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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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TSO + Second City was soooo much fun!

Visited for TSO + Second City and the show was hilarious! Definitely planning to come back for this next year. I think TSO is doing a great job trying to appeal to a wider... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited for TSO + Second City and the show was hilarious! Definitely planning to come back for this next year. I think TSO is doing a great job trying to appeal to a wider audience. If you are under 35, check out TSO soundcheck!

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Kincardine, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

We were so happy to hear that the TSO would be performing a tribute to our favourite movie composer, John Williams. We immediately purchased tickets for the first night. Listening to the performance, as avid movie buffs, was like listening to the soundtrack of our lives. Their performance of the music from ET: the Extra Terrestrial actually brought tears to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

It is a great and friendly venue. Great orchestra and nice program this year. Enjoyed many performances this season. Still a few concerts throughout June.

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Burlington, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We have been TSO subscribers for a number of years, and usually enjoy the various performances, branching out from my comfort level with pops concerts to more classical performances. Maybe with my taste for classical I was expecting too much, but just not impressed with the Music of John Williams. Williams must be doing something right having composed music for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Roy Thomson Hall is an intimate and lovely concert setting with great acoustics. I attended on 13 April and listened to Angela Hewitt play several Bach concertos. Her CDs were available for purchase and she remained at the end to sign them. Her great performance was followed after the intermission by the Toronto Symphony giving a dazzling performance of Shostakovich's... More 

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

TSO offers a full range of concerts from pop to heavy classics. Many pricing options are available and you wont be disappointed. We went last night to "Angela Hewitt plays Bach" and were blown away by her performance. After the interval we were treated to the full orchestra performing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 and conducted by Peter Oundjian. Just amazing... More 

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Thornhill, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

My wife purchased tickets to a Pops TSO concert entitled "On Broadway". There was no song list on the website, and we both expected to hear all the old Broadway classics; anything by Rogers and Hammerstein, Miss Saigon, Wicked, Les Miz, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, etc. Instead, we had to endure some of the most obscure songs from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful symphony orchestra! We went to see from Mozart to Rachmaninoff performance in February and were amazed by the true talent from the conductor to the orchestra. Definitely I recommend it to assist if you want to be impressed!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

A few weeks ago we attended a splendid performance of Mozart's Requiem, semi-staged by the brilliant director Joel Ivany, conducted by Bernard Labadie, with the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Amadeus Choir, and four fine soloists. Tonight the works were a short piece by Simon Bertrand, the Brahms violin concerto, with Baiba Skribe a compelling soloist, and the Franck Symphony in... More 

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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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