On Sunday, November 12, 2017, the Orpheus Symfonietta, under the baton of Stuart Beaudoin, performed a Remembrance Day concert in Uxbridge, Ontario. The chamber orchestra included six NTCI grads, spanning five decades, some of whom have participated in this group from as early as its inception in the 1980s.
This orchestra (which has gone by various names over the years) draws musicians from all over the Greater Toronto Area and numbers 36 at its largest. It comes together sporadically, usually once a year; most of these musicians play regularly in other bands and orchestras.
It is remarkable, then, that one-sixth of its complement is made up of NTCI grads—one more example of the lasting effect of the NT music experience. Nancy, Mark and Brian have been playing in ensembles in and around Toronto for over 50 years, Allan for almost 65 years. A life-long commitment, a life-long enrichment. All six were on stage at Roy Thomson Hall in 2012 for the Memories Forever concert, part of NT’s 100th anniversary celebrations.
They will be playing for years to come—and no doubt bumping into even more NTCI music grads!
— Brian Maltman (NT ’71)