Super star violin, Disney, sketch comedy, musical premiere, & more scheduled for Toledo Symphony’s 2019-2020 season

Itzhak Perlman (Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco/provided)


The Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has announced its 2019-2020 season.

“For our 76th season, we renew our commitment to our public and continue our constant quest for artistic excellence,” says Alain Trudel, Music Director of the Toledo Symphony. “It was an invigorating challenge to come up with programs following a really wonderful anniversary season, and my team and I certainly rose to the occasion. The programs and artists came together really well, and we ended up with a 2019-2020 season we’re extremely proud to share with everyone in the community. There’s literally something for everyone.”

The most notable event of the 2019-2020 season is the one-night-only Spotlight Event with superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman on Nov. 12 at the Peristyle. Perlman’s numerous awards include a Kennedy Center Honor, the Medal of Liberty, a National Medal of the Arts, four Emmy Awards, fifteen Grammy Awards, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His haunting violin can be heard in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film, “Schindler’s List.”

Perlman will be making his fifth appearance with the TSO and first in 14 years in November. He will be performing the music of prolific film composer John Williams.

“Special thanks go to Huntington Bank for making Itzhak Perlman’s special appearance with the TSO possible,” says Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “It is through Huntington’s generosity that we are able to share this inspiring man—his story, his charming presence, his profound artistry—with the region, and we are grateful.”

Subscribers to any of the symphony’s 2019-2020 concert series can purchase tickets to Itzhak Perlman now through the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 1838 Parkwood Avenue, by calling 419.246.8000, or by visiting Single tickets for Itzhak Perlman, with prices starting at $49, go on sale to the general public on August 1.

“Perlman’s appearance is just one of many special moments we have planned for the 2019-2020 season,” says Vassar. “As the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony have joined forces to create the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), it is important to challenge the boundaries of our art forms and create great experiences for this community. You will see that we have incorporated elements of music and dance into various programs in our Masterworks, Pops, Family, and Holiday Series. This includes the Masterworks program “Carmina Burana,” originally intended as a staged work with dance and choreography. These programs also come together in a new Dance Series. It’s a starting point as we continue to dream about the possibilities available through collaboration.”

Among the 2019-2020 Highlights:

  • Disney’s Pixar In Concert, a visually stunning, high-definition, multi-media family show featuring montages of memorable clips from every one of Pixar’s 14 films—including “Cars,” “WALL•E,” “Ratatouille,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Finding Nemo,” “Monster’s, Inc.” and “Brave”—all accompanied live by the Toledo Symphony.
  • Tony and Grammy Award-winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, the original Angelica Schuyler from the hit musical phenomenon “Hamilton,” sings Broadway favorites from “Rent,” “The Lion King,” and “Hamilton,” along with original songs based on the poetry of Maya Angelou.
  • An expanded TSO, a huge chorus of singers from BGSU, and original choreography performed by Toledo Ballet dancers join forces for Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” known for the famous choir piece “O Fortuna!.”
  • Olga Kern, Russian pianist and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner, performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, often considered the most demanding concerto in the repertoire.
  • Postmodern Jukebox’s singer Aubrey Logan joins Music Director Alain Trudel and the TSO for a program of jazz, soul, classic rock, and more. Aubrey also plays trombone, so expect a trombone duet or two with Alain Trudel!
  • A presentation of Lorin Maazel’s arrangement of Wagner’s “The Ring Without Words” which consolidates over 19 hours of music into an incredible hour. Famous pieces include “Ride of the Valkyries,” “Magic Fire Music,” and “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey.”
  • Colin Mochrie from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” performs with the TSO in a light-hearted blend of hilarious sketch comedy and orchestral music. Mochrie will be joined by Second City, an improvisational theater troupe from Chicago that have produced comedians for “Saturday Night Live.”
  • Cellist Julian Schwarz returns to the Peristyle for Dvořák’s breathtaking Cello Concerto, one of the most beloved and romantic cello works.
  • World premiere of “Origin Story” by local composer Christopher Dietz.
  • Improved acoustics at the Valentine Theatre for the Welltower Mozart in the Afternoon Series.