Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
4.5
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Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s leading cultural institutions. Today, more than 225,000 patrons and over 50,000 students visit the Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall each year, and an additional five million Canadians tune in to concert broadcasts on CBC Radio. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the Orchestra has increased recording and touring projects to include a self-produced record label, and performances throughout the US and Canada. The Orchestra continues to develop its international presence by being an active commissioning body for new Canadian and international works, as well as attracting distinguished guest artists and conductors to performances at Roy Thomson Hall.
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rgreen79
Alliston, Canada473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A wonderful Christmas concert. Less traditional Christmas standards than 2022 but stellar performances! A a family of 9 adults and a young teen, this is an annual family tradition. Parking underground is very convenient.
Written 30 January 2024
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
It had been some time since we last heard the TSO play, and Sunday afternoon's concert was a splendid reintroduction. The conductor was Tarmo Peltokoski, a 22-year-old (!) Filipino-Finnish maestro who gave an excellent and energetic account of himself. The first piece was a brief and rather dreamy piece by Kaija Saariaho. This was followed by a spirited rendition of the Brahms Violin Concerto, with the TSO's concert master Jonathan Crow as the soloist. He performed splendidly, as did the orchestra. The post-intermission work was Shostakovich's 5th Symphony, which was suitable noisy in places and highly listenable throughout. Well done, TSO!
Written 30 January 2023
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Beth S
Toronto, Canada152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
The recent TSO concert program that included flawless orchestral performances culminated in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35. Peter Oundjian conductor.

Oundjian spoke about meeting Guest Artist Timothy Chooi during a visit to The Juilliard School. He quipped that he’s often told, “You have to hear this violinist,” when that’s not often the case. But that the encounter with Chooi made him want to bring him to perform with the TSO. Didn’t hurt either that Chooi is Canadian.

Covid wreaked havoc with the original performance dates, but finally it came to pass.

Over many years I’ve heard the “violin greats” perform this evocative concerto - from Isaac Stern, to Itzhak Perlman, and Joshua Bell.

There’s a new kid in the block who must be added to that stellar roster. Chooi’s mastery brought me to tears!

Thank you Oundjian for showcasing this remarkable talent. I only wish it was allowed to photograph him in action.
Written 30 November 2021
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vip_foodie
Bengaluru, India3,231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was my first orchestra experience and I very much enjoyed it. I attended the Beethoven Symphony Orchestra and it was very much pleasing to the ears.
Written 8 February 2020
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Jeff B
Lambton Shores, Canada450 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
I went with two teenagers to see the symphony. They were performing works by American composers. The orchestra is an excellent group of very talented musicians. The venue has amazing acoustics and the program was very well thought out and orchestrated. Definitely a good place to go to see world class musicians
Written 24 November 2019
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Daniel L
Toronto, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I have been there for many years and the experience is great
Went with my kids since they are 5 years old
Reasonable prices
Good customer service
Written 11 November 2019
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billrobertsoncanada
Toronto, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Star Wars - Return of the Jedi, In Concert, October 4, 2019 at Roy Thomson Hall, Steven Reineke conductor.

This was the first of two cine-concerts (live orchestra playing the music score synchronized to the film onscreen) that the TSO is doing this season (the other is in May 2020). It was an amazing experience! Reineke opened by inviting the audience to cheer, boo, hiss at their favourite moments in the picture, and to occasionally watch the orchestra working hard (they played continuously for the last hour per John Williams score). RTH even made the evening more friendly by allowing drinks and snacks inside the auditorium (how civilized can we become?).

All things considered, the evening, along with Reineke's extraordinary energy made for a fantastic evening appropriate for all ages who would normally watch the movie. The orchestra and Reineke were accorded an extended standing ovation at the end of the performance (one of those rare times where everyone stays until the credits have finished).

Well done TSO and Reineke!
Written 8 October 2019
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CoesTravels
Severn Bridge, Canada57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Having never been to see the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform, I didn't know what to expect. I am a lover of most all music and our visit provided a great variety. Our performance also involved dancers providing dances suitable to the genres. The music and performances were wonderful. The conductor was very interactive with the audience and explained the music being performed. It was a great first experience and I would definitely go again.
Written 29 April 2019
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hpbarkley
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
First time seeing them at Roy Thomson Hall. Was a great evening. Seating was very comfortable and a very interesting building.
Written 19 March 2019
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chemie71
Pittsburgh, PA416 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
My husband and I enjoy seeing other city symphonies whenever we travel. We are used to a large symphony in our home town. TSO is a small symphony, but gives off a great sound. We enjoyed seeing them. If we're ever back in Toronto we would definitely see them again.
Written 22 October 2018
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