Our Family Day at the TSO

Toronto Symphony's The Mozart Experience at Roy Thomson Hall (Nov 3, 2018)

Photo credit: Jag Gundu

Our main objectives when planning our day together is to find an activity that is suitable for the whole family, has a cultural component and is easy to access. There are a few options in Milton, but we were happy to learn that The Toronto Symphony Orchestra offers a series called Young People's Concerts (YPC). The program designed for young people (5–10) and the young at heart, is an introduction to the power and wonder of orchestral music in a fun and engaging way. It's also priced right for the budget-conscious parent.

The pre-concert show in the North Lobby featured the dynamic musical stylings of the Souls of Steel Orchestra. You couldn't help but smile while watching a sea of children, and parents, sway from side to side to the beat of the steel pans. And the best was yet to come... The Mozart Experience was a masterpiece! The Magic Circle Mime Company, conductor Sameer Patel and the Orchestra did an excellent job of recounting the life and times of the composer in a playful and interactive way. One of the many highlights included a performance by 16-year old violinist Duncan McDougall, who is a master in his own right. Needless to say, we loved every minute of the experience and will definitely be back for the next concert!

There was no shortage of activities to keep our girls Naomi and Ava occupied. They had a wonderful time broadening their creative skills in the YPC program book.

(left to right) Stephanie, Ava, Naomi and Rohan

After the concert we went for dinner at Scaddabush Italian Restaurant. It's conveniently located two short blocks from Roy Thomson Hall. Scaddabush comes highly recommended. The food is delicious and the staff is very welcoming and kept our girls entertained the entire time we were there! Needless to say, it was the perfect ending to our wonderful Family Day at the TSO.

About the author: Stephanie Kinkead and her husband, Rohan, live in Milton and are the parents of two young girls, Naomi (4) and Ava (10). Being a modern family, they are always seeking ways to enrich the quality of their daughter's lives through the arts, culture, travel and volunteering.

Join the TSO for the next Young People's Concert, Play it By Ear!* featuring Second City alumni, and hosted by Kevin Frank, this delightfully funny show demonstrates improvisatory techniques and includes performances of orchestral works that were created through improvisation.   

*Co-production with the National Arts Centre Orchestra
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