Toronto, ON—December 7, 2021: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) kicks off its 100th anniversary year with a special one-night only concert: Celebrate 100: Maestros’ Special Homecoming on Sat, April 9, 2022 at 7:30pm. The concert celebrates the TSO’s storied past, vibrant present, and thrilling future. TSO Music Director Gustavo Gimeno is joined by four former TSO Music Directors: Conductor Emeritus Peter Oundjian, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Günther Herbig, and Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis. Hosted by CBC personality and mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, the internationally flavoured concert program features orchestral showpieces that highlight key moments in the TSO’s history. The TSO’s 100th anniversary year runs from April 2022 to June 2023.

Other newly announced special TSO concerts include Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) with Music Director Alexander Shelley on March 30. “Truth in our Time” featuring the World Première of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 13, his ode to freedom of the press, commissioned by NACO as a tribute to Canadian-born journalist Peter Jennings.

Additions to the spring schedule include a special Valentine’s Soundtrack concert of romantic favourites from musical theatre and the silver screen including “My Heart Will Go On” and “I Will Always Love You”, as well as the iconic “Love Theme” from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet (Feb. 12). One of the most beloved films of all time—The Princess Bride—will be screened with the Orchestra performing Mark Knopfler’s unforgettable score live to picture (Mar. 4 & 5). And, dates and tickets are available for programs that were rescheduled from last season: FINAL FANTASY VII Remake Orchestra World Tour (Mar. 2 & 3), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (May 5 – 7), and Joe Hisaishi in Concert (June 24 & 25).

The TSO also revives its popular TSO Chamber Soloists series (Apr. 7 & 27, May 27, and June 4 & 19). These 30-minute concert programs, curated by Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, are performed by TSO musicians and noted special guest artists in Roy Thomson Hall prior to the regularly scheduled performances and are included in the concert’s admission ticket.

Single tickets to TSO’s concerts from March – June, 2022 will go on sale December 9. These previously announced programs will see the return of full-length concerts, scheduled intermissions, with the participation of the full orchestra. Updated safety protocols can be found at TSO.CA/Safety.

“I know that Toronto audiences are looking forward to full-length concerts and large orchestral experiences as much as we are––there is simply nothing like the extraordinary sound and power of a full orchestra. We are proud to be able to offer works by the great masters and world premières from both internationally renowned and young composers, and to feature the talent of our outstanding musicians in their own Chamber series. I’m looking forward to exploring these wonderful programs with everyone,” says Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director.

Listing Information:

TSO Single Tickets (available for the following performances)
*All performances at Roy Thomson Hall (RTH), except Mar. 13, 3:00pm and June 5, 3:00pm at George Weston Recital Hall; and May 5, 6 & 7, 7:30pm, May 22, 3pm, and June 24 & 25 at Meridian Hall

February 12, 8:00pm
Valentine’s Soundtrack
Lucas Waldin, conductor

Mar. 2 & 3, 7:30pm
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Orchestra World Tour
Arnie Roth, conductor

Mar. 4 & 5, 7:30pm
The Princess Bride In Concert

Lucas Waldin, conductor
© The Princess Bride Limited. All Rights Reserved

Mar. 9, 10, 12, 8:00pm (Roy Thomson Hall); *Mar. 13, 3:00pm George Weston Recital Hall
Screen to Stage: Appalachian Spring & More
Ryan Bancroft, conductor
Jonathan Crow, violin

Mar. 23, 24 & 26, 8:00pm
Saraste + Sibelius
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

Mar. 30, 8:00pm
Truth in Our Time with NACO

Alexander Shelley, conductor
Blake Pouliot, violin
National Arts Centre Orchestra, guest orchestra

Apr. 1, 7:30pm & Apr. 2, 8:00pm
Rachmaninoff’s Second

Eun Sun Kim, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

Apr. 6 & 7, 8:00pm
Ehnes Plays Beethoven

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
Apr. 7, 6:45pm
TSO Chamber Soloists, Roy Thomson Hall auditorium

Apr. 9, 7:30pm
Celebrate 100: Maestros’ Special Homecoming

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
Günther Herbig, conductor
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Marion Newman, host

Apr. 12, 8:00pm; Apr. 13, 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Totally ’80s

Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Aaron Finley, vocalist
Nicole Parker, vocalist

Apr. 22, 7:30pm; Apr. 23, 8:00pm; Apr. 24, 3:00pm
Gimeno, Lisiecki & Tchaikovsky 5

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano
Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra performs side by side with the TSO

April 27, 28 & 30, 8:00pm
Gimeno + Dvořák’s “New World”
 *program and artist change
Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Stefan Dohr, horn
Apr. 27, 6:45pm
TSO Chamber Soloists, Roy Thomson Hall auditorium

May 5, 6 & 7, *7:30pm Meridian Hall
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

May 10, 11 & 13, 8:00pm; May 11, 2:00pm
The Best of John Williams

Steven Reineke, conductor

May 15, 2:00pm & 4:00pm
mad.sad.glad

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor
Emad Zolfaghari, viola (2019/20 Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner)

May 19 & 21, 8:00pm
Gimeno + Hannigan

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Barbara Hannigan, soprano

May 25 & 28, 8:00pm; May 27, 7:30pm
Trifonov Plays “Emperor”

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano
May 27, 6:15pm
TSO Chamber Soloists, Roy Thomson Hall auditorium

June 1, 2 & 4, 8:00pm; *June 5, 3:00pm, George Weston Recital Hall
Oundjian Conducts Brahms

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Tony Siqi Yun, piano
June 4, 6:45pm
TSO Chamber Soloists, Roy Thomson Hall auditorium

Thu, June 9 & 11, 8:00pm
Gimeno Conducts Grieg & Mahler

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Javier Perianes, piano

June 15, 16 & 18, 8:00pm; June 19, 3:00pm
Gimeno + Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Angela Meade, soprano
Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano
Issachah Savage, tenor
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
June 19, 1:45pm
TSO Chamber Soloists, Roy Thomson Hall auditorium

June 24 & 25, 8:00pm, *Meridian Hall
Joe Hisaishi in Concert

Joe Hisaishi, conductor

June 28, 8:00pm; June 29, 2:00pm & 8:00pm
The Music of ABBA

Steven Reineke, conductor
Rajaton, vocal ensemble

The TSO acknowledges Mary Beck as the Musicians’ Patron in perpetuity for her generous and longstanding support.

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.

The appearances of Gustavo Gimeno this season are generously supported by Susan Brenninkmeyer in memory of Hans Brenninkmeyer.

The TSO is grateful for the support of the Toronto Symphony Foundation and all levels of government, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Ontario.

Celebrate 100: Maestros’ Special Homecoming, April 9 Celebration Partner—BMO Financial Group

About the TSO:
One of Canada’s most respected arts organizations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has played a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life for 99 years. Music Director Gustavo Gimeno brings an expansive artistic vision, intellectual curiosity, and sense of adventure to programming the 92-musician Orchestra. The TSO is committed to serving local and national communities through vibrant performances, extensive educational activities, and impactful community relationships. It has a notable recording and broadcast history and has been celebrated internationally during its many tours. The TSO remains synonymous with musical versatility and growth, and artistic distinction.

Many Happy Returns to Günther Herbig, 90 today. Plus a video of him conducting Shostakovich 5 with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken; December 2017.