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Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra TBSO Donation from Autism Ontario

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Thunder Bay, ON –-- February 1, 2014 ---  Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra was presented with a $1,000 donation from Autism Ontario – Thunder Bay & District Chapter to help suTBSO Autism Ontariopport the TBSO Family Connect Concert Series for Families and Individuals with Special Needs.

“The TBSO is grateful for the donation from Autism Ontario – Thunder Bay & District Chapter. We strongly believe that music is vital to all communities in Northern Ontario, and will continue to provide concerts tailored to the needs of families and individuals on the Autism Spectrum and other special needs,” states Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, TBSO’s Associate Conductor.

The TBSO began this concert series in 2013 after interest from Autism Ontario – Thunder Bay & District Chapter. The aim of the TBSO Family Connect Concert Series is to provide a welcoming, comfortable concert atmosphere for families and individuals with special needs.

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, TBSO Associate Conductor, in character as Professor Witherington, accepts a cheque from Dana Larrett on behalf of Autism Ontario – Thunder Bay & District Chapter, at the second TBSO Family Concert on January 26, 2014.

Dana Larrett, Fundraising Coordinator, Autism Ontario - Thunder Bay & District Chapter adds, “The TBSO Family Connect Concert Series for Families and Individuals with Special Needs, Professor Witherington: Music Tells A Story, was absolutely wonderful! As always, the music was glorious to the ears and sparked movement in my child with Autism. The audience enjoyed the young actor, Eric Adams, who performed with the orchestra - he was great and his accent sounded very natural. Daniel, the conductor, as usual was inspiring and joyful to watch. His humour and ability to draw the crowd in is amazing no matter which 'hat' or 'moustache' he may be wearing!”

The TBSO Family Connect Concert Series for Families and Individuals with Special Needs is also generously supported by the Thunder Bay Community Foundation.

About Autism Ontario – Thunder Bay & District Chapter
Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of Chapters throughout the Province of Ontario.

Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. The association and its chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.

For more information about the Autism Ontario – Thunder Bay & District Chapter please visit http://www.autismontario.com/thunderbay.

About the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is the only professional symphony orchestra in Northwestern Ontario. For over 50 seasons, the TBSO continues to entertain and enrich the lives of Northwestern Ontario residents with thrilling concerts, outreach performances, regional touring, educational programs and concerts, and recordings of both classical and popular music. Explore www.tbso.ca to learn more!

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