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Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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Address: 60 Simcoe St | at the Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2H5, Canada
Phone Number: 1 416 593 7769
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Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s leading...

Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s leading cultural institutions. Today, more than 225,000 patrons and over 50,000 students visit the Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall each year, and an additional five million Canadians tune in to concert broadcasts on CBC Radio. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the Orchestra has increased recording and touring projects to include a self-produced record label, and performances throughout the US and Canada. The Orchestra continues to develop its international presence by being an active commissioning body for new Canadian and international works, as well as attracting distinguished guest artists and conductors to performances at Roy Thomson Hall.

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A wonderful Messiah performance

If you love classical music like I do you'd definitely enjoy performances in TSO. If you are under 35 check out tsoundcheck membership for the youth discounts. I was there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 25, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

If you love classical music like I do you'd definitely enjoy performances in TSO. If you are under 35 check out tsoundcheck membership for the youth discounts. I was there recently to watch Messiah performance which was amazing.

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Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We have been subscribers to the TSO pop concert series for a number of years now, but just recently have started to branch out into different types of music….music well beyond my comfort level. But I must say, thanks to this splendid orchestra, I am getting a new appreciation of classical music, even to the point where I was exchanging... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

Was here for Cirque De La Symphonie Holiday Hits. Excellent performances would highly recommend. Conductor, symphony, Etobicoke choir and Cirque performers were incredible to watch.

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Toronto Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The recent masterworks series performance of Scheherazade by Nikolai_Rimsky-Korsakov was magical. The sublime violin play of concert master, Jonathan Crow and the lyrical clarinet of Joaquin Valdepeñas under the baton of Peter Oundjian were superb. Not to mention bassoonist Michael Sweeney, trumpeter Andrew McCandless and trombonist Gordon Wolfe whose contributions were excellent. The TSO plays at Roy Thompson Hall whose... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We went primarily to hear Mahler's fourth, featuring Simone Osborne as the soprano singing in the final lovement. The symphony played the Mahler very well, but the rest of the programmw was every bit as good: The Dance of the Seven Veils from Richard Strauss' Salome, the Song to the Moon from Rusalka, and an aria from Charpentier's Louise. Osbornew... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

The Roy Thomson Hall is a great venue and the orchestra sounded fantastic in it. The seats we had were reasonably priced and although fairly high up, we had a good view.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Normally I try to go to a concert when I visit a big city but not here for sometime. The orchestra is not of good class and the hall's acoustic is not good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I was a paid member of Toronto Symphony for years and moved over when Roy Thomson Hall was built. It has improved in acoustics since the last major make over a few years ago. Always a delight for listening to the Symphony live.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Extraordinary playing and conducting Beautiful acoustics at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Sunday afternoon concerts are great

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Every visitor and subscruber will feel after a concert that they had a valuable musical experience. The TSO has a loyal following but can use more younger followers. The web site is excellent but can be a trial when irdering last minute tickets.

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