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A Season Like No Other

By Scott Irvine

Join the GEORGIAN BAY SYMPHONY as we proudly present A Season Like No Other!

Now in our 53rd year, this season’s five concerts will highlight “community” and “collaboration”.

The Fall concert, entitled Horn of Plenty/Plenty of Horn!, focuses on a number of Autumn-inspired works, anchored by Haydn’s Symphony No. 73, subtitled “The Hunt”, so named because of its hunting horn-inflected final movement.  In keeping with that theme, we will feature our star principal French horn of the GBS, Jaime McCormack, in a performance of Under the Apple Boughs by celebrated Canadian composer Keith Bissell, (born 1912 in Meaford), making him a “local community hero” in the Grey-Bruce Arts world.  In addition, Vivaldi fans can look forward to hearing — what else? — “Autumn” from The Four Seasons.  And finally, not to put too fine a point on the theme of this concert, we will be giving out a cornucopia of locally-grown apples after the show!

Our December concert, Christmas Magic, will have the usual seasonal fare that one has come to expect along with a suite from the soundtrack of the classic Disney movie, One Magic Christmas.  Longtime residents of Owen Sound and Meaford can probably remember the time in 1985 when movie crews came to town to film it — with some of them even appearing as extras! But what is particularly exciting for us will be our collaboration with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, featuring breathtaking winter scenes by local legend Tom Thomson projected along with the winter-themed music of Claude Debussy. 

We will make you an offer you can’t refuse for the February Family Day weekend and bring you a concert entitled Movie Music Madness!  You’ll enjoy music from epic film franchises like Lord of the Rings and Jurassic Park, in addition to well-known Classical works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Wagner that have found their way into the soundtracks of blockbuster movies like Out of Africa and Apocalypse Now.

A favourite performer in the Grey Bruce region, Victoria Yeh highlights our Spring Into April concert with her dazzling technique and effervescent stage presence, performing the scintillating "Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra" by Scott Routenberg. for electric violin and orchestra.  Faint-of-heart?  Not-to-worry.  We will be filling out the programme with traditional works from the Classical canon as well as the very person piece "Never to Return" by Karen Sunnabacka

Our final concert, in May, will be Last Night at the Proms, Eh?  The traditional “Last Night at the Proms” has been a Symphony-goer’s delight for many decades, but the GBS will be presenting it with a uniquely Canadian twist!   Violinist and home-grown legend, Dr. Samantha Orr will return to her hometown to perform “Summer” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and there will be a moving tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth, but we’re not going to give away any more details here.  You’ll have to attend to see for yourself what all the fuss is about, and why we are all quite excited to be presenting this concert as our finale to A Season Like No Other!


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