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Feb 24, 2020

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Spend March with Tchaikovsky, John Williams, and Lemony Snicket at the TSO!

Spend March with Tchaikovsky, John Williams, and Lemony Snicket at the TSO!

Toronto, ON—February 24, 2020—The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s (TSO) March lineup includes a variety of programming for music lovers of all ages. The month begins with the Young People's Concert The Composer Is Dead, a hilarious whodunit with music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket, led by RBC Resident Conductor Simon Rivard. Next, audiences will hear their favourite themes from Jaws, Indiana Jones, Hook, and more as the TSO celebrates John Willams’s legendary film scores with Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. The month wraps up with Pictures at an Exhibition, including a performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous First Piano Concerto, which was once deemed impossible to play. This concert will be conducted by Jader Bignamini, who was recently named the new music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and will feature award-winning pianist Sergei Babayan.

Visit TSO.CA for a full list of upcoming concerts.
Box Office phone: 416.593.1285

See below for more details on the upcoming March performances.


Calling all sneaky sleuths and would-be detectives! Who snuffed out the composer? Was it the shifty string section, or maybe the treacherous trombones? Every instrument in the Orchestra is a suspect! With music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket, The Composer Is Dead is a hilarious whodunit for the whole family.

Sound the trumpets! We've added a free, interactive Instrument Discovery Zone to our YPC pre-concert lobby activities. Be sure to arrive early for a chance to play a wide variety of orchestral instruments yourself. You may just discover one that strikes a chord with you! Before the concert starts, you'll also get to hear a lobby performance by the Cello Fellows.

Music of John Williams (March 3, 4 & 5)

Celebrate the undisputed king of movie music with a look back at four decades of John Williams’s beloved works! With a particular focus on his legendary collaboration with Academy Award–winning director Steven Spielberg, there will be no shortage of fan favourites including themes from JawsIndiana JonesSchindler’s ListHook, and more. It’s going to be a feast of film scores—join in and let the magic begin.


The TSO’s virtuosity is on full display in the vibrantly colourful Pictures at an Exhibition. Sergei Babayan performs Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Once deemed impossible to play, this romantic masterpiece is now one of history’s most recognizable and admired works.

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The Music of John Williams Concert Sponsor is Air Canada.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, and the City of Toronto.

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About the TSO: One of Canada’s most respected arts organizations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) plays a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life. Committed to serving local and national communities through vibrant performances and expansive educational activities, the TSO offers a wide range of programming that resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. With a notable recording and broadcast history complementing international touring engagements, the TSO is a unique musical ambassador for Canada around the world.

The TSO continues its long-established history of connecting younger generations with orchestral music. Two core programs include School Concerts, performed for over 40,000 students annually, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO), which, in a tuition-free model, offers high-level orchestral training for talented young musicians aged 22 and under. Additionally, the TSO supports the development of next-generation artists through its annual open call for Canadian orchestral scores, and its essential Resident Conductor and Affiliate Composer positions.

Sir Andrew Davis serves as TSO Interim Artistic Director for the 2019/20 season, prior to the arrival of incoming Music Director Gustavo Gimeno in 2020/21. Sir Andrew Davis is well known to Toronto audiences, having a 44-year relationship with the TSO and returning to the TSO stage regularly.

The TSO was founded in 1922 by a group of Toronto musicians and gave its first performance at the historic Massey Hall. Since 1982, Toronto’s iconic Roy Thomson Hall has been the TSO’s home, drawing patrons from around the world. Soon to celebrate its centenary, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s name remains synonymous with musical versatility and growth, and artistic distinction.