Concert tonight: “What is Toronto?”

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april5BHow might historical themes be translated into musical composition? A group of musicians will engage with this question tonight as part of “What is Toronto?” This concert will explore the iconic events, places, and unique qualities that define perceptions of Canada’s largest city, both past and present.

The event is organized by Spectrum, a group of Canadian composers who create and present a contemporary hybrid of jazz and classical music. They strive to create innovative, genre-defying themed concerts which explore intersections between subcultures in Canada.

The performance will feature a pre-concert chat with Artistic Associate and composer Matt Roberts, who conceived the concert, Artistic Director and composer Ben Dietschi, and Jay Young, a historian of Toronto and co-editor of ActiveHistory.ca.   Before each piece, Jay will discuss the inspiration of each piece with its composer and how they went about turning fragments and myths of the past into sound.

The concert will be held tonight at The Al Green Theatre, starting at 7:30pm. For more information on the concert, click here.

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