Toronto Music Garden recognized with Leonardo Da Vinci Award|
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At a meeting of the Economic Development and Parks Committee today, Councillor
Brian Ashton, Chair of the Economic Development and Parks Committee,
acknowledged and received on behalf of the City the Leonardo Da Vinci Award in
the arts category for the Toronto Music Garden.
In accepting the award, Councillor Ashton shared the recognition with Brenda
Librecz, the newly appointed General Manager for Parks, Forestry and
Recreation, her staff, philanthropist James Fleck and other partners
responsible for bringing the Toronto Music Garden to fruition. "Leonardo Da
Vinci would be proud of our staff," said Councillor Ashton.
The Toronto Music Garden is a unique interpretation of music in landscape
design. Inspired by the First Suite for the Unaccompanied Cello, by Johann
Sebastian Bach and interpreted by Yo-Yo Ma, garden designer Julie Moir Messervy
designed a garden in six "movements". Each "movement" expresses in nature the
emotions generated by the music.
The Toronto Music Garden demonstrates the potential of creative partnerships
among many disciplines and between government and the private sector. It is a
constant source of inspiration as the plant life changes with the seasons and
the summer concert series features a myriad of diverse performances. It is also
a continual source of pleasure for the neighbouring community that has
voluntarily taken on a stewardship role of the Toronto Music Garden.
The Leonardo Da Vinci Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate
creativity and innovation. The other finalists in the Arts Category were:
Artscape, 2004 First Night Malvern Community Project, South Asian Visual Arts
Collective and TafelMusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir's Metamorphosis
Festival. There were three other categories of awards: business,
entrepreneurship and education.
"I am very pleased to accept this award," said Councillor Ashton " because it
recognizes Toronto's creativity and its stewardship of our parks and natural
spaces and I think that these elements are integral to the way Torontonians see
themselves and the way they want to be seen by the world."
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