It’s really been quite a happy few days music-wise for me. See, I thought that since it was my last few months in Toronto, I should really take advantage of the music performances available in the city before I go.
Lo and behold I learn a whole bunch of new stuff that I never knew before. If people had told me of them in the past, I don’t remember, so it’s all new to me. (yes, I know it’s very late, but better late than never right!)
1. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra offers discounted tickets at just $12 for some performances if you’re between 18-29 years of age. (See tsoundcheck)
2. If you sign up for the TSO’s free email club, you gain access to Beethoven On Demand, their online database of over 130,000 high-quality audio tracks. (Genres range from all kinds and eras of classical works to pop and rock! They have the soundtracks to films and musicals, ballet music, contemporary and classical choral works etc etc.)
3. Erich Kunzel is coming to Toronto not once, but TWICE in the following months to conduct the TSO! There’ll be a TSO Christmas, and The Magical Music of Disney.
4. The Canadian Opera Company also offers $20 tickets for people below 30yrs of age (Opera for a New Age).
5. The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts has a series of free concerts!
6. I’ve found a couple of potential classical concert buddies, and also two people who are willing to try out opera with me! (Zibin being one of them… can you believe it?! I hope we don’t regret that…)
I certainly hope I’ll be able to take advantage of all these new discoveries… meanwhile, I’m in bliss with Beethoven On Demand and listening to Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1.
(P.S. Bea & Yinwei, how I wish you two were here if only for a visit and we can go exploit being under 30 together!)