Opening Night: Music for a Celebration

13 October 2023 - 7:30 pm Thunder Bay Community Auditorium



Join the TBSO for OPENING NIGHT featuring TBSO’s own Thomas Cosbey playing Barber’s Violin Concerto, as well as works by Alexina Louie, Jessie Montgomery, Honneger, and Poulenc!

Alexina Louie – Music for a Celebration
Jessie Montgomery – Strum
Barber – Violin Concerto — Thomas Cosbey
Honneger – Pastorale d’ete
Poulenc – Sinfonietta


Cosette Justo Valdes, conductor

Thomas Cosbey, violin

The TBSO is absolutely delighted to welcome Cosette Justo Values to conduct the TBSO’s own concertmaster Thomas Cosbey performing Samuel Barber’s violin concerto. This piece celebrates the strings of the orchestra with some of the most wickedly difficult writing for violin in the entire repertoire, while at the same time, showing off deeply lyrical and passionate melodies. Alongside this is the work of the incredible contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery. Her piece “Strum” is a romp through different string techniques, including heavy “pizzicato” in the style of great banjo playing – it feels like sitting outside on a hot summer night. Honnegar’s Pastorale d’été is a musical impression of a peaceful early summer morning in the Swiss Alps. It opens with a languorous soaring theme on the horn that transports us instantly to a bright, sunny mountainside.  Poulenc’s Sinfonietta leaves us with its fun, witty charm and eclectic dance rhythms. We’ll have you in the mood for warm nights and cool drinks and dancing on the beach with this concert.


Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.