With venues and businesses closing down around the city, organizations are finding new ways to reach the community. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra hasn't let social distancing stop them from creating music. The group of musicians has come together virtually during this difficult time to lift spirits around the 6ix. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra's virtual concert reminds us that even when we're apart, we can still be connected.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of the many organizations that have been forced to cancel events due to the threat of COVID-19.
According to their website, the orchestra has cancelled their shows from March 16 until March 26, following directions from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to limit gatherings of over 250 people.
However, this didn't stop the group from making music for us to enjoy, even in isolation.
On March 22, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra uploaded a new video to both its Instagram page and YouTube.
Each musician is recorded playing the song "Appalachian Spring" from their own homes. The clips are all edited together, creating a virtual symphony.
"Congratulations to Principal Bass @JeffreyBeecher who led this initiative and the musicians for this beautiful version of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring."
The post also included a message from the orchestra musicians. “Sending love to everyone in Toronto, Canada, and all across the world."
"No matter what distance keeps us apart, we’ll still find ways to make music together and celebrate the gifts of spring.”
Despite being in self-isolation, the orchestra has come together to deliver a song of springtime and hope to their community.
The CN Tower has also found a way to shine some light on dark days.
The city's iconic landmark is featuring light shows every evening that can be seen across the 6ix.
While you can't see the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform in person, you can still enjoy their music with this uplifting virtual concert.