While vaccination rollout and warmer weather bring a feeling of hope, we are still very much in the middle of a pandemic. Many people, especially seniors, continue to endure social isolation. So it was touching to learn that the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and the YMCA of Greater Toronto are continuing to work together to bring community connection, through music, to older people through a series of virtual concerts. 

Music with the TSO is held weekly as part of the YMCA Bright Spot virtual community. Beyond instrumental performances, there is also a conversational element to the event event, where seniors are welcome to ask the TSO musicians questions.

“As a musician, I feel that these virtual concerts are an incredibly meaningful and rewarding way to contribute to making other people’s lives a bit better during the pandemic,” says Bridget Hunt, TSO violinist. “Any opportunity to perform during these challenging days feels like a gift, but the response by this audience of older adults reminds me of the power of music in good times, and bad.”

Music with the TSO takes place on Mondays at 4:00p.m. Sessions are free of charge, and can be accessed by signing into Zoom via the link provided in The Bright Spot’s event calendar. These events are open to everyone and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Learn more about the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s free online community for older adults at The Bright Spot.