What to do in Toronto: Celebrate the Orchestra Olympics

With the Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, many local families are following the action eagerly. We’re cheering on our Canadian athletes and soaking up the inspiration that comes with watching athletes give their all. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is celebrating a different kind of games, with the Olympic-inspired Young People’s Concert. If you’re wondering what to do in Toronto for an exciting mix of sports and culture, you’ll want to take note.

What to do in Toronto to Celebrate Sport and Culture

The Orchestra Games are taking place on February 22, 2014, with shows at 1:30pm and 3:30pm at Roy Thomson Hall. The instruments in the orchestra have been training hard. Families will enjoy events from the ceremonial introduction to the low-note limbo, and from the fast-note dash to the marathon. The TSO is keeping an eye on the podium in the prestigious Orchestra Games. For even more musical goodness, arrive a half-hour early to hear an engaging performance in the lobby by “The Maverick Brass”, a brass quintet from the University of Toronto.

If you add the Orchestra Games to your list of what to do in Toronto, you’ll hear John Williams’s Olympic Fanfare and Theme, Rossini’s Overture to William Tell, Waldteufel’s Skaters’ Waltz, Josef Strauss’ Jockey Polka, Jared Miller’s 2010 Traffic Jam for Orchestra, Lavallée’s O Canada and Gregory Smith’s The Orchestra Games. The Orchestra Games themselves feature an exploration of the personalities of various instruments, which Smith will be narrating. May the best instrument win!

Young People’s Concert Series

The Orchestra Games are just one show in the TSO’s Young People’s Concert Series. The orchestra currently has two more shows scheduled after this one. Case Closed runs on March 29, 2014, and Tchaikovsky Discovers America takes to the stage on May 3, 2014. For more information on any of the shows, or to buy tickets, visit the TSO online.

So, how much will it cost to add the Orchestra Games to your list of what to do in Toronto? Tickets range from $20 – $36. Or, if you buy three or more, you’ll pay $17 – $29. For once, having kids pays off!

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Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is the Managing Editor of City Mom Now, the parent network of Toronto Mom Now. She is a writer, podcaster, ardent crafter and green mom, who believes strongly in the power of the Internet to connect and empower. You can follow her on her personal blog at Strocel.com.

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