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Announcing Orchestra Toronto’s 2021-22 Season

This will be a season to remember

Music Director Michael Newnham

Music Director Michael Newnham and the musicians of Orchestra Toronto are overjoyed to be returning to the Meridian Arts Centre for a triumphant season of five performances. Subscriptions are on sale nowat earlybird rates (10 percent off our already low subscription costs!). Single-concert tickets will go on sale on September 1.

Music Director Michael Newnham says, “Coming back to perform again for you after an 18-month absence is truly a dream come true for all of us at Orchestra Toronto. 

This season is a celebration of life, which focusses on positivity, rebirth and human connections.

Special highlights for all of us will be our performances with excellent soloists, such as mezzosoprano Julie Nesrallah, violinist Erika Raum, as well as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. 

We are excited to collaborate for the first time with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale in a special gospel/R&B-flavoured concert in December.

I am also proud to announce our new Composer-in-Residence, Elizabeth Raum, whose music will be given a special spotlight at our concerts.

This will be a season to remember.”

Our 2021-22 season celebrates community, vitality, diversity, and the joy we feel when we come together. From core symphonic repertoire by Mendelssohn and Brahms, to a gospel-inspired celebration of music from across the globe; we’ve partnered with some of Toronto’s most inspiring musical talents to present a season that reflects our city, and presents some of your favourite music. We look forward to sharing these exciting programmes with you.

Our City | Your Music


Sunday, October 24, 2021, 3:00 p.m.

Music Director Michael Newnham and the musicians of Orchestra Toronto welcome audiences back to the George Weston Recital Hall with an exuberant programme of symphonic classics that harnesses the full sound of the orchestra.

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SATURDAY, December 4, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Great Joy! with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale

This holiday season, two great Toronto ensembles join forces in a joyful holiday celebration. Orchestra Toronto and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale come together to create great music with Great Joy: a gospel-inspired celebration of Christmas around the world.

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Sunday, February 20, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Carmen! With Julie Nesrallah

Mezzo soprano Julie Nesrallah, one of Canada’s foremost interpreters of Bizet’s opera, brings the fire and passion of Carmen to Orchestra Toronto, in a programme of music inspired by Spain’s history, romance, and drama.

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Sunday, April 10, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Brahms and the Raums

A celebration of music, family, and community, featuring the “energetic individuality” of celebrated violinist Erika Raum, performing the concerto written for her by Orchestra Toronto’s composer-in-residence Elizabeth Raum. Brahms’ masterpiece Symphony No. 1 will bring the orchestra together for a resounding conclusion.

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Sunday, May 29, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

The Planets

As a grand finale to our 2021-22 season, Orchestra Toronto presents the winner of the 2020 Marta Hidy Prize for Cello (TBD September 2021), in a cello concerto to be selected by this young virtuoso. We conclude the season with Gustav Holsts’s masterpiece The Planets, with the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

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