Begin the month of May with an energizing, emotive performance from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)! There is still time to secure tickets for the Brahms’s First concerts this week at Roy Thomson Hall, and we’re giving away a pair for you and a music lover in your life.

On May 1 and 2, TSO Music Director Gustavo Gimeno will conduct the orchestra as they perform Brahms’s monumental First Symphony—  a grandiose masterwork with rich woodwind harmonies, thundering timpani, and raucous brass.

Two talented artists will accompany the symphony at these performances. JUNO Award-winning mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo will premiere her debut album enargeia, a collection of stunning vocal works by centuries of composers including Hildur Guðnadóttir, Missy Mazzoli, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. 

“I’m delighted to collaborate with Spotlight Artist Emily D’Angelo on this live adaptation of her extraordinary album. Emily’s voice is simply sublime, and I’ve been eager to work with her for years,” said Gimeno. 

D’Angelo has been making waves in the music world, receiving praise from the New York Times and NPR. In 2021, enargeia was named the best Canadian classical album by the CBC. You won’t want to miss the live debut of this critically acclaimed album. 

Audiences can look forward to another thrilling premiere at the Brahms’s First concerts this week. RBC Affiliate Composer Alison Yun-Fei Jiang’s Illumination will be performed for the first time by the TSO. With influences ranging from the French Impressionists to cinematic music and Chinese traditional opera, Jiang’s music is melodic and infused with drama.

What a night! Whether you’re planning a mid-week date, a special evening for a music lover in your life, or a rejuvenating solo outing, this is an excellent opportunity to partake in a quintessential Toronto arts and culture experience.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to Brahms’s First:

Best of luck! Tickets for Brahms’s First on May 1 & 2 are available here.