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"Le Jazz Hot for a Winter’s Afternoon"

Toronto, January 12, 2005 ---- Orchestra Toronto’s February concert, themed "Le Jazz Hot for a Winter’s Afternoon" features the Canadian grandmaster of ragtime, John Arpin, and will take place Sunday February 20, 2005, 3:00 p.m. at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The performance will be followed by a "Homecoming Reception" for all alumni musicians, conductors, board members and supporters of Orchestra Toronto to honour its 50th anniversary.

The program will include jazz-inspired symphonic works by Gershwin and Bernstein and will be complimented by the arrangements and piano wizardry of John Arpin performing Arlen’s Happy 100th, Harold Arlen (arr. Arpin) and Blake’s Eubie Blake Medley (arr. Arpin). In addition to An American in Paris (Gershwin) and West Side Story Symphonic Dances (Bernstein), the audience will hear works by William Ryden (Piano Concerto 2nd mvmt), Joseph Lamb (Bohemian Rag) and Joplin (The Entertainer).

"The players are very excited about performing this upbeat and unique program with such a renowned Canadian artist as John Arpin," says Stan Shortt, Chairman of Orchestra Toronto’s Board of Directors and an orchestra member. "It will be a fitting performance for welcoming former orchestra members, conductors, board members and long time supporters of Orchestra Toronto’s predecessors – the East York Symphony Orchestra and the Bennington Heights Community Orchestra - to the reception following the concert in celebration of our 50th anniversary."

Information on the alumni Homecoming reception can be found on Orchestra Toronto’s website at www/orchestratoronto.ca or call 416-467-7142.

All Orchestra Toronto’s performances take place at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street (north of Sheppard Avenue), in the acoustically superb George Weston Recital Hall.

Individual tickets can be purchased for $30 (Adult), $25 (Senior/Student) and $10 (Children/Youth up to 18 yrs). For tickets and information call 416-467-7142 or log onto www.orchestratoronto.ca.

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Orchestra Toronto is one of Canada’s premier community volunteer symphony orchestras dedicated to providing affordable family entertainment, music education and full repertoire in all its programs.

TD Canada Trust is the sponsor of Orchestra Toronto’s February concert. Its current season presenter is Mercedes-Benz Thornhill. Other concert sponsors are RBC Investments and Long & McQuade Limited Musical Instruments. Continuing support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council Foundation is also gratefully acknowledged.


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