Storyteller, CONCERT HOST,
AUTHOR, MUSICIAN, BROADCASTER
Peter Oundjian, Music Director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Loie Fallis, Director of Artistic Administration, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Ashkenazy, virtuoso pianist and conductor
Part historian, part comedian, and part everyman, Tom Allen skillfully draws audiences inside the music on a concert hall stage. Tom’s accessible, entertaining and informative presentations have given Detroit Symphony audiences a deeper understanding of both familiar and unfamiliar repertoire, and stirred curiosity to find out more about the stories behind great works of art.
David Dredla, Artistic Administrator, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Edwin Outwater, Artistic Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
Tom’s in-depth knowledge of music, his creativity, and his intelligent and engaging storytelling-style make him the ideal communicator with today’s concert audiences.
Michael Duschenes, Former Executive Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, now Chief Operating Officer, Perimeter Institute
Leon Fleisher, Internationally renowned pianist, conductor and teacher
Tom is full of energy and ideas and looks at music, history and society in a way others tend to miss. He’s terrific on stage, has a natural gift for connecting with audiences and offers just what American Symphony Orchestras are looking for most: intelligence, depth, humour, spontaneity and fun.
Kendra Whitlock Ingram, Vice President and General Manager, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
James Judd, Internationally Recognized Conductor
Stephen Stubbs, world renowned lutenist and artistic director
Robert deMaine, Principal Cellist, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Tom Allen brought a breath of fresh air to the DSO’s programming. His illuminating commentary, accessible delivery style, infectious personality and inspirational ideas became the context in which we were able to present fun, intelligent and entertaining programs at the highest level to our audiences. What could be better than that?
Anne Parsons, President and CEO, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf, Music Director, Houston Symphony