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Quick guide to the season concerts

Our 13/14 Season events are listed below

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Sept. 2013-June 2014
Grimaud Plays Brahms

Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture
Messiaen: L'Ascension
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 is a tumultuously emotional work where piano and orchestra pool their strengths to triumph over darkness.

Come for: Pianist Hélène Grimaud somehow finds time not only to pursue a brilliant career as a concert pianist and recording artist, but also to write books, and campaign on behalf of conservationist and human rights issues. She invests her multifaceted life experience in every performance she gives.

And more: Two quite different pieces inspired by Easter: Rimsky-Korsakov's majestic overture on Russian liturgical themes, and Messiaen's radiant visions of Christ's ascension to heaven.


Mardi Gras: New Orleans Jazz
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Mardi Gras: New Orleans Jazz
This jubilant, toe-tapping tribute takes you to the city where jazz was born—New Orleans—when it's at its most vibrant and colourful: Mardi Gras!
Tue 4/22/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mardi Gras: New Orleans Jazz
Wed 4/23/14 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mardi Gras: New Orleans Jazz
Wed 4/23/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mardi Gras: New Orleans Jazz


Inspired by Love
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Inspired by Love
You'll enjoy many of opera's greatest hits on this melodious programme, from the merry overture to The Marriage of Figaro, to Offenbach's lilting barcarolle, and the instantly recognizable Flower Duet from Lakmé. The orchestral selections are equally alluring, including Tchaikovsky's soaring portrait of the 'starcrossed' young lovers, Romeo and Juliet.
Sat 4/26/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Inspired by Love
Sun 4/27/14 3:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Inspired by Love


Mahler Symphony 9
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Mahler Symphony 9

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Is Mahler's Ninth a symphony of farewells - to love, to folk music, to the hustle and bustle of modern times, to life itself - or a voyage towards a new level of being? Either way, it leads you on a journey like no other.

Come for: Mahler's music - the late symphonies in particular - needs a seasoned conductor to do it justice. The TSO's distinguished Conductor Laureate meets every challenge of this epic work.

And more: Big orchestra, big emotions, big rewards.

This concert will be performed without an intermission.

Wed 4/30/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mahler Symphony 9
Thu 5/1/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mahler Symphony 9


Tchaikovsky Discovers America
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Tchaikovsky Discovers America

Sameer Patel, conductor
Classical Kids LIVE!

Programme includes music from:
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty

From the acclaimed creators of Beethoven Lives Upstairs comes the charming story of Tchaikovsky, the great Russian composer, and his trip to America for the opening of New York's Carnegie Hall in 1891. Through a surprise encounter with a young American girl, Jennie, we learn a great deal about this great master and his life in Russia.

Come for:Musical excerpts of Tchaikovsky's best-known works.

And more:Tchaikovsky's life depicted in music, story, and dance.

Sat 5/3/14 1:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Tchaikovsky Discovers America
Sat 5/3/14 3:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Tchaikovsky Discovers America



Sept. 2013-June 2014
TSYO Spring Concert (Mac)
Sat 5/3/14 7:30PM General Admission TSYO Spring Concert


Tchaikovsky Symphony 6
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Tchaikovsky Symphony 6

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Rossini: Overture to La scala di seta
James MacMillan: Piano Concerto No. 3 "Mysteries of Light" (Canadian Première)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

Hear the TSO perform Tchaikovsky’s impassioned Sixth Symphony, a deeply personal work which is now also one of his most popular. His final completed symphony, the composer declared that he had put his “whole soul” into composing it.

Come for: The immensely popular and eloquent Scottish composer, James MacMillan, created this scintillating work expressly for Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Part concerto, part symphonic poem, it revels in colour, atmosphere and drama.

And more: TSO audiences agree with the New York Times that with Jean-Yves Thibaudet "every note he fashions is a pearl?the joy and musicality of his performance could not be missed."

Post-concert Chat onstage with Peter Oundjian on May 7

Wed 5/7/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony 6
Thu 5/8/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony 6


Tchaikovsky Symphony 6
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Tchaikovsky Symphony 6

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Andrew McCandless, trumpet

Rossini: Overture to La scala di seta (May 11)

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”

Jean-Yves Thibaudet blazes his way through Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1, a highly irreverent frolic by the then 27-year-old Russian composer. A work of profound emotional intensity, Tchaikovsky declared of his Sixth Symphony that he had put his “whole soul” into composing it.

Come for: The Los Angeles Timesraves that this dapper French pianist gives performances that "sparkle with sustained brilliance."

And more: Catch the TSO's eminent Principal Trumpet, Andrew McCandless, as he performs a spectacular role in Shostakovich’s piano concerto that's virtually equal to that of the piano soloist.

Sat 5/10/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony 6
Sun 5/11/14 3:00PM George Weston Recital Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony 6


Mendelssohn Scots Symphony
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Mendelssohn Scots Symphony

Michael Francis, conductor
Tom Allen, host

Purcell: Dances from The Fairy Queen,
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, "Scottish"

Mendelssohn's visit to Scotland impressed him so profoundly that he set his feelings down in a symphony.

Come for: Mendelssohn crystallized in music everything from the country's misty landscapes and sprightly folk dances, to its solemn processions and heroic myths.

And more: Skip rush hour and enjoy free hors d'oeuvres before the concert.

Food provided by Fionn MacCool's.

Wed 5/14/14 6:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony
Thu 5/15/14 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony
Sat 5/17/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony


Lerner and Loewe
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Lerner and Loewe
Pops Maestro Steven Reineke and company pay homage to another legendary Broadway duo: Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe. You'll enjoy all the most memorable songs from such classic musicals as My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi, and Brigadoon, sung with verve by a top-notch cast of singers.
Tue 5/20/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Lerner and Loewe
Wed 5/21/14 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Lerner and Loewe
Wed 5/21/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Lerner and Loewe


The Music of ABBA
Sept. 2013-June 2014
The Music of ABBA
Back by popular demand, Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton pays tribute to the '70s Swedish pop supergroup, ABBA. You'll hear all your favourite ABBA hits with orchestra: Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, S.O.S, and many, many more!

Steven Reineke conductor

Rajaton,vocal ensemble

Fri 5/23/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Music of ABBA
Sat 5/24/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Music of ABBA


Beethoven Symphony 6
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Beethoven Symphony 6
Beethoven expressed his deep love of nature most clearly in the "Pastoral" Symphony. Relaxing, refreshing, glowing with sunshine (except for the vivid thunderstorm of the fourth movement), it's guaranteed to lift your spirits after a busy day.
Wed 5/28/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Symphony 6
Thu 5/29/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Symphony 6


Artists in the Spotlight
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Artists in the Spotlight
TSO artists are featured in this engaging programme that has it all, from the electrifying crescendo of Ravel's famous Boléro, to Brahms's merry medley of German student songs.
Sat 5/31/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall TSO Artists in the Spotlight
Sun 6/1/14 3:00PM Roy Thomson Hall TSO Artists in the Spotlight


Songs for Soprano
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Songs for Soprano

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano

R. Strauss: Four Last Songs
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite Nos. 1 & 2

With the wise, achingly nostalgic songs that form his last musical will and testament, Richard Strauss looked back with a full heart over 84 years of an incredibly productive and successful life.

Come for: The Suites are the most atmospheric and sumptuously orchestrated of Ravel's works.

And more: The New York Times has paid tribute to soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as an artist who "sings with unflinching honesty and uncommon intensity."

7:15pm Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on June 5

Thu 6/5/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Songs for Soprano
Sat 6/7/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Songs for Soprano


What Makes It Great - Copland
Sept. 2013-June 2014
What Makes It Great - Copland

Rob Kapilow, conductor and host

Copland: Appalchian Spring

Copland gave American music an instantly recognizable voice, which is perfectly captured in his Pulitzer-prize winning masterpiece, Appalachian Spring.

Come for: Copland's sweet, folksy music conjures a joyful pre-wedding celebration in early nineteenth-century New England.

And more: New ears = new enjoyment.

Fri 6/6/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Appalachian Spring


Yuja Wang Plays Beethoven
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Yuja Wang Plays Beethoven

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

His life in jeopardy for writing "anti-Soviet" music, Dmitri Shostakovich hoped that his Fifth Symphony would restore him to favour.

Come for: TSO favourite, Yuja Wang, brings her sizzling virtuosity and poetic insight to a favourite Beethoven concerto.

And more: Russian music never fails to stir the soul.

Wed 6/11/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Yuja Wang Plays Beethoven
Thu 6/12/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Yuja Wang Plays Beethoven


Late Night
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Late Night
TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s mighty Symphony No. 5, a powerfully emotive masterpiece so beloved that it ranks as his most popular symphony. Stay after the performance for a late-night party!
Sat 6/14/14 10:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Late Night


Gershwin Highlights
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Gershwin Highlights

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Marquita Lister, soprano
Jermaine Smith, tenor
Alfred Walker, baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Gershwin: Selections from Porgy & Bess

Enjoy highlights from Gershwin's American folk opera, which is overflowing with glorious songs, including Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, Bess, You Is My Woman Now, and many more.

Come for: Listen to what makes Porgy and Bess a genuine musical theatre masterpiece.

And more: The versatile Bramwell Tovey is the perfect conductor for this jazzy music.

Fri 6/20/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Gershwin Highlights
Sat 6/21/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Gershwin Highlights