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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...

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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One of the best orchestras in North America

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Toronto Canada

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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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Beijing, China
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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

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

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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King City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Roy Thompson is a fantastic venue for the TSO. Great sound and sightlines. The TSO is a top notch symphony and they showed it on the night we attended.

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Oakville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I went in December to see a Christmas themed show. It was the first time I had been since a child. I was really pleasantly surprised at what a nice venue it was. I love the open space outside the hall, and the acoustics inside are fantastic. The musicians were also world class in my opinion. I can't wait to... More 

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Kincardine, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We visited Toronto this time specifically to attend the TSO's performance of Holst's Symphony of the Planets. It was our first visit and we were not disappointed. It was awesome to watch the musicians perform this spectacular music. They are all so incredibly talented! I must say, however, that while I was thrilled to see a "no scents" policy at... More 

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