Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt was born in Ottawa, Ontario, daughter of the Yorkshire-born Godfrey Hewitt (thus she also has British nationality) who was choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. She began piano studies at the age of three with her mother. She studied violin with Walter Prystawski, recorder with Wolfgang Grunsky, and ballet with Nesta Toumine in Ottawa. Her first full-length recital was at the age of nine, in The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she studied from 1964 to 1973 with Earle Moss and Myrtle Guerrero. She then went on to be the student of French pianist Jean-Paul Sevilla at the University of Ottawa.
Angela Hewitt has performed around the world in recital and as soloist with orchestra. She is best known for her cycle of Bach recordings which she began in 1994 and finished in 2005—covering all of the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach. Her recording of Bach's The Art of Fugue was released on October 17, 2014. Her discography also includes works by Louis Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Olivier Messiaen, Emmanuel Chabrier, Maurice Ravel, Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy and Gabriel Fauré. She has recorded two discs of Mozart concertos with the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, and a third with Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducted by Hannu Lintu. With the DSO Berlin and Lintu, she also recorded the Schumann Piano Concerto. She also has earned a scholarship at the age of five.
Angela Hewitt's entire 2007–08 season was devoted to complete performances of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier in major cities all over the world. Her Hyperion DVD on Bach performance on the piano was released to coincide with the tour.
In July 2005, Angela Hewitt launched the Trasimeno Music Festival in Umbria near Perugia, of which she is artistic director.
In 1975, Hewitt won the Chopin Young Pianists' Competition in Buffalo, New York, and a Bach competition in Washington, D.C. In 1979, she won third prize in the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition, since renamed the Cleveland International Piano Competition. In 1978, she won piano division in the CBC Radio Competition and in 1980 the Dino Ciani Competition in Milan, Italy. In 1985, she won first prize in the Toronto International Bach Piano Competition, which led to a recording with Deutsche Grammophon. In 1986, she was named artist of the year by the Canadian Music Council.
In 2000, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC). In 2002, Hewitt was awarded the National Arts Centre Award, a companion award to the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, given to an artist or group who has had an exceptional performance year.
Hewitt was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on June 17, 2006 and Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2006. She received the MIDEM Classical Award for Instrumentalist of the Year in 2010, and was awarded the first ever BBC Radio 3 Listener's Award (Royal Philharmonic Society Awards) in 2003. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has honorary degrees from the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, Queen's University (Kingston), the Open University (London), Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax), the University of Saskatchewan and Carleton University (Ottawa).
After living in Paris from 1978 to 1985, Hewitt moved to London, which has been her principal residence ever since.
Aria variata alla maniera italiana in A minor, BWV 989 is a keyboard work by Johann Sebastian Bach from around 1709, recorded in the Andreas Bach Book. It consists of a theme and 10 virtuoso variations, each of them in binary form (two sections, both repeated). The work was probably created for a harpsichord, but there are numerous recordings with other instruments, notably with piano and organ. It shares many formal similarities with the later Goldberg Variations.Australian String Quartet
The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) is a chamber music group based at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, South Australia. It delivers an artistic program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects across Australia and abroad.
The quartet performs on a matched set of string instruments hand crafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743-1784 in Italy. The earliest of these is a cello (c. 1743), and a violin (1748-49), both made in Piacenza. The viola (1783) and another violin (1784) were made in Turin.
The quartet has appeared at international music festivals and toured internationally.
Guest artists have included pianists Angela Hewitt and Piers Lane, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, clarinettist Michael Collins, violist Brett Dean and cellist Pieter Wispelwey.CBC Records
CBC Records was a Canadian record label owned and operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which distributed CBC programming, including live concert performances, in album and digital format(s). For much of its history, the label focused primarily on classical music and jazz, as well as tie-in albums to CBC Radio shows such as Royal Canadian Air Farce and Brave New Waves.
The division's origins were in the network's transcription service, which produced and distributed recordings of CBC radio and television programming prior to the 1960s. The CBC began releasing albums in 1966 under the CBC Records imprint in cooperation with commercial labels such as RCA Records, and established its own internal division, CBC Enterprises, in 1982 to directly release the albums as well as CBC-related books and videotapes. The label's primary mandate was to promote and distribute Canadian artists, including recordings by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Anton Kuerti, James Campbell, Maureen Forrester, Glenn Gould, Healey Willan, Angela Hewitt, Ben Heppner and Measha Brueggergosman. A smaller number of pop and rock albums were also released, including the CBC Radio 3 series of compilation albums.
Over the label's years of operation, its recordings won 25 Juno Awards.The label's classical division was closed in 2008, around the same time as CBC Radio 2's repositioning from an almost entirely classical and jazz service to a predominantly adult album alternative format. The label's last classical release was Barber/Korngold/Walton: Violin Concertos, a recording by Bramwell Tovey and James Ehnes in conjunction with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra which won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra) in 2008. A few pop-oriented projects remained in development, but the corporation's primary strategy shifted from releasing physical recordings to internet distribution technologies such as podcasting, online music sales and the 2012 launch of CBC Music.The French-language side of the CBC, Radio-Canada, had its own counterpart, Les Disques SRC, which focused on French-language music. Recordings with cross-linguistic appeal among both anglophones and francophones were branded with both names, while recordings of interest to only one of the language communities were branded as one or the other.Daniel Müller-Schott
Daniel Müller-Schott (born 1976 in Munich) is a German cellist.
He studied with Walter Nothas, Austrian cellist Heinrich Schiff and British cellist Steven Isserlis. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter personally coached him in her foundation, thanks to which he could later spend one year studying with Mstislav Rostropovich. Aged 15, he aroused enthusiasm by winning the first prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians in Moskow in 1992.
He plays a cello by Matteo Goffriller, Venice, 1727.
He has worked with world-renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Kurt Masur, Sakari Oramo and André Previn. He recorded and released the Mozart Piano Trios in 2006 with Anne-Sophie Mutter and André Previn. With Angela Hewitt, he has recorded Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano.Festival of the Sound
Festival of the Sound is an annual classical music festival that occurs from July to August in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Established in 1979 (1979) by Anton Kuerti, the festival's original artistic director, the annual festival was held in the auditorium of Parry Sound High School until the opening of the town's Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts in 2003. The festival presents a daily program of classical music performances by both Canadian and international musicians over a period of approximately three weeks.
Noted performers at the festival have included vocalists Russell Braun, Mary Lou Fallis, Richard Margison, and Patricia O'Callaghan; instrumentalists Yo-Yo Ma, James Ehnes, Ofra Harnoy, Pinchas Zukerman, Michel Strauss, Joel Quarrington and János Starker; and pianists Menahem Pressler, Angela Hewitt, Martin Roscoe, Alexander Tselyakov, Janina Fialkowska, André Laplante, and Jan Lisiecki. The program has also occasionally included pop and jazz performers, including Catherine McKinnon, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, and Dizzy Gillespie. Notable ensembles that have appeared at the Festival include the New Zealand String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet, the Brodsky Quartet, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Gryphon Trio, and the Beaux Arts Trio. Choral Music has also been featured at the festival with performances by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Elmer Iseler Singers, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
James Campbell is the second and current artistic director of the festival and has held that position since 1984. The 2014 festival ran from July 18 to August 10, and closed with a performance of the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 under the direction of french horn virtuoso and conductor James Sommerville with the Elmer Iseler Singers and featuring soloists Russell Braun, Leslie Fagan, Marion Newman and Michael Colvin. The 2015 festival ran from July 17 to August 9, and closed with a performance of Papageno Revisited by Alexander Brott; the Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven; and the Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World," Op. 95, B. 178 by Antonín Dvořák. The performance was conducted by Boris Brott and featured pianist Stewart Goodyear with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.Hyperion Records
Hyperion Records is an independent British classical record label.Jack Liebeck
Jack Liebeck (born 1980) is a British violinist. In 2010, he won a Classical Brit in the young British classical performer category. He was soloist on the score for the 2011 film Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and also on the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated soundtrack for Anna Karenina (2012). Both scores were composed by Dario Marianelli. He records exclusively for Hyperion Records.
“His playing is virtually flawless in its technical ease, scintillating articulateness and purity of tone.” (Gramophone)
Possessing flawless technical mastery and a “beguiling silvery tone” (BBC Music Magazine), violinist Jack Liebeck’s playing embraces the worlds of elegant chamber-chic Mozart through to the impassioned mastery required to frame Brett Dean The Lost Art of Letter Writing. Jack’s fascination with all things scientific has included performing the world premiere of Dario Marianelli Voyager Violin Concerto and collaborations with Professor Brian Cox; he programmes his own annual festival Oxford May Music around the themes of music, science and the arts. A professional photographer, he loves film and can be heard in the soundtracks of The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina. Jack is a dedicated educator holding a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music – tips include “sing your way to string perfection” (The Strad). Jack is also a member of Trio Dali “virtuosic brio…this is a group to watch” (The Australian).
A renowned soloist and chamber musician, Jack has performed with all the major British orchestras under conductors such as Andrew Litton, Leonard Slatkin, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Sir Mark Elder, and further afield with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (under Sakari Oramo), Swedish Radio (Daniel Harding), Oslo Philharmonic (Jukka Pekka Saraste), Belgian National, Polish Radio Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, St Louis Symphony (David Robertson), Indianapolis Symphony (Douglas Boyd), Melbourne Symphony (Jakub Hrůša) among many others.
Collaborators throughout his career include superb artists such as Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Angela Hewitt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piers Lane, Julius Drake, Bengt Forsberg, Michael Collins, Ashley Wass and Katya Apekisheva.
Jack released his debut album, Works for Violin & Piano with Katya Apekisheva, in 2002 on Quartz to critical acclaim (Telegraph CD of the Week and nominated for a Classical Brit Award). His next two recordings were for Sony Classics. Dvorak, won Jack the 2010 Classical Brit Award – Young Artist of the Year and his Brahms Violin Sonatas with pianist Katya Apekisheva was received with critical acclaim. “His tone is sweet and effortlessly expressive, his lyrical spans marked by many a tastefully judged portamento.” (Strad Magazine)
In 2014 Jack began his recording relationship with Hyperion Records with releases of Kreisler Violin Music with pianist Katya Apekisheva. His Bruch concerto series with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins has received wide critical acclaim “delightful mix of charm and bucolic spirit through Liebeck’s remarkable artistry and imagination” (The Telegraph) while his last in the series, Violin Concerto No 2, was released in early 2017.
Jack plays the ‘Ex-Wilhelmj’ J.B. Guadagnini dated 1785 and is generously loaned a Joseph Henry bow by Kathron Sturrock in the memory of her late husband Professor David Bennett.Jordan Hall
Jordan Hall is a 1,051-seat concert hall in Boston, Massachusetts, the principal performance space of the New England Conservatory. It is one block from Boston's Symphony Hall, and together they are considered two of America's most acoustically perfect performance spaces. It is the only conservatory building in the United States to be designated a National Historic Landmark.
The hall opened in 1903, as a gift of Eben D. Jordan II, a Conservatory trustee and a Jordan of the Jordan Marsh retail store. Its architect was Edmund M. Wheelwright of Boston's Wheelwright & Haven, who later designed nearby Horticultural Hall. The hall's unusual square floor plan reflects its underlying plot of land but despite its shape, the hall has excellent acoustics, and all seats on both the main floor and horseshoe-shaped balcony have unobstructed views of the stage. The hall's prominent organ is modeled upon one found in a church within the former hospital complex of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, now a museum.
The dedication concert of Jordan Hall, performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, took place on October 20, 1903, and created quite a stir. Effusive newspaper accounts deemed the hall "unequaled the world over," and the Boston Globe reported that it was "a place of entertainment that European musicians who were present that evening say excels in beauty anything of the kind they ever saw." Even a decade later, it describes itself as an "imposing Conservatory Building".Jordan Hall has won numerous awards since its restoration in 1995, including the 1996 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award, the Victorian Society in America's Preservation Commendation, the 1996 Boston Preservation Alliance Award, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Award of Merit, and the Illuminating Engineering Society 1996 Lumen Award. The Conservatory's main building, which includes Jordan Hall, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994; in both cases the name used is New England Conservatory of Music.
Innumerable performances have taken place in Jordan Hall, including some 650 student performances a year as well as appearances by virtually every important classical musician of the past century. That list includes performers Nadia Boulanger, Pablo Casals, the Martha Graham Dance Company, James Galway, pianists Arthur Rubinstein, Cyril Scott, Ferruccio Busoni, Angela Hewitt, Radu Lupu, Rudolf Serkin, Richard Goode, Krystian Zimerman, Garrick Ohlsson, Yundi Li, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and violinist Isaac Stern; vocalists Marian Anderson, Peter Pears, Dawn Upshaw, Ben Heppner, David Daniels, and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; guitarists Andrés Segovia, Christopher Parkening, Julian Bream, and Sérgio and Odair Assad; conductors Arthur Fiedler and Kurt Masur; composers Béla Bartók, Benjamin Britten, John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, and Aaron Copland; jazz legends Stan Getz and Benny Goodman; The Yale Whiffenpoofs; and the Budapest, Juilliard, Guarneri and Tokyo string quartets.
Jordan Hall is home to From the Top, a National Public Radio classical music show hosted by New England Conservatory alumnus Christopher O'Riley. In addition, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New England String Ensemble, Festival Youth Orchestra, the Boston Civic Symphony, and the Boston Philharmonic play many of their concerts at Jordan Hall. In 1973, The New England Ragtime Ensemble, then a student group called The New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble, recorded their Grammy Award-winning album "The Red Back Book" on the Jordan Hall stage.Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Solo or Chamber Ensemble
The Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year has been awarded since 1977, as recognition each year for the best classical music album in Canada.List of Honorary Fellows of Peterhouse, Cambridge
This is a list of Honorary Fellows of Peterhouse, Cambridge. A list of current honorary fellows is published on the college's website at Fellows by Seniority.
Sir Hugh Beach
Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss
Sir Ian Corder
Sir Richard Eyre
Sir Nicholas Fenn
Michael Howard, Baron Howard of Lympne
Sir John Kendrew
Sir Aaron Klug
Anthony Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Berwick
Denis Mack Smith
Sir Noel Malcolm
Sir Christopher Meyer
Sir Declan Morgan
Nicholas Stern, Baron Stern of Brentford
Sir John Meurig Thomas
Martin Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gresford
David Wilson, Baron Wilson of Tillyorn
Sir David Wright
Sir Tony WrigleyMogens Dahl Concert Hall
Mogens Dahl Concert Hall is a chamber music venue in the Islands Brygge district of Copenhagen, Denmark. It was opened at the private initiative of Mogens Dahl in 2005.Pekka Kuusisto
Pekka Kuusisto (born 7 October 1976 in Espoo) is a Finnish musician.
Kuusisto comes from a musical lineage. His grandfather was a composer and organist, his father is a jazz musician who has composed operas, and his mother is a music teacher. He began studying the violin at the age of three. His first violin teacher was Geza Szilvay at the East Helsinki Music Institute. In 1983 he enrolled in the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and he began to study with Tuomas Haapanen there in 1985. From 1992 to 1996 he studied with Miriam Fried and Paul Biss at the Indiana University School of Music.In 1995, Kuusisto became the first Finn to win the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition and was also awarded a special prize for the best performance of the Sibelius violin concerto. He has won other prizes, concertised widely, and recorded works for the Ondine label. Kuusisto plays a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin (1752) lent by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.Kuusisto works with musicians of many different backgrounds. He regularly performs with electronics, giving concerts consisting of mostly improvised material. During the past few years, he has frequently performed a solo recital program consisting of the Partita in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach and electronic improvisations on funeral chorales. The traditional music of Finland serves as a source of inspiration for Kuusisto, and his approach to the violin has changed substantially since he became more involved with folk music and its performers. He has been a guest performer with groups such as Nightwish, Rinneradio, Don Johnson Big Band, The National and Salsa Dura.Kuusisto also writes music, but mostly for small ensembles where he is one of the performers. With accordionist Johanna Juhola, he wrote half of the album Max Höjd and half of the music for Auf Wiedersehen Finnland, a documentary film by Virpi Suutari about World War II events in Finnish Lapland.
He composed the music for the album Kiestinki, with lyrics by Paula Vesala. Kuusisto has written music for a collaboration between himself, his brother Jaakko Kuusisto and the vocal ensemble Rajaton, themed on climate change. He has also arranged Sibelius's string quartet Voces intimae for chamber orchestra.In classical circles, Kuusisto is internationally renowned both as soloist and director and is recognised for his fresh approach to the repertoire. A strong advocate of new music, he regularly collaborates with contemporary composers and in the 2012-13 season gave the world premiere of Sebastian Fagerlund's Violin Concerto, written for him and commissioned by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Other recent highlights have included concerts with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber, Toronto Symphony and Washington’s National Symphony orchestras, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Konzerthausorchester Berlin.In 2013-14, Kuusisto joined frequent collaborators Britten Sinfonia in performances of four Britten works as part of the composer’s centenary celebrations, with choreography by the Richard Alston Dance Company. He also returned to the Cincinnati Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras.Kuusisto seeks to engage with people across the artistic spectrum, working on new interpretations of existing repertoire alongside original works. He regularly directs ensembles from the violin, including the Australian, London, Irish, Mahler and Saint Paul chamber orchestras, as well as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Recent recital partners include Iiro Rantala, Anne Sofie von Otter, Angela Hewitt, Kimmo Pohjonen and Nicolas Altstaedt. He gave the world premiere of Olli Mustonen's Sonata for Violin and Piano with the composer at the Wigmore Hall in spring 2013, and later the same year toured Europe with his traditional music group, The Luomu Players.'Our Festival', of which Kuusisto is Artistic Director, provides another opportunity for him to bring a number of art forms together in a single performance. Based in Sibelius’s home town, Järvenpää, it was selected as Festival of the Year by Finland Festivals in 2011. In 2013, Kuusisto gave the world premiere of an electronic work inspired by Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto, which he co-wrote with Tuomas Norvio. He also gave duo performances with juggler Jay Gilligan, joined the vocal group Rajaton and performed with Finnish schlager legend Paula Koivuniemi.Kuusisto has enjoyed a number of prestigious residencies, including at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Concertgebouw’s Robeco Zomerconcerten, and as a ‘Junge Wilde’ artist at the Konzerthaus Dortmund. He oversaw the programming for the 2011 Avanti! Summer Sounds Festival and continues to work regularly with Tapiola Sinfonietta, where he was formerly Artistic Partner (2006-2013).
Kuusisto was featured in the film 4 as the soloist of the winter quarter of a quartet of young musicians from around the world playing Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.
In 2013, he recorded Lindberg’s Violin Concerto with the Tapiola Sinfonietta for the Ondine label.Piano Concerto No. 6 (Mozart)
The Piano Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, K. 238, was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in January 1776. His Concerto No. 7 (K. 242) for three pianos and his Concerto No. 8 (K. 246) in C major would follow within three months. The three works share what Cuthbert Girdlestone refers to as a galant style.The work is structured in three movements:
Andante un poco adagio
Rondeau: AllegroThe work is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two horns, solo piano, and strings. It is a lightly textured work from early in Mozart's career. The United States Library of Congress holds the autograph score. Mozart had intended to publish the score after he composed it, but it did not appear in print until after his death, in 1793. He did, however, perform the work, in Munich in 1777, and in Augsburg on 22 October 1777. His student Rose Cannabich performed the work in Mannheim on 13 February 1778. Angela Hewitt observes that the first performances of the work were probably on a harpsichord rather than a fortepiano.Pour le piano
Pour le piano (For the piano), L. 95, is a suite for solo piano by Claude Debussy. It consists of three individually composed movements, Prélude, Sarabande and Toccata. The suite was completed and published in 1901. It was premiered on 11 January 1902 at the Salle Érard, played by Ricardo Viñes. Maurice Ravel orchestrated the middle movement. Regarded as Debussy's first mature piano composition, the suite has frequently been recorded. Bärenreiter published a critical edition in 2018, on the occasion of the centenary of Debussy's death.St George's Church, Brandon Hill
St George's is a former church in Great George Street, off Park Street, on the lower slopes of Brandon Hill in Bristol, England. Since 1999 it has been used as a music venue known as St George's Bristol. It was built in the 1820s by Sir Robert Smirke. It is a Grade II* listed building.St Magnus Festival
The St Magnus International Festival is an annual, week-long arts festival which takes place at midsummer on the islands of Orkney, off the north coast of mainland Scotland.Stratford Summer Music Festival
Stratford Summer Music is a music festival in Stratford Ontario that features over 100 artists every year. Artists that have performed at the festival include pianists Jan Lisiecki and Simone Dinnerstein, Angela Hewitt , Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Measha Brueggergosman, James Westman, Ben Heppner, Ron Sexsmith and the Annex String Quartet.The Art of Fugue discography
This is a list of commercial recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue.
Without recording date - To be inserted in the listThunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is a Canadian professional orchestra based in the Community Auditorium in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
It was founded on 29 November 1960 as the Lakehead Symphony Orchestra, debuting at the Lakeview High School auditorium. Its first conductor was Rene Charrier, who was on his way to Calgary with Doug Dahlgren when they wrecked their car and became stranded in Port Arthur. Saul Laskin, then mayor of Port Arthur, was impressed by their talent and convinced them to stay.When Port Arthur and Fort William amalgamated in 1970, the orchestra changed its name to the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Boris Brott was the Music Director and conductor from 1967–1972, Dwight Bennett from 1974 – 1989. (American child-prodigy conductor James Touchi-Peters served as Associate Music Director under Bennett for one season, 1977–78.) The Thunder Bay Symphony Chorus was formed in 1974 to enable the performance of major choral works and the orchestra became one of the foremost community orchestras in Ontario.. Until 1985, the TBSO played in the Lakehead Exhibition Centre, local schools and churches. With the construction of the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium in 1985, the orchestra found a new home.
Glen Mossop was Music Director from 1989–1994, Stephane Laforest from 1995–1999. During the 1995 season, the orchestra met with significant financial difficulties with the accumulated deficit rising to $140,000. By the summer of 1999, that deficit had increased to $450,000 due to a number of factors: a dispute over musician's pay led to a large retroactive tax bill and the orchestra lost its charitable lottery license. In July 1999 the TBSO laid off staff and went bankrupt.
With the appointment of Geoffrey Moull as Music Director in 2000 the TBSO was able to proceed on more secure footing. In 2003 the Thunder Bay Regional Arts Council presented its Award to Education to Moull and the TBSO for innovative educational and outreach programs. By 2004 it offered 25 main concerts and the position of Conductor-in-Residence was added (Richard Lee 2003–2005, Jason Caslor 2005–2007, Stéphane Potvin 2008–2011). CBC Radio 2 recorded and annually broadcast the TBSO nationally starting in 2001. A self-produced CD recording conducted by Geoffrey Moull titled Variations on a Memory of five contemporary compositions (works of John Estacio, Jeffrey Ryan, Regent Levasseur, Alexina Louie and Aris Carastathis) became the best-selling album of the Canadian Music Centre in 2005, was nominated for a Juno Award and was awarded international distribution to radio broadcasters by the SOCAN Foundation. A second CD recording with blues artist Rita Chiarelli titled Uptown goes Downtown, produced in 2008 and conducted by Jason Caslor, was nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards
By 2007 the orchestra's budget had risen to $1.5 million and presented more than 50 concerts annually. The TBSO now employs 30 full-time musicians over a 24-week concert season and additionally hires up to 30 per-service musicians for many concerts. An administrative office staff of four full-time and four part-time people supports the musical activities of the organization. Five different subscription series are called Classical Plus, Masterworks, Cabaret, Pops, and Family. Important education and outreach programs were initiated. The TBSO tours every year throughout Northwestern Ontario to bring concerts to communities that would otherwise not have access to a symphony orchestra. Regular tour stops include Kenora, Dryden, Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Marathon, Manitouwadge and Wawa.
Guest soloists of the TBSO have included Measha Brueggergosman, Anton Kuerti, James Ehnes, Janina Fialkowska, Angela Hewitt, Donna Brown, Marc-André Hamelin, Erika Raum, Tracy Dahl, James Parker, and André Laplante.Geoffrey Moull completed his tenure as Music Director of the TBSO in 2009. On the occasion of his last concert the Lakehead News wrote "Bravo Maestro Moull, you have left your mark and whoever should succeed you in this position will have a lot of work to fill your shoes".Candidates guest conducting to become Moull's successor included Kirk Muspratt, Christopher Zimmerman, Gisèle Ben Dor, Alastair Willis, Scott Speck and Arthur Post. During the 2009–2010 season, Stephane Potvin assumed the role of Artistic Administrator. American conductor Arthur Post was appointed as Moull's successor in 2010.