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THE SCOOP | The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Re-Launches Drive-In Concerts

By Anya Wassenberg on September 1, 2021

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The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has announced their first performance on a live stage in almost a year. The orchestra returns to CityView Drive-In as a live venue for a total of four performances between September 24 and October 2.

“These drive-in concerts are another example of how the TSO finds ways to share music no matter the circumstances. As disappointed as we were to cancel in the spring, I know audiences will enjoy these programs, filled with themes of celebration and resilience. This is just the beginning of the reunion between TSO musicians and patrons,” says Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director, in a media release.

The programs

The orchestra will be presenting two different programs in a total of four performances, based on concerts that had to be cancelled because of the pandemic.

Mozart & Martines on September 24 and 25, 2021 (7:30 p.m.)

  • Audience favourites Symphony No. 40 and Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) are on the program, along with an overture by Marianna Martines, a Viennese contemporary of Mozart
  • The concert is approximately one hour in length, conducted by the TSO’s RBC Resident Conductor and TSYO Conductor, Simon Rivard.
  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Pride Together on October 1 and 2, 2021 (7:30 p.m.)

  • Genre-spanning music from Tchaikovsky to Lady Gaga, Saint-Saëns to Sister Sledge.
  • A high energy program with unifying themes like desire, protest, and acceptance that parallel the journey of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
  • Beloved songs like “Vogue”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Time Warp”, and more.
  • The concert is approximately one hour in length, and is conducted by TSO Barrett Principal Education Conductor and Community Ambassador Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser.
  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The details

  • More than 20 of the TSO’s musicians will perform live on stage;
  • The concerts will also be displayed on a large LED screen;
  • The sound will be piped into patrons’ car.

About CityView Drive-In

  • Contactless ticketing, drive-in and seating;
  • Safe and physically distanced for audience members;
  • Performers on stage also adhere to COVID protocols.

More information here.

Tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 3, 2021 to the general public here.

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