15 April 2023 - 2:00 pm Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

The Spirit Horse Returns



An Indigenous knowledge keeper takes us through time to meet the mysterious “small horses of the deep woods” who were helpers and spirit guides to First Nations and Métis people. Exploring the diversity of Indigenous cultures, we visit the magnificent Horse Nations of the prairies and Northern Ontario. The Spirit Horse Returns combines an all-new rich and tuneful orchestral score, delightful songs, traditional teachings, and stunning colourful visual art. It provides young audiences with inspiring and age- appropriate explorations of truth and reconciliation.


Naomi Woo, conductor

Ken MacDonald, horn

Jodi Contin, narrator

Rhonda Snow, visual artist and knowledge keeper

Music by Kevin Lau, with additional music by Jodi Contin and Andrew Balfour


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20 April 2023 - 7:30 pm Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Earth Day: Rediscovering Spring



Spring has long been associated with rebirth and revitalization, but with the current environment of our world, we must also consider reflection. Canadian composer Dinuk Wijeratne’s HymnPeace causes us to examine our place in social history, Brahms’s choral masterpiece “Schicksalslied” encourages the idea of seizing our destiny in the here and now, and Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1 highlights and celebrates innovation and inspiration. This concert is a thoughtful and joyful exploration of modern and traditional classical music in our changing world.

Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied
Dinuk Wijeratne: HymnPeace Orchestral Remix 
Florence Price: Symphony No.1 in E minor 


Paul Haas, TBSO Music Director
India Gailey, cello
Tim Hoover, DJ
Lakehead University Vocal Ensemble
Thunder Bay Symphony Chorus

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29 April 2023 - 7:30 pm Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Starman: David Bowie



David Bowie was one of the most enigmatic artists in the history of popular music. He became a music icon in life and a legend after. Extravagantly creative, he defied definition and transcended boundaries. He was an infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians and artists about the power of drama, images, and personas. Bowie’s lyrics were, above all, about being an outsider: an alien, a misfit, a sexual adventurer, a faraway astronaut; and his music was a kaleidoscope of influence – rock, cabaret, jazz, and classical — always underpinned with genuine heart. The TBSO is thrilled to once again join forces with Jeans ’n’ Classics for this very special concert.


Jeff Christmas, RBC Principal Pops Conductor
Jeans ’n Classics band, guest artist

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05 May 2023 - 7:30 pm Fort William Historical Park




Noondaagotoon, means play it (so it makes a sound) in Ojibway. If you’ve been to a Noondaagotoon concert, you know this to be true. This annual collaboration between the TBSO and Indigenous performers has become one of the highlights of our season. A free event, it is an exciting opportunity to strengthen long-standing relationships – and establish new ones – while creating space for musical reconciliation with Fort William First Nation.


Cosette Justo Valdés, RBC Featured Conductor

Jeremy Dutcher, guest artist

Thunder Mountain Singers

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