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Orchestra Toronto Presents its First Concert Video with Classic Delights

Toronto, Ontario – December 16, 2020 – After having practiced and prepared and then having performances cancelled, Orchestra Toronto is excited to be able to bring its Sublime Delights concert, with special guest David Jalbert, to the Internet. Beginning December 17, 2020, for one month, Orchestra Toronto is posting a recorded performance, featuring pieces from Beethoven, Mozart, Sibelius and Brahms. Tickets are available now through the Orchestra Toronto website (www.orchestratoronto.ca) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OrchestraToronto) with the recording being available from December 17, 2020 to January 17, 2021 at midnight.

Not being able to share their music has been difficult for the musicians. Having carefully consulted all the available public health guidelines and the most current research and recommendations, as well as putting myriad precautions in place, the musicians and guest artists assembled to record their very first concert video.  With the safety of all involved being top priority for Orchestra Toronto, significant time was taken to install proper barriers to protect the safety of the musicians, conductor and readers.

“Being oneof only a few Toronto organizations that have been able to perform this year, it is exhilarating to be able to make and share music again,” said Michael Newnham, Music Director of Orchestra Toronto. “Music is one of the most important elements of life which brings us all together, especially at this time of year. Because we are not able to connect with our audience in person, we felt especially passionate about being able to bring performed music back into people’s lives. We hope to bring as much joy and peace to those that watch, as we were able to experience when playing together.”

Orchestra Toronto adapted its rehearsals and performance recording to ensure both were in line with recommendations of local, provincial and federal public health experts. The adjustments required that the orchestra:

            •           change repertoire to have smaller groups playing at one time

            •           wear masks at all times (when not restricted by the playing of an instrument)

            •           add barriers to protect brass and wind musicians

            •           introducing HEPA filters and added ventilation to the rehearsal space

            •           record the performance due to restrictions on live audiences

On the Programme

Host: Andrea Ludwig
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande

Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor (with Beethoven’s cadenza), David Jalbert, piano
Beethoven: The Consecration of the House

Concert Information

Webcast: available online from December 17, 2020 at [7:30pm] until January 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm
Tickets are $20 and are available here or by visiting:
Website: http://orchestratoronto.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OrchestraToronto

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

Jennie Worden, Executive Director
416-467-7142
executive.director@orchestratoronto.ca

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