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Friday, April 5, 8:00pm

Experience the orchestra like never before with
Symphony Exploder: a unique collaboration between the hit podcast and Netflix series, Song Exploder, and your Toronto Symphony Orchestra. For the musical event of the spring, Conductor Gustavo Gimeno and Host Hrishikesh Hirway dissect and reassemble Stravinsky’s scandalous Rite of Spring

On April 5, join Hirway — who’s interviewed the likes of Green Day, Madonna, and Metallica — and Gimeno as they journey through an engaging discussion and live orchestral performance of the iconic piece, from its haunting melodies to thunderous percussions. Discover how The Rite of Spring has influenced pop culture, from its inclusion in Disney's Fantasia to the infamous riot during its première in 1913. Think Tár meets Maestro meets the best live podcast you’ve ever heard.

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Trailer by Patrick Hodgson (Kicking Tire Films)


With a baton in one hand and a scalpel in the other, Gimeno and Hirway will dissect every mesmerising layer of this perennially mysterious work. For an advance look at this unique concert experience, listen to Gimeno’s recent interview where he unveils his approach to working with Hirway and engaging the orchestra on this project:

Symphony City: A Look Ahead to Symphony Exploder with Gustavo Gimeno


Hrishikesh Hirway on Sunday Night at the TSO

In a special episode of Sunday Night at the TSO on The New Classical 96.3 FM, Hrishikesh Hirway joins host Kathleen Kajioka to speak more about Symphony Exploder. What can guests expect? Why did he and Gustavo choose The Rite of Spring? Find out more in this exclusive interview.

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Song Exploder

Get excited for Symphony Exploder by diving into Song Exploder! Explore our picks of must-listen episodes, including guest artists from Toronto and familiar faces whom the TSO have collaborated with before.


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