May 2, 2020 | 7:30 pm


Tom Allen, popular host of the eclectic CBC Radio 2 program Shift, brings some of his and your favourite music to the stage at Avondale.   As the orchestra spans the centuries of pop classic favourites, Tom will be sure to engage you with his storytelling, and also a few surprises!

Principal Conductor: William Rowson

Guest Artist: Tom Allen

Tom Allen brings his entertaining wit and love for music to Shift on CBC Music, weekdays from 1-3:30 pm. Allen is a passionate music lover, storyteller, accomplished trombonist, writer and broadcaster and brings a wealth of knowledge to CBC Music. He studied at McGill University, graduated from Boston University and received his MA at Yale University. While looking for full-time work as a trombonist, he temped on Wall Street and cooked in a Mexican restaurant. One of his favourite musical memories is of joining 87 other trombonists on the first-base line at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox home opener in 1982. In 1987, he began touring with the Great Lakes Brass until he joined CBC Radio in Halifax.


Tom is a frequent on-stage host for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has brought his Classical Good Time Variety Show to orchestras across Canada. His cabaret The Bohemians in Brooklyn was the surprise hit at the Young Centre Cabaret Festival in Toronto and was described as "slickly written" and "beautifully punctuated with songs." Tom has also had three books published, most recently The Gift of the Game, a reflection on hockey and the role the game plays in the life of a divorced parent. Tom lives with his wife and son in Toronto, hoping for visits from the other kids who aren't kids anymore. Aside from his passion for music and literature, he's an avid cyclist and plays recreational hockey and basketball.



CLASSICAL Good Time Variety Show Program


MozartOverture to Don Giovanni
HolstSt. Paul’s Suite Op. 29 Finale (The Dargason)
BizetCarmen Suite # 1 “Les Toreadors” (Cage Match - Part 1)
WagnerDie Walküre Prelude to Act III (Cage Match - Part 2)
TchaikovskyOverture-Fantasy Romeo and Juliet
With narration by Tom Allen
MozartHorn Concerto in D  K514 Rondo: Allegro
 Cage Match Winner
MyslivečekSymphony (Overture) in A  – III. Presto
 Partita for Winds in B flat – II. Larghetto
 Sinfonia in C F27 – III. Allegro
BrahmsSymphony No. 2 in D Major Op. 73 – Finale



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