Back onstage, Toledo Symphony opens new season

Posted on: September 13, 2021

“A lockdown proved a creative opportunity for Rhiannon Giddens, the celebrated musician whose latest album, They’re Calling Me Home, bears its insights and its influence,” writes Nicki Gorny in Sunday’s (9/12) Toledo Blade (Ohio). “Likewise for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s [Music Director] Alain Trudel.” On September 12, “Giddens is expected to perform selections from the new album in what’s touted as a ‘genre-busting’ evening of jazz, blues, country, gospel, and Celtic; she’ll be accompanied by members of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. If the pandemic is to be a key influence in this first performance and others in the upcoming season for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra … it also isn’t expected to define it to the same extent that it defined last year’s unusual season … Trudel said this is perhaps the season of which he’s been most proud…. Trudel and violinist Merwin Siu, as well as others who weigh in on programming … came together in a conscious effort this season to feature artists and composers whose diverse backgrounds better reflect the local and national community … In the ProMedica Masterworks Series … they’ve included at least one such under-represented composer in each concert.” Read Rhiannon Giddens’s article in Symphony magazine here.