Pinchas Zukerman to Step in for Itzhak Perlman at the TSO's 2015/16 Opening Night Concert

September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015: Itzhak Perlman will not appear at the TSO’s Opening Night concert on September 24, 2015, due to emergency gall bladder surgery. Mr. Perlman is a much admired and loved friend to the TSO and our Music Director, Peter Oundjian. We look forward to future performances and wish him a speedy recovery.

World-renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman has agreed to perform at the TSO’s Opening Night concert in his place. Mr. Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique, and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. The repertoire for the Opening Night concert at the TSO remains unchanged.

“Pinchas is the person who absolutely changed the direction of my life in 1975 when I played for him. We are so fortunate to have him join us this week. His performance will be brilliant,” said TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian.

Mr. Zukerman has a long association with the TSO and is considered “a part of the family” in Toronto. Mr. Zukerman has been a mentor and hero to TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian, and their great friendship has spanned decades. Mr. Zuckerman’s performances in Toronto consistently sell out.

Opening Night: 2015/16 Season
Thu, Sep 24 at 7:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Earl Lee, RBC Resident Conductor

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


The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The TSO Season Patron is The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation.
The Opening Night Gala Presenting Sponsor is RBC.

Twitter: @TorontoSymphony

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.


Media Contacts:

Francine Labelle
Manager, Publicity
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
416.593.7769 X 267

Melissa Prince
NATIONAL Public Relations

Alison Crocker
NATIONAL Public Relations

Give to the TSO

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is a charitable organization that relies on the support of its vibrant community to deliver outstanding programming and music education.

Donate Today
maple leaf

Canada Mosaic

Celebrate Canada's diverse musical landscape in this Signature Project of Canada 150.

Mosaïque canadienne

Célébrez la diversité musicale canadienne dans le cadre d’un projet Signature de Canada 150.

Email Club

Get insider access to Toronto Symphony Orchestra news, ticket offers, community programs, and more.

Sign up
Live Chat Button