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Orchestra Toronto Opens Its 2022-2023 Season On An Emotional Odyssey.

Performance features Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique Symphony” and Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor 

 Orchestra Toronto Opens Its 2022-2023 Season On An Emotional Odyssey Performance features Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique Symphony” and Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor 

Toronto, Ontario – October 17, 2022 – Orchestra Toronto is thrilled to be kicking off its 2022-2023 season with its Symphony Pathétique concert in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre on October 23, 2022 at 3:00pm. This emotional odyssey reflects the passion for music of the Orchestra and its guests as they return to full audience performances. 

“We are so excited to be returning to the concert hall with music that ignites our passion,” said Michael Newnham, Music Director of Orchestra Toronto. “It is wonderful to be joined by Alexander Panizza and to welcome more of the community back to the concert hall – not only because we can now fill every seat, but we have been able to expand our Welcome Seat program to share our music with even more new comers to Canada.” 

In addition to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, in B minor, famously known as his Pathétique Symphony and the last symphony he ever composed, the Orchestra will be performing Mirror Image, a composition from its composer in residence, Elizabeth Raum, as well as Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, which will feature Alexander Panizza on piano. Listeners will be familiar with Grieg’s Concerto as it is one of the most popular piano concertos ever composed, having been featured in movies, Jethro Tull concerts, comedy and video games. 

Orchestra Toronto’s composer-in-residence, Elizabeth Raum, has had a career in music that has spanned over 45 years. As one of Canada’s most eminent composers, her works include four operas, over 90 chamber pieces, 18 vocal works and choral works, including an oratorio, several ballets, concerti and major orchestral works. 

Joining Orchestra Toronto for Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor is renowned pianist Alexander Panizza. Alexander was born in Toronto and started his musical education at the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a teenager, he moved to Argentina with his family and was soon recognized as one of the most talented young musicians of his generation. He won several first prizes in competitions and received scholarships to further his studies in Geneva, Barcelona, Paris and London. He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance at the Royal College of Music in London. 

The full performance includes: 

Elizabeth Raum – Mirror Image Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathétique 

Further information on Season 2022-2023, including the sale of full season subscription seats or individual concert tickets, can be found on Orchestra Toronto’s website ( In addition, music lovers of all generations can interact with and hear Orchestra Toronto on Facebook (, Twitter (@OrchToronto), YouTube ( and Instagram ( 

Effective March 21, 2022, and in alignment with provincial and City orders, TOLive lifted its mandatory mask mandate. This change applies to all audiences and staff members across its venues and TOLive will no longer enforce the wearing of masks. Orchestra Toronto respects the choice of each individual audience and orchestra member to wear a mask or not and requests that others also respect that choice. Orchestra Toronto works closely with its partners at TOLive to make the concert experience as safe and enjoyable as possible for all involved. The health and safety of its audience and performers are of the utmost importance to Orchestra Toronto and the organization bases its protocol and practices on the best, most current research available. As recommendations change, Orchestra Toronto will adjust its practices as required. Please visit the website for the most current COVID-19 protocols that will be in place. 

About Orchestra Toronto Comprising 80 musicians, Orchestra Toronto is an orchestra created by passionate musicians within the community, for the community. We offer the enjoyment of music, foster education and music appreciation and support emerging Canadian talent. Our organization of volunteers is committed to making symphonic music accessible to a broad and diverse public beyond the concert hall. 

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