Toronto Symphony duo brings pop-up flute/violin music to city parks

Posted on: May 28, 2021

“There’s music in the air—live music—and it’s coming to a Toronto neighborhood near you. But with the stay-at-home order in place, there is no time or date advertised,” writes Melanie Zettler in Wednesday’s (5/26) Global News (Canada). “Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s principal flutist Kelly Zimba and violinist Clare Semes paired up at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to offer virtual concerts during the colder months. The duo called themselves ‘Sonority Sisters.’ … Over the last few weeks of warmer weather in Toronto, Semes and Zimba have set up in parks all around the city…. ‘In times like these when live music is scarce, we are grateful to have this outlet for musical expression and connection,’ said Semes…. The pair met in Miami Beach when they were both fellows at the New World Symphony and both won positions in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2017…. While passersby might expect pieces by Mozart and Vivaldi … pop songs … like Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and Leonard Cohn’s ‘Hallelujah’ … Semes and Zimba will sneak into the park performances. ‘Even these little, mini performances with maybe 10 people listening at once really just bring me a lot of joy,’ said Semes.”