The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra has unveiled its much-awaited 58th season, which is set to be the most transformative and inclusive yet.
TBSO's new 2018-19 season phases out the decades-old Masterworks-Pops format and introduces an innovative approach to concert selection and purchasing options.
This year there are only two overarching categories: Mainstage and Second Stage.
All 10 Mainstage concerts happen at the Community Auditorium while the remaining 11 happen at smaller, Second Stage venues.
“We've torn down the walls between Masterworks and Pops,” said Paul Haas, music director of the TBSO.
“Because there's so much more to hear when you listen outside the box,” he explained.
The 2018-19 season will offer an attractive new full-season subscription package designed just for couples.
As well, two new expanded select-your-own packages will be offered alongside the current fan favourite package, “Select 6.”
The Mainstage series features incredible performances by an outstanding and diverse group of guest artists, including the Métis Fiddler Quartet, Jeans 'n Classics (doing Zeppelin and the Beatles!), mezzo-soprano Miriam Khalil, Canadian legend Tom Jackson, and more.
Over on Second Stage, there will be three joyous and heartwarming family concerts, along with the classically-infused House series and the refreshing Northern Lights series.
Blues goddess and longtime TBSO collaborator Rita Chiarelli will open the Northern Lights series during a two-night appearance in November.
Handel's Messiah also will make a glorious return to St. Paul's United Church during the holiday season.
The TBSO also has announced two new special events: Classics & Cocktails in November at the Chanterelle and A Pairing of Wine & Song in January at the Valhalla Inn.
Subscriptions for the 2018-19 symphony season are on sale now at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.
Subscribers get guaranteed seating on a first-come basis, so audiences should act fast.
Early-bird vouchers are available if a subscription is purchased before July 17.