Oundjian – A Star Is Born?

None of this waiting for years between appointing a new music director and the time he starts conducting your orchestra. The Toronto Symphony announced Peter Oundjian as its music director only last month. This week he gave his first concert. Were people excited? You bet. “Torontonians who, for the most part, have acted with severe ennui to the recent decline in fortunes of the Toronto Symphony” showed up in droves. “Roy Thomson Hall, which has often been half-empty for some of the greatest performers in classical music, was filled to overflowing for the free concert. The place was stuffed to the rafters, with lineups outside the hall and hundreds of people turned away. Hundreds turned away. When’s the last time that happened for a TSO concert? Answer: never.”