“Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, has some tips for the amateur conductors who will lead the symphony for two minutes each on Friday as part of Culture Days.” writes Trish Crawford in Thursday’s (9/24) Toronto Star. “ ‘Don’t dance around too much, no lurching.’ … The TSO is opening its doors and its podium to the public for Culture Days, an annual weekend arts festival taking place across Canada from Friday through Sunday, and it’s not the only one. At Koerner Hall, the Royal Conservatory invites the public to Free for All!, featuring performers of all ages, backgrounds and genres doing five-minute sets from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Like other Culture Days events, admission is free.” Other participating organizations include Tafelmusik, Alliance Française de Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, and the Japan Foundation. “For the TSO’s ‘Conduct Us’ challenge on Friday, people interested in wielding the baton under Oundjian’s guidance can sign up from 10 to 11 a.m. to register for a draw.… Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization devoted to giving Canadians a chance to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of art and culture.”

Posted September 26, 2014