From previews to reviews to interviews and more, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra regularly receives interesting and insightful media coverage from a wide variety of sources. Here’s a summary of our most recent and notable press:
Our first concert program of 2023, the all-but-sold-out Mozart Requiem, garnered rave reviews from La Scena Musicale’s Joseph So, who called the experience “bliss,” and barczablog’s Leslie Barcza, who said the performance was “truly brilliant.”
- Toronto Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Mozart’s Birthday with a Superb Requiem (La Scena Musicale)
- TSO – TMC Mozart Requiem: Best Concert of the Year (barczablog)
Canadian mezzo-soprano Susan Platts was one of the extraordinary soloists in our Mozart Requiem performances, and, in advance of the concert, Paula Citron of Ludwig van Toronto interviewed Platts about her celebrated career and her cookbook, Aria Ready For Dessert?
- Susan Platts: Mezzo-Soprano and Dessert Chef (Ludwig van Toronto)
Leading up to superstar cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s supremely buzz-worthy début with the TSO, The Globe and Mail published a Q&A with the young artist, conducted by Michael Zarathus-Cook.
- He performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, and now cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is coming to the TSO (The Globe and Mail)
And our performances of Sheku Kanneh-Mason Plays Elgar were glowingly received by the Toronto Star’s Joshua Chong, Ludwig van Toronto’s Joseph So, and smART Magazine’s Emma Schmeidecke—who called the event “Kanneh-magic.”
- He performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. At the TSO, British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason proves he’s not a one-hit wonder (Toronto Star)
- Sheku Kanneh-Mason Makes Waves in Toronto Symphony Debut (Ludwig van Toronto)
- Sheku Kanneh-Mason Brings His Elgar to the Toronto Symphony (smART Magazine)
We recently welcomed close to 10,000 GTA students to Roy Thomson Hall for The Hockey Sweater—a concert based on Roch Carrier’s quintessential Canadian story—led by RBC Resident Conductor Trevor Wilson, who previewed the program on The Lane School of Music’s Kids Q The Music podcast.
- Interview with RBC Resident Conductor about The Hockey Sweater (Kids Q The Music)
In The Globe and Mail’s roundup of notable events in the “national classical and opera calendar,” Brad Wheeler included Songs for Murdered Sisters, the powerful song cycle, composed by Jake Heggie with text by Margaret Atwood, that the National Arts Centre Orchestra recently performed as part of its annual “orchestra exchange” with the TSO.
- National classical and opera calendar includes an opera about Apple, poetry by Atwood and a rare visit by the Chicago Symphony (The Globe and Mail)
Sunday Night at the TSO
Every Sunday at 8:00pm (ET) on The New Classical 96.3 FM’s Sunday Night at the TSO, musician, teacher, and broadcaster Kathleen Kajioka speaks with members of the TSO family—including our artistic and administrative leaders, musicians, visiting artists, composers, and others. Listen to last month’s interviews:
- Conductor Emeritus Peter Oundjian on Sheku Kanneh-Mason Plays Elgar
- Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason on performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the TSO
- Concertmaster Jonathan Crow on Shostakovich 5 + Crow Plays Brahms
- Music Director Gustavo Gimeno on Gimeno Conducts Romeo and Juliet
More January 2023 Media Coverage