Toronto Symphony collaborates with Toronto Zoo for performance inspired by the sounds of animals

Posted on: October 6, 2021

“The Toronto Zoo and Toronto Symphony Orchestra have joined forces to produce a concert inspired by the sounds of animals,” writes Noushin Ziafati in Tuesday’s (10/5) Canadian Press. “The organizations announced a new creative partnership Tuesday, which involves orchestra musicians performing at the zoo. The performance—dubbed Zoophony—will be filmed at the zoo and a recording will be released to schools on Nov. 22…. The partnership came about after the two organizations brainstormed ways in which they could serve the community during the pandemic. [Toronto Zoo CEO] Dolf DeJong says the zoo and the orchestra wanted to reach students who may need new ways to connect with nature. Double bassists Tim Dawson and Paul Rogers say one of the concert’s songs … was inspired by Masai giraffes at the zoo…. the music mimics low humming tones that giraffes make when they gather together at night. ‘We’ve never done anything like this,’ Rogers said after he and Dawson played a sample of the music at the zoo on Tuesday. ‘This is a lot of fun.’ DeJong said the Toronto Zoo looks forward to continuing its work with the orchestra to find new and creative ways to serve the community.”