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The TSYO teams up with the Toronto Children’s Chorus

  • Alain Trudel, conductor

  • Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra

  • Toronto Children’s Chorus

Saturday, February 26, at 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto, Ontario – This Young People’s Concert features the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, its new conductor, Alain Trudel, and the Toronto Children’s Chorus. The repertoire: Copland’s "Hoe down" from Rodeo; Shostakovich’s 2nd movement from Symphony No. 10; Haydn’s 4th movement from Symphony No. 100; selections from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, movements 22, IV, and V; Copland’s "I Bought Me a Cat", "Simple Gifts" and "Ching A Ring Chaw" from Old American Songs.

Founded by Victor Feldbrill in 1974, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra allows young musicians to enhance their musical studies by providing them with the opportunity to train with world-renowned musicians and perform in a professional environment. Musicians aged 22 and under participate in a programme that includes sectional and full orchestral rehearsals, masterclasses, chamber music, concerts, and recordings. Conductors of the TSYO have included Victor Feldbrill (1974-78), Leonard Atherton (1978-79), Ermanno Florio (1979-86), Nurhan Arman (1986-87), David Zafer, Joaquín Valdepeñas (1988-99) and Susan Haig (1999 – 2002). Since then, the TSYO enjoyed working with conductors Gary Kulesha, Sir Andrew Davis, and TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian. In February of 2004, Alain Trudel, trombone soloist, conductor, and composer, was announced to the position of TSYO Conductor. TSYO alumni perform with the TSO, the orchestras of the National Ballet and the Canadian Opera Company, as well as have solo careers or perform with various ensembles domestically and abroad.

A trombone soloist and composer, Alain Trudel has also established himself in recent years as a singularly exciting and musical conductor. He is equally at home with top professional orchestras as with student formations, and as much a master of the classical and Romantic repertoire as of the avant-garde and jazz. Trudel has been re-invited to conduct many orchestras and musical training programmes throughout Canada as well as the Tokyo Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. His recordings as conductor include a Naxos release of trombone concerti with the Northern Sinfonia, featuring Trudel also as soloist. He is the Artistic Director of Kiosque à Musique and of the "Summer Serenade" at the Camp Musical des Laurentides. Trudel is a member of the trio Bellows & Brass and has been the arranger and leader of the CBC Christmas Sing-In for more than a decade. He also is an "International Yamaha Artist," has his own signature mouthpiece, and Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. sponsors his educational activities. In addition to other prizes and awards, Alain Trudel is a recipient of the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize. For more information on Alain Trudel’s activities as trombonist, composer or conductor and for other biographies, please visit www.alaintrudel.com.

Founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle, the Toronto Children’s Chorus enters its 26th season this year. Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles for children, the Chorus performs with an artistry that inspires audiences and critics alike. Providing life-enhancing experiences through the study and performance of the choral art, the TCC stands as a model in the international children’s choir movement.

SPONSOR: Holiday Inn on King. This concert is part of the Desjardins Young People’s Concerts series.

Tickets: $23.50, $14.50.
Call the Roy Thomson Hall box office at 416 593 4828
or order online at www.roythomson.com.
Mon-Fri, 9-8. Sat, 12-5. Sun, 2 hrs prior to concert start. VISA/MC/AMEX.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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