There’s nothing like a lovingly curated program at the TSO that will get you warmed up to celebrate the holidays. TSO Holiday Pops as Conducted by Lucas Waldin provided a youthful exuberance that brought the diversely aged crowd together with cheeky grins, a romp to their step at intermission and a festive cheer hard pressed to find at your local Holiday Party.
Guest Conductor, Waldin brings a classical flair to his work whilst also keenly mixing it up with artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Ben Folds, Chantal Kreviazuk, the Barenaked Ladies, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Keep an eye out for Waldin as he will surely continue to draw a youthful crowd to TSO audiences in years to come whilst also demystifying the symphony to the next generation of patrons.
Vocalist, Matt Dusk, joined Waldin on stage to provide a polished TSO Holiday Pops swoon to the evening. Besides receiving four JUNO nominations in Canada, additional worldwide accolades and a deep friendship with Tony Bennett – Dusk is still a Toronto boy with a big heart, a velveteen voice and an introspection that will leave you making a mental note to buy his entire musical catalogue from iTunes on the drive home.
The Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus added the icing on the Waldin and Dusk cake during the TSO Holiday Pops performance. Comprised of Grades 9 and 12 music theatre classes, this group of students is the definition of “triple threat”.
The melding of traditional nods, humour, knee knocking sing-along’s and seasonal ambience was all the rage on the night. Renditions of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” provided a meditative vibe at Roy Thomson Hall. A reminder that the holidays are about reflection, making new traditions, spending time with those we love and enjoying holiday music from times long past.
Be sure to catch the last of TSO’s Holiday Programming by December 23, 2018!