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Boarders experience the magic of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Who isn’t familiar with the opening motif of Beethoven’s Fifth? Recently a group of boarders got to experience the entire symphony live with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Guest conductor Nicholas Collon took on the iconic work as part of a concert that also included Mozart’s piano concerto No. 21 in C major. Concert pianist Shai Wosner dazzled concert-goers with his impeccable technique and sensitive handling of Mozart’s delicate melodic lines. But it was the Beethoven that everyone was waiting for, and the TSO did not disappoint. A true Romantic, Beethoven pulled out all the stops and broke with convention in this symphony, bringing the main theme of the fourth movement back repeatedly because it’s just that good. It’s nothing short of a marathon for the string players, and the wind players and percussionists are also given plenty of chances to showcase their talents. For many of the boys, this was their first time inside Roy Thompson Hall, a landmark in Toronto’s entertainment district. Some of the students plan to go back on their own and take advantage of TSOUNDCHECK, an initiative that offers $20 tickets to teens and university students.