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December 11, 2001
Mayor Announces "Marilyn Lastman Save our Symphony" Ball
  
Mayor Mel Lastman and his wife Marilyn have pledged to help rescue symphonic
music in Toronto by hosting a fundraiser in the spring of 2002. The event is
expected to raise as much as $1 million for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

"As soon we heard about the TSO's financial problems Marilyn said we had to do
something to keep it alive. As far as we are concerned, a city without a
symphony is a city without a heart," Mayor Lastman said.

The Lastman's decision is being lauded by former Ontario premier Bob Rae, who
is spearheading the TSO's fight for survival.

"Now more than ever the community needs to rally in support of its symphony
orchestra, and the Mayor's and Mrs. Lastman's announcement will provide our
campaign with a huge boost," said Mr. Rae.

Deputy Mayor Case Ootes said the TSO deserves the community's support for its
work as Canada's leading symphonic orchestra, and because of the TSO's programs
to broaden the musical education of Toronto's children.

"The TSO's education programs open the minds and ears of as many as 100,000
Toronto children every season. That's one big reason why the City granted the
TSO $773,640 this year. But the TSO clearly needs more money, so the Marilyn
Lastman Save Our Symphony Ball is welcome news," Deputy Mayor Ootes said.

Deputy Mayor Ootes made his remarks at a ceremony today to proclaim December 13
as "Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma Day" in the city. Yo-yo Ma, the
world's greatest living cellist, is being honoured for his contributions to
Toronto, including his leadership and generosity in the establishment in 1999
of the Toronto Music Garden, the only park of its kind in the world.

Further details about the "Marilyn Lastman Save Our Symphony" Ball will become
available in the weeks to come.


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