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Jul 30, 2019

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TSO Adds Two New Relaxed Performances to 2019/20 Season

TSO Adds Two New Relaxed Performances to 2019/20 Season

Single Tickets Available August 1st for All Concerts

Toronto, ON—July 30, 2019—The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) today announced the addition of two Relaxed Performances to the 2019/20 season. Relaxed Performances are designed specifically for people living with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders, or learning disabilities, or those who want a more casual concert experience. The TSO piloted one sold-out Relaxed Performance last season as a part of its continued commitment to offer inclusive and accessible programming. Due to the demand for tickets and audience response, the TSO has expanded programming to include two Relaxed Performances in 2019/20.

Individual tickets for the TSO’s 2019/20 season will be available for purchase as of August 1 at TSO.CA, by phone (416.593.1285), and in person at the TSO Patron Services Centre or the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office. TSO donors can access pre-sale individual tickets today. The 2019/20 season officially kicks off on September 19, 2019, with Dynamic Duo: Hannigan & Storgårds. For a detailed list of the complete season click here.

Newly announced Relaxed Performance include The Composer Is Dead, a hilarious whodunit for the whole family with music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket on February 22, 2020, at 11:00am, and mad.sad.glad, designed to showcase how a range of emotions can be expressed—and experienced—through music, conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser on May 24, 2020, at 2:00pm. Both performances are at Roy Thomson Hall.

Audience members are offered advance materials to prepare for the performance and reduce anxiety, encouraged to move around the concert hall, offered fidgets, and have access to a quiet room for a break in the performance.

“Our first Relaxed Performance in April brought symphonic music to members of the community who had never before attended a TSO concert, sparking enthusiastic new fans for our orchestra. We are proud to be of service to diverse audiences throughout the GTA and to share the joy of music in these unique concerts and in all our programming,” said Matthew Loden, Chief Executive Officer.

The TSO’s 2019/20 season features interpretations from a spectrum of leading conductors and soloists, and programs that juxtapose symphonic masterworks with contemporary compositions. Highlights include incoming Music Director Gustavo Gimeno conductingDaphnis et Chloé as well as Yuja Wang and Brahms; Interim Artistic Director Sir Andrew Davis conducting Thaïs Grand Opera in Concert, Mozart Requiem, Russian masters, All Beethoven, and conducting and performing the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony; and TSO Conductor Emeritus Peter Oundjian returning for Mahler’s all-encompassing Symphony No. 5.

Highlights of the TSO’s Pop Series, curated by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, includes James Bond: The Music, Music of John Williams, Classic Broadway: Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown. Films with live orchestra include Home Alone in Concert during the holiday season, Singin’ in the Rain, and the continuation of the ever-popular Star Wars Film Concert Series.

For a detailed list of the complete season, click here

For more information on TSO Relaxed Performances, click here.

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
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.