June 25, 2021 at 8 p.m. (EST)

CBC Glenn Gould Studio

250 John St. West, Toronto

Xiao Ming (SQ)

Maestro Xiao Ming leads the KSO in an evening of exhilarating music at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio. Often described as the composer’s masterpiece, the Symphonic Variations by César Franck is a dramatic improvisational-like work of thematic metamorphosis for solo piano and orchestra. Dedicated and first performed by his son on his 19th birthday, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a joyful work filled with vitality and the romance of the prior century. The idea of fate, “a fatal force that prevents our strivings for happiness from succeeding,” continues to haunt Tchaikovsky in his dark and brooding Symphony No. 5.

Xiao Ming | conductor
Sheng Cai | pianist
Michael Berec | host

Intermission discussion and Q&A with Xiao Ming and Michael Berec.

This concert is part of KSO Flex. You can attend this concert in-person or watch via a recording.


Franck, Symphonic Variations

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Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major

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Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

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Tickets Pricing

General admission – $30

General admission – $25

General admission – $20

1 Recording – $30

Introducing KSO Flex

This season we are introducing KSO Flex. It offers you 3 ways to view our concerts. We want to make sure that you can enjoy our concerts the way you prefer.
Plus, you can switch your initial viewing option at least 24 hours prior to the concert:


There is nothing better than hearing the fabulous acoustics of the concert hall and feeling the performance energy in person.
This is the best way to enjoy our concerts.


Can’t be there in person? A live-streaming of the concert is the next best thing.
You can enjoy our concerts anywhere you like.


We understand that life is busy. You can watch a recording of the concert at a more convenient time, anywhere you like.


About the 2021 | 2022 Season

The concert halls are responsible for adhering to public health requirements.  As regulations may change from time to time, please check the concert halls’ websites.

About the KSO Subscriptions

Yes, you can exchange your concert subscription choices up to 24 hours prior to the concert.

If you cannot make it to a particular concert, you can donate your ticket back to the KSO for an income tax donation receipt.

About the KSO Flex

Yes, you can exchange your concert subscription choices up to 24 hours prior to the concert.

You can contact us up to 24 hours prior to the concert to change your viewing option. Please email your request to info@KSOrchestra.ca or give us a call at 905-604-8339.

If you choose to switch to in-person attendance, you will receive a seat in the balcony section of the concert hall, subject to availability.

 If you choose to watch a concert recording, it will be available by a web link 10 days after the concert date.

The recording will be available for 14 days.

Once the recording is available, you can watch it as many times as you like.

No, there is no cost to change your viewing option.

At this moment, we cannot accommodate an upgrade.

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