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Joshua Bell
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Joshua Bell

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol

The season kicks off with a scintillating programme that opens with a carnival and ends with a kaleidoscope of folk tunes. Any performance by the gifted and charismatic Joshua Bell is a not-to-be-missed event!

Thu 9/18/14 7:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Joshua Bell


Arabian Nights
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Arabian Nights

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin

Ravel: Boléro
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky Korsakov’s evocation of the legends leads you on an expedition to far-away places filled with exciting, exotic adventures. The thrilling crescendo of sets the heart racing like no other piece of music.

Sat 9/20/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Arabian Nights


Arabian Nights
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Arabian Nights

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin

Ravel: Boléro
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky Korsakov’s evocation of the legends leads you on an expedition to far-away places filled with exciting, exotic adventures. The thrilling crescendo of sets the heart racing like no other piece of music.

Sun 9/21/14 3:00PM George Weston Recital Hall Arabian Nights


Beethoven Symphony 9
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Beethoven Symphony 9

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Jessica Rivera, soprano
Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
David Pomeroy, tenor
Tyler Duncan, baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral"

Beethoven’s marvelous Ninth, with its rapturous “Ode to Joy” finale, shares the bill in this satisfying and wide-ranging programme with Rachmaninoff’s dazzling and soulful variations for piano and orchestra.

Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on Sept 25

Thu 9/25/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Symphony 9
Fri 9/26/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Symphony 9
Sat 9/27/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Symphony 9


Rachmaninoff Symphony 2
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Rachmaninoff Symphony 2

David Zinman, conductor
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

The surging emotions of Rachmaninoff’s expansive Symphony No. 2 and the poetic musings of a Chopin concerto anchor this enthralling programme. The revered veteran maestro David Zinman takes the podium and the outstanding Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili does the solo honours.

Thu 10/2/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Rachmaninoff Symphony 2
Sat 10/4/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Rachmaninoff Symphony 2


Dvorák New World Symphony
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Dvorák New World Symphony

Jakub Hrusa, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin
Tom Allen, host

Morawetz: Carnival Overture
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

Living in New York but yearning deeply for his homeland, Czech master Dvor¡ák intermingled the folk music styles of the new and old worlds in a gloriously tuneful and dramatic symphony. Sibelius’s Violin Concerto adds a majestic Nordic touch.

Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on Oct 9

Wed 10/8/14 6:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Dvorák New World Symphony


Dvorák New World Symphony
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Dvorák New World Symphony

Jakub Hrusa, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin
Tom Allen, host

Morawetz: Carnival Overture
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

Living in New York but yearning deeply for his homeland, Czech master Dvor¡ák intermingled the folk music styles of the new and old worlds in a gloriously tuneful and dramatic symphony. Sibelius’s Violin Concerto adds a majestic Nordic touch.

Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on Oct 9

Thu 10/9/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Dvorák New World Symphony


Dvorák New World Symphony
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Dvorák New World Symphony

Jakub Hrusa, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin
Tom Allen, host

Morawetz: Carnival Overture
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

Living in New York but yearning deeply for his homeland, Czech master Dvor¡ák intermingled the folk music styles of the new and old worlds in a gloriously tuneful and dramatic symphony. Sibelius’s Violin Concerto adds a majestic Nordic touch.

Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on Oct 9

Sat 10/11/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Dvorák New World Symphony


Best of the Beatles
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Best of the Beatles

Steven Reineke, conductor
Rajaton

Various: Pops Program to Be Confirmed

Rajaton, the fantastic Finnish ensemble that has wowed TSO audiences with their captivating vocal stylings, turn their attention to The Beatles in this astonishing Pops show! They present their unique take on the complete album, plus a choice array of the Fab Four’s #1 hits.

Tue 10/14/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Best of the Beatles
Wed 10/15/14 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Best of the Beatles
Wed 10/15/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Best of the Beatles


The Planets & More
Sept. 2014- June 2015
The Planets & More

Robert Moody, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Márquez: Danzón No. 2
Holst: Selections from The Planets

This sensational programme takes you on an entertaining journey with stopovers in Norway, Russia, Mexico—and outer space! Holst’s depicts the worlds of our solar system with brilliant imagination.

Sat 10/18/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall The Planets & More
Sun 10/19/14 4:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Planets & More


Romeo & Juliet
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Romeo & Juliet

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Nicola Benedetti,violin
Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, youth orchestra

Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet

TSO favourite Stéphane Denève anchors his latest programme with his personal selection of the finest music from Prokofiev’s masterful Shakespearean ballet. Nicola Benedetti, praised by the of London for giving her playing “a degree of heat, subtlety and quicksilver colours only achieved by the world’s best,” illuminates every facet of Shostakovich’s powerful Concerto No. 1. The concert opens with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side with the Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s stirring .

Wed 10/22/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Romeo & Juliet


Romeo & Juliet
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Romeo & Juliet

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Nicola Benedetti,violin
Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, youth orchestra

Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet

TSO favourite Stéphane Denève anchors his latest programme with his personal selection of the finest music from Prokofiev’s masterful Shakespearean ballet. Nicola Benedetti, praised by the of London for giving her playing “a degree of heat, subtlety and quicksilver colours only achieved by the world’s best,” illuminates every facet of Shostakovich’s powerful Concerto No. 1. The concert opens with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra performing side-by-side with the Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s stirring .

Thu 10/23/14 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Romeo & Juliet


Symphonic Spooks
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Symphonic Spooks

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Tha Spot Halloween Dancers

Bach: Toccata from Toccata and Fuge in d-, BWV 565
Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

This Halloween don’t miss this concert of hairraising,spine-chilling classical music, as creatures of all kinds return to haunt the concert hall. Perfect for trick-or-treaters of all ages, well-known spooky works, including Bach’s Toccata in D Minor, , and selections from will be heard echoing throughout the hall. Come dressed in costume to help the Orchestra get into the Halloween spirit!

Pre Concert Lobby Chat

Sat 10/25/14 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Symphonic Spooks
Sat 10/25/14 4:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Symphonic Spooks


The Dream of Gerontius
Sept. 2014- June 2015
The Dream of Gerontius

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Stuart Skelton,tenor
Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano
John Relyea, bass-baritone
Amadeus Choir
Elmer Iseler Singers

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

This cornerstone of British choral music tells the uplifting story of an elderly man whose dreams of the afterlife are filled with beauty and drama. It is performed by a massed chorus and a superlative cast of soloists.

Thu 10/30/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Dream of Gerontius
Sat 11/1/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Dream of Gerontius


What Makes It Great - Vivaldi
Sept. 2014- June 2015
What Makes It Great - Vivaldi

Rob Kapilow, conductor
Chee-Yun, violin

Various: Demos Vivaldi: "Autumn" from The Four Seasons Vivaldi: "Winter" from The Four Seasons

Rob Kapilow and violin soloist Chee-Yun take you inside the wonderfully refreshing music of two concertos from Vivaldi’s beloved composition, . Learn all about the incredible amount of picturesque detail Vivaldi wove into this magical score.

Sat 11/8/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall What Makes It Great - Vivaldi


Beethoven Piano Concerto 4
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Beethoven Piano Concerto 4

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable"

Nielsen intended that his electrifying Fourth Symphony should express “the elementary will to live. Music is life, and like life, inextinguishable.” In perfect contrast, one of the hottest young pianists on the planet, the award-winning Canadian Jan Lisiecki, performs the most mellow of Beethoven’s piano concertos.

Intermission Chats in the Lobby on Nov 12 & 13

Wed 11/12/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Piano Concerto


Beethoven Piano Concerto 4
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Beethoven Piano Concerto 4

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable"

Nielsen intended that his electrifying Fourth Symphony should express “the elementary will to live. Music is life, and like life, inextinguishable.” In perfect contrast, one of the hottest young pianists on the planet, the award-winning Canadian Jan Lisiecki, performs the most mellow of Beethoven’s piano concertos.

Intermission Chats in the Lobby on Nov 12 & 13

Thu 11/13/14 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Piano Concerto 4


Beethoven Piano Concerto 3
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Beethoven Piano Concerto 3

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Nielsen: Symphony No. 2 "The Four Temperaments"

The focus on Beethoven and Nielsen continues with a tempestuous Beethoven concerto and Nielsen’s whimsical symphonic gallery portraying four kinds of human personalities: choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic, and sanguine.

Sat 11/15/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Piano Concerto 3


Beethoven & Nielsen
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Beethoven & Nielsen

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"
Nielsen: Symphony No. 5

The Beethoven and Nielsen focus reaches a triumphant climax with two big, sweeping works that embody the spirit of heroism: the most noble and outgoing of all Beethoven’s concertos, and Nielsen’s inspiring hymn to optimism.

Nov 20 6:45pm Free Pre-concert Performance featuring The TSO Camber Soloists

Intermission Chats in the Lobby on Nov 20 & 22

Thu 11/20/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven & Nielsen
Sat 11/22/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven & Nielsen


Stravinsky Petrouchka
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Stravinsky Petrouchka

Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Haydn: Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII/11
Britten: Soirées musicales
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1911)

Two of Stravinsky’s most appealing scores—the cheeky Russian fairground antics of the heartsick puppet Petrouchka, and the roguish romantic schemes of the Renaissance rascal, Pulcinella (Punch)—bookend Haydn’s enchanting, Roma-flavoured piano concerto.

Wed 11/26/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Stravinsky Petrouchka
Thu 11/27/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Stravinsky Petrouchka


Second City and the TSO
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Second City and the TSO

Peter Oundjian, conductor

TBA: CONCERTO

The legendary Second City comedy theatre brings its unique blend of sketch comedy, satire, songs, and improvisation to an entirely new stage—Roy Thomson Hall! This unique collaboration with the TSO brings together Toronto’s leading musical and comedy minds to explore their shared love of the symphony orchestra. This light-hearted comic performance will take on all things orchestral, from the colourful musicians to the mighty Maestro, from send-ups of classical music history and conventions to the manners and mannerisms of our beloved audiences. Get ready for the funniest musical night of the year!

Sat 11/29/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Second City and the TSO
Sun 11/30/14 3:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Second City and the TSO


Best of Tchaikovsky
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Best of Tchaikovsky

Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Alice Sarah Ott, piano

Tchaikovsky: Coronation March
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Act II from The Nutcracker

This all-Tchaikovsky extravaganza showcases his unsurpassed skills for creating gorgeous, irresistible ballet music, dynamic, folk-flavoured concertos, and spirited “occasional” pieces such as the march he composed for Tsar Alexander III’s coronation.

Wed 12/3/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Best of Tchaikovsky
Sat 12/6/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Best of Tchaikovsky


William Tell
Sept. 2014- June 2015
William Tell

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Rossini: William Tell

The TSO welcomes one of its favourite guest conductors, the dynamic Gianandrea Noseda, and the full Turin Royal Theatre Opera Chorus and Orchestra for this exceptional concert production of Rossini’s final opera, the inspiring historical drama William Tell. This is true grand opera in every way, overflowing with thrilling arias and sweeping choruses.

Fri 12/5/14 7:00PM Roy Thomson Hall William Tell


The Bear
Sept. 2014- June 2015
The Bear

David Amado, conductor
Cawthra Park Chamber Choir

Various: YPC Program to Be Confirmed
Blake: The Bear

Celebrate a family Christmas with , a delightful animated film from the creators of , and accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Based on the book by Raymond Briggs, tells the story of young Tilly, who accidentally drops her beloved teddy into the polar bear pit at the zoo, beginning a magical friendship with bear-sized complications!

Participate in a free intermission art activity with the Avenue Road Arts School.

Sun 12/7/14 3:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Bear


Celtic Christmas: Donell Leahy
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Celtic Christmas: Donell Leahy

Steven Reineke, conductor
Leahy, folk band
Etobicoke School of the Arts Chorus

Various: Pops Program to Be Confirmed

A JUNO Award-winning Canadian folk band made up of Ontario brothers and sisters, Leahy brings the high-energy, toe-tapping style that has made them a global favourite, to the TSO’s festive Christmas celebration!

Tue 12/9/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Celtic Christmas: Donell Leahy
Wed 12/10/14 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Celtic Christmas: Donell Leahy
Wed 12/10/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Celtic Christmas: Donell Leahy


Holidays with Barenaked Ladies
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Holidays with Barenaked Ladies

Lucas Waldin, conductor
Barenaked Ladies, band

Various: Barenaked Ladies: Hits and Holiday Songs!

Canada’s beloved rockers play their greatest hits—, , , —plus holiday favourites the BNL way!

Thu 12/11/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Holidays with Barenaked Ladies
Fri 12/12/14 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Holidays with Barenaked Ladies


Messiah
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Messiah

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Jane Archibald, soprano
Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
Philippe Sly, bass-baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Handel: Messiah

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without Handel’s —performed with matchless spirit by the TSO! Conductor Grant Llewellyn and a stellar all-Canadian cast join the Orchestra and the full forces of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir in these performances of the immortal oratorio.

Tue 12/16/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Messiah
Wed 12/17/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Messiah
Fri 12/19/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Messiah
Sat 12/20/14 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Messiah
Sun 12/21/14 3:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Messiah


Mozart as Performer
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Mozart as Performer

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Benedetto Lupo, piano
Tom Allen, host

Mozart: Serenade No. 6, K. 239 "Serenata notturna"
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488
Mozart: Sonata No. 15 for Organ and Strings, K. 336/336d
Mozart: Symphony No. 31, K. 297/300a "Paris"

A full, wide-ranging programme launches the Festival in high style. It includes everything from a grand symphony to a charming piano concerto, to a sweetnatured serenade for strings and timpani. Hearing two pieces in which Mozart himself played the solo keyboard part—the piano concerto and the organ sonata—lends the concert a special fascination.

Intermission Chat in the Lobby

Wed 1/14/15 6:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Mozart as Performer


Mozart as Performer
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Mozart as Performer

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Benedetto Lupo, piano
Tom Allen, host

Mozart: Serenade No. 6, K. 239 "Serenata notturna"
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488
Mozart: Sonata No. 15 for Organ and Strings, K. 336/336d
Mozart: Symphony No. 31, K. 297/300a "Paris"

A full, wide-ranging programme launches the Festival in high style. It includes everything from a grand symphony to a charming piano concerto, to a sweetnatured serenade for strings and timpani. Hearing two pieces in which Mozart himself played the solo keyboard part—the piano concerto and the organ sonata—lends the concert a special fascination.

Intermission Chat in the Lobby

Thu 1/15/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mozart as Performer


Mozart Family Ties
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Mozart Family Ties

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Andrew McCandless, trumpet
Gordon Wolfe, trombone

Mozart: A Musical Joke, K. 522
Mozart: Alto Trombone Concerto
Mozart: Trumpet Concerto
Haydn: Symphony No. 60 "Il distratto"
Schickele: Eine kleine Nichtmusik

This ingenious programme offers engaging music by composers from Mozart’s inner circle—including two splendid concertos by his father Leopold, featuring TSO principals as soloists—plus one of his own musical pranks and a mischievous mash-up of Mozart and other composers concocted by Peter Schickele (alias PDQ Bach).

Intermission Chats in the Lobby on Jan 17 & 18

Sat 1/17/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Mozart Family Ties
Sun 1/18/15 3:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mozart Family Ties


Mozart Mass in C Minor
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Mozart Mass in C Minor

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Hélène Guilmette, soprano
Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano
Gordon Bintner, bass-baritone
Amadeus Choir
Elmer Iseler Singers

Mozart: Selections from Zaide, K. 344
Mozart: Lo sposo deluso, K. 430
Mozart: Mass in C Minor, K. 417a/427

This fascinating programme brings attractive and intriguing Mozart fragments, including music from the unfinished operas and (), plus the monumental Mass in C Minor.

Intermission Chats in the Lobby on Jan 22 & 25

Thu 1/22/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mozart Mass in C Minor


Mozart Mass in C Minor
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Mozart Mass in C Minor

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Hélène Guilmette, soprano
Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano
Gordon Bintner, bass-baritone
Amadeus Choir
Elmer Iseler Singers

Mozart: Selections from Zaide, K. 344
Mozart: Lo sposo deluso, K. 430
Mozart: Mass in C Minor, K. 417a/427

This fascinating programme brings attractive and intriguing Mozart fragments, including music from the unfinished operas and (), plus the monumental Mass in C Minor.

Intermission Chats in the Lobby on Jan 22 & 25

Sat 1/24/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Mozart Mass in C Minor


Mozart Mass in C Minor
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Mozart Mass in C Minor

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Hélène Guilmette, soprano
Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano
Gordon Bintner, bass-baritone
Amadeus Choir
Elmer Iseler Singers

Mozart: Selections from Zaide, K. 344
Mozart: Lo sposo deluso, K. 430
Mozart: Mass in C Minor, K. 417a/427

This fascinating programme brings attractive and intriguing Mozart fragments, including music from the unfinished operas and (), plus the monumental Mass in C Minor.

Intermission Chats in the Lobby on Jan 22 & 25

Sun 1/25/15 3:00PM George Weston Recital Hall Mozart Mass in C Minor


Mozart & Chopin
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Mozart & Chopin

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Pavel Kolesnikov, piano
TBC, piano

Schubert: Impromptu
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 14, K. 449
Chopin: Grande Polonaise
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Master pianist Emanuel Ax shares an extraordinary programme with a star of the future, Pavel Kolesnikov, the winner of the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition. Ax performs a captivating Mozart concerto, and Kolesnikov plays a regal work by Chopin.

Intermission Chats in the Lobby on Feb 4 & 5

Wed 2/4/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mozart & Chopin
Thu 2/5/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mozart & Chopin


What Makes It Great- Beethoven
Sept. 2014- June 2015
What Makes It Great- Beethoven

Rob Kapilow, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Various: Demos
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4

Rob Kapilow and Emanuel Ax explore and reveal Beethoven’s radiant Piano Concerto No. 4. As sweet and lyrical a piece as Beethoven ever wrote, it nevertheless displays his genius in full flight.

Fri 2/6/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall What Makes It Great- Beethoven


Pianorama
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Pianorama

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

As part of the TSO’s Piano Extravaganza, GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax and the Orchestra will be joined by young pianists from around Toronto to perform Saint-Saëns’s playful piece, The Carnival of the Animals, and other thrilling selections. TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian will

conduct.

Pre Concert Lobby Chat

Sat 2/7/15 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Pianorama
Sat 2/7/15 4:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Pianorama


National Arts Centre Orchestra
Sept. 2014- June 2015
National Arts Centre Orchestra

Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Amanda Forsyth, cello

Brahms: Double Concerto
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Pinchas Zukerman makes his final Toronto appearance as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. The hearty programme presents two Brahms concertos, the first featuring the soloists Zukerman and Principal Cello of the NAC Orchestra, Amanda Forsyth, and the second the remarkable pianist, Yefim Bronfman.

Intermission Chat in the Lobby

Sat 2/7/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall National Arts Centre Orchestra


The Carnival of the Animals
Sept. 2014- June 2015
The Carnival of the Animals

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 316a/365
Lau: New Work (TSO Commission) - World premiere
Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

Two outstanding pianists pool their talents and parade their versatility in an utterly delightful evening! Emanuel Ax and Jan Lisiecki beguile you with Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos, then tickle your funny bone with Saint-Saëns’s playful musical menagerie.

Intermission Chat in the Lobby

Wed 2/11/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Carnival of the Animals


The Orchestral Piano
Sept. 2014- June 2015
The Orchestral Piano

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses after Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn
Ravel: La valse

Enjoy insightful side-by-side comparisons that demonstrate how composers ingeniously presented their music in two very different media: keyboards and orchestra! Brahms and Ravel did it by transcribing their own pieces, Hindemith by “metamorphosing” appealing piano duets by Weber.

6:45pm Free Pre-concert Performance featuring The TSO Chamber Soloists

Intermission Chat in the Lobby

Thu 2/12/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Orchestral Piano


From Bach to Bluegrass
Sept. 2014- June 2015
From Bach to Bluegrass

Steven Reineke, conductor
Time for Three

Various: Pops Program to Be Confirmed

The trio of brilliant string players who make up Time for Three offer a joyous, genre-busting show that gleefully mixes jazz, bluegrass, pop, folk, and classical into a unique and spectacularly entertaining blend.

Tue 2/17/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall From Bach to Bluegrass
Wed 2/18/15 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall From Bach to Bluegrass
Wed 2/18/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall From Bach to Bluegrass


The Year of the Sheep
Sept. 2014- June 2015
The Year of the Sheep

Long Yu, conductor

Various: Program to be confirmed

The TSO presents a festive concert in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Sheep. Long Yu, Artistic Director of the China Philharmonic and Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, leads the TSO in traditional Chinese and western orchestral music.

Sat 2/21/15 7:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Year of the Sheep


A Mind of Winter
Sept. 2014- June 2015
A Mind of Winter

Peter Oundjian, conductor
George Benjamin, conductor
Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Jonathan Crow, violin

Fujikura: Tocar y Luchar - Canadian premiere
Benjamin: A Mind of Winter - Canadian premiere
Fung: Violin Concerto (TSO Commission) - World premiere
Dutilleux: Métaboles

The opening concert of the New Creations Festival showcases intriguing music by some of today’s most engaging composers: George Benjamin’s evocative setting for soprano of the poem by Wallace Stevens; a Violin Concerto by Vivian Fung that the TSO commissioned for Concertmaster Jonathan Crow; and a dynamic work by Japanese composer Dai Fujikura that was inspired by the celebrated music education programme, .

Intermission Chat in the Lobby

Sat 2/28/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall A Mind of Winter


let me tell you
Sept. 2014- June 2015
let me tell you

Peter Oundjian, conductor
George Benjamin, conductor
Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano

Harman: New Work (TSO Commission) - World premiere
Benjamin: Duet for Piano and Orchestra - Canadian premiere
Abrahamsen: let me tell you - North American premiere

The second concert of the New Creations Festival features the fascinating equal partnership of piano and orchestra in George Benjamin’s , and Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s song cycle that treats the words of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s in striking, novel ways.

Intermission Chat in the Lobby

Wed 3/4/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall let me tell you


Written on Skin
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Written on Skin

George Benjamin, conductor
Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano
Isaiah Bell, tenor
Iestyn Davies, countertenor
Christopher Purves, baritone

Benjamin: Written on Skin - Canadian premiere

The New Creations Festival concludes with George Benjamin’s widely lauded 2012 opera. It tells a compelling story of lust and murder set in medieval France. This authoritative performance is conducted by the composer and features members of the première cast.

Sat 3/7/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Written on Skin


Beethoven Symphony 7
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Beethoven Symphony 7

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Casella: Italia
Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Gianandrea Noseda focuses his trademark intensity on Beethoven’s gloriously energizing Symphony No. 7, and master violinist Christian Tetzlaff brings Bartók’s fabulous, Hungarian-flavoured concerto fully to life. You’ll also enjoy an attractive rarity in Casella’s lavish rhapsody on popular Italian themes.

Wed 3/11/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Symphony 7
Thu 3/12/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Symphony 7
Sat 3/14/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Beethoven Symphony 7


The Rite of Spring
Sept. 2014- June 2015
The Rite of Spring

Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor
Sol Gabetta, cello

Kilar: Orawa (Mar 27 only)
Dvorák: Cello Concerto
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (1947)

Everything about this superlative programme is grand: the emotional depth and broad outline of the all-time great cello concerto, and the earth-shaking power of Stravinsky’s stunning evocation of a prehistoric society.

Fri 3/27/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Stravinsky The Rite of Spring


Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor
Sol Gabetta, cello

Kilar: Orawa (Mar 27 only)
Dvorák: Cello Concerto
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (1947)

Everything about this superlative programme is grand: the emotional depth and broad outline of the all-time great cello concerto, and the earth-shaking power of Stravinsky’s stunning evocation of a prehistoric society.

Sat 3/28/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Stravinsky The Rite of Spring


Tchaikovsky Symphony 4
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Tchaikovsky Symphony 4

James Conlon, conductor
Vilde Frang, violin

Wagner: Preludes to Acts I & III from Lohengrin
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Violinist Vilde Frang returns in triumph after mesmerizing TSO audiences in the 2013/2014 season. This time she interprets the opulent, heart-on-sleeve concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The widely respected conductor James Conlon leads Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, a gripping struggle between fate and human love.

Wed 4/1/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony 4


Tchaikovsky Symphony 4
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Tchaikovsky Symphony 4

James Conlon, conductor
Vilde Frang, violin

Wagner: Preludes to Acts I & III from Lohengrin
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Violinist Vilde Frang returns in triumph after mesmerizing TSO audiences in the 2013/2014 season. This time she interprets the opulent, heart-on-sleeve concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The widely respected conductor James Conlon leads Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, a gripping struggle between fate and human love.

Thu 4/2/15 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Tchaikovsky Symphony 4


Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2

Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
Valentina Lisitsa, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Former TSO Music Director Jukka-Pekka Saraste teams up with Valentina Lisitsa—among the most frequently viewed pianists on YouTube—for the unforgettable melodies and pianistic fireworks of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2. You’ll recognize the luscious from Mahler’s Fifth as the theme from the film .

Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on Apr 8

Wed 4/8/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2
Thu 4/9/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2


Shake, Rattle & Roll
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Shake, Rattle & Roll

Evan Mitchell, conductor
TorQ, percussion quartet

Various: YPC Program to Be Confirmed
Bernstein: Concert Overture to West Side Story (Arr.: Maurice Peress)
Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Toronto-based, electrifying percussion ensemble TorQ for an exciting programme of orchestral favourites. Come experience the powerful percussion family—from the tambourine to the timpani!

Pre Concert Lobby Chat

Sat 4/11/15 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Shake, Rattle & Roll
Sat 4/11/15 4:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Shake, Rattle & Roll


As Heard on TV
Sept. 2014- June 2015
As Heard on TV

Steven Reineke, conductor
Nicole Parker, soprano

Various: Pops Program to Be Confirmed

It’s a grin-inducing stroll down memory lane as the TSO performs a nostalgic and fun-filled programme of favourite TV themes and songs. Hear catchy melodies from decades’ worth of sitcoms, adventure series, dramas, game shows, sci-fi classics, PBS favourites—plus surprises galore!

Tue 4/14/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall As Heard on TV
Wed 4/15/15 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall As Heard on TV
Wed 4/15/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall As Heard on TV


Classical Favourites
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Classical Favourites

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Jeffrey Beecher, double bass

Rimsky-Korsakov: "Procession of the Nobles" from Mlada
Koussevitzky: Double Bass Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Selections from Swan Lake
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Prokofiev: "Waltz and Midnight" from Cinderella
Rimsky-Korsakov: "Flight of the Bumblebee" from The Tale of Tsar Saltan
Shostakovich: Polka from The Golden Age
Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave

Savour a banquet of Russian favourites, from the elegant ballet melodies of Tchaikovsky’s to the spooky chills of Mussorgsky’s . An added bonus is a concerto for double bass, performed by the TSO’s talented principal.

Sat 4/18/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Classical Favourites
Sun 4/19/15 3:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Classical Favourites


Ararat: Music of Armenia
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Ararat: Music of Armenia

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
Sergey Khachatryan, violin

TBA: Opening work
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto
Danna: Suite from Ararat (TSO Commission) - World premiere
Khachaturian: Suite from Masquerade and Spartacus

Join the TSO for an evening of colourful Armenian music, featuring brilliant Armenian guest artists. The programme includes a new suite from Oscar-winning Canadian Mychael Danna’s score for Atom Egoyan’s film, , and a collection of exquisite songs by composer Gomidas, arranged by Serouj Kradjian.

Wed 4/22/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Ararat: Music of Armenia


Fantasia
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Fantasia

Steven Reineke, conductor

Various: Program to be confirmed

Millions of people discovered the joys of classical music through Disney’s unforgettable animated concert feature, . Here’s your thrilling opportunity to experience the film as never before, with the fabulous music performed live by the TSO.

Fri 4/24/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Disney Fantasia Live Concert
Sat 4/25/15 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Disney Fantasia Live Concert
Sat 4/25/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Disney Fantasia Live Concert


Latin Jazz: Hilario Duran Trio
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Latin Jazz: Hilario Duran Trio

Roberto Minczuk, conductor
Hilario Duran Trio
Tom Allen, host

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Duran: Concerto for Latin Jazz Trio and Orchestra (TSO Commission) - World premiere
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 8
Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia

The TSO salutes the many facets of Pan American culture with a vibrant, percussion-sparked programme of Latin-American music. Cuban jazz piano legend Hilario Durán and his trio take the spotlight for Durán’s own sizzling Concerto.

Wed 4/29/15 6:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Latin Jazz: Hilario Durán Trio


Hilario Duran Trio
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Hilario Duran Trio

Roberto Minczuk, conductor
Hilario Duran Trio
Tom Allen, host

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Duran: Concerto for Latin Jazz Trio and Orchestra (TSO Commission) - World premiere
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 8
Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia

The TSO salutes the many facets of Pan American culture with a vibrant, percussion-sparked programme of Latin-American music. Cuban jazz piano legend Hilario Durán and his trio take the spotlight for Durán’s own sizzling Concerto.

Thu 4/30/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Latin Jazz: Hilario Durán Trio


Pan Am Beats, Heroic Feats!
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Pan Am Beats, Heroic Feats!

Alain Trudel, conductor
Platypus Theatre

Various: YPC Program to Be Confirmed
Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat [complete ballet]
Ellington & Tizol: Caravan

As Toronto prepares to host the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, our Canadian athletes are in peak physical shape, and the musicians in the orchestra have also been in training. Join Platypus Theatre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as they come together to unravel a musical mystery that highlights the Pan American culture we will be experiencing in Toronto!

Pre Concert Lobby Chat

Sat 5/2/15 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Pan Am Beats, Heroic Feats!
Sat 5/2/15 4:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Pan Am Beats, Heroic Feats!


Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Lau: Treeship
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

Soloist Augustin Hadelich meets every challenge offered by one of the true pillars of the violin repertoire: Mendelssohn’s heartfelt and vivacious Concerto in E Minor. Peter Oundjian is your guide to a grandiose and sublime Bruckner symphony.

Wed 5/6/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mendelssohn Violin Concerto


OSM
Sept. 2014- June 2015
OSM

Kent Nagano, conductor
Piotr Anderszewski, piano

Moussa: New Work (OSM Commission)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

The highly accomplished musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal make a welcome visit to Roy Thomson Hall. Music Director Kent Nagano conducts the epic Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius, and soloist Piotr Anderszewski channels every feeling that Mozart poured into his most imposing piano concerto.

Wed 5/13/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Montreal Symphony Orchestra


What Makes It Great - Schubert
Sept. 2014- June 2015
What Makes It Great - Schubert

Rob Kapilow, conductor

Various: Demos
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"

Why Schubert didn’t finish his Symphony in B Minor remains one of classical music’s most thought-provoking mysteries. Rob Kapilow delves into the music and the background of this haunting masterpiece.

Fri 5/15/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall What Makes It Great - Schubert


Verdi Requiem
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Verdi Requiem

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Amber Wagner, soprano
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Eric Owens, bass
Frank Lopardo, tenor
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Verdi: Requiem

Sir Andrew Davis celebrates his forty-year bond with the TSO by conducting “Verdi’s greatest opera”, the mighty . Soloists, chorus, and orchestra join forces to touch your every emotion with this passionate and beautiful music.

Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on May 23

Thu 5/21/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Verdi Requiem
Fri 5/22/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Verdi Requiem
Sat 5/23/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Verdi Requiem


Pictures at an Exhibition
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Pictures at an Exhibition

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano

Davis: La Serenissima
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1
Berlioz: Le corsaire
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

This glittering programme celebrates music that the TSO performed on its acclaimed international tours during Sir Andrew Davis’s tenure as Music Director. It features the same soloist and concerto as the Orchestra’s groundbreaking 1978 visit to China, plus Sir Andrew’s own appealing composition that pays tribute to Venice.

May 27 6:45pm Pre-concert Performance featuring The TSO Chamber Soloists

Wed 5/27/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Pictures at an Exhibition
Thu 5/28/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Pictures at an Exhibition


Yo-Yo Ma
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Yo-Yo Ma

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Toronto Children's Chorus

Davis: New Work for Childrens Chorus and Orchestra
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Holst: The Planets

Sir Andrew Davis welcomes superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who revisits the first work he ever performed with the TSO. Davis also conducts Holst’s , which he recorded magnificently for EMI while he was the TSO’s Music Director, and shares the stage with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, which was founded at his request.

Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby

Fri 5/29/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Yo-Yo Ma


An American in Paris
Sept. 2014- June 2015
An American in Paris

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello

Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Barber: Symphony No. 1
Previn: Double Concerto (TSO Co-Commission) - Canadian premiere
Gershwin: An American in Paris

This sparkling programme of American classics features Gershwin’s bustling, bluesy portrait of Paris’s street life—complete with taxi horns! The acclaimed solo team of Laredo and Robinson gives the first Canadian performances of André Previn’s attractive Double Concerto.

Thu 6/4/15 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall All American


All American
Sept. 2014- June 2015
All American

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello

Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Barber: Symphony No. 1
Previn: Double Concerto (TSO Co-Commission) - Canadian premiere
Gershwin: An American in Paris

This sparkling programme of American classics features Gershwin’s bustling, bluesy portrait of Paris’s street life—complete with taxi horns! The acclaimed solo team of Laredo and Robinson gives the first Canadian performances of André Previn’s attractive Double Concerto.

Sat 6/6/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall All American


All American
Sept. 2014- June 2015
All American

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jaime Laredo, violin
Sharon Robinson, cello

Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Barber: Symphony No. 1
Previn: Double Concerto (TSO Co-Commission) - Canadian premiere
Gershwin: An American in Paris

This sparkling programme of American classics features Gershwin’s bustling, bluesy portrait of Paris’s street life—complete with taxi horns! The acclaimed solo team of Laredo and Robinson gives the first Canadian performances of André Previn’s attractive Double Concerto.

Sun 6/7/15 3:00PM George Weston Recital Hall All American


Mahler Resurrection
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Mahler Resurrection

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Erin Wall, soprano
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

Mahler’s heart-stirring “Resurrection” Symphony addresses literally life-and-death issues as only he could. It begins in the depths of angry despair, then rises to an overwhelmingly positive finale that will lift you out of your seat.

Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby on June 12

Wed 6/10/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Mahler Resurrection Symphony
Fri 6/12/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Mahler Resurrection Symphony


Pan American Rhythms
Sept. 2014- June 2015
Pan American Rhythms

RBC Resident Conductor, conductor
Joseph Johnson, cello

Williams: Overture to The Cowboys
Bernstein: Three Meditations from Mass
Moncayo: Huapango
Kulesha: Torque
Piazzolla: Libertango
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

The final programme of the Light Classics series is a rousing fiesta of popular favourites from North and South America. Highlights include spicy dances from Mexico and Argentina, a gorgeous set of pieces for cello and orchestra by Leonard Bernstein (featuring TSO Principal Cello Joseph Johnson), and high-stepping music for Wild West escapades by Copland and John Williams.

Sat 6/13/15 7:30PM Roy Thomson Hall Pan American Rhythms
Sun 6/14/15 3:00PM Roy Thomson Hall Pan American Rhythms


The Wizard & I: Broadway Hits
Sept. 2014- June 2015
The Wizard & I: Broadway Hits

Steven Reineke, conductor
Jennifer Laura Thompson, vocalist
Julia Murney, vocalist
Jeremy Jordan, vocalist
Norm Lewis, vocalist
Amabile Choirs of London

Various: Pops Program to Be Confirmed

The Pops season comes to a scintillating conclusion with a fantastic programme showcasing the music of the GRAMMY® Award and Oscar-winning composer, Stephen Schwartz. Enjoy all the greatest songs from such fabulous hit musicals as , , and .

Tue 6/16/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Wizard & I: Broadway Hits
Wed 6/17/15 2:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Wizard & I: Broadway Hits
Wed 6/17/15 8:00PM Roy Thomson Hall The Wizard & I: Broadway Hits