TSO Opening Night: Our City. Our Symphony. Annual TSO Gala Raises over $500,000

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Last night, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) celebrated the launch of its 94th season with a breathtaking performance by renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman, led by Music Director Peter Oundjian. Following the sold-out concert at Roy Thomson Hall, members of Toronto's vibrant arts community dazzled, attending a VIP gala dinner and silent auction held at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The night's events raised over $500,000 in support of the TSO.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the generous support shown by our friends in the arts community, loyal patrons, and dedicated sponsors, who each year help us host live performances that enrich our city and its culture," said Jeff Melanson, President and CEO, Toronto Symphony Orchestra. "We have a diverse collection of concerts, from masterworks to contemporary creations to exciting collaborations; there's something for everyone to experience and enjoy. We look forward to this new and innovative season."

With an enthusiastic audience of more than 2,600 music lovers, the hour-long concert featured Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 played by Mr. Zukerman, and the Orchestra's performances of Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice (with RBC Resident Conductor Earl Lee at the podium) and Grieg's Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt. Post-performance, guests indulged their senses at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, with an unforgettable dining experience and surprise performances by drummer Nation, and members of the TSO and Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra in a delightful flash mob.

TSO Opening Night: Our City. Our Symphony. was envisioned by Gala Co-chairs Renette Berman and Trish Moran, and proudly presented by RBC.

Thank you to all table supporters: AGF Management Limited, Renette & David Berman Family Foundation, BMO, Paul Brehl & Ann Lawson Brehl, Edmund & Frances Clark, Kiki & Ian Delaney, Deloitte LLP, Diamante Development Corporation, EY, Flor de Sal Restaurant, Fogler Rubinoff LLP, Foresters, Goodmans LLP, Dr. Noëlle Grace & Mr. Morris Shohet, Hansell LLP, HelloGbye, Huntress Company, Allan Kimberley & Pam Spackman, KPMG, LiberTerre (Retail Ready Foods Inc.), Livewire Communications, Oliver Wyman, Richard Phillips, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, RBC, Trish & Kevin Reed, RioCan Management Inc, Scotiabank, TD Bank Group, TD Securities, Bill & Bronwen Thomas, Torys LLP, Tricon Capital, Wentworth Technologies.

Silent auction items generously donated by Michael Adamson; Aimia; Gee Beauty; The Georgian Bay Club; JdJ Jewellery; Long and McQuade; NetJets; the San Francisco Symphony; Steinway & Sons; The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco; and V Hazelton.

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

About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada's most important cultural institutions, recognized internationally as an outstanding orchestra. 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.

SOURCE Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)

Image with caption: "Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) principal percussionist, John Rudolph, leads members of the orchestra in a surprise musical interlude during the exclusive gala, celebrating the launch of the 2015/2016 TSO season on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. (Photo credit: Paul Alexander) (CNW Group/Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150925_C9881_PHOTO_EN_44259.jpg

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