This past weekend I enjoyed my first experience at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. I found the experience of getting dressed up and attending such an event to be a wonderful way to spend a rainy and gloomy Sunday afternoon.
This particular afternoon, we enjoyed an afternoon of French Romance featuring music from the French Romantic Era. Guillermo Figueroa, who was charming, funny and informative conducted the orchestra. As a first time audience member, I really enjoyed hearing about the history and background of each piece that was played. I was incredibly impressed with violin soloist Caroline Goulding, who at the age of 18 is already an incredibly accomplished musician. Dressed beautifully in a flowing red gown, Caroline owned the stage and moved the audience with the passion she exuded during her performance.
A visit to the symphony has been made accessible through the tsoundcheck program, which allows those aged 15-35 to purchase tickets to certain concerts for only $14. The great thing about this program is that your guest can be of any age; what a great way to share an experience with a loved one. Since children over the age of five are permitted to attend, this is also a great opportunity to bring a young friend and provide them with a new experience that may inspire them to follow in the footsteps of someone like Caroline.
I think it’s important for us to expose ourselves to these wonderful experiences that without new and young audience members will fade away into our history books.