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Toronto Symphony Orchestra Cancels Performances of Pictures at an Exhibition and EVENING EPIC Gala Fundraiser

March 13, 2020

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is cancelling performances of its upcoming Pictures at an Exhibition concert this weekend (March 13, 14 and 15) and its EVENING EPIC gala fundraiser (March 26) in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. 

“This was a disappointing decision because we know that music can play such an impactful role in alleviating distress during challenging times. We are committed to supporting our community in prioritizing health and safety. While we won't be providing Torontonians with a live orchestral experience for now, we will explore creative ways that we can inspire through the power of music during this period of time,” said Matthew Loden, CEO, Toronto Symphony Orchestra.    

The TSO recognizes that the current COVID-19 risk remains low in Canada. The decision was made out of a commitment to health and safety and the direction given by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to limit gatherings of over 250 people. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has worked collaboratively with Roy Thomson Hall on its COVID-19 response.

The next scheduled performance for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Lisiecki Plays Beethoven’s Emperor, is scheduled for April 1–5, 2020. A decision about moving forward with those performances will be made closer to the performance dates.

The following options are available for patrons who have tickets for Pictures at an Exhibition (March 13–15, 2020) or the EVENING EPIC party (March 26, 2020):

  • 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. 

Ticket holders are invited to contact Patron Services via email at contactus@TSO.CA with requests. Visit TSO.CA for updates and information. 


Media Contacts:

Sally Szuster, VP Communications
416.595.4254 sszuster@TSO.CA
Claudine Domingue, Director, Media Relations & Communications416.595.4320 cdomingue@TSO.CA

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