Opening concert of the TSO’s 2016/17 season stars beloved soprano Renée Fleming

August 30, 2016

August 30, 2016: Led by Music Director Peter Oundjian, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) opens its 95th season on Wednesday, September 21 at Roy Thomson Hall with a sumptuous performance by the radiant soprano Renée Fleming. After a six-year absence from the TSO stage, Fleming returns with her magnetic presence, and golden voice, for an evening of audience favourites from composers ranging from Tosti and Rossini, to Ravel and Rodgers.

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The 2016/17 season is dedicated to H. Thomas Beck in recognition of his vital and longstanding support of the TSO.

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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. 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 tens of thousands of students each year.

A screengrab of the 2016/17 TSO season trailer featuring Peter Oundjian conducting the orchestra

All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., unless otherwise noted.
Call the TSO ticket line at 416.593.1285, or order tickets online at TSO.CA.

Opening Night: Renée Fleming

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano

Program includes Ravel’s song cycle Shéhérazade, Italian arias by Puccini and Leoncavallo, and beloved songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.

TICKETS: $45–$169

Rachmaninoff Symphony 2

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 8:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Henning Kraggerud, violin

Randolph Peters: Butterfly Wings and Tropical Storms
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

Mahler Symphony 3

Wednesday, September 28, 2016* at 8:00pm
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Women of the Amadeus Choir & Elmer Iseler Singers
Toronto Children’s Chorus

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

*Pre-concert chat with Tom Allen in the lobby at 7:15pm

The Music of ABBA

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8:00pm

Steven Reineke, conductor
Rajaton, vocal ensemble

Program includes ABBA hits Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, S.O.S., and more.

TICKETS EVENING: $33.75–$107
TICKETS MATINEE: $20.50–$83.75

Beethoven & Tchaikovsky

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00pm

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Esther Yoo, violin

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

TICKETS EVENING: $33.75–$107
TICKETS MATINEE: $20.50–$83.75

Yuja Wang

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8:00pm
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8:00pm

Krzysztof Urbański, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

Grieg: Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

What Makes It Great?® Pictures at an Exhibition

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:30pm

Rob Kapilow, conductor

Mussorgsky/orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

TICKETS: $34.75–$83.75

Symphony Spooktacular

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2:00pm
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 4:00pm

Lucas Waldin, conductor
Tha Spot Halloween Dancers

Stravinsky: “Infernal Dance of King Katschei” from The Firebird
Klaus Badelt: Music from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Tchaikovsky: Waltz from the The Sleeping Beauty Suite
Kristen Anderson-Lopez: Music from Frozen
Berlioz: “March to the Scaffold” from Symphonie fantastique
Maxime Goulet: On Halloween Night
John W. Bratton: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Mussorgsky: St. John’s Night on Bald Mountain
John Williams: Main Title Theme from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Pre-concert performances in the lobby at 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

TICKETS: $20.50–$32.75

Rachmaninoff & Gershwin

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8:00pm
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8:00pm

Kristjan Järvi, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Eri Kosaka, violin
Shane Kim, violin

Steve Reich: Duet for Two Violins and Strings
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Minor, Op. 40 (revised version)
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Kodály: Suite from Háry János

Part of The Decades Project (1920–1929)

TICKETS: $33.75–$148

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3:00pm

Ted Sperling, conductor
Orpheus Choir of Toronto

Program includes music from the films Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, and others.

TICKETS: $46–$75

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