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TSO's The Hockey Sweater heads to North Bay, Timmins

08/24/2012 04:56 EDT | Updated 10/24/2012 05:12 EDT
Roch Carrier will accompany the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to present a musical version of his story The Hockey Sweater in Northern Ontario this fall.

The tour, to begin Sept. 10, will include concerts for students in North Bay and Timmins.

Carrier will narrate a version of his beloved children’s classic in concerts with the TSO, which commissioned music from composer Abigail Richardson to accompany the story.

The Hockey Sweater, co-commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, made its world premiere in May in Toronto.

The Hockey Sweater captures the lasting rivalry between the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens in its tale of a Quebec boy who orders a Canadiens sweater, but is sent a Leafs one instead. In his TSO appearances, Carrier hammed up his performance as the affronted young hockey fan.

Concerts for students, public

Five student concerts will be conducted in French and English by the TSO’s newly appointed resident conductor Shalom Bard.

Richardson and two other composers — Gary Kulesha and Kevin Lau — will also meet with students during the TSO's northern residency.

In addition, symphony-lovers in North Bay and Timmins will have the chance to catch the TSO in public concerts led by TSO music director Peter Oundjian. The concerts, presented Sept. 11 in North Bay and Sept. 13 in Timmins, will including Brahms Symphony No.1 and the Northern Lights Overture by Canadian composer Kulesha.

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