez, who presents a solo recital at the Glenn Gould studio on Feb. 22.

There are duelling children’s choirs on Dec. 15, as the Toronto Children’s Chorus presents its seasonal concert at Roy Thomson Hall, while St. Michael’s Choir School celebrates Christmas with music at Massey Hall, with an additional performance on Dec. 16.

Thanks to the support of the Edwards Charitable Foundation, there will be three free noonhour recitals at Roy Thomson Hall: the wonderful Victoria Scholars and St. Michael’s choirboys on Dec. 19, the Mendelssohn Singers on April 8, and the Agincourt Madrigal Singers and Northlea Junior Choir on May 2.

For what the new season lacks in classical breadth, it makes up for in some great non-classical programming. You’ll find all the details here.

John Terauds


2 thoughts on “Classical music clings to youthful saviours as Roy Thomson Hall announces 2012-13 season

  1. Thanks for your recent post about young talent. Perhaps the most exciting wunderkind on the horizon is the supremely gifted 21-year-old Russian pianist, Daniil Trifonov, who won 3rd in the Warsaw Chopin Compeition in 2011, first in the Rubesnstein and Tchaikovky Competitions (as well as the Grand Prix in the latter) in 2011, and who is giving a solo recital at Koerner Hall Sunday April 14, 2013. His tecnique is unsurpassed, but more important, his lyricism and poetic sensibility defy description.

    Deanne Bogdan Professor Emerita Leadership, Higher and Adult Education Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto 252 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 home tel. 416-961-5215 email:

    • I would like to correct the typos in my hurried letter about Daniil Trifonov: the Warsaw Competition was in 2010, not 2011; the two other competitions were the Rubenstein and Tchaikovsky.
      Deanne Bogdan

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