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.