TBSO Unveils Details for New Performances

Story by Matt Prokopchuk, Photo by Chondon Photography

Officials with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) have announced a slate of new live performances this fall, as COVID-19 continues to force changes to the way arts organizations bring shows to the public.

The TBSO will play a series of chamber concerts at Hilldale Lutheran Church starting on October 8, with an audience capacity of 50 people, in keeping with current health and safety guidelines. As the season progresses and if guidelines allow, the size of the performing ensembles could increase.

“We’ve put together a repertoire to reflect on both the unique times we are facing and our position in the community,” says Paul Haas, the music director. “We are elated to be able to play together as musicians and share our music with audiences.” The TBSO is calling this season 59.5, as 2020-2021 was to mark its landmark 60th concert season. The branding is to reflect that now is a time for “reflection, contemplation, and re-connection” as opposed to a “joyful, jubilant, celebratory year of performances” for their milestone year.

The TBSO’s website currently lists over a dozen performances in October and November. The concerts will feature works by a range of composers, from Mozart and Bach to Stravinsky and Poulenc. Furthermore, the TBSO plans to stream selected performances this year, as well as feature Haas, resident conductor Maria Fuller and various musicians in other digital content. “All of us are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to share this experience together with you, our steadfast patrons and friends,” says Linda Penner, TBSO board president.