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December 12, 2000
George Weston Recital Hall concert season back on boards at Toronto Centre for the Arts
  
Culture --- The Toronto Centre for the Arts is poised to present an inaugural
season of 25 concerts in the acoustically superior George Weston Recital Hall.
The concert season, which earlier this year had been slated for cancellation at
the conclusion of its 2000 season, is back on the boards as a result of a
generous anonymous private donation and the combined efforts of the City of
Toronto, The Canadian Opera Company (COC), the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)
and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

"This is absolutely fantastic!" exclaimed Mayor Mel Lastman. "The Toronto
Centre for the Arts is a fabulous facility and I'm delighted that the concert
season will go ahead."

Stan Shortt, newly-appointed Executive Manager of the Toronto Centre for the
Arts, stated, "We are proud to be collaborating with Toronto's major music
presenters in working collectively towards a common goal of maintaining and
strengthening Toronto's position as a major cultural landmark."

"The Toronto Centre for the Arts welcomes world famous artists, but it also has
a strong community focus. It plays a leadership role by providing local arts
organizations with an opportunity to use its space and expand their community
outreach programs," commented Rita Davies, Managing Director of Toronto
Culture.

In addition to the three concerts each presented by the COC, TSO and
Tafelmusik, the Toronto Centre for the Arts will present another 16 concerts
packaged as five new subscription series showcasing an international array of
artists. Programmed by George Weston Recital Hall Concert Season veteran David
Kingwell, the series will be themed around vocal music, piano repertoire,
string quartets and jazz. Complete program details and artists will be
announced in February 2001, when subscriptions go on sale to the public.

The Toronto Centre for the Arts is owned by the City of Toronto. It is a
multi-venue complex that includes the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the
Studio Theatre, the Apotex Theatre and the George Weston Recital Hall.


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