Press Release, May 14, 2012

The York Symphony Orchestra will bring its 50th season to a close this month with two concerts celebrating “the mighty horn.” 

These concerts will also mark the end of an era, as they will be the last conducted by Maestro Gregory Burton as YSO Music Director.


Dr. Burton has decided to move on after the leading the orchestra for the past 7 seasons.  He brought a rare combination of technical excellence as a conductor and high standards as a leader, which, along with his good nature, will be missed by orchestra players and audience members alike.


Next season will see the orchestra welcome a selection of outstanding guest conductors, before making a decision on a new music director.


For these two concerts, Canadian French horn virtuoso Olivia Brayley Quackenbush will join the orchestra for the challenging Horn Concerto of the contemporary American composer, and horn player himself, David Amram.

The rest of the program will showcase the horns of the orchestra in Tschaikovsky’s Symphony #2, “The Little Russian” and Prokoviev’s beloved Peter and the Wolf, which will be narrated by YSO veteran Mark Maitman.  Rounding out the program will be Tschaikovsky’s popular waltz from his opera, Eugene Onegin.


The concerts are Saturday, May 26th at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday May 27th at 7:30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.


Tickets for May 26th may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for Sunday May 27th call 905 787-8811 or go online at www.rhcentre.ca. Tickets will also be available at the door of both venues.