Holidays at the TSO

From fairy tale magic to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has all your holiday needs in one place. With four festive concerts, there is something for everyone — whether you're a classical music connoisseur, a pop enthusiast, or a family seeking wholesome fun.

Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty

Wed, Nov 29–Sun, Dec 3, 2023

Tchaikovsky’s Suite from The Sleeping Beauty enchants with dramatic fantasy, colourful orchestration, and enduring charm. A second fantasy plays across the stage with the prelude to Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera, Hansel and Gretel. Also on the program, TSO Principal Bassoon Michael Sweeney performs the hauntingly beautiful Bassoon Concerto by Italian-Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich. In 2003, Sweeney commissioned and premièred the intriguing soundscape, which merges new concepts with the familiar.

Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor

Michael Sweeney, bassoon

Home Alone in Concert

Thu, Dec 7–Sat, Dec 9, 2023

Celebrate the holidays with the return of a seasonal favourite, Home Alone in Concert. Macaulay Culkin stars as an inventive eight-year-old, accidentally left alone over Christmas, who repeatedly outsmarts a couple of bone-headed burglars. This beloved holiday film features renowned composer John Williams’s delightful score performed live to picture by your TSO.

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Modern Sound Collective

Kai Leung, Artistic Director, Modern Sound Collective

TSO Holiday Pops

Mon, Dec 11–Wed, Dec 13, 2023

TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke welcomes legendary Canadian jazz vocalist Molly Johnson and the Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus for a symphonic stocking stuffed with seasonal splendour. Enjoy timeless classics and festive favourites as your TSO gets you in the holiday spirit.

Steven Reineke, conductor

Molly Johnson, vocalist

Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus

David Ambrose, Choir Director, Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus

Billy Newton-Davis, vocalist

Davide DiRenzo, drum set

Robi Botos, piano

Michael Downes, double bass


Sun, Dec 17–Sat, Dec 23, 2023

Dame Jane Glover leads your TSO; the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, prepared by Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée; and four outstanding soloists in Handel’s cherished oratorio, Messiah.

Dame Jane Glover, conductor

Lauren Snouffer, soprano

Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano

Colin Ainsworth, tenor

Joshua Hopkins, baritone

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Artistic Director, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir





About Toronto Symphony Orchestra

For over a century, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has played a fundamental role in shaping and celebrating Canadian culture. Now in our 101st year, the TSO’s commitment to musical excellence and ability to spark connection remain as strong as ever. With a storied history of acclaimed concerts and recordings, Canadian and international tours, and impactful community partnerships, we are dedicated to engaging and enriching local and national communities through vibrant musical experiences. Music Director Gustavo Gimeno brings an expansive artistic vision, intellectual curiosity, and sense of adventure to programming the nearly 100-musician orchestra that serves Toronto—one of the world’s most diverse cities. As a group of artists, teachers, and advocates who share the belief that music has the power to heal, inspire, and connect people from all walks of life, we engage audiences young and old through an array of education, community access and health and wellness initiatives. The 2023/24 season marks the 50th anniversary of the TSO-affiliated Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra—a tuition-free training program dedicated to cultivating the next generation of Canadian artists. Join us for a concert at Roy Thomson Hall, or experience the TSO in your neighbourhood. Visit TSO.CA or


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