Toronto Symphony Orchestra Will Rock You with 'Winborne's The Music of Queen'

Symphonic performances of the iconic rock band's hits take place on March 7 and 8

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Feb 2, 2023

Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy? It's a question that the late great Freddie Mercury — in four-part harmony with Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor — once begged, and you'll be echoing the sentiment when the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) rocks you with their latest presentation: Windborne's The Music of Queen.

Conducted by Berklee grad Brent Havens and featuring Australian vocalist MiG Ayesa (whose Broadway credits include Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor), the 50-piece orchestra will re-contextualize the Queen you know and love, taking on standouts from the beloved British band's iconic catalogue to expand the listening experience.

Having always drawn upon elements and textures of classical music in the larger-than-life sound that had them crowned rock royalty shortly after forming in 1970, Queen's rich kaleidoscope of threads will be pulled out in an orchestral scoring of the band's hits by the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall. 

Performances are scheduled to take place on March 7 at 8 p.m. and on March 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

"When I sat down to begin scoring the show, it was amazing how comfortably the orchestra fit within the structure of the music," Havens said in a press release. "Innovative chord progressions, wonderful melodies and the astounding vocals of Freddie Mercury make the music a perfect choice to orchestrate. And having world-class musicians in every city we present the show makes the music even that much more compelling."

Don't stop yourself now — tickets are on sale via the TSO's website.

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