Sons of Maxwell per­form­ing with TSO, among high­lights

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE - SARAH MOORE

Af­ter a brief hia­tus over the hol­i­day sea­son, the Tim­mins Sym­phony Orches­tra and Cho­rus is back at it with a slew of up­com­ing per­for­mances slated for the New Year.

The first of which is part of their an­nual Cham­ber Mu­sic Se­ries, which will take place at the Tim­mins Mu­seum at the end of this month.

Fol­low­ing that, the orches­tra will be treat­ing mu­sic lovers to a night at the movies, so to speak, by per­form­ing a com­bi­na­tion of orig­i­nal film scores and clas­si­cal mu­sic pieces co-opted and adapted for the big screen.

Mu­sic di­rec­tor Josh Wood said the Fe­bru­ary per­for­mance is one he is es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward to.

“I’m a horn player so movie mu­sic is right up my fair­way,” said Wood. “It’s fun, it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent and it’s cer­tainly no less chal­leng­ing than the clas­si­cal reper­toire, but it’s more fa­mil­iar. This is def­i­nitely a con­cert where, if you are un­sure about clas­si­cal mu­sic, you’ll want to come to this con­cert be­cause it’s all mu­sic you will know and en­joy.”

Rec­og­niz­able scores from films such as Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Game of Thrones will be on the bill at the per­for­mance, just to name a few.

“There’s an­other great one, too,” Wood added. “It’s an in­ter­mezzo from an Ital­ian opera that is the open­ing scene of Rag­ing Bull. It’s just this bril­liant jux­ta­po­si­tion and we’ll be do­ing that one, as well.”

Wood said he’s ex­cited not only to per­form that mu­sic for the pub­lic, but to ex­pose lis­ten­ers to all of the clas­si­cal el­e­ments that are con­tained within the pop­u­lar mu­sic they en­joy.

“Yes, the film scores are great and yes, they are fun to play and lis­ten to, but at the same time, it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing for us to point out that, OK, you’ve seen Black Swan and you know the scene were it’s all ex­cit­ing and they are danc­ing, right? But, did you know that is the mu­sic from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake?” he ex­plained. “It takes it out of this sort of ivory tower and shows that, ‘Oh, that’s the pur­pose this mu­sic serves, you put pic­tures to it and it sud­denly makes more sense.’” hav­ing taken a sneak peak at the lineup for that evening, Angela Gar­wood-touw, mu­si­cian and orches­tra con­cert master, said she’s ex­cited to be­gin re­hears­ing for the show. “I’m look­ing for­ward to it and I say bring it on be­cause the mu­sic is go­ing to be a lot of fun for us to play,” she said. “It’s in­ter­est­ing to rec­og­nize that there are these clas­si­cal pieces that are in movies and TV shows. It will be in­ter­est­ing for us to play that with those images in our mind. It will be in­ter­est­ing for au­di­ences to hear it too, out of that con­text of the movie, and think oh, OK, that’s why that scene was so great — be­cause that mu­sic was lay­ered un­der­neath of it.”

An­other big show com­ing up this sea­son will be when the orches­tra per­forms along­side the Tim­mins-born mu­si­cal duo Sons of Maxwell.

Af­ter their Christ­mas con­cert last year, Dave and Don Car­roll said they would no longer be mak­ing reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances in Tim­mins be­cause of the lo­gis­ti­cal com­mit­ments re­quired to bring a show of that mag­ni­tude to the city on their own (or, more ac­cu­rately, with the help of their mother).

There is still a high-de­mand to see the home­town boys (who now live on the East Coast) per­form, how­ever, and so the orches­tra de­cided to help make it hap­pen and will be per­form­ing along­side the rock duo this April.

“it’s re­ally two iconic mu­si­cal forces within the com­mu­nity that prob­a­bly, peo­ple wouldn’t nor­mally as­so­ciate work­ing to­gether,” said orches­tra board mem­ber Karen Bach­mann. “i think the op­por­tu­nity to bring both sets of mu­sic and ideas to­gether will be re­ally fun. it’s some­thing i know the com­mu­nity wants, be­cause sons of Maxwell al­ways sold out con­certs here and there were a lot of dis­ap­pointed peo­ple hear­ing they weren’t com­ing back.”

Wood said the col­lab­o­ra­tion is an ex­cit­ing one for both the orches­tra and the sons of Maxwell, as well.

“This is why it’s re­ally cool hav­ing a sym­phony orches­tra in Tim­mins be­cause they’re teach­ers, ge­ol­o­gists, prospec­tors, they’re work­ing peo­ple and yet, they’ll be able to say, ‘i shared the stage with the guys who sing united Breaks Gui­tars,’” he pointed out. “and, con­versely, ev­ery rock band i’ve ever worked with will come away from a con­cert say­ing, ‘Man, it’s so cool work­ing with a sym­phony orches­tra be­cause it’s such a unique sound.”

With all of that in mind, Bach­mann stressed that any­one in­ter­ested should act fast if they are hop­ing to se­cure tick­ets.

“i sug­gest peo­ple hurry and get their tick­ets be­cause we’ve been sell­ing a lot. so don’t be dis­ap­pointed, get them soon,” she said.

as part of its on­go­ing Cham­ber Mu­sic se­ries, the Tim­mins sym­phony Orches­tra and Cho­rus will be per­form­ing on Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tim­mins Mu­seum and May 25, also at the mu­seum.

The film mu­sic per­for­mance will take place on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. at st. an­thony of Padua Cathe­dral in Tim­mins.

The show with the sons of Maxwell will take place on april 1 at École se­condaire catholique Théri­ault be­gin­ning at 8 p.m. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion for this show is $40 and pro­ceeds are be­ing di­rected as a fundrais­ing ven­ture for the orches­tra.

Tick­ets for all of the events are cur­rently on sale at the Tim­mins Mu­seum: na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.


Angela Gar­wood-touw, con­cert master with the Tim­mins Sym­phony Orches­tra, sits in front of a pi­ano for this photo with con­duc­tor Joshua Wood, pub­lic­ity co­or­di­na­tor Luc Martin and board mem­ber Karen Bach­mann, to pro­mote their new sea­son of con­certs.

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