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THE SCOOP | Toronto Symphony Announces New Drive-In Concert Series

By Michael Vincent on September 17, 2020

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Following the recent trend of drive-in events, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been forced to think outside the box when it comes to playing for an audience.

In a new partnership with CityView Drive-In, the orchestra will present three live and in-person performances next month with giant LED screens and music to be enjoyed from the safety of your car.

This unique series, which runs October 7, 16, and 17, marks the largest ensemble of TSO musicians performing together since the start of the pandemic.

“We are delighted to be partnering with CityView Drive-In, Toronto’s first outdoor concert and entertainment venue, to bring audiences the music they love,” said the TSO’s Matthew Loden. “Our musical offerings will appeal to long-time orchestra-music fans, and audiences who would like to explore the orchestral experience for the first time.”

The series kicks-off with a swing on October 7, at 7:00 p.m. under the baton of Regina Symphony Orchestra Music Director Gordon Gerrard. TSO musicians will perform a program of Ragtime classics from Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, George Gershwin, and others.

For those looking for some more traditional fare, October 16 will feature TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow leading Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and new music from rising composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Dinuk Wijeratne.

The series ends with ends on October 17 with a concert of music inspired by the first ladies of soul: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, and Beyoncé. Musicians of the TSO will be led by TSO Principal Education Conductor & Community Ambassador Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser.

The three concerts will feature a smaller ensemble of musicians from the Orchestra, and run approximately one hour.

Tickets go on sale September 21 — $80–$200 per car. More details here.

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