TSO Relaxed Performances play to special needs

Enjoying a live musical performance can be a challenge for individuals living with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is presenting its first Relaxed Performance geared to meet the needs of neurodiverse audiences or anyone who wants a more casual concert experience.

Let’s Dance, presented on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Roy Thomson Hall will differ from other TSO concerts in a number of ways. Patrons are free to move around, express themselves vocally, leave the concert hall, or take a break in the quiet room. There are empty rows at the back of the hall for those who wish to move away from the sound of the orchestra. Sound dampening headphones, a quiet room with comfortable seating and relaxing activities and specially trained staff will all add to the relaxed performance’s accommodations.

The first relaxed performance will feature the TSO musicians sharing the stage with dancers for an interactive program of various dance styles that will have the whole family moving in their seats. Tickets  cost $17 each (plus a $6 service charge per ticket) and are available by phone at 416-598-3375 or by visiting tso.ca.