Once in a while, I find it a treat to indulge in live classical music at Roy Thomson Hall, performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). That moment that the musicians raise their instruments in unison on stage always makes me nostalgic for the days when I played the flute in a wind ensemble and a jazz band. During the performances, I lose myself in thought (occasionally, for full disclosure, in nap) as I’m immersed in Mahler, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and more. I also love the space: Roy Thomson Hall’s auditorium has been beautifully designed, with sculpted concrete cantilevered seating, crisp lighting and architectural light wood accents, and, most importantly, with excellent acoustics.
There’s always something interesting on offer at the TSO. As a part of the TSO’s New Creations Festival, I saw the orchestra perform a unique piece composed by Jonny Greenwood (yes, of Radiohead), which was followed up by a DJ performing a remix of the music played in the week prior (yes, a classical music remix). But I’ve also listened to spectacular traditional renditions of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s concertos, among others.
You can dress up, or you can dress down for the TSO (I like to dress up a bit and make an occasion out of it!). Performances may also take place at Koerner Hall and the George Weston Recital Hall.
Hot tip: if you’re between the ages of 15-35, you should check out the Tsoundcheck program for discounted tickets under $20.