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January 15, 2021

A collage of photos shows Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, a scene from Messiah/Complex, Yannick Bisson and TSO on set of Murdoch Mysteries, and CEO Matthew Loden.

News about the Toronto Symphony Orchestra was fast and furious over the holidays. In case you missed some of the bigger stories, we’ve compiled a few so you can catch up—but don't forget to follow our social channels (@torontosymphony) to always be up to date!

10 members of the TSO string section, wearing masks and socially distanced, play in the Toronto Star newsroom.
TSO Musicians Bring The Four Seasons to the Iconic Toronto Star Newsroom
The TSO started presenting Musical Moments weekly in the Toronto Star at the start of the pandemic to bring solace and inspiration to readers as they were confronted with some tough headlines. This time, we wanted to offer a performance dedicated to the journalists who have been telling our city’s most important stories during this historic time. Watch as Concertmaster Jonathan Crow leads some of his Orchestra colleagues in the second movement of “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
Our Musical Holiday Advent Calendar is still available for viewing on the Toronto Star’s website until January 23!


Soloist Julie Lumsden walks through snow, with the mountains of Banff behind her, in a scene from the production of Messiah/Complex.
Messiah/Complex Garners Rave Reviews
In addition to over 92,000 views, Messiah/Complex, created in partnership with Against the Grain Theatre, has garnered critical acclaim and generated thoughtful commentary in the press. Given the recording’s popularity, the viewing window has been extended to January 31!


Yannick Bisson, who plays detective William Murdoch, stands in the foreground on the set of Murdoch Mysteries, with musicians from the TSO playing behind him.
The TSO Pairs Up with Murdoch Mysteries
In a creative collaboration with Shaftesbury, TSO musicians performed a special one-hour program—“A Music Lover’s Guide to Murdoch Mysteries”—featuring the suave detective himself, Yannick Bisson! The show premièred on December 24 on Acorn TV and is still viewable on Facebook and YouTube.
If you only have three minutes, here’s a cool behind-the-scenes preview!


A zoom screenshot shows CEO Matthew Loden, left, in conversation with host Aaron Dworkin, right, on the Arts Engines webcast.
The Voice of TSO Leadership
Organizations from every sector have been forced to adapt their businesses and consider how their purpose connects to our times. TSO CEO Matthew Loden has been sharing our approach to serving the community and presenting music. Here two recent interviews with online publications.
In conversation with Dominic Chow, CSO of Echelon Wealth Partners
Dec 16: Echelon Wealth Partners: Resilience in Turbulent Times #4
In conversation with Aaron Dworkin on Arts Engines and Detroit Public TV
Jan 9: Arts Engines: Matthew Loden on Arts Engines

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