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About TCO

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“The Orchestra was able to showcase their talents.. Dr. Scholtes demonstrated his ability to control and direct.. Even without singers, this operatic, jazz-influenced music came alive.”

Catherine Waffle, Barrie Concert Review, 2019 (Gershwin Greats program)
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.
Founded by internationally recognized conductor and music director, Kerry Stratton, the Toronto Concert Orchestra served as the orchestra-in-residence at the historic Casa Loma. Here, it built the city’s perennial favourite summer series, Symphony in the Gardens.

TCO presented its first symphony concert at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre in 2008, and has been going strong since! Our most popular concerts are our summer series, now called Symphony in the City.

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 from Mozart’s mixed-race contemporary, Joseph Bologne, to the ever-loved and legendary Elton John.

TCO Team


Co-Artistic Director: Sharon Lee

Sharon Lee

Co-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
Director | Wojciech Okulicz
Director | Elizabeth Marwick-Stratton
Director | Cindy Zhang

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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