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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Toronto Symphony Orchestra tours North Bay and Timmins


The TSO will perform for over 10,000 students and adults in its eighth annual Northern Residency.

August 23, 2012 – The Toronto Symphony Orchestra embarks on its eighth annual Northern Residency, September 10 – 14, 2012, presenting both student concerts and public concerts in North Bay and Timmins. 64 artists are travelling on the Northern Residency, including TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian who will lead the public concerts, newly-appointed RBC Resident Conductor Shalom Bard who will lead student concerts, and Roch Carrier who will narrate The Hockey Sweater in student concerts. Three Canadian composers will join the TSO and meet with local students during the Residency: Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, whose Northern Lights Overture will be performed on the public concerts; Abigail Richardson, whose TSO-commissioned The Hockey Sweater will be performed on the student concerts; and the TSO’s newly-appointed RBC Affiliate Composer Kevin Lau.

After popular world première performances in Toronto, The Hockey Sweater will be featured in concerts designed for students and performed in North Bay and Timmins. The TSO commissioned The Hockey Sweater from Canadian composer Abigail Richardson, who uses the orchestra to create a unique musical version of this classic children’s story. Joining the TSO for these performances is author Roch Carrier, who will narrate his childhood tale of tolerance and hockey in rural Quebec. Five student concert performances will be conducted by the TSO’s newly-appointed RBC Resident Conductor Shalom Bard, and will be performed in French and English. 

The Orchestra's 2012 Northern Residency will connect over 10,000 students and adults in Northern Ontario communities with live orchestral music this September. While in these northern communities, TSO musicians will travel to local schools, performing small ensemble concerts designed for young listeners, as well as leading masterclasses for student musicians. During the five-day Northern Residency, TSO musicians will also take part in 48 in-school performances (14 of which will be given in French language), and nine masterclasses for secondary school students.

Symphony-lovers in North Bay and Timmins will also have the chance to catch the TSO in public concerts presented by the local orchestra in each host city (September 11 in North Bay and September 13 in Timmins). Led by TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian, the programme includes Brahms Symphony No.1 and Northern Lights Overture by Canadian composer Gary Kulesha. TSO Horns Christopher Gongos and Gabriel Radford are featured in Haydn’s Concerto for Two Horns, and TSO Violins Amanda Goodburn and Peter Seminovs perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins.

TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The Official Airline of the TSO is Air Canada.
Tour Cartage Provided by Tippet-Richardson Limited.

This tour is made possible in part by generous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The RBC Resident Conductor and RBC Affiliate Composer positions are supported by RBC Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Hockey Sweater was jointly commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra 2012 Northern Residency Public Concerts and Education Programme itinerary:

Monday, September 10, Burk’s Falls/South River/Sturgeon Falls/North Bay
English language In-School Education Programmes
French language In-School Education Programmes

Tuesday, September 11, North BayEnglish language In-School Education Programmes
French language In-School Education Programmes
Public Concert 7:30pm at North Bay Capitol Centre

Wednesday, September 12, North Bay
English Student Concert 10:00am at North Bay Capitol Centre
English Student Concert 12:00pm at North Bay Capitol Centre

Thursday, September 13, Timmins
French Student Concert 10:30am at École secondaire catholique Thériault
English language In-School Education Programmes
French language In-School Education Programmes
Public Concert 7:30pm at École secondaire catholique Thériault

Friday, September 14, Timmins
English Student Concert 10:00am at École secondaire catholique Thériault
English Student Concert 12:00pm at École secondaire catholique Thériault
About the TSO:  Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions and is internationally recognized as a leading orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest music education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with acclaimed curriculum-based programming.



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