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I’m making a case for live music being good for your health. Ie, taking in a TSO concert

I’m making a case for live music being good for your health. Ie, taking in a TSO concert featured image

Going to “Star Wars – A New Hope” with the TSO playing the live score definitely counts

So many resolutions this time of year involve health and fitness, usually of the physical kind. It’s important to  pay attention to your emotional and mental health, too. Music is a great way to let our minds wander, allowing ourselves to be engaged in a different way than staring at our devices. When experienced live, music has a way of uplifting our spirits or giving us cause to reflect and ponder things.

When I talk about the impact live music has on my friends, who attend various genres from indie bands to rhythm and blues to jazz and classical, I realize live music is our modern-day secular version of going to church or temple.

I often enjoy symphony concerts because of the wash of sound that only a large ensemble can produce, and the hypnotic effect of watching 80+players all playing the same riff in unison. Here’s what the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has going on for the month of January, to keep you on your resolution track for overall fitness and well-being.

All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall in downtown Toronto, unless otherwise specified.

Sibelius Symphony 2
January 10 & 12 at 8 PM
January 13 at 3 PM (at George Weston Recital Hall in North York)
David Robertson, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin
Weill: Suite from The Threepenny Opera
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No.2

Mozart with Zukerman
January 16, 17, 18 & 19 at 8 PM
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor & violin
Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
Mozart: Violin concerto No. 5, K. 219 “Turkish”
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3, K. 385
Mozart: Symphony No. 35, K. 385, “Haffner”

Star Wars: A New Hope – In concert
Par of Star Wars Film concert Series
Star Wars: A New Hope
Sarah Hicks, conductor
January 23, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 PM

Sir Andrew Davis Conducts Wagner
January 31 at 8 PM (and February 2 at 8 PM)
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Lise Davidsen, soprano
Simon O’Neill, tenor
Brindley Sherratt, bass
Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra
Wagner: Act 1 of Die Walküre

Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Simcoe Street at King
Box office: 60 Simcoe Street or [email protected]
416 593 1285 to confirm box office hours or to order by phone
Venue info including directions, parking, and public transit, click here.

See you at the Symphony!


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