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Orchestra Toronto Let’s the Music Flow with its ‘Symphony of the Sea’

Orchestra will be joined by world-class soloists as it presents a global selection of aquatic beauty

Toronto, Ontario – January 30, 2024 – Orchestra Toronto is diving into the beauty and mystery of water with its Symphony of the Sea concert in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 3:00pm. Let the music wash over you as you are immersed in the ebbs and flows of the eclectic mix of music this performance will offer.

“The entire orchestra, as well as our guest soloists, are excited to bring this unique afternoon of colourful, beautiful and passionate music to our audience as we celebrate water and movement,” said Michael Newnham, Music Director of Orchestra Toronto. “Like water, we believe music is essential to life and brings peace, serenity and connection to everyone. From Toronto composer, Mychael Danna, to the radiant music of the Frenchman Claude Debussy, we know our audience will be moved by each of these incredibly beautiful pieces.”

Orchestra Toronto is thrilled to be joined by the following soloists for its performance of the suite from “Life of Pi”: Divyalakshmi Iyer (Vocals), Joseph Macerollo (Accordion), Shawn Mativetsky (Tabla) and Sundar Viswanathan (Bansuri Flute).

The program will set-sail with Sibelius’ mystical “The Oceanides”, which captures the essence of the sea with its ethereal and haunting melody. Audience members will recognize Mychael Danna’s suite from “Life of Pi”, which adds a dramatic and real-world feel to this concert with soloists playing the accordion, table and bansuri flute, in addition to a vocal soloist. Finally, Rautavaara’s “Cantus Arcticus” will take the audience on a journey to the Nordic and Arctic regions, with its evocative bird calls and orchestra sounds, while Debussy’s iconic “La Mer” will transport the audience to the blue and turquoise waters of the French coast with its impressionistic waves and flows.

The full performance includes:

Jean Sibellius: The Oceanides
Mychael Danna: Suite from “Life of Pi”, with vocal, accordion, tabla and bansuri flute solos
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticuc “Concerto for Birds and Orchestra”
Claude Debussy: La Mer

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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