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THE SCOOP | Toronto Symphony Launches Video-On-Demand Service

By Michael Vincent on October 5, 2020

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While it’s always fun to see the world-class classical musicians performing at home in their joggers like the rest of us, the chance to see full concerts again has been a missing ingredient for many city orchestras.

For the TSO, this has meant increasing their social media presence with video mashups and educational segments, presenting safe, physically distanced chamber music concerts in settings across the city, and, most recently, live drive-in concerts starting this week.

While the possibility of full, in-person events are not yet a reality, the TSO has announced the new On-Demand concert video series featuring eight concerts programmed by Music Director Gustavo Gimeno. Each concert represents a different face of the TSO, from traditional Masterworks to Pops concerts. All concerts are filmed at Roy Thomson Hall and offered in high definition video.

The goal appears not to try and replicate the concert experience, but to enrich it.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 26, audiences will be able to tune in from home to hear music by Beethoven, Mozart, and Mahler as well as some more diverse voices, including Joseph Bologne, Barbara Croall, Gabriela Lena Frank, Dinuk Wijeratne, Jessie Montgomery, and TSO RBC Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel. Each concert will be available for seven days after its release.

“Our creative approach to this virtual-concert series is to give orchestra lovers an experience that they would not normally have in a concert hall,” said Maestro Gimeno. “I very much miss the experience of being in Roy Thomson Hall with Toronto audiences, but I think that we are creating beautiful and musically compelling experiences in these performances.”

Tickets go on sale Oct. 14 at 11:00 a.m. Full program details available at TSO.CA/OnDemand.

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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