Thursday, September 10, 2009

Toronto Music Garden

Toronto Music Garden, originally uploaded by bks4jhb.

The Toronto Music Garden project wouldn't have come to Toronto if it hadn't fallen through in Boston first - but luckily, it took root and came to fruition here on our beautiful waterfront.

The gardens were collaboratively designed by Yo Yo Ma and landscape architect Julie Moir Meservy, along with landscape architects and horticulturists from Toronto City Parks.

Each section of the garden represents a different movement from Bach's Suite Number One for Unaccompanied Cello: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuett, and Gigue. The music comes to life: long grasses sway, paths undulate and birds and butterflies add their own flourish to the mix. Too bad this wasn't included in the BBC series 'Around the World in Eighty Gardens'... it certainly deserves international attention.

Every summer, musicians come to play. I've seen tabla and taiko drummers, harpists and cellists, tubas and sax. There's usually a diverse selection of classical, contemporary and international. The outdoor venue is great, even with the occasional plane flying overhead.

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