The orchestra would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors, and patrons for their continued support in our 43rd concert season. We are very pleased that, with their help, we can continue to provide a platform for live classical music in London and bring you some of London's very talented soloists.
Our season opener will begin with Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Marc Toth. Marc is a London native who now teaches in Germany. He has been featured as a soloist with orchestras all around the world, including prior appearances with our orchestra. It is our pleasure to welcome Marc again to the LCO stage.
In June 2016, the orchestra lost a long time member and friend, Jim Whitby. Jim's knowledge and love of classical music was greater than most. One work that Jim wanted our orchestra to play is Borodin's Symphony No. 2, and it is with him in mind that we feature this symphony in our opening program. This concert is dedicated to Jim in memory of his many years with the orchestra.
Our annual Young Soloists Concert in December will be stacked with three very talented musicians! We anticipate this concert every year because the soloists work tirelessly on their skills and techniques to present the best possible musicianship for all of us. The orchestra welcomes Joshua Lee on violin, Matthew Zhou on piano, and Patrick Smithers on trumpet.
Mary-Elizabeth Brown was one of our guest soloists in 2014, playing Beethoven's violin concerto, and we're pleased to welcome her back in 2017 in our all-Tchaikovsky concert. Ms. Brown is a London native now residing in Quebec, and she is recognized on the international stage for her virtuosity and command of of the violin. She is Founder and Director of Strings Around the World and music director for Lake Field Music.
Our season finale will again feature a London favourite, Christine Newland. Christine is principal cellist of We Play On, formally known as Orchestra London, and is a staunch supporter, teacher, and leader in the community. We are pleased to have her join us to play Saint-Saëns cello concerto No.1 and Dvorak's Silent Woods.