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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Returns Triumphant from Carnegie Hall



Toronto March 29, 2011 – On Saturday March 26, TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed a critically acclaimed concert to a sold-out audience at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

In a review following the concert, Zachary Woolfe of The New York Times wrote that, “On Saturday evening at Carnegie Hall the results of Mr. Oundjian’s careful work were clear. The orchestra sounded bright and confident”.

Toronto Star Music Critic John Terauds wrote that the TSO presented “the program of a music director who was ready to stab his baton at the air and say, we dare you to compare us to the world’s finest orchestras”.

The TSO’s Carnegie Hall programme began with a performance of Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes which Arthur Kaptainis of the National Post called an “inspired starter” and “ left no doubt of the orchestra’s ability to paint a convincing picture”. Of the opening piece, The New York Times wrote that the TSO’s “playing was lithe and sensuous, particularly in the strings, which brought surging lyricism to the great “Moonlight” interlude. The transitions of mood between sections were seamless; there was ominous urgency even in quiet passages”.

The TSO welcomed Canadian composer John Estacio to New York, performing the Carnegie Hall début of his concert piece, Frenergy. wrote that ”Frenergy gave a display of orchestral virtuosity on the part of Mr. Oundjian and his people as few orchestras are capable”.

Also joining the TSO was legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman whose performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 had the sold-out audience on their feet with applause. Itzhak Perlman has performed with the TSO annually since 1970, and is featured with the TSO in Toronto conducting and playing violin on May 21, 2011.

TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian completed the Carnegie Hall programme with a performance of Vaughan Williams Symphony No 4 that the Toronto Star called “[e]qually stunning for both its mix of technical clarity and careful artistry ... a deep and affecting reading”. The New York Times wrote that the “symphony’s brassy bursts had shine and authority” and the National Post noted that “[t]he harsh fortissimos … were grand and balanced, not just loud, and Oundjian tapered the quiet conclusion of the first movement to perfection”.

The TSO’s performance at Carnegie Hall was made possible by the support of generous donors and sponsors, many of whom travelled to New York with the orchestra.

“As a global business, RBC Wealth Management is pleased to play a role in bringing some of Canada’s finest talents to new audiences in New York, a key U.S. market for us and our partners in RBC Capital Markets who are headquartered here,” said George Lewis, Group Head, RBC Wealth Management. “RBC has been supporting the TSO for over 25 years and we are proud to have helped make it possible for the TSO to return to the prestigious Carnegie Hall.”

This Carnegie Hall performance follows the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s successful January 2011 six-city tour of the leading venues in Florida, and marks an expansion in the orchestra’s out of town activities. These TSO performances abroad have garnered the attention of international critics who praise Toronto’s orchestra as “enjoying [its] artistic prosperity” (The New York Times) and “surely Canada's finest orchestra” (The Sarasota Herald Tribune).

Read media reviews of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s March 26 Carnegie Hall performance:

To download high-res publicity photos of the TSO and Music Director Peter Oundjian, please

Official Sponsor of the New York Tour is RBC Wealth Management.

Post-concert Reception Sponsor is Livingston International, Inc.

Special Tour support provided by Tiffany & Co. Canada

Tour Cartage provided by Tippet-Richardson Limited

Patrons of the Carnegie Hall Performance are Hans & Susan Brenninkmeyer,

James & Joyce Gutmann, and Sharon Zuckerman

Tour Support provided by the Canada Council for the Arts.

TSO Concert Season Sponsor is Tippet-Richardson Limited.

TSO Conductor’s Podium Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.

ABOUT THE TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the orchestra has increased recording and touring projects to include a self-produced record label and performances throughout the United States and Canada. The Orchestra continues to develop its international presence by being an active commissioning body for new Canadian and international works, as well as attracting distinguished guest artists and conductors to performances at Roy Thomson Hall. In addition to providing over 100 concert performances each season, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest educational programs in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with curriculum-based outreach. The 2011.2012 season marks the TSO’s 90th



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