Press Release, October 27, 2012


To open its 51st season, the York Symphony is delighted to welcome back conductor Denis Mastromonaco.

A former associate conductor of the orchestra, the York Region resident has been very busy in the eight years since he last led the YSO.
Engaged in both symphonic and operatic conducting, Denis has held posts with Opera Mississauga, the National Academy Orchestra and the State University of New York, among others. He has been a regular guest conductor for the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, and has conducted a variety of ensembles, including the Camerata Strumetale di Prato, Orchestra dell’Accademia di San Giorgio, Opera York, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Stepping to the front from her position as YSO principal horn is Elke Eble, who will be featured in Franz Strauss’ Horn Concerto. Elke is a Toronto native who studied first at the Royal Conservatory and U of T, and then went on to post-graduate horn studies in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany and Basel, Switzerland.  She holds a Master of Teaching degree from OISE and is currently teaching full-time music in Scarborough, while maintaining a career as a freelance horn player, and of course, principal of the horn section in the YSO.
Also on the program are three audience favourites:  Rossini’s overture to the opera “The Thieving Magpie,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative “Russian Easter Festival” overture, and Beethoven’s brilliant Seventh Symphony.  All the music  of this program is connected to the theme “influential beginnings” as each had a profound impact on the content, form, style or national character of the music that followed.
The concerts are Saturday, October 13th at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday October 14th at 7:30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.
Tickets for October 13th may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for Sunday October 14th call 905 787-8811 or go online at Tickets will also be available at the door of both venues.