Toronto Symphony to make debut performance at Canadian festival

Posted on: July 23, 2014

In Wednesday’s (7/23) Toronto Star, Trish Crawford previews the ninth annual Toronto Summer Music Festival, which takes place from July 21 to August 12 and this year is focusing on the early 20th century. “ ‘It was the birth of popular trends like jazz,’ says [artistic director] Douglas McNabney…. ‘It heralded the ascension of popular culture and introduced dance trends like the Charleston and tango.’ … One of those fads—the tango—is featured in the program July 29 when Soledad, a tango nuevo band from Belgium, performs at Walter Hall.… The festival includes Modigliani String Quartet, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky with pianist Anthony Manoli, and concludes with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra playing its last concert before launching its European tour. McNabney is thrilled to have international singing star Radvanovsky participating in the festival as well as the TSO in its first appearance. The festival has only been around for nine years and is growing gradually, he points out. Tradition has been to focus on chamber music and vocal arts, so including a symphony is a major step.”

Posted July 23, 2014