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THE SCOOP | Toronto Symphony Partners With Toronto Zoo On New Primal Music Project

By Michael Vincent on October 5, 2021

Left to Right: Dolf DeJong, CEO, Toronto Zoo, Paul Rogers and Timothy Dawson, Double Bass Players, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Toronto Zoo)
Left to Right: Dolf DeJong, CEO, Toronto Zoo, Paul Rogers and Timothy Dawson, Double Bass Players, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Toronto Zoo)

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Zoo have partnered to expand the way we hear the sounds of animals in relation to music.

Zoophony is a digital concert for kids that aims to guide them to consider both sound and music in a primal sense.

“What elements of music make a tiger sound threatening, or a birdsong attractive? How do composers’ musical ideas compare to those of a gorilla, or a wolf?” states the press release.

The project will be co-hosted by Shawn Blackburn, Learning & Engagement Coordinator at the Toronto Zoo, and Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, the TSO’s Barrett Principal Education Conductor & Community Ambassador, Zoophony. It will include performances of works composed by Vivaldi, Shaun Rogers, Joe Kelly, Prokofiev/arr. Gary Kulesha, Delibes, Valerie Coleman, Emilie Lebel, Pierre Rivard, and Beethoven.

“Both the TSO and the Zoo are places where children’s imaginations and curiosity are ignited and celebrated. The TSO has a long history of working with community partners and the partnership with the Zoo is another example of our commitment to our shared educational and outreach efforts,” said the TSO’s Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser.

Zoophony is currently being filmed at the Toronto Zoo through October 6, and will be released November 22, 2021. More details [HERE].

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