Tom

Allen

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Peter OundjianTom Allen is a true communicator. He conjures images and spins tales, the Garrison Keillor of music. He’s also extremely entertaining from the beginning to the end of the process and a joy to work with.

Peter Oundjian, Music Director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Loie Fallis, Director of Artistic Administration, Toronto Symphony OrchestraTom hosts our Afterworks series. That means he creates introductions and works with our conductor to bring the music to life for an audience that may be new to classical music. The series has been a great success and some of that is surely because of him. He is witty and informative while always giving the music and the audience the respect they deserve.

Loie Fallis, Director of Artistic Administration, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Vladimir Ashkenazy, virtuoso pianist and conductor“I enjoyed our collaboration on the stage of Orchestra Hall in Detroit and thought it was not only very entertaining for the audience, but also educational and interesting.”

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 OrchestraTom Allen really brings classical music to life through his dynamic presentations. He’s a great communicator with a casual yet sophisticated style, and connects effortlessly with audiences. He brings tremendous insight, emotion, and inspiration to his listeners — and they adore him. He’s a great collaborator as well, and it’s tremendous fun to put programs together with him. It’s always an immense pleasure to work with Tom, and to have him with us on stage!

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 teacherTom Allen is engaging and entertaining with a deep love of music.  He connects easily and immediately with his audience.

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 ConductorTom Allen’s love of history and storytelling bring music alive. He has a natural understanding of the repertoire, is inspiring to work with and audiences can’t help but warm to his enthusiasm and wit.

James Judd, Internationally Recognized Conductor

Stephen Stubbs, world renowned lutenist and artistic directorTom Allen has such an abundance of knowledge of today’s extremely diverse musical world, and such a talent for lateral thinking to connect things in surprising and creative ways, that I think of him as the ideal creative programmer. I have the best memory of an event that he conceived and executed in Detroit, in which he brought a diverse but compatible group of musicians together and then sat on stage with us to create an interactive experience for the audience, letting audience members ask questions and even motivate musical experiences on the stage. This is the kind of outreach which the whole music-world needs in the 21st century!

Stephen Stubbs, world renowned lutenist and artistic director

Robert deMaine, Principal Cellist, Detroit Symphony Orchestra“Tom Allen captivates the audience and musicians alike with his imaginative, meaningful commentary and sincerest sentiments for what he loves above all  —  great music.”

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 SymphonyI had the pleasure to work with Tom Allen in Detroit. His introductions bridge the gap between the audience and the musicians and help the unprepared listener get a more rewarding understanding of the music. It was an essential contribution to the success of the concerts.

Hans Graf, Music Director, Houston Symphony

Tom Allen

Storyteller, CONCERT HOST,

AUTHOR, MUSICIAN, BROADCASTER

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Peter Oundjian

Loie Fallis, Director of Artistic Administration, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Vladimir Ashkenazy, virtuoso pianist and conductor

Edwin Outwater, Artistic Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra

Leon Fleisher, Internationally renowned pianist, conductor and teacher

Stephen Stubbs, world renowned lutenist and artistic director

James Judd, Internationally Recognized Conductor

Robert deMaine, Principal Cellist, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Hans Graf, Music Director, Houston Symphony

Peter Oundjian

Loie Fallis, Director of Artistic Administration, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Vladimir Ashkenazy, virtuoso pianist and conductor

Edwin Outwater, Artistic Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra

Leon Fleisher, Internationally renowned pianist, conductor and teacher

James Judd, Internationally Recognized Conductor

Stephen Stubbs, world renowned lutenist and artistic director

Robert deMaine, Principal Cellist, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Hans Graf, Music Director, Houston Symphony