Young musicians taking part in Sistema Toronto.

In Wednesday’s (1/23) Ludwig Van Toronto, Anya Wassenberg writes, “Sistema Toronto and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have announced a new partnership designed to add another dimension to the music education offered to students via Sistema during the 2023/24 school year…. The new partnership will give Sistema students the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops delivered by the TSO musicians. Students will also get to attend the TSO’s performances. The partnership is already in practice. Last November, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Barrett Principal Education Conductor & Community Ambassador at the TSO, visited two of the Sistema centers. He delivered a lesson about music, the composer Joseph de Bologne, and offered a few pointers on conducting…. ‘Music has the power to transform communities, and igniting a sustained love of music in young people—especially those who might not otherwise see themselves represented in orchestral music—is one way that the Toronto Symphony Orchestra seeks to serve our great community,’ says Mark Williams, [Toronto Symphony] CEO…. Sistema Toronto is a charity devoted to providing music education to kids in underserved areas of the city. It’s part of a worldwide network of organizations, first founded in Venezuela in 1970.”