Classical Music

May 02 2018 (Wednesday), 08:00 PM
Peter Oundjian and the TSO give the Canadian première of a new edition of Anton Bruckner’s colossal Symphony No. 8. The distinguished Yale University professor Paul Hawkshaw published it in 2014 after years of research. Legendary American pianist Leon Fleisher brings decades of experience and insight to an exquisite Mozart concerto.
May 11-12 2018, 07:30 PM
As an early and enduringly popular example of program music—the kind that paints pictures or tells a story—Vivaldi’s set of violin concertos that he himself called The Four Seasons is the perfect piece for Rob Kapilow. He explores it through spoken introductions and musical examples, then conducts two of the four concertos with Timothy Chooi, the 25-year-old Canadian violin sensation, as the soloist.
May 23-24 2018, 07:30 PM
Beethoven’s “Emperor”—the most eloquent of all piano concertos, and a bold declaration of artistic and moral freedom—comes vibrantly to life in the adept hands of pianist Yefim Bronfman. Composed on the brink of the Second World War, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 offers a sharply contrasting, thought-provoking, and eventually rollicking sequence of moods.
May 25 2018 (Friday), 08:00 PM
One of the world’s greatest living pianists, Evgeny Kissin, returns to Toronto this spring, three years after his critically acclaimed, sold-out performance at Roy Thomson Hall in 2015. For this performance, Kissin brings an exciting programme which includes Beethoven’s Sonata No. 29, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier,” considered one of the composer’s greatest and most challenging pieces, as well as a selection of 12 preludes by Rachmaninoff, including the famous Prelude in C-sharp minor.
May 26 2018 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
Brahms: Violin Concerto [36'] Bramwell Tovey: Stream of Limelight [9'] Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme “Enigma” [29']
Jun 02 2018 (Saturday), 07:30 PM
This enthralling celebration of music inspired by water brings such tuneful and familiar favourites as Johann Strauss II’s most famous waltz, and Smetana’s glowing portrait of his Czech homeland’s principal river. Canadian soprano Leslie Ann Bradley lends her beautiful voice to songs by Schubert, Mozart, and Dvořák.
Jun 04 2018 (Monday), 12:00 PM
This concert features choristers from two of Canada’s leading children’s choirs. The Hamilton Children’s Choir, formed over 40 years ago, has participated in countless festivals and competitions across Canada, Europe and in China, winning an abundance of top awards and many prestigious prizes over the years. The Toronto Children’s Chorus, celebrating its 40th season, has represented Toronto on 30 international tours and four national tours, and its latest CD was named Outstanding Choral Recording by Choral Canada. This concert features the choristers of the TCC Chamber Choir.
Jun 08 2018 (Friday), 08:00 PM
Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard, a regular guest of the TSO, returns with a program of outstanding works from the summit of the Romantic era. Deeply rooted in the soil of his beloved homeland, Czech composer Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony offers a feast of lush and spirited melodies. Soloist Vadim Gluzman, whose recordings of Russian music have been hailed as “spellbinding” in BBC Music magazine, ignites all the fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s marvelous Concerto.
Jun 13-14 2018, 08:00 PM
Two jaunty, jazz-flavoured American classics—Bernstein’s bouncy sailors-on-leave-in- New York ballet, and Gershwin’s captivating, bluesy concerto—launch this program in high style. Peter Oundjian pairs them with one of the grandest of all symphonies: the heartening, darkness-to-light emotional journey that Brahms shares with us in Symphony No. 1.
Jun 16 2018 (Saturday), 08:00 PM
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov, named Artist of the Year by Gramophone magazine, and who at age 20 won the Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, joins the TSO for one night only! He meets every challenge of Rachmaninoff’s monumental Concerto No. 3, then Maestro Oundjian and the Orchestra guide you through the kaleidoscopic imagery of Mussorgsky’s picture gallery
Jun 20 2018 (Wednesday), 08:00 PM
Peter Oundjian conducts the final Mahler performances of his tenure with one of the most achingly romantic of all symphonies: Mahler’s Ninth. Mahler’s last completed work, it bids farewell to everything he held dear: love, the dances of the central European countryside, the bustle of the big city, and finally to life itself. Mirroring the opening week of Peter Oundjian’s TSO directorship in 2004, pianist Emanuel Ax once again weaves his magic with a concerto by Mozart
Jun 21-24 2018
The must-see symphonic event of the summer! From June 21 to 24, the TSO, joined by a cast of renowned Canadian soloists and two of Toronto’s finest choirs, is delighted to present Carl Orff’s choral masterpiece, Carmina Burana.
Jun 26 2018 (Tuesday), 08:00 PM
Oscar and Tony Award–winning actor Christopher Plummer narrates this uplifting blend of Shakespeare’s immortal words with music by many of the great composers who have been inspired by their magic.
Jun 28-29 2018, 08:00 PM
Peter Oundjian concludes his fourteen-year term as Music Director with one of the enduring icons of music: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. A cast of exciting soloists and a large chorus join him and the Orchestra for this stirring testament to joy and brotherhood
Apr 22 2018 (Sunday), 07:30 PM
Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian-language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.
Apr 22 2018 (Sunday), 03:00 PM
Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Apr 23 2018 (Monday)
Elite orchestral leaders perform Brahms Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2, Schubert Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Op. 163, and more “Nothing short of electrifying.” –The Star.
Apr 25 2018 (Wednesday), 11:00 AM
These intimate, hour-long concerts, presented in an informal style with introductions from the musicians, allow you to explore new aspects of Tafelmusik repertoire.
Apr 19-28 2018
Opera Atelier presents Monteverdi’s deeply moving opera that recounts the return of the Greek king Ulysses to his family after a 20-year absence fighting in the Trojan War. This production abounds with gods, goddesses, flying machines and magical transformations, and features tenor Krešimir Špicer, whose definitive performances in the title role have thrilled audiences around the world.
May 03-05 2018, 08:00 PM
Spring is in the air and invites a performance of Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6. Throw open your windows and take a deep breath as his music leads you into the countryside. There may be storms, but amid country folk, shepherds, and babbling streams he offers refreshment for the soul—a perfect paring with Elisa Citterio’s much-anticipated performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, one of the world’s best-known and best-loved concertos.
May 06 2018 (Sunday), 02:00 PM
ORIANA is honoured to share the stage with Adleisia, a brilliant women’s chamber choir based in Montreal. We are thrilled to present a shared programme with selections from the Artistic Directors of both choirs; ORIANA’s Mitchell Pady and Adleisia’s Amelia McMahon and Virgine Pacheco. The concert will feature performances by each choir and present the combined forces singing, among other works, Pady’s recently premiered arrangement of Vivaldi’s Gloria for women’s voices. ORIANA’s solo set will include works from our Honourary Patron, Ruth Watson Henderson.
Jun 10 2018 (Sunday), 03:00 PM
Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op.39 by Jean Sibelius Laura Chambers performs Flute Concerto by Carl Nielsen Selections from Peer Gynt Suites Op.46 & 55 by Edvard Grieg
from Jan 16 2015 to Jan 17 2020
Improvisational Drum Jam The third Friday of the month from 7:30 to 11:00 pm Bring your own instruments and let’s swing in rhythm! 5$ donation at the door, Thanks!