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Exclusive Performance by Renowned Itzhak Perlman Launches 2015/16 TSO Season

January 25, 2016

September 9, 2015: Led by Music Director Peter Oundjian, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) opens its 94th season on Thursday, September 24 at Roy Thomson Hall with an incomparable performance by legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman that celebrates music and artistic friendship. The concert will be followed by a sold-out gala at The Ritz-Carlton—an extraordinary experience envisioned by Gala Co-Chairs Renette Berman and Trish Moran, and presented by RBC.

The TSO continues its almost 50-year relationship with Itzhak Perlman as he celebrates his 70th birthday (on August 31). Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy he experiences in making music. Along with Perlman’s incomparable performance of the warm-hearted and beloved Bruch concerto, the Orchestra performs fanciful and familiar music by Dukas and Grieg.

The TSO's fall schedule includes the following highlights:


  • TSO's 94th season opens with a special performance by master violinist Itzhak Perlman on September 24.
  • Beethoven's Symphony 5 features solid-gold favourites by the "Three Great Bs" of music—Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms.
  • Guest conductor James Gaffigan and pianist Kirill Gerstein return to the TSO to perform Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Gershwin.


  • Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan returns to the TSO with her Canadian conducting début and demonstrates another facet of her enormous talent on a program that also showcases her stunning vocal artistry.
  • Launching the Pops Series, TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke shares the stage with a cast of star vocalists, including Storm Large (of Pink Martini) and Canadian singer Ryan Silverman, in Let’s Be Frank: Sinatra Hits—a 100th birthday celebration for legendary singer Frank Sinatra.
  • Back to the Future with Live Orchestra, featuring Alan Silvestri’s dynamic score performed live by the TSO under Steven Reineke, as audiences enjoy the film on the big screen.
  • Launching The Decades Project—which will present cross-disciplinary programming that explores the decades of the 20th century in chronological order over five seasons—La Mer & A Sea Symphony features Debussy and Vaughan Williams’s vibrant portraits of the sea. Conducted by Peter Oundjian, the program showcases soprano Erin Wall, baritone Russell Braun, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
  • The TSO Chamber Soloists series returns for a second season, with their first performance on October 21. Comprising some of the TSO’s principal musicians, The TSO Chamber Soloists perform concerts of chamber music, which, this season, complement the orchestral programs of The Decades Project. Curated and hosted by TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, these performances feature striking works by notable composers of the early 20th century.
  • The Decades Project continues with Sibelius Symphony 2, with guest conductor John Storgårds and violinist Benjamin Schmid, making his TSO début with Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1.
  • On October 31, guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos joins the TSO as Alfred Hitchcock’s supreme suspense film Psycho is projected on the big screen. Bernard Herrmann’s iconic score, played live, highlights every spine-tingling scene.

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The Pops Series and Special Performances are presented by Scotiabank.
The TSO Season Patron is The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation.
The September 25 concert is generously supported by James and Joyce Gutmann.
The Three at the Weston Series performances are generously supported by Margaret and Jim Fleck.
Russell Braun’s October 21 appearance is generously supported by Earlaine Collins.

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About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally as an outstanding orchestra. Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO with a commitment to innovative programming and audience development through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra along with a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music-education programs that reach over 50,000 students each year.

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All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., unless otherwise noted.

Call the TSO ticket line at 416.598.3375, or order tickets online at TSO.CA.

Opening Night: Itzhak Perlman
Thu, September 24 at 7:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Earl Lee, RBC Resident Conductor

Grieg: Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1

TICKETS: $50–$182.50

Beethoven Symphony 5
Fri, September 25 at 7:30pm
Sat, September 26 at 8:00pm
Sun, September 27 at 3:00pm*

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin
Joseph Johnson, cello

Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
Brahms: Double Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Sep 25 & 26 $33.75–$148
Sep 27 $44.25–$100.50

Sep 25 6:45pm Pre-concert Chat in the Lobby
*George Weston Recital Hall

Gershwin Piano Concerto in F
Wed, September 30 at 6:30pm

James Gaffigan, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano
Tom Allen, host

Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F

TICKETS: $29.50–$83.75

Prokofiev Symphony 5
Thu, October 1 at 8:00pm

James Gaffigan, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Shostakovich: Suite for Variety Orchestra
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

7:15pm Pre-concert Chat (Tsoundadvice) in the Lobby

Prokofiev Symphony 5
Sat, October 3 at 7:30pm

James Gaffigan, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

TICKETS: $33.75–$107

Post-concert Party in the Lobby

Barbara Hannigan Sings & Conducts
Wed, October 7 at 8:00pm
Thu, October 8 at 8:00pm

Barbara Hannigan, conductor and soprano

Nono: Djamila Boupacha
Haydn: Symphony No. 49 "La Passione"
Ligeti: Concert Românesc
Mozart: Bella mia fiamma...Resta, o cara, K. 528
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

Let’s Be Frank: Sinatra Hits
Tue, October 13 at 8:00pm
Wed, October 14 at 2:00pm
Wed, October 14 at 8:00pm

Steven Reineke, conductor
Storm Large, vocalist
Tony DeSare, vocalist
Frankie Moreno, vocalist
Ryan Silverman, vocalist

Evening $33.75–$107
Matinee $29.50–$83.75

Back to the Future with Live Orchestra
Fri, October 16 at 7:30pm
Sat, October 17 at 7:30pm

Steven Reineke, conductor

Alan Silvestri: Back to the Future Film with Live Orchestra

TICKETS: $29.50–$101

La Mer & A Sea Symphony
Wed, October 21 at 8:00pm*
Sat, October 24 at 8:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Erin Wall, soprano
Russell Braun, baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Debussy:La mer
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

*Free Pre-concert Performance by The TSO Chamber Soloists (with your concert ticket)
Oct 21 & 24 Intermission Chat in the Lobby with Tom Allen
Oct 21 & 24 Post-concert Chat on Stage with Kenneth Brummel and Peter Oundjian

Sibelius Symphony 2
Wed, October 28 at 8:00pm
Thu, October 29 at 2:00pm

John Storgårds, conductor
Benjamin Schmid, violin

Nielsen: Helios Overture
Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 1
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Evening $33.75–$148
Matinee $29.50–$83.75

Oct 28 & 29 Intermission Chat in the Lobby with Tom Allen

Psycho with Live Orchestra
Sat, October 31 at 7:30pm

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Herrmann: Psycho Film with Live Orchestra

TICKETS: $29.50–$101

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