Second-year music director Danielle Lisboa leads the volunteer-based Orchestra Toronto, which has been wooing ears with tightly spun symphonic works for nearly 60 years. The 80-piece ensemble reassembles in February, providing concertgoers respite from cold-weather blues and panhandling snowmen with "Winter Tales," a collection of fiery, accessible compositions from several legendary composers. Lars-Erik Larsson's The Winter's Tale sets the show in motion before giving way to a quartet of classics, including Chris Meyer's In Memoriam Henryk Gorecki and Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite no. 2. To start the afternoon, attendees can pop into a pre-concert chat, where Clasical 96.3 FM personality Alexa Petrenko will discuss the day's set and explain how violins maintain such curvy physiques. Recognized among Canada's elite venues, George Weston Recital Hall creates an acoustical cocoon with painstakingly insulated walls and retractable curtains and panels that can be rearranged for optimal sound.
To kick off its 50th anniversary and the completion of an extensive renovation, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts features a limited, six-show engagement with the artful Montreal-based circus troupe. The show features 16 performers exploring a futuristic urban landscape through a fusion of unfathomable circus disciplines and high-energy break-dancing and hip-hop moves. Stunning visual effects pepper each athletic performance, with massive set pieces seemingly manipulated by magic or puppies. In a non-stop onslaught of thoughtful vignettes, the nimble cast twists, tumbles, juggles, balances their chequebooks, and contorts their way around the stage to the atmospheric up-tempo beats. View a short video of some of the Cirque Éloize iD action here.
Shiatsu and LaStone therapist of Transense Healing Arts Holistic Centre employs two distinct therapy treatments to help clients reduce pain and discomfort. She uses her knuckles, thumbs, palms, knees, and elbows as instruments of relaxation, drawing from shiatsu techniques and Japanese-style acupressure to pinpoint and expunge stress. Alternatively, she uses heated basalt rocks formed from volcanic lava during LaStone therapy, loosening up knotted muscles.
Her experience stems back to the Aveda Institute in Victoria, B.C., where she graduated from in 1998 in esthetics. Since 2000, she has added LaStone therapy to her repertoire, which allows her to stimulated the autonomic nervous system and increase oxygen in the body. Her subsequent interest in shiatsu led her to Shiatsu School of Canada, which enables her to continue her journey of educational growth through her daily practice.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses celebrates more than 25 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions of the videogame franchise's lush aural landscapes. Arranged by music director Chad Seiter, the concert's four-movement symphony regales ears with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo's original music that spans 15 Zelda games, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color of tunic to wear. Conductor Eimear Noone leads the full chorus and symphony with the same skills that earned her the opportunity to orchestrate the soundtrack to World of Warcraft and conduct the musical score of Starcraft II: Wind of Liberty.
Orchestral Zeppelin unleashes a full serving of symphonic Led, fusing eminent rock 'n' roll anthems such as "Immigrant Song" and "Stairway to Heaven" with the sophisticated measures of a 20-piece orchestra. Head-bangers and classical backers alike ally behind the unified banner strung from ear-to-ear by frontman Michael White and his band of veteran rockers, who have rattled amplifiers since 1977 with both original tunes and Zeppelin covers. Composed of budding musicians and cellos that only need to shave once per week, the Symphony of Rock Youth Orchestra accompanies the wailing vocals and fiery licks with aggressive, tightly spun arrangements, and a multimedia visual experience allows multiple senses to simultaneously get the Led out. The all-age performance also represents a model opportunity to introduce young fans to new musical experiences, whether that be the inspired guitar riffs of the 1970s or the cordial, slow-moving mosh-pits that spring up at most symphony concerts.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was founded out of necessity; in 1945, the Grand Philharmonic Choir was preparing a recital and needed tuneful accompaniment for the harmonic voices. Once its backup duty was over, however, the newly convened orchestra quickly established itself as an independent source for both classical and pops concerts performing more than 100 concerts annually in the Waterloo region. Now home to 52 on-staff musicians, the orchestra continues its decades-long tradition at venues around Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and Cambridge. From his position as music director, Edwin Outwater oversees the joyful noise, which ranges from baroque to Beethoven to the Beatles and Broadway. Since assuming the role in 2007, Outwater has been one of the orchestra's most vigorous boosters, arranging the group's first commercial recording in a decade, engineering an exploration of prog rock in collaboration with the Institute for Quantum Computing, and knitting sweaters for each musician's instrument.