The holiday season reminds us of wonderful memories from years past, and I’m sure many of those are annual traditions for lots of you. Here in Brantford, some of those holiday traditions include the JCI Santa Claus Parade, Branford Lights at Glenhyrst, and the annual holiday concert performed by the Brantford Symphony Orchestra.
It’s around this time of year that Brantford Symphony Orchestra (BSO) hosts their annual holiday concert, with More Christmas Bells in 2019 and A Christmas Concert in 2018. This year, the orchestra was going to perform a very special concert called Christmas with the Toronto Northern Lights. The BSO has been unable to rehearse and perform throughout the pandemic due to COVID-19 restrictions on gathering sizes and the performing arts. It started with the cancellation of their annual BSO Book Fair in Spring 2020, which is a huge fundraiser for the organization. This loss of revenue, in addition to the restrictions, led the Board of Directors to make the difficult decision to cancel their 2020-2021 season.
If you wish to make a charitable donation to the BSO, you can do so by accessing the online donation form. Donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt. BSO has also partnered with ihiveLive, which is an online shopping portal where you can earn cash back to donate to the BSO. Registration for ihiveLive is free and you can shop from top merchants such as Amazon, Indigo, Dyson, Microsoft, Keurig, and many other popular stores. Visit ihiveLive to register.
About the Brantford Symphony Orchestra
The formally designated Brantford Symphony Orchestra was established in 1919 under the direction of Dr. F. C. Thomas. As an orchestra of approximately 70 professional musicians of the highest caliber, the BSO thrives under the expert tutelage of musical director and conductor Philip Sarabura.
The Brantford Symphony Orchestra also has a School Program which gives the students of surrounding schools the opportunity to experience music and plays. The partnership with these local schools links directly with their mission statement, “We provide symphonic experiences, giving people of all ages opportunities for musical appreciation and education.” You can support them by donating at their website and give them that boost to keep going in their mission and musical abilities.
Visit the Brantford Symphony Orchestra website for more information.