Published Mar 07, 2013We're currently nearing the end of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations Festival, which ends on Saturday (March 9). The TSO will cap off the week with a visually unique performance of A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City.
A press release describes the piece as "the first symphony created for, by and about Torontonians." For the performance, the city's CN Tower will be illuminated with a special light show.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. local time on Saturday at Roy Thomson Hall, and the performance will then stream on TSO.ca starting at around 9 p.m. If you tune in to hear the audio feed, you will see accompanying visuals that include graphics, videos and photos showing the project's creation alongside live footage of the light show at the CN Tower.
Thousands of Torontonians reportedly contributed to the project, while composer Tod Machover attempted to answer the question, "What does Toronto sound like?"
He said in a statement, "We embarked on an adventure that has led me to new sounds, new friendships, new discoveries about Toronto, and new ideas about musical storytelling. When I started the project, my hope was to convey how the incredible diversity of Toronto is wrapped in a beautiful and unified connectivity. Having just finished the piece, I think we have achieved that and I can't wait to share it with Toronto."
The press release also explained the project further, writing, "Thousands of Torontonians participated in the work, and collaboration took place by blog TSO.CA/Composerandcity and e-mail, via Skype and smartphone, using audio and video recording and streaming, and through numerous face-to-face meetings and music-making sessions in Toronto. In addition, collaborators used Media Scores and Constellation web music apps (developed at the MIT Media Lab specifically for this project) as well as the MIT Media Lab's Hyperscore graphic composing software to let anyone create original material or make their personal versions of Machover's work."
Tickets for A Toronto Symphony are still available at TSO's website. Tune it on Saturday to see the CN Tower illuminated.