Jingle All the Way With the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Festive December Programming
November 22, 2019
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is rockin’ around Roy Thomson Hall, spreading joy through the sounds of the season. TSO RBC Resident Conductor Simon Rivard will make his full-concert Masterworks Series début conducting the Orchestra in All Tchaikovsky, featuring acclaimed teen violinist Daniel Lozakovich. Continuing the December lineup, the TSO will offer audiences an opportunity to experience one of their favourite holiday movies, Home Alone, like never before, with the story brought to life through a live performance of the score conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. Also, TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke will return for TSO Holiday Pops, a concert overflowing with holiday cheer, where international vocal sensation Measha Brueggergosman shares the stage with the Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus. The seasonal concerts conclude with Handel’s Messiah, an unmissable holiday tradition, featuring a brilliant, all-Canadian cast including Jane Archibald, Emily D’Angelo, Isaiah Bell, Russell Braun, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, under the direction of Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
See below for more details on the upcoming December performances. Please direct ticket and other media requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL TCHAIKOVSKY (NOVEMBER 27, 28 & 30 and DECEMBER 1)
Start your holidays with a BOOM! The TSO’s annual all-Tchaikovsky concert features the resounding 1812 Overture—which is sure to blow the roof off Roy Thomson Hall—the too-rarely encountered Symphony No. 1 “Winter Dreams”, and teenage superstar Daniel Lozakovich performing the Violin Concerto.
On December 1, audiences can hear the pre-concert performance by the TSO Chamber Soloists at 1:45pm. Curated by the TSO Concertmaster, Jonathan Crow, the group will perform Arensky's String Quartet No. 2.
HOME ALONE IN CONCERT (DECEMBER 6 & 7)
Experience the festive family film with live orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, a precocious eight-year-old who protects his house from a pair of bungling thieves when he is left home alone during Christmas vacation. With a host of madcap moments and an unforgettable score by the legendary John Williams, this special presentation of the modern seasonal classic is the perfect way to kick off your holidays.
*Please note there are no media tickets available for this sold-out concert.
TSO HOLIDAY POPS (DECEMBER 10, 11 & 12)
It's truly the most wonderful time of the year! Have yourself a Merry Christmas as the TSO, luminous Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and a full chorus bring you a sleighful of festive favourites in a concert overflowing with holiday cheer. The concert on December 12 will be conducted by Lucas Waldin. All other performances will be conducted by TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.
MESSIAH (DECEMBER 17, 18, 20, 21 & 22)
The greatest story ever told. The most majestic music ever conceived. Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducts Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and four dazzling Canadian soloists. Experience music’s most inspiring message of faith—in Mozart’s colourful orchestration. This is Toronto’s favourite holiday musical tradition. Hallelujah!
The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, and the City of Toronto.
About the TSO: One of Canada’s most respected arts organizations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) plays a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life. Committed to serving local and national communities through vibrant performances and expansive educational activities, the TSO offers a wide range of programming that resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. With a notable recording and broadcast history complementing international touring engagements, the TSO is a unique musical ambassador for Canada around the world.
The TSO continues its long-established history of connecting younger generations with orchestral music. Two core programs include School Concerts, performed for over 40,000 students annually, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), which, in a tuition-free model, offers high-level orchestral training for talented young musicians aged 22 and under. Additionally, the TSO supports the development of next-generation artists through its annual open call for Canadian orchestral scores, and its essential Resident Conductor and Affiliate Composer positions.
Sir Andrew Davis serves as TSO Interim Artistic Director for the 2019/20 season, prior to the arrival of incoming Music Director Gustavo Gimeno in 2020/21. Sir Andrew Davis is well known to Toronto audiences, having a 44-year relationship with the TSO and returning to the TSO stage regularly.
The TSO was founded in 1922 by a group of Toronto musicians and gave its first performance at the historic Massey Hall. Since 1982, Toronto’s iconic Roy Thomson Hall has been the TSO’s home, drawing patrons from around the world. Soon to celebrate its centenary, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s name remains synonymous with musical versatility and growth, and artistic distinction.