Tod Machover to create symphony with city of Toronto

Peter Oundjian, director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

From Tod’s Facebook –

“Next “unusual” project: I’ve invited the whole city of Toronto to join me to compose an orchestra piece, on commission from the Toronto Symphony. I’ll be curating their New Creations festival next season, and this will be a centerpiece. Premiere in March 2013; more info soon. The project was announced today at the orchestra’s press conference for the 2012/2013 season.”

The idea has captured the attention of the Toronto press:

Globe and Mail – TSO to perform a Toronto-made symphony next year

“The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is going to play a Toronto symphony next year, as soon as the citizens have finished offering their input for a new composition about their city.

TSO music director Peter Oundjian announced on Wednesday that he and composer Tod Machover will ask “the entire city to participate in this work that is about, and by, Toronto.” …

Machover, the guest curator of the TSO’s 2013 New Creations Festival, will receive ideas and sound contributions for his piece via the Web, before committing his thoughts to paper in time for a premiere performance in March, 2013. Although Machover has worked extensively in electronic music and digital interactive systems, Oundjian said that “at this point” only traditional symphonic instruments would be used.”

National Post – TSO turns to Bond, Broadway and Barenaked Ladies

“Oundjian noted that Machover has already decided on an approach to his main commission, and will work with the people of Toronto to create A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City, combining efforts from anyone who chooses to participate into one, grand musical gesture reflective of Canada’s largest urban outpost.”

Toronto Star – Toronto to get its own symphony at the TSO

“More details about “A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City” will be revealed in the spring and it will be premiered in the 2013 New Creations Festival.

Machover, who teaches at the MIT Media Lab, is fascinated by new technologies for music, says Oundjian, adding that all of the suggestions from citizens will be played by orchestra instruments — even if it is the sound of a hockey player hitting the boards.”

The story has garnered this reaction from a Tweeter: “@ericgewiz Where hockey & orch collide (finally): Tod Machover to lead New Creations Fest in 2013 @TorontoSymphony”

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