- Karen Donnelly To Rise
- Trevor Weston Ashes
- Vivian Fung Prayer
- Gabriel Dharmoo Ninaivanjali
- Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
- In-person event
- ≈ 90 minutes · No intermission
Our return to the shared concert experience, and the opening of our season, begins with a program moving from darkness to light.
Throughout the centuries, the trumpet has provided a clarion call to humanity—to fight, to worship, to acclaim, or to celebrate. Principal Trumpet Karen Donnelly has composed a moving hymn for solo trumpet which leads us into the beauty and sorrow of Trevor Weston’s “Ashes” for unaccompanied voices. Commissioned in 2002 for the choir of New York’s Trinity Wall Street, “Ashes” evokes the sound and colour of the world in ashes after the fall of the World Trade Center, and is a touchstone for remembrance as the world marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Of her new work Prayer, composer Vivian Fung says, “[never] have I worn my heart on my sleeve as transparently as with this piece.” A co-commission of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and CBC in the early weeks of Covid-19, Prayer premiered online in June 2020, with at least one musician from each of Canada’s 28 professional orchestras performing.
“Ninaivanjali” is a Tamil expression that means “in memory of,” and Gabriel Dharmoo’s enigmatic creation of the same name pays tribute to Dharmoo’s Indian rhythm teacher.
Our concert closes with Tchaikovsky’s exhilarating Symphony No. 4, dedicated to his patron and “best friend” Nadezhda von Meck. From beginning to end, this beautiful work grows persuasively from melancholy to triumph—urgent, supercharged, and jubilant.