A Great Gift to the City
Editorial: The Daily Press (Canada)
December 3, 2008

 

“Walters brought the house down and earned a standing ovation for her performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5”

“A good sign of just how far the TSO has come over the years was on display Saturday night. The fact that they can attract an internationally renowned pianist like Teresa Walters to perform with them is a testament to the great reputation and amazing musicianship displayed by the symphony. 

The TSO is celebrating 30 years of bringing wonderful classical music to the residents of Ontario. 

Walters brought the house down and earned a standing ovation for her performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5. The pianist, who has performed all over the world, said coming to Ontario and performing with the TSO was an honor. 

“It is wonderful that you have the resource of this orchestra here in the community,” Walters said after her terrific performance. Walters and the orchestra rehearsed Friday night after she arrived and despite the limited time together, she and the TSO members performed an awe-inspiring rendition of one of Beethoven’s most famous and moving pieces.

TSO music director and conductor Matthew Jones said the piece touches all levels of emotion and having a skilled world-class musician like Walters perform it was exciting for all members as well as the audience.

Walters said she wouldn’t have wanted to play anything else as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the TSO. “When there is a special celebration such as this, it is such an appropriate work,” she said.

People who choose to live in Ontario often do so because of the quality of life offered here. Organizations like the TSO contribute greatly. It is an outstanding symphony orchestra which continually plays to sold-out audiences and keeps attracting renowned national and international musicians and that is a testament to each and every member and various conductors who have led it over the past three decades.”

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