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November 16, 2011
'A World of Music' celebrates the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 90th season
The City of Toronto Archives unveiled a new exhibition last night to showcase some of the extensive archival material donated by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). "A World of Music: Celebrating 90 Seasons with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra" highlights a rich collection of photographs, documents and audio recordings.

Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest), representing Mayor Rob Ford at the event, said, "The City of Toronto is honoured to receive this generous donation of historical records from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, one of Canada's major cultural institutions. It represents a significant part of the City's musical heritage that will be made accessible for future generations."

The exhibit features an array of images drawn from the 90 year history of the orchestra, including such highlights as the TSO's debut concert at Carnegie Hall in 1963 under conductor Walter Susskind; its first overseas tour under conductor Seiji Ozawa in 1965; and the tour to China in 1978 under conductor Sir Andrew Davis with guest soloists Louis Lortie and Maureen Forrester. Other photographs capture the performances of special guests such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Glenn Gould and images of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, which was established in 1974.

“As one of Canada’s major cultural institutions and longest-standing symphonic ensembles, now celebrating our 90th season, we are honoured to be a part of Toronto’s vibrant cultural framework for so many memorable years," said TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian. "We are delighted that the City of Toronto Archives is now the home of an extensive collection of TSO history, images and artifacts from the TSO’s 90 seasons, and that we can share this rich history with you."

The free exhibit will be on display at the Toronto Archives at 255 Spadina Rd. through May 2012. It can be viewed Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays - October to April - from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit

About the TSO: Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to public performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest musical education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with curriculum-based programming. Visit

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Media Contact
Karen Teeple
City Archivist

Laura Quinn
TSO Senior Manager of Public Relations
416-593-7769 (ext. 232),



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