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SCRUTINY | Thomas Søndergård Means Business At TSO

By Arthur Kaptainis on October 19, 2018

Half empty or half full? This depends, on your point of view, but if the quality of music-making is factored in, the latter descriptor applies to Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday and a concert by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
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SCRUTINY | Orchestra Métropolitain Sounds Like A Winner Under Yannick Nézet-Séguin

By Arthur Kaptainis on October 6, 2018

'Best Orchestra in Canada' is typically thought to be a fixed competition between three or four contenders. Last night's concert at Koerner Hall shows us that The Orchestra Métropolitain is one of them.
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SCRUTINY | Marc-André Hamelin Challenges The Ear At Music Toronto Season Launch

By Arthur Kaptainis on October 3, 2018

Music Toronto opens their 47th season with a rather serious program by piano virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin.
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SCRUTINY | Rachmaninoff’s Third Comes Back With Detail To Spare

By Arthur Kaptainis on September 27, 2018

If the concert did not reflect the TSO at its best, it had the makings of an evening that might.
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THE SCOOP | TSO Names 42-Year-Old Gustavo Gimeno As Next Music Director

By Arthur Kaptainis on September 17, 2018

Toronto has its own Gustavo — Gustavo Gimeno, who in September 2020 becomes the 11th music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
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SCRUTINY | Peter Oundjian Has Left The Building

By Arthur Kaptainis on July 2, 2018

Standing ovations can be both inevitable and deserved. There were a few on Saturday evening in Roy Thomson Hall, before and after Peter Oundjian led his last performance as music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
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SCRUTINY | TSO Plumbs The Depths Of Shakespeare In Words And Music

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 27, 2018

Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer narrated Shakespeare with music inspired by the great bard.
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SCRUTINY | Plenty To Celebrate In TSO Russian Evening With Daniil Trifonov

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 17, 2018

A-lister pianist Daniil Trifonov joins the Toronto Symphony and Peter Oundjian for an all-Russian program that was well worth the journey.
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SCRUTINY | Two TSO Concerts For The Price Of One, Plus A Bonus Jon Kimura Parker

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 14, 2018

Rather than ponder the imponderable and seek to understand why Gershwin’s Concerto in F and Brahms’s First Symphony are not compatible, let's accept the Toronto Symphony Orchestra outing as two concerts separated by an intermission.
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INTERVIEW | Peter Oundjian On The Eve Of Saying Goodbye

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 14, 2018

Is the TSO underrated?“Absolutely, yes." Peter Oundjian sits down for an in-depth and candid interview on the ups and downs of his 14 years reign as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony.
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