The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Hosts Benefit Concert in Support of SickKids with Special Guest Rick Mercer

TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2015 /CNW/ - The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and Music Director Peter Oundjian are delighted to present Peter and the Wolf: In Support of SickKids, a very special performance to benefit The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) on Thursday, November 26 at 7:30pm at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

CBC's award-winning comedian Rick Mercer lends his trademark wit as narrator in Prokofiev's charming orchestral tale, Peter and the Wolf, while Oundjian conducts and co-hosts what promises to be a memorable evening filled with classical favourites. The concert also features young piano phenomenon Coco Ma and TSO Principal Horn Neil Deland.

Peter and the Wolf: In Support of SickKids holds dear to Oundjian's heart because he was a SickKids patient as an infant.

"When I was three months old, the amazing doctors at SickKids performed an emergency operation that saved my life," says Oundjian. "The idea of holding a fundraiser for SickKids has always been of great significance to me and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present this concert as a delightful evening of great music benefiting one of the world's most outstanding hospitals that saved not only my life, but also the lives of countless children."

"We are thrilled to have the support of TSO through this first annual benefit concert," says Ted Garrard, President and CEO, SickKids Foundation. "As innovators in child and family centred care, Creative Arts Therapy is an essential component of the SickKids experience. Our music therapy program promotes, maintains and restores the psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual health of our patients. We know the TSO and their supporters understand the importance of music and are grateful their support will help us to continue to provide world-class care."

Call the TSO ticket line at 416.598.3375, or order tickets online at TSO.CA.

Peter and the Wolf: In Support of SickKids
Thu, November 26 at 7:30pm
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.

Peter Oundjian, conductor & co-host
Rick Mercer, narrator
Coco Ma, piano
Neil Deland, horn

Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Carmichael/arr. John Iveson: Stardust
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

TICKETS: $50–$150

The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The TSO Season Patron is The Renette and David Berman Family Foundation.

Twitter: @TorontoSymphony

About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada's most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally. Music Director Peter Oundjian leads the TSO with a commitment to innovative programming and audience development through a broad range of performances that showcase the exceptional talents of the Orchestra along with a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. The TSO also serves the larger community with TSOUNDCHECK, the original under-35 ticket program; the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra; and music-education programs that reach over 50,000 students each year.

About SickKids Foundation
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids – one of the world's foremost paediatric healthcare institutions. Thanks to the generosity of the community, and as a result of a record-breaking year in fundraising and investment returns, SickKids Foundation generated an unprecedented $136 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. For more information, please visit

SOURCE Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)

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For further information: Media Contacts: Francine Labelle, Manager, Publicity, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 416.593.7769 X 267, flabelle@TSO.CA; Melissa Prince, NATIONAL Public Relations, 416.586.1939,; Alison Crocker, NATIONAL Public Relations, 416.848.1624,

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