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Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Ranked #56 of 501 things to do in Toronto
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Owner description: 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.
Watertown, Wisconsin
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

My only regret was going so late at night... hard to stay awake! The music was just so soothing, and the performers were talented and fun. I especially loved the guest appearance of Yuja Wang...she was PHENOMENAL. I was absolutely WOWED.

Visited June 2013
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Montreal Canada
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“Great hall!”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Music quality is amazing and every seats provides an excellent view and audio quality. Be there early since it could get pretty crowded depending on the show/time

Visited June 2013
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Akron, Ohio
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“do not miss a chance to hear this group or its members perform music”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

If you need a substantial reason to visit Toronto here is one to speak about for days after your departure. Whether hearing the Toronto Symphony is like going to hear the best of the best else where I will leave that to you to decide. I will say however that this is a great city for just hearing classical music. Classical music worshipped by people who love this orchestra. Make connections with many places that sell recordings of the symphony and you will value this organization even more. For me there is no better reason to get lost in downtown Toronto if you love classical music. Numerous multi-dimensional varieties of classical music performed by many members of the orchestra demand close attention to schedule of recitals. The season for hearing classical music in Toronto is not to limited to summer time travels or vacation periods for pleasure. Stay at the conservatory or the music hall and watch for events taking place at numerous places. Bloor Street can occupy you for hours. Classical music is on display year round and there are places where small recitals in many places for individual artists performing on their instruments so often so that you might not be able to keep track of them. Guitar recitals are there in abundance. Recitals featuring woodwinds are there too. Do not be surprised if somebody renown for playing much music on the tuba or the contra-bassoon or clarinet gives a recital in numerous places in this large city. Guest artists performing with the orchestra and related chamber groups with another conductor are wonderful opportunities worth exploring in part because the whole schedule is replete with such opportunities. Modern music is available too. If you like large scale orchestral performances of large scale orchestral compositions written by Mahler and Bruckner or the late romantics or any symphony written by the great composers there is ample reason to attend these performances. Or if you like the more traditional symphonies written by the eighteenth and nineteenth century composers then do not pas up a chance to attend these performances. For me the orchestra is superb. Pay attention to the percussion section as it plays in tempo with brass instruments. If you want to hear a section of wood winds or double bass players perform together this is a good reason to hear the orchestra. Further education about classical music can take place at these performances. There is a network of people who talk the same language about these events. These people often see each other at these events enough to produce conversation and social relations of importance. I think that musical lovers for classical music have common behavior that makes them similar with people who never fail to attend a recital or orchestral performance and this behavior goes in sync with those who attend exhibitions at art museums for reasons that have much do to do with intellectual themes that dominate their lives more than they are aware of it. If you want to see and hear expert musicians perform on their instruments then this is as good place as any to be happy about the discovery of this type of talent. Think about the loss to potential musical talent when young people are killed in accidents or die early. My opinion is that the entire Toronto Symphony is not dominated or over shadowed by professional athletic teams in this city. This is reason enough to be happy as the city does give this good orchestra breathing space and cultural sustenance. I do not know if the audience is becoming older with the passage of each season. This group will carry your tastes into the twentieth century. I like to hear more than once symphonies written by Brahms and Beethoven and Mozart and others in the nineteenth century especially little known compositions. This group is versatile depending on the composition and composer or conductor. I have heard programs that featured French or German music and music from Scandinavia - Nielsen and Sibelius and Gade or Grieg. If you like to hear the same familiar masterpieces played over again this is a good place to match the wisdom of people who write linear notes on recordings with what you know abut the same compositions. Sustained by the conservatory and university and the city to say nothing of the government itself this orchestra is worth your time to hear. Well known artists from many parts of the world are on the concert schedule each season. It is interesting to see how the orchestra presents its presentation of music during a concert. These artists often are available to speak and give instruction to their students while they are in town. attend these sessions if possible. Tickets can be expensive as classical music is running out of wealthy patrons with the passage of each season. Jonathan Bell and Edgar Meyer were people I wanted to hear perform. I liked the performance of four of Bach's unaccompanied cello suites on another occasion. You should compare listening here with what you might have experienced in other large cities. Thomson Hall is a joy to visit. Acoustics are good. Good seats are plentiful. Ticket prices are reasonable for younger people. I am nor sure just how reasonable at times since Toronto is an expensive city to visit but you have to watch carefully for reduced prices. Canada has a way to help visitors save money.

Visited October 2012
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Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

What an experience!
This was the best part about visiting Toronto. Jonathon Bell and Edgar Meyer also performed with the orcherstra.
Roy Thomson Hall is great too.
Reasonably priced tickets for young adults.

Visited June 2013
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Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

I love going to the TSO, must go if you are in toronto. Ive been to symphonies in several different cities and nothing has topped a TSO performance. If you are under 35 you can get SUPER cheap tickets if you sign up for "tsoundcheck"

Visited June 2013
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