Mar 12, 2019
By Andy Johnson
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is taking steps to meet the need of neurodiverse audiences.
The first “Relaxed Performance” the most recent addition to the TSO’s acclaimed Education & Community Engagement programs, is designed to meet the needs of people living with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders, learning disabilities and/or anyone who wants a more casual concert experience.
The “Relaxed Performances” will differ from other TSO concerts in a number of ways; patrons who need to move around, express themselves vocally, leave the concert hall, or take a break in the quiet room, they are welcome to, audience members will have advance access to a Visual Guide that details the concert experience, step by step and rows of seats at the back of the hall will be kept empty should guests wish to move away from the sound of the orchestra on stage
The first of these “Relaxed Performances” is “Let’s Dance,” Saturday April 27th at 11 o’clock in the morning at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall.