Vote and Listen: Free TSO Tickets for Toledo Voters

. February 26, 2019.
French painter Paul Signac’s finished his tranquil seascape painting, The Lagoon of Saint Mark, Venice, in 1905, the same year that French composer Claude Debussy premiered his composition La Mer in Paris. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform La Mer as part of The Majestic Sea.
French painter Paul Signac’s finished his tranquil seascape painting, The Lagoon of Saint Mark, Venice, in 1905, the same year that French composer Claude Debussy premiered his composition La Mer in Paris. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform La Mer as part of The Majestic Sea.

Just in case you haven’t heard, Toledo is holding a special election today— Tuesday, February 26— to determine the fate of two amendments to the Toledo City Charter, The Lake Erie Bill of Rights and Keep the Jail in Downtown Toledo.

TCP has spent a lot of time discussing the importance of The Lake Erie Bill of Rights and we are excited to hear that the Toledo Symphony is just as impassioned about the fate of our water.

To celebrate Toledoans who are performing their civic duty today, the Toledo Symphony is offering every Toledo resident who goes to the polls and votes a free ticket to an upcoming program featuring compositions inspired by the water, The Majestic Sea, on March 15 and 16.

“It’s not really serendipity that we programmed a concert this season centered on the theme of water. The qualities of water—how it can move, what it can do to sustain life—transcend time. It makes sense that there exists an extraordinary collection of incredible music and art inspired by water,” says Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. “And, because we believe people should vote and make their voices count, we realized we could maybe help by offering free tickets to one of our upcoming performances.”

The concert, under the direction of TSO Music Director Alain Trudel, will feature a variety of water-inspired compositions, including Claude Debussy’s iconic orchestral piece La Mer, Debussy’s Clair de lune, Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer, and The Ocean written by American composer Henry Hadley.

“This program is full of great pieces for all levels of listeners,” says Trudel. “Many will come knowing Debussy’s ethereal and beautiful Clair de lune, which translates to ‘light of the moon,’ written for his baby daughter Claude-Emma. Some may know Debussy’s impressionist work La Mer or The Sea, but my hope is everyone will leave talking about Ernest Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer, performed by the rising star mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier and The Ocean by American composer Henry Hadley. They are hidden gems that deserve more recognition.”

Find yourself inspired by the water, after performing your civic duty to protect it, during this gorgeous, sweeping concert. Voting ends tonight at 7:30pm. To find your polling location, visit the Lucas County Board of Elections.

To redeem your free ticket, visit the Symphony box office, at 1838 Parkwood Ave., in person with proof of voting, such as the “I Voted” sticker. Additional tickets start at $27 and are available at the box office, toledosymphony.com, or by calling 419-246-8000.

The Majestic Sea will be performed at 8pm on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater.