Toronto Symphony Presents Young People's Concert SeriesThursday, November 06, 2014
As one of Canada's longest-standing symphonic ensembles, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been offering programs for young people for the past 90 years. With the goal of inspiring a love of classical music in children and their families, the TSO welcomes over 80,000 children each season as part of their curriculum-based education programs. The TSO is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that boasts an incredible roster of 88 musicians which include acclaimed solo and chamber music artists and teachers in music faculties from across the continent. Established in the second season in 1924/1925, the TSO Young People's Concerts showcase classical music to children aged 2 to 12 in a way that is simple and fun.
|Photo courtesy of Rachel McCaig Photography|
As guests of the TSO, my son and I recently attended the Symphonic Spooks concert and joined families as well as musicians donning Halloween costumes as we listened to classic pieces by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Edvard Grieg, John Williams and more. My favourite was performed by Waldo, er, I mean, David Simon who played the extraordinary and unmistakeable theme from The Phantom of the Opera. It sent shivers up my spine, it was so beautiful!
The conductor that evening was Francesco Lecce-Chong who provided a brief introduction to each piece and encouraged audience members to join in a little dance during the "Dem Bones" number. Also performing on stage were the Tha Spot Halloween Dancers who were absolutely adorable.
|Tha Spot Halloween Dancers: Chloe Andrade, Celina Ferrair, Bianca Gaetano, Raquel Perri, Amyah Richardson|
The Young People's Concert Series includes five one-hour concerts on Saturday afternoons at Roy Thomson Hall. The length is perfect for restless children and given that the audience is full of families with young children, there's no need to worry as much if your child makes a noise during the show. This season, in addition to Symphonic Spooks, the TSO offers the following concerts:
- Pianorama - As part of the TSO’s Piano Extravaganza, GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax and the Orchestra will be joined by young pianists from around Toronto to perform Saint-Saëns’s playful piece, The Carnival of the Animals, and other thrilling selections. TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian will conduct.
- Shake, Rattle & Roll -The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Toronto-based, electrifying percussion ensemble TorQ for an exciting programme of orchestral favourites, including Bernstein’s “Mambo” from West Side Story and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Come experience the powerful percussion family—from the tambourine to the timpani!
- Pan Am Beats, Heroic Feats! - As Toronto prepares to host the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, our Canadian athletes are in peak physical shape, and the musicians in the orchestra have also been in training. Join Platypus Theatre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as they come together to unravel a musical mystery that highlights the Pan American culture we will be experiencing in Toronto! This production is a TSO Co-Commission.
Be sure to arrive at the concert half an hour early for a special pre-concert performance in the lobby!
Tickets for the Young People's Concert Series range from $20-$32 and can be purchased online at TSO.ca, over the phone at 416-598-3375 or in-person at the TSO Customer Service Centre on King St. Parking is available underground but it's an old low-ceiling lot so it was quite a feat maneouvering my Jeep Wrangler around sharp corners. If you want to avoid underground parking, there are several parking lots in the vicinity.