Imagine you’re a musician about to embark on an international career…. Then imagine you get to perform on a legendary instrument made by one of the world’s finest luthiers. That’s the dream come true for the talented men and women who win the Canada Council for the Art’s Musical Instrument Bank (MIB) competition.
The competition attracts musicians from across Canada. The process is intense (but collegial!) as hundreds of applications are narrowed down to some 40-50 finalists – all vying for a 3-year loan of one of the 20-some violins, cellos and bows in the Musical Instrument Bank.
The instruments date from the late 1600s to the early 1900s and are worth a total of over $36 million. Like fine wine, these instruments get better with age. Playing them allows the musicians to take their music to new artistic heights and to perform for audiences across Canada and abroad.
Release your inner musician
We can’t all perform on legendary instruments but we can still experience them! On September 26, 2014, celebrate the fifth anniversary of Culture Days at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto with events that let you be part of the orchestra experience.
- From 10-noon: Meet Musical Instrument Bank recipient Andréa Tyniec. She will perform and share her experience playing and touring with the 1900 Stefano Scarampella violin. Find out more about Andréa and the MIB experience. Visit our blog on Sept. 10th!
- Noon to 1:45 pm: Take up the baton and feel what it’s like to conduct a world-class orchestra – the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, that is. This Conduct Us event is offered for the first time ever in Canada by Culture Days and the TSO. Find out more about Conduct Us and how you can participate in this event. Not in Toronto? You can participate in one of the many Conduct Us events across Ontario. In the meantime get some conducting pointers from Peter Oundjian and Colm Feore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhwi9Ndkmsg&feature=youtu.be
Be part of the movement
The Canada Council is proud to have nurtured the beginnings of this national grassroots movement, which has brought together 5.5 million Canadians to participate in some 7,500 free art activities in over 800 communities across the country.
On Sept. 26-28, get out and play!
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