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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
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+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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We recently attended "Messiah" at the Toronto Symphony. The choir alone was 125 people and another 30 violins and other instruments and 4 soloists. A superb world class... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 December 2016
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

We recently attended "Messiah" at the Toronto Symphony. The choir alone was 125 people and another 30 violins and other instruments and 4 soloists. A superb world class performance! The production was excellent and the conductor put so much feeling and life into it, that it became an emotional experience. The acoustics are so good, it feels like you will... More 

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Cobourg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

We were so fortunate to attend a recent performance of the TSO with Mr Perlman at Massey Hall . He is such a wonderful example of truimph over polio adversity and his music is so beautiful. When he returns make a point of getting tickets the venue is spectacular and easy to get to , as well..

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

It was fantastic to see for many young people at a TSO concert, and this year's Twelve Days of Christmas was an ideal setting to expose youngsters to a symphonic experience. And what a way for the TSO to set the stage for the Christmas season, with Colin Mochrie narrating the Twelve Days of Christmas, complete with 11 pipers piping.... More 

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Bethlehem, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The TSO was fantastic - we always like visiting the arts while traveling and this was no disappointment. Reasonably priced, but not at the expense of the performance. And there wasn't a bad seat in the venue. Excellent visit

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Montreal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Once again, I was delighted to attend a new TSO concert. Each time I go, it's always a special experience. This time, we had an encore interpretation of Cohen's Hallelujah on the piano played by Italian pianist Stefano Bollani. Simply beautiful and memorable. Thanks to all TSO musicians to bring such musical music. It warms the heart especially when it... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

As a local and lover of classical music, I discovered the symphony later on after my stay in Toronto. Long story short, this is the best symphony orchestra in town and definitely one of the better ones on the continent. If you're a classical music lover or like the symphony, you should not miss a chance at a show here.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 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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