The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is throwing a surprise free concert next week

Feb 20 2020, 7:05 am

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will perform a free, surprise concert for Torontonians to uplift peoples’ spirits during the gloomy month of February.

The Beat the Winter Blues Free Community Concert will take place on Wednesday, February 26 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Roy Thomson Hall.

“With our long winters, February can be a challenging time for Torontonians, so we wanted to bring a bit of musical sunshine to our city to help offer some respite from the grey skies,” Matthew Loden, CEO of the TSO said in a release. “It’s our small way of giving back and thanking everyone for making the TSO part of their lives.”

Simon Rivard, the TSO RBC Resident Conductor, will be leading the 92-member Orchestra with some audience favourites like, the overture to Bernstein’s Candide, the theme from Mission: Impossible, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Concertmaster Jonathan Crow will perform “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and will be joined by the entire orchestra for the final movement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Eugene Ye, 17, and winner of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition will perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the TSO. This marks his first time performing with a major symphony orchestra.

Kathleen Kajioka, The New Classical FM host, will be the emcee of the event.

Tickets are required for the show and can be booked online at no charge starting at 10 am.