On Feb. 23, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) joins forces with Second City and host Kevin Frank to present Play It by Ear! In the spirit of J.S. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven—who regularly competed with other composers at the keyboard by improvising music based on themes suggested by the audience—the interactive concert demonstrates improvisatory technique in a delightfully funny way and includes performances of beloved orchestral works that were created through improvisation.
TSO resident conductor Simon Rivard is on the podium. Performances at 2 and 4 p.m.
Main photo by Radek Grzybowski. Inset photo of Simon Rivard by Tam Lan Truong.