Toronto Symphony musicians keep the music playing—from home

Posted on: March 25, 2021

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Double Bass Paul Rogers and his son Shaun are featured in the Toronto Star’s weekly series focusing on Toronto Symphony musicians. Photo by Rene Johnston/Toronto Star

“There’s never a moment without music in the Rogers household. Toronto Symphony Orchestra Double Bass Paul Rogers is one of four musicians living at home in Toronto during this pandemic year,” reads an unsigned article in Thursday’s (3/25) Toronto Star (Canada). “Paul’s wife, Wendy Rogers, plays violin in the National Ballet Orchestra, and has a very active online teaching schedule. Son Shaun (double bass) and daughter Jacqueline (cello), who under normal circumstances would have been pursuing their masters degrees in music performance in the U.S., are living out their year at home. Meanwhile, in addition to TSO events and private teaching, Paul is a coach for the young bass players of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. With four musicians in one house, it was only natural for Paul to ask one of them to share his Musical Moment. Son Shaun agreed and also composed a special piece for the occasion. Enjoy the world première of ‘Flibbertigibbet.’ Musical Moment, produced by the TSO and the Star, features musicians recording themselves live at home, performing pieces no longer than three minutes. New video will be posted every Thursday at thestar.com/musicalmoments.”