No “Oh Canada” For This Orchestra

The Toronto Symphony touts next season’s programming as “balanced.” “You might think that an orchestra that’s all ours would aim to be reflect where it lives; and that ‘balanced’ would imply some kind of symphonic variations on the old rhyme about something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. But at the TSO next year, the old and the borrowed trump everything else. The new is hardly there, and as for the blue – well, that would describe the mood of anyone scanning the new schedule for music created in Canada.”