Media High Notes: March 2023April 21, 2023
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:
“Under the leadership of Gimeno and his artistic team,” prefaces Arlan Vriens in his wide-ranging interview with Music Director Gustavo Gimeno for smART Magazine, “the TSO has returned triumphantly to the stage, combining world-class orchestral quality with a series of initiatives which respond to this unique cultural moment.”
- The DNA of the TSO: As the Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrates 100 years, a new vision takes hold (smART Magazine)
In Nolan Bryant’s social column in The Globe and Mail, he recounts a soiree on the eve of our Carnegie Hall performance in February, noting that “The residence of Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Bob Rae…provided the backdrop for a cocktail reception to celebrate the TSO’s time in New York.”
- Toronto Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 100 Years at New York City’s Carnegie Hall (The Globe and Mail)
Did you know that composer Robert Carli had just two weeks to write the majority of the music for the Murdoch Mysteries episode screened at Roy Thomson Hall with live TSO accompaniment? This is just one of the fascinating behind-the-scenes details the Toronto Star’s Nick Krewen shares in his preview of our special concert.
- Murder most melodious: a ‘Murdoch Mysteries’ episode gets a special Toronto Symphony debut (Toronto Star)
“Every concert you attend is somebody’s first… So, education concerts are super high-stakes every single time,” says Barrett Principal Education Conductor & Community Ambassador Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser in Hannah Edgar’s detailed feature on educational programming for symphony, the publication of the League of American Orchestras.
- Head of the Class (symphony)
TSO Principal Double Bass Jeffrey Beecher received wide acclaim for his performances of Missy Mazzoli’s Dark with Excessive Bright. “Seldom does one hear the full range of this instrument…so skilfully exploited,” says Bachtrack’s Gianmarco Segato. “Beecher’s command of the instrument, the work, and indeed the audience, is nothing short of a world class tour de force,” writes Andrea Rush for La Scena Musicale.
- Toronto Symphony Orchestra goes bold with Britten and Mazzoli (Bachtrack)
- TSO and Kerem Hasan, Youthful Energy (La Scena Musicale)
Our Gimeno Conducts Beethoven 5 concerts likewise garnered positive reviews. Critics called it “diverse in the purest musical sense, to the apparent satisfaction of a sizable crowd” (Arthur Kaptainis, Ludwig van Toronto), “a truly electrifying performance…with the audience reluctant to leave” (Andrea Rush, La Scena Musicale), and an experience that made Beethoven “feel original and new” (Leslie Barcza, barczablog).
- Gimeno and TSO Find Favour with Varied Program Anchored by Beethoven’s Inimitable 5th (Ludwig van Toronto)
- Rarities Galore Grace TSO’s Buffet of Cultural Delights
- Gimeno conducts Beethoven 5 (barczablog)
Sunday Night at the TSO
Every Sunday evening at 8:00pm (ET) on The New Classical 96.3 FM, 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—on Sunday Night at the TSO. Listen to last month’s interviews: