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Ticket sales slow for TBSO concert

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Those wanting to see the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra perform here this Friday (Jan. 10) at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre probably won’t have to worry about being able to get a ticket.

“They’ve been going steady but slow,” said Fort High music teacher John Dutton, who is organizing the symphony’s visit here.

“We’ve sold less than a hundred. A few sold before Christmas. Most have been between Christmas and New Year’s,” he added.

While tickets will be available at the box office on the night of the performance, Dutton is keeping his fingers crossed that more of the 400 tickets printed for the concert will sell before then.

“It would ease the pressure,” he remarked, adding proceeds from the concert will go to both the Fort Frances Aquanauts Swim Team, which has frequent road trips to pay for over the season, and the FFHS band, which is going to Alberta in late April and still has costs to cover.

Dutton spoke highly of the orchestra, which has performed here in the past.

“What we found last year was they were exceptional,” he enthused. “Under the new conductor [Geoffrey Moull], they’ve really grown up.

“It’s a great thing,” he added. “I consider them to be our symphony. They’ve been wonderful for the region.”

He noted he’s hoping music students go the concert, too. “I think they’ll quite enjoy it.”

The orchestra will be performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, KV 550, Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra “Merrie Klazek,” Bell’s “Spirit Trail,” and Martinu’s Sinfonietta “La Jolia.”

Tickets, which are available at Northwoods Gallery and Gifts on Scott Street, cost $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students, and children.

“We’ve put a student price in this time. It’s great to promote to the students,” Dutton remarked.

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