ABOUT US

Welcome to the Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society Symphony Orchestra! (OCMS-SO)

The Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society Symphony Orchestra is committed to connecting the entire GTA community through orchestral music. We are a member group of Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society, a registered charitable and non-profit organization that provides musical training and performance opportunities in Toronto. Find out more about them here!

The OCMS-SO is a dynamic platform for music enthusiasts to share their love for music making and appreciation. Our group caters to students and amateurs by providing high quality orchestral training and performance opportunities in the Greater Toronto Area.

Our story began in 1999, when our Music Director and Principal Conductor, Mr. Chuen Tam, founded the orchestra with the vision of providing youths with opportunities to strive for excellence in musicianship. Then called the Overseas Chinese Youth Symphony Orchestra, the original group was mostly comprised of Chinese youths who migrated to Canada in the 1990’s. Under Mr. Tam’s leadership and the generous support of many enthusiastic parents, the group rapidly matured into a full size orchestra with higher standards year after year.

Entering our third decade of operations, we have performed in concerts at many different venues and have featured a broad range of soloists. We look forward to developing a legacy that will continue to positively impact the community.

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General Inquiries

For any general inquiries, please do not hesitate and contact us at info@ocms-so.org or leave a message at the OCMS automated voicemail box (647) 848-3396




The Team:

Honorary Artistic Advisor
Chuen Tam

Honorary Advisor
Joseph Lau


Artistic Director, Treasurer
Brian Truong

Concertmaster
Simon Lau

Chair, IT
Angela Chan



Our programme highlights from the past 19 years...

Symphonies
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C Major Op. 21
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8 in G Major Op. 88
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 B. 178 “From the New World”
HAYDN Symphony No. 6 in D Major Hob. I:6
HAYDN Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor Hob. I:45
HAYDN Symphony No. 47 in G Major Hob. I:47
HAYDN Symphony No. 82 in C Major Hob.I:82
HAYDN Symphony No. 101 in D Major Hob. I:101
MOZART Symphony No. 11 in D Major K. 84
MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G minor K. 550
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B minor D. 759 “Unfinished”
SMETANA Má Vlast: Vltava (Die Moldau)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64

Orchestral Works
BIZET Carmen Suite No. 1
BIZET L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1
BIZET L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2
CHABRIER España Rhapsody
DELIBES Coppélia Waltz and Prélude et Mazurka
DEBUSSY Clair de lune
ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
GADE Jalousie
GRAINGER Childrens March

HISAISHI Melodyphony
HURWITZ Music from La La Land
LEE KEI KEI A Vibrant Rehearsal
LEHAR Vilia from The Merry Widow
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp minor S.244/2
LISZT Les préludes
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
MUSSORGSKY Night on Bald Mountain
ROSAS Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
ROTA The Godfather Theme
SIBELIUS Finlandia
SOUSA The Liberty Bell
STRAUSS The Blue Danube Waltz Op. 314
STRAUSS Radetzky March Op. 228
STRAUSS Roses from the South Waltz Op. 388
STRAUSS Voices of Spring Op. 410
TCHAIKOVSKY Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake Suite Op. 20
WEBER Invitation to the Dance
WILLIAMS A Tribute to John Williams

Overtures
GLINKA Ruslan and Lyudmila
MOZART The Magic Flute K. 620
MOZART The Marriage of Figaro K. 492
ROSSINI La gazza ladra
STRAUSS Die Fledermaus
SUPPÉ Light Cavalry Overture
WEBER Der Freischütz
WEBER Oberon

Chamber Music
BARBER Adagio for Strings
MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K. 525
PACHELBEL Canon
TCHAIKOVSKY Andante Cantabile
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings Op. 48

Concertos and Solo Pieces
ANDERSON A Trumpeter’s Lullaby
JS BACH Double Concerto in D minor BWV 1043
BEETHOVEN Romance in F Major Op. 50
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 26
CHAMINADE Flute Concertino in D Major Op. 107
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
HAYDN Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major Hob.VIIe:1
HOFFMEISTER Viola Concerto in D Major
KABALEVSKY Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major Op. 50
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major S. 124
MERCADANTE Flute Concerto in E minor Op. 57
MOZART Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major K. 313/285c
MOZART Horn Concerto in Eb Major K. 447
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33
SAINT-SAËNS Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor Op. 23
TELEMANN Viola Concerto in G Major TWV 51:G9
VIVALDI Bassoon Concerto in E minor RV 484
VIVALDI Concerto for Four Violins in B minor RV 580
VIVALDI Double Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 3 No. 8 
VIVALDI The Four Seasons Op. 8 No. 1–4 RV 269, 315, 293, 297
WILLIAMS Escapades

Choral Music
ANDERSON Christmas Carols Medley
GOUNOD Gallia
HANDEL Hallelujah Chorus
HWANG TZU Cantata Eternal Lament
MASCAGNI Opening Chorus, Cavalleria Rusticana
MOZART Missa brevis in D Major K. 194/186h
RODGERS The Sound of Music
VERDI Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Nabucco
VERDI Va, pensiero
VIVALDI Gloria in D Major RV 589

Opera Arias
BACHELET Chère nuit
BIZET Habanera
LEONCAVALLO Mattinata
MOZART Voi che sapete
OFFENBACH Barcarolle
PUCCINI Musetta’s Waltz
PUCCINI O mio babbino caro
SCARLATTI O cessate di Piagarmi
VERDI Brindisi
VERDI Caro Nome
VERDI Di Provenza il mar
VERDI Un bel di vedremo
VERDI Un di, felice, eterea
VERDI O don fatale