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TBSO sets ‘Symphony Virgins’ free on Friday

Thanks to a generous supporter, TBSO is dropping their $25 ticket price on it’s pre- season Symphony Virgins concert, making it a FREE concert on Friday night at the Da Vinci Centre. The concert features Music Director Paul Haas conducting the whole orchestra. The program includes an exciting cross-section of classical music—ranging from John Williams’ Star Wars Suite to music from Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, with a little Beethoven and Mozart mixed in—especially curated for the evening by Haas. If you haven’t been to a Symphony concert, or haven’t been to one in a long while, this is your...

Superior Morning with Lisa Laco

Listen as TBSO’s Executive Director, Gerald McEachern, and Vice President of the Board of Directors and Development Chairperson, Jeff Sampson, meet with Lisa Laco to discuss TBSO’s new Case for Support document and how the TBSO is meeting financial challenges and addressing an aging core audience. Live in Thunder Bay, September 21, 2018  

We’re Hiring: Marketing Manager

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) is seeking a full-time Marketing Manager. Now in its 58th (Seriously Great!) season, the TBSO delivers 21 regular season performances, 4 educational programs delivered to local and regional schools, as well as a half dozen or more special events involving 168 musician services in total. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Marketing Manager will be responsible for planning, organizing and administering the successful delivery of the TBSO’s brand, marketing and communications. The Marketing Manager will collaborate with the Director of Development to align marketing to the the TBSO’s donation, gifting, sponsorship and fundraising programs....

Interim Conductor-in-Residence.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2018 (THUNDER BAY) Simon Rivard, TBSO’s fine young Conductor-in-Residence will be stepping down from his post, effective immediately. He will be replaced by the equally gifed and energetic Mélissa Biroun, who will assume duties as Interim Conductor-in-Residence. Biroun is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in classical piano studying under Louise Bessette, and also a graduate of Vanier College in jazz piano under Eric Harding. Afer graduating, she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in composition at the Université de Montréal. An accomplished student, Ms. Biroun won a bursary and two residencies. Her emerging...

TBSO’s Conductor-in-Residence joins the Toronto Symphony

(Thunder Bay) It has been announced by the TSO in Toronto today that Simon Rivard, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor-in-Residence, has been hired by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as their new Resident Conductor. Rivard will be working directly under the TSO’s new Interim Artistic Director, Sir Andrew Davis. In a statement issued today Davis says, “Simon is a gifed young conductor who radiates energy. A versatile, well-rounded musician, he is an accomplished violinist whose interest in new repertoire, vocal music, and education reveals an open and adventurous mind.” In addition to other duties Rivard will be on the podium...

Jens Lindemann Performs Haydn

Ottorino Respighi b. Bologna, Italy, 1879 / d. Rome, Italy, 1936 Trittico Botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures) (1927) Best known for his tone poems for (very) large orchestra (The Pines and Fountains of Rome), Respighi also composed numerous works for smaller orchestral forces, including this triptych inspired by three Renaissance paintings by Sandro Botticelli (ca.1445-1510). Primavera (Allegory of Spring) depicts a group of mythical figures in an orange grove.  Venus, the goddess of love stands at the center.  On one side are Flora, goddess of flowers and Spring, and the nymph Chloris, pursued by Zephyrus, the god of the wind. On...

Gregory Lewis performs Mozart

Denis Gougeon b. Granby, Québec, 1951 Coup d’archets Denis Gougeon is a Canadian composer and music educator from Montréal. His more than 100 compositions encompass a wide variety of genres, including orchestral works, chamber music, opera, ballet, and pieces for solo instruments and voice. Gougeon began his career as a primarily self-taught composer. He later entered the Université de Montréal where he studied composition with Serge Garant and André Prévost. From 1984-1988 he taught music composition at McGill University. Since 2001 he has been a member of the music faculty at the Université de Montréal. Coup d’archets (a stroke of...

James Ehnes Recital

The idea of a coast-to-coast recital tour of Canada has been percolating in my mind for many years. I have been very lucky to have traveled extensively through this great country of my birth, and am privileged to know the large cities well from repeated visits, but I often miss the days of my early career when I had more chances to visit smaller centres, to interact with people in more remote places, and, perhaps most importantly, to travel by the roads and railways, to get a sense of the massive scale of this nation. Having moved to the USA...

Visions of Paradise

Sir Edward Elgar b. Lower Broadheath, England, 1857 / d. Worcester, England, 1934 Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No. 2 / Chanson de Martin, Op. 15, No. 1 (circa 1890) Christos Hatzis b. Volos, Greece, 1953 Thunder Drum (2016) Gustav Mahler b. Kaliště, Czech Republic, 1860 / d. Vienna, Austria, 1911 Symphony No. 4, G Major (circa 1890) All the music on tonight’s program conveys ideas and emotions of paradise. Sir Edward Elgar’s exquisitely tender Chanson de Nuit and Chanson de Matin turn the everyday into the remarkable, and suggest that the composer found a domestic paradise in the blessing...