Toronto’s group of 27 reimagines the orchestra with DIY Symphony concert


“We have an opportunity here, let’s try something different.” ~ Eric Paetkau

Pay-What-You-Can at Group of 27 Orchestra

This Friday at Trinity-St-Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor Street West), artistic director Eric Paetkau and the group of twenty-seven orchestra round out their first official season with “DIY Symphony”, a pay-what-you-can evening of spontaneity where audiences can mix and match movements from a “playlist” of symphonies that will be sight-read by seasoned and young musicians on the spot.

While this group has a deep reverence for the traditions of classical and orchestral music, g27 is re-imagining the symphonic experience. The members perform regularly with the likes of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company and other major ensembles. However, when they are with the g27, they get to try out new ideas for audience engagement, and play some of their favourite orchestral music that audiences rarely get to hear in performance. Read on…

Q & A with Composer Kevin Lau

The performing arts allow us to get in touch with the deeper parts of existence, of what it means to live and be human. … And there is no rational method of persuasion when it comes to justifying this kind of value. All we can do is put on a good show and hope that people are emotionally moved to experience it again.

Kevin Lau, affiliate composer of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Sneak Peek Orchestra‘s co-founder and artistic director, strongly believes in the inherent value of the performing arts. Read on for more of his thoughts on the challenges faced by concert performers and presenters.
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