Meet the new music director for the TSO

Published: Mar. 25, 2018 at 1:38 PM EDT
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When Alain Trudel conducts the classics, he says the music written hundreds of years ago returns to life.

"It's very alive. The music is alive," explains Trudel. "Each time we play Beethoven's 5th, the beginning of Beethoven's 5th, it's always the first time it's been played at that moment."

Trudel is now the music director for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. He's moving here from Montreal.

During rehearsal, you can see his focus is on the music, but Trudel says it goes beyond the quality of the sound.

"Anytime people talk about the orchestra, it's very important because we're trying to bring some good into the world. God knows we need it right now," adds Trudel.

This season was already programmed for the TSO before Trudel took the position. It included this past weekend's performances of Symphonie Fantastique, with bells on loan from the Cleveland Symphony.

Trudel says he wants to make the classics enjoyable for everyone.

"One thing that makes me sad sometimes is that classical music has a reputation of being something that's only for a few people," continues Trudel. "The way that we've been presenting it, not in Toledo, but across the world, has been really stuck in two centuries ago, a little bit. So what we're trying to do is to, you know, up our game a little bit, if I may say so."

He's focusing on what he calls three pillars: Excellence, Education and Accessibility.

"What's important for me is to create opportunities where people can come and here the orchestra, yes, but where we can also play for people even outside of our beautiful hall here," says Trudel.

That's why he emphasizes it's not THE Toledo Symphony, it's YOUR Toledo Symphony.