Toronto Concert Orchestra Programme Note
Part of any city’s vibrant artistic life includes nurturing multiple arts organizations within the fabric of the community. Many of the Toronto Concert Orchestra musicians support and perform for the film, theatre, ballet, and opera presented in the GTA. They are equally engaged in teaching. TCO serves the community in the greater Toronto area and north of Highway 401. We serve a larger population than many professional orchestras in smaller communities as we engage in tours and outreach to outlying regions. TCO has long established relationships with concert presenters throughout the province. As Toronto’s homeless orchestra, we have performed in a miscellany of venues expressing our focus on presenting orchestral music to new audiences in new environments.
Music Director, Kerry Stratton and Executive Director, Shaun Pilot, first teamed up in 2008 to produce symphony concerts at the Toronto rock venue The Phoenix Concert Theatre. Since then, we have performed at the Air Canada Centre for Toronto Raptor’s Season Opening, at Ontario Place Echo Beach, at the boutique hotel Windsor Arms, the Design Exchange, Roy Thomson Hall, George Weston Recital Hall, Betty Oliphant Theatre, Koerner Hall, St. Lawrence Hall, Glenn Gould Studio and in a half dozen Ontario communities. We get around!
“The music expertly played by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Kerry Statton conducting, is a delight throughout.”
The Washington Post
“Full blooded, dynamic, technically well-grasped, convincing and effective.”
Korzo Kultura, Slovak Republic
“This charismatic Canadian became an instant hit with his almost swashbuckling approach to conducting.”
Abilene Reporter News
“Stratton projected bountiful energy…the performance was solid, triumphant and truly impressive.”
Muzikos Barai, Vilnius
“The festival orchestra responded with precision, concentration, and sensitivity to Maestro Stratton. The whole evening was a great success judging by the thunderous and relentless demand for an encore.”
Denik Mosteka, Czech Republic
“Aside from his considerable skill as a conductor, Stratton is a master of concert patter, his comments informative and witty, enriching the total effect of the concert.”
“Kudos t Kerry Stratton. Stratton recently became the first Canadian to doncut at the Hermitage Theatre in the legendary Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.
The Toronto Sun
“The performances are all very solid as one might expect not only of the Prague Radio Orchestra but of Stratton.”
The Toronto Sun
“The combination of a conductor with a genuine affection for his undertaking and musicians who respond to him has produced a recording of beauteous and bounteous sound.”
Toronto Free Press