Time flies by when you’re having fun, which explains why it’s hard to believe that it’s already been six years since the TSO’s last Lunar New Year Celebration in 2018! Speaking of flying, we’ll be marking the Year of the Dragon on February 13, and we’re ready for lift-off to celebrate it with all the pomp and finery befitting of this very special occasion. The line-up of performers, compositions, and activities for this event has been specially curated to celebrate the rich diversity of Chinese arts and culture as we open our doors to welcome Toronto’s Chinese diaspora, and the broader East Asian community. On stage at Roy Thomson Hall, you’ll be enjoying a steady procession of everything from traditional melodies (Sun Chang: Ballad of the Pipa), to reimagined classics (Jasmine Flower, arranged by Peter Schindler), to excerpts from Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1—all under the rising baton of Naomi Woo. This dynamic program will also mix music and laughter as the world-renowned comedic chops of Dashan will be gracing our stage, alongside incredible talents on violin, piano, guqin, and in dance.
There are only a few more sleeps till the big day, so let’s take a moment to look back on 2018’s The Year of the Dog: A Chinese New Year Celebration in eight colourful photos:
What lasting memories will we celebrate together this year? Let’s find out together! 新年快乐!