BY SYLVIE DI LEONARDO


EACH year, the musicians of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra set out on two regional tours, to bring as much music as possible to as many people as possible. This year’s tour, thoughtfully arranged by TBSO musician and tour manager Damian Rivers-More, will take our new musical director Paul Haas and conductor-in-residence Simon Rivard east of the city.

This tour heralds the TBSO’s return to Terrace Bay after many years, and its annual visit to the Pic River First Nation. This tour also includes a Remembrance Day tribute in Terrace Bay on Tuesday. The tour will host a local speaker and a soloist to pay tribute to those who, in the past and present, dedicated themselves to the service of others through military service.

Our eastern tour gives audiences access to music closer to home, and includes symphonic gems ranging from Henry Purcell, to the Baroque, to John Williams’ Star Wars. Catch themes from Harry Potter to Habanera. Live shows will be held Monday through Wednesday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children at the door. All patrons are asked to bring a non-perishable good to the concert, in support of local food banks.

The concert schedule starts Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Red Rock High School. The show moves to Terrace Bay for a 7:30 p.m. Monday evening concert at Lake Superior High School.

Another concert at Lake Superior High School on Tuesday starts at 10:10 a.m. and includes a Remembrance talk. Musicians will then head east for a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening performance at Marathon High School.

The tour starts Wednesday at Pic River Ojibway First Nation Community Centre with a 9:30 a.m. before returning to Marathon High School for a 1 p.m. concert.

Sylvie Di Leonardo is the marketing and operations manager for the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

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