Inside the 2021/22 Season

A Message from Music Director Gustavo Gimeno

It is difficult to express how deeply meaningful it will be to reunite with the immensely talented musicians of the TSO, and with you, our loyal patrons, for live performances.

We are emerging from a devastating global event, and embracing once again the things most important to us. As we return to the concert hall, we have created a 2021/22 season that connects you with the emotional power and shared humanity of enjoying music together.

I’ve been so energized and so moved by the virtual performances from the TSO musicians this year. It was their talent and virtuosic skill online—despite all of the challenges—that motivated me to feature our very own Orchestra members as centre-stage soloists this season.

I have always been drawn to contrasting eras and styles of music, and I am excited to explore an expanding range of diverse composers and musicians to bring to you. We at the TSO believe with all our hearts that our art form soars when we present more racialized, Indigenous, and women artists and new compositions on our stages, alongside Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Dvořák. These works illuminate a repertoire that embraces a celebration of musical perspectives, histories, influences, and styles.

Please accept my deepest and heartfelt gratitude for all of your support—you told us how much the TSO means to you, and, with this season, we’ll hope to show you how much you mean to us. See you soon.

Gustavo Gimeno, TSO Music Director

100th Season Celebration

The 2021/22 Season not only marks a return to live performances, but also the TSO’s 100th Season. We want to celebrate this historic milestone when our stage and concert hall are full and health restrictions are likely to ease, which we anticipate will happen in spring 2022. The TSO was founded in the early spring of 1922, so it is fitting that celebrations will extend through the 2022/23 season.

The 100th season celebration will include a new work by Francisco Coll celebrating the TSO’s enduring relationship with our city. Five Toronto-based composers will also première their “Celebration Preludes” in the spring.

Celebration Preludes

2021/22 NextGen Composers

“The classical canon is ever-evolving, and I am proud to help support the development of the next generation of classical composers, specifically those found right here in Canada. By performing these works, we provide a platform for emerging young talent, play a direct role in nurturing them as artists, and put TSO audiences in contact with some of the most creative and innovative musical voices of today.”
Gustavo Gimeno

As part of Music Director Gustavo Gimeno’s commitment to supporting and developing Canadian talent, three early-career composers—Roydon Tse, Bekah Simms, and Adam Scime—will be mentored and have a five-minute piece performed in the season. TSO RBC Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel will work with the composers and foster an ongoing relationship that creates fertile ground for these artists, who are on the cusp of a pivotal stage in their careers. Thanks to the RBC Foundation for its support of this program.

Marvel at the artistry of the TSO’s NextGen Composers during Gimeno + Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” June 15–19, 2022.

Roydon Tse
Bekah Simms
Adam Scime

TSO Spotlight Artist Samy Moussa

TSO Artist In Residence Samy Moussa

Montreal-born Samy Moussa—the highly celebrated and award-winning composer and conductor—assumes the role of Spotlight Artist for the 2021/22 season. Five of his compositions, including the World Première of Symphony No. 2 (a TSO Commission), will be featured during the year, beginning with the JUNO-winning Concerto for Violin and Orchestra “Adrano” conducted by the composer in January. Other selections include Crimson for Large Orchestra, Fanfare pour Aix, and Nocturne for Orchestra.

The Spotlight Artist role was created by Gustavo Gimeno to invite audiences to explore the breadth of an individual artist’s repertoire, and to delve deeper into their unique musical language. A new Spotlight Artist will be featured every season.

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Resetting the Stage: What to Expect

  • We are collaborating with our venue partners on reopening plans and will announce safety guidelines closer to the start of the season. All provincial and city public-health measures will be followed.
  • November through February concerts will be 60–75 minutes without intermissions, and include approximately 50 distanced musicians.
  • March through June concerts will feature the entire ensemble in full-length programs with intermissions.
  • If government-mandated audience-capacity limits are in place when the season begins, we will find comparable seats and dates to the best of our ability, and communicate any changes to you in a timely manner.

Frequently Asked Questions About the 2021/22 Season

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