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Spring 2021 Symphony: The Magazine of the League of American Orchestras. New Directions: How a year of challenge and innovation changed orchestras' approach to programming and the concert experience

Music-making, collaboratively

May 17, 2021

Symphony Magazine highlights the TSO / Red Sky Performance collaboration in Native Songs, an article examining partnerships between Indigenous music creators and orchestras.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Creating meaningful partnerships with Indigenous composers and communities takes time to develop, but an increasing number of orchestras are eager to try. Spurred by a desire to diversify institutions that are among the least racially diverse, orchestras are looking for ways to bring underrepresented voices into the field.”—Native Songs by Rita Pyrillis, Symphony Magazine

Read the Native Songs article in full.

TSO musicians and Indigenous music creators join Red Sky and TSO staff in their first workshop session together, April 1, 2021.
(Zoom screencapture)

“Orchestras can be very hierarchical places,” says Toronto Symphony Orchestra CEO Matthew Loden. “We are trying to take a page from Indigenous learning, which is more collaborative.” (Native Songs)

“How can relationships between orchestras and Indigenous cultures exist in an equitable way?” asks Sandra Laronde, executive and artistic director of Red Sky Performance. “How do we as Indigenous people ensure that our aesthetic doesn’t get lost in the process?” (Native Songs)

The TSO/Red Sky collaboration—a composition to be used for a new filmed version of Red Sky’s play, "Mistatim"—will premiere in September 2021.

Symphony Magazine is produced quarterly by The League of American Orchestras. To read the entire Spring edition, click here.