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Orchestra Toronto Brings Hope and Positivity with ‘A Brave New World’

Orchestra will be joined by Juno-nominated cellist Winona Zelenka as it uplifts and inspires its audience

Toronto, Ontario – March 25, 2024 – Orchestra Toronto is proud to present a bold and uplifting concert entitled A Brave New World on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 3:00pm in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre. The program celebrates the influence of music in the United States and showcases its power to bring people together, inspire hope and drive positive change.

“Everybody faces challenges, but music can help bring people together to emerge from the struggle in a better place,” said Michael Newnham, Music Director of Orchestra Toronto. “This concert is all about music of positive change. It will leave you feeling warm, uplifted and invigorated.”

Orchestra Toronto is excited to be joined by Winona Zelenka for its performance of Antonin Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, which showcases the warmth and nurturing qualities of the cello and tells a powerful story of immigration and hope in a new world. Known for her ability to create a beautiful, singing tone with the cello, Ms. Zelenka is one of Canada’s finest cellists. A member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2001, Ms. Zelenka was TSO’s Acting Principal Cellist for five seasons from 2004 to 2009 and is presently Assistant Principal Cellist with the TSO. In addition, she has performed with other prestigious Canadian music companies, including the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Sinfonietta, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Toronto Philharmonic. Ms. Zelenka is also an enthusiastic proponent of new music and has had several pieces written for her by Canadian composers, including Michael Pepa, Michael Oesterle and Chris Paul Harman.

The program includes Valerie Coleman’s “Umoja: Anthem of Unity,” a stirring piece that celebrates the power of togetherness and community, as well as Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes by Carl Maria von Weber,” who, after his escape from Nazi Germany, wrote this orchestral showpiece full of life and fun, reflecting his new home in America.

Further information on Season 2023-2024, including the sale of subscription seats or individual concert tickets, can be found on Orchestra Toronto’s website (www.orchestratoronto.ca). Orchestra Toronto has welcomed hundreds of newcomers to Canada at its concerts as part of its Welcome Seat program. In addition, music lovers of all generations can interact with and listen to Orchestra Toronto on Twitter (@OrchToronto), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OrchestraToronto), YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMJ-IHjJQ_TP7rJL5fIopUg) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/orchtoronto/).

About Orchestra Toronto
Comprised of 90 musicians, Orchestra Toronto is an orchestra created by passionate musicians within the community, for the community. We offer the enjoyment of music, foster education and music appreciation and support emerging Canadian talent. Our organization of volunteers is committed to making symphonic music accessible to a broad and diverse public beyond the concert hall.

For more information or to arrange interviews with artists, guest artists or the Music Director, please contact:

Orchestra Toronto’s Executive Director, Julianna Cole at: executive.director@orchestratoronto.ca

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