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Toronto embraces BPO-commissioned ‘Concierto en Tango’

A concerto commissioned by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is moving north of the border.

On June 13 and 14, Miguel del Aguila’s “Concierto en Tango” will be given its Canadian premiere by the Toronto Symphony. The soloist will be the orchestra’s principal cellist, Joseph Johnson.

In Buffalo, the soloist was the BPO’s principal cellist, Roman Mekinulov. The performance is included on the recently released CD “Built For Buffalo,” released on the BPO’s private label.

It is a feather in the BPO’s cap when a piece the orchestra commissioned catches on elsewhere. In May 2014, when the BPO and Music Director JoAnn Falletta gave the world premiere of the concerto at Kleinhans Music Hall, it was a hit. The Buffalo News reported: “The concerto was sparkling and fun-loving, and Mekinulov, with his star quality and maverick ways, is one of the most popular and visible musicians in the BPO. As he took one, then two, then three curtain calls – hefting his cello along with him – the big crowd of listeners, almost all of them on their feet, cheered and cheered.”

In Toronto, Aguila’s concerto will be part of a concert called “Pan-American Rhythms” that also includes music of Astor Piazzolla, Aaron Copland and John Williams.

The Toronto concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall at 7:30 p.m. June 13 and 3 p.m. June 14. Tickets are $33-$93 Canadian. For info, visit or call (416) 593-4828.


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