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Toronto Symphony Orchestra Cancels April Concerts

March 25, 2020

Musicians Share Their Talents Digitally

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is moving forward with the assumption that its April performances will not be possible due to the COVID-19 crisis. It will defer making any decision about the remainder of the season until later in April to reflect the quickly evolving situation.

“Our approach to planning is a hopeful but realistic one. We will only cancel performances when it becomes clear that the current status of the COVID-19 situation would not make performances possible. It is our fervent hope to bring the live orchestral experience back to our audiences as soon as possible. In the absence of live performances, I am incredibly proud of the recent video musical offerings by our exceptionally talented musicians,” said Matthew Loden, CEO, Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

“I am saddened to miss the opportunity to be with all my friends at the TSO. While our hearts are all heavy in these unprecedented days, I hope all of you in Toronto are sustained by believing there will be better days ahead, filled with music,” said Gustavo Gimeno, incoming Music Director.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra musicians have played and produced performances digitally from their homes to stay connected with audiences.

Twenty-nine members of the TSO released a performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, collectively performed from each of their homes. The beautiful rendition was produced by TSO Principal Double Bass Jeffrey Beecher. Watch the remote performance of Appalachian Spring here. TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Concertmaster Andrew Wan recorded a duet as well. View their performance of Sonata in E Minor, No. 5 for Two Violins by Jean-Marie Leclair.

Cancelled April performances:

  • April 1, 2, 4 & 5, 2020 (Lisiecki Plays Beethoven’s Emperor)
  • April 8, 9 & 11, 2020 (Gimeno, Yuja Wang & Brahms)
  • April 14 & 15, 2020 (Classic Broadway: Rodgers & Hammerstein)
  • April 26, 2020 (Symphonic Fairy Tales)
  • April 29, May 1 & 2, 2020 (Oundjian Conducts Mahler)
  • May 3, 2020 (TSYO 46th Season Finale)

The following options are available for patrons who have tickets for April performances:

  • Exchange tickets to an upcoming performance in the 2019/20 season. All exchange fees will be waived.
  • Donate tickets to the TSO for a charitable tax receipt.
  • Receive a gift certificate for the full value of tickets, including service charges.

Ticketholders have been contacted with options and can submit a form with their requests. Visit TSO.CA for updates and information.

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