TBSO to perform for museum fundraiser

As a fundraiser for the Fort Frances Museum restoration project, tour de Fort is bringing the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra here on Thursday, Feb. 16.
“In the past, we’ve helped out the Aquanauts, the high school band, the community orchestra, and others,” tour de Fort president Dave Legg noted Tuesday.
“We had several ideas this year. They [the museum] came out on top because it was for the whole community,” he said.
“There’s a lot of other events going on that could use the support, as well, but we don’t want to spread it too thin,” Legg added. “We try to pick a different one every year.”
“I think it’s great they approached us to partner with them on this,” said museum curator Pam Hawley. “Obviously, the museum is always interested in supporting the arts and activities like that. It’s a good fit.
“Hopefully, people come out. The tickets make a great Valentine’s Day present,” she hinted. “It should be fun.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring something like this to the community and expose ourselves to more culture,” she reasoned.
The concert, which will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Townshend Theatre, will feature music director Geoffrey Moull and the symphony performing pieces like Richard Strauss’ masterpiece “The Bourgeois Gentleman,” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 8,” the string adagio “Such Sweet Sorrow” by Canadian composer John Estacio, and the “Overture, Scherzo and Finale” by Robert Schumann.
Tickets cost $15 per person, which are available at the Fort Frances Museum, Northwoods Gallery and Gifts, and Fine Line Art Gallery.
Legg said he hopes the show sells out, noting tickets went on sale before Christmas. But while sales are off to a slow start, he added history has shown many locals don’t buy their tickets until the last minute.
The TBSO has been a part of the cultural vitality of Northwestern Ontario for the past 45 years. Under the current leadership of Moull, the orchestra has gained local, regional, and national recognition.
For the 2005-06 season, the TBSO will perform nearly 50 concerts in a 24-week stretch between mid-October and the end of April. These dates include both educational programming and touring of the region.
The TBSO also recently released a new CD, “Variations on a Memory,” which was nominated for a 2005 Juno Award.
According to its website, Moull’s vision of the TBSO is “to create the best regional symphony orchestra in Canada, and in pursuing artistic excellence, to reach as wide an audience as possible.”