Must-See Fall Performances

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Pianist Glenn Gould plays his piano

A Tribute to Glenn Gould

World Première. The TSO pays tribute to the life and legacy of legendary pianist Glenn Gould in a must-see concert hosted by renowned actor Colm Feore. Acclaimed Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki marshals all the nobility and turbulent drama of Brahms’s First Piano Concerto.

Friday, September 22, 2017 – 7:30pm

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Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 8:00pm

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TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow plays his violin

Triple Concerto for Canadian Concertmasters

Brahms German Requiem

World Première. In a landmark collaboration, The concertmasters of the TSO, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the National Centre Arts Orchestra pool their talents in an intriguing new concerto by Alexina Louie.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – 8:00pm

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 – 8:00pm

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Indigenous Canadian dancers leap against the sparkling backdrop of the Northern Lights.


World Première. One night only! Celebrate the evocative culture of Canadian Indigenous peoples in a singular concert curated and directed by Sandra Laronde, founder and artistic director of Red Sky Performance. A potent mix of dance, video, electro-acoustic, and orchestra by Canadian composer Eliot Britton.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 7:30pm

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Contralto Maureen Forrester performs in this archival photo

A Tribute to Maureen Forrester

World Première. One of the finest voices of her generation, Canadian contralto Maureen Forrester dazzled audiences worldwide. Honouring her memorable life and career, these performances, hosted by renowned Canadian tenor Ben Heppner, feature a new song cycle for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by Howard Shore, performed by Canadian Susan Platts, plus Mahler’s symphonic song cycle Das Lied von der Erde.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 – 8:00pm

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Friday, October 20, 2017 – 7:30pm

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Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico smiles for a publicity photo

With Glowing Hearts

This all-Canadian program—curated by renowned conductor and Canadian music champion Victor Feldbrill—explores Canada’s rich history of classical composers. Notable Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico is the featured soloist in the Romantic-style Piano Concerto by Québec composer Claude Champagne.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 7:30pm

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Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 3:00pm

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Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman looks pensive in a publicity photo

Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation

To commemorate Remembrance Day, the TSO presents Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation, a soul-searching work by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan and Suzanne Steele, Canada’s war poet in Afghanistan, featuring a galvanizing performance by acclaimed Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 8:00pm

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Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 8:00pm

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…and you won’t want to miss:

TSO Principal Pops conductor Stephen Reineke

Music of John Williams

The TSO celebrates the incredible catalogue of the most-honoured film composer of all time: John Williams! For decades he’s been providing memorable themes for an incredible lineup of classic movies, collecting an unequaled 50 Oscar nominations (and five Oscars) in the process. You’ll enjoy all your favourite Williams themes, including the Star Wars series, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and many more, conducted by TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.

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Conductor Juanjo Mena

Schubert Symphony 9

Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena, Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, returns to lead Schubert’s rich, broadly-scaled final symphony. In soloist Marc-André Hamelin—a member of the prestigious Gramophone magazine Hall of Fame—Ravel’s ingenious, jazz-tinged Concerto for the Left Hand finds its ideal interpreter.

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All Beethoven

Experience Beethoven in all his glory—in a single concert! Selections range from the tempestuous Fifth Symphony to a pair of sweet-natured romances for violin and orchestra with soloist Blake Pouliot, the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition.

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Conductor Rob Kapilow

What Makes It Great?® Stravinsky The Firebird

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky broke through to fame in 1910 when his glittering and dynamic ballet score The Firebird premièred in Paris. The plot was drawn from Russian fairy tales, and Stravinsky packed the music with orchestral colour and folk-flavoured melodies. In the first half, Rob Kapilow takes you inside this magic kingdom to show you its roots and explore Stravinsky’s methods in bringing it to life. After intermission, he conducts the TSO in a full performance of the suite.

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