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About TCO

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An itinerant professional orchestra, Toronto Concert Orchestra can be heard from spring through fall in some of downtown Toronto’s magnificent concert venues and churches, as well as in communities across Ontario, where it delivers diverse musical offerings.
TCO presented its first symphony concert at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre in 2008, and has been going strong since! Founded by internationally recognized conductor and music director, Kerry Stratton, the Toronto Concert Orchestra built the city’s perennial favourite summer series, Symphony in the Gardens while in residence at Casa Loma. Our most popular concerts are our summer series, now called Symphony in the City and performed at Palais Royale.

TCO is dedicated to making music affordable and accessible, and has committed to several partnerships including providing tickets to New Canadians through Canoo (a project by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship), inviting children to attend from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, and providing workshops for school-aged children in partnership with Axis Music.

TCO is charting a course in socially responsible and diverse programming. To us, this includes commissioning new Canadian and international works, as well as reviving masterpieces by overlooked composers of the past. One commission we are particularly proud of is Ian Cusson’s Five Songs on Poems by Marilyn Dumont, a work that explicitly highlights the mistreatment of indigenous peoples by settlers in Canada.

TCO is charting a course in socially responsible and diverse programming. To us, this includes commissioning new Canadian and international works, as well as reviving masterpieces by overlooked composers of the past. One commission we are particularly proud of is Ian Cusson’s Five Songs on Poems by Marilyn Dumont, a work that explicitly highlights the mistreatment of indigenous peoples by settlers in Canada.

TCO attracts and features distinguished guest artists and conductors, and has performed at prominent venues in Toronto to appeal to a wide cross-section of guests. Our summer series is known to be genre-inclusive; this year, you’ll hear music by heavyweights Mozart, Chopin, and Johann Strauss Jr, elegant sounds of Edith Piaf and Erik Satie, compositions by prolific black composers Florence Price, Nathaniel Dett, and Samuel Colridge-Taylor, and works by Canadian composers Samuel Bisson and Liza McLellan. 

TCO Team

THE TEAM

Co-Artistic Director: Sharon Lee

Sharon Lee

Artistic Director

Toronto Concert Orchestra Marcus. Multi-talented artist Marcus Scholtes excels on both the violin and piano.

Marcus Scholtes

Co-Artistic Director

Toronto Concert Orchestra (TCO) Executive Director: Kaija Corlazzoli

Kaija Corlazzoli

Executive Director

Board of Directors

Chair | Janet Qi

Treasurer | Robert Grant

Corporate Secretary | Cindy Zhang

Director | Wojciech Okulicz

Director | Elizabeth Marwick-Stratton

Director | Ji Hyun Kwon

To Kerry

About Kerry

Kerry Stratton served as artistic director for the Toronto Concert Orchestra until he passed away due to complications of ALS.
“The music expertly played with Kerry Stratton conducting, is a delight throughout”
The Washington Post

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