Toronto Zoo collaborates with Toronto Symphony Orchestra on digital concert

TORONTO – The Toronto Zoo and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have teamed up to produce a concert inspired by the sounds of animals.

TORONTO – The Toronto Zoo and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have teamed up to produce a concert inspired by the sounds of animals.

The organizations announced a new creative partnership on Tuesday with orchestral musicians performing at the zoo.

The performance – called Zoophony – will be filmed in the zoo and a recording will be released in schools on November 22nd

The Toronto Zoo CEO says the partnership came about after the two organizations considered how they could serve the community during the pandemic.

Dolf DeJong says the zoo and orchestra wanted to reach students who may need new ways to connect with nature.

Double bassists Tim Dawson and Paul Rogers say that one of the songs in the concert, written by Rogers’ son, was inspired by Masai giraffes in the zoo.

In one section, the music mimics low humming sounds that giraffes make when they congregate at night.

“We’ve never done anything like this before,” Rogers said after he and Dawson played a sample of the music at the zoo on Tuesday. “Thats fun.”

DeJong said Toronto Zoo looks forward to continuing its work with the orchestra to find new and creative ways to serve the community.

“The arts are such a powerful and important way to connect people with nature, and nature needs all the help it can get,” he said.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 5, 2021.

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This story was produced with financial support from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Noushin Ziafati, the Canadian press

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