Three-week Toronto Summer Music festival, led by Toronto Symphony concertmaster, remains online in 2021

Posted on: July 6, 2021

“We aren’t out of the pandemic woods yet. And in the face of ongoing government restrictions, Toronto Summer Music, like many of its sister festivals, has decided yet again to go virtual,” writes William Littler in Saturday’s (7/3) Toronto Star (Canada). “The annual classical music celebration will present an online program of more than two dozen concerts … from July 15 to Aug. 1, under the artistic direction of Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow.…. ‘Many of the artists are artists who had to cancel last year and, because of border regulations, all fellows this year are in Canada,’ Crow explains. The fellows … are musicians between 18 and 35 who participate on scholarship…. The festival [will] offer its online programming this summer free of charge…. The bulk of the programming will, as usual, be devoted to chamber music, including concerts by the Gryphon Trio (premiering a new work by Toronto-based Bruce A. Russell) and Crow’s own New Orford String Quartet, both of them offering a special kids’ concert in addition to an adult program….. This summer’s concerts may be mostly filmed or livestreamed … but they aim to be as real as musicians can make them.”