What People Say

PETER OUNDJIAN, Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival

Tom 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.

LOIE FALLIS, DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION, TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Tom 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.

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.”

DAVID DREDLA, Associate Vice President, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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.

MICHAEL DUSCHENES, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Perimeter Institute

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.

LEON FLEISHER, INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED PIANIST, CONDUCTOR AND TEACHER

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

Stephen Stubbs, world renowned lutenist and artistic director

Tom 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!

Anne Parsons, President and CEO, 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?
Hans Graf

Hans Graf, Music Director, Houston Symphony

I 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.

Tom Allen

STORYTELLER, CONCERT HOST,

AUTHOR, MUSICIAN, BROADCASTER