THUNDER BAY, ON --- October 15, 2011 -- The musicians and staff of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra are at long last getting some well deserved recognition. I have often stated that the most sincere form of complement involves a cheque. This season the TBSO has been awarded the Vida Peena Orchestra Award. The award is worth $10,000.
The award comes at a fortuitous time since this season many cultural groups have faced reductions in the grants they would normally receive from the Ontario Arts Council. In this case the award money comes from the Vida Peena Fund but the granting of the money is administered by the Ontario Arts Council. The funds will be well used by the TBSO.
The TBSO is Northern Ontario’s only professional orchestra, and presents approximately thirty- five performances each year. It celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2010.
The TBSO’s annual activities include extensive regional touring; the TBS Chorus; TBS youth orchestra, as well as various educational and outreach programs in schools in Thunder Bay and the surrounding region.
The $10,000 Vida Peene Award is given out biennially to assist Ontario orchestras (not including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra which was provided for separately by Peene).
The award alternates between professional and semi-professional or community-based orchestras.
The jury for this year’s Vida Peene Award: Margaret Boyd (Parry Sound); Glenn Buhr (Waterloo); Marc David (Ste-Julie, QC) and Annalee Patipatanakoon (Toronto).
Jurors were unanimous in their selection of the TBSO for the 2011 Vida Peene Award. They noted that the orchestra is a “vital organization in this northern city, embraced by its community with a remarkable audience base. It regularly plays to capacity houses and shows excellent commitment to Canadian composers and soloists.”
Arts Editor: LakeSuperiorNews.com