The performances will take place daily in unexpected locations as part of the Keep Toronto Reading festival


This year’s Keep Toronto Reading Festival is to feature 22 days of cello performances by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Organised by the Toronto Public Library, the city-wide celebration of reading will showcase bestselling novel ‘The Cellist of Sarajevo’ by Steven Galloway, and will explore a number of its themes in library branches.

Also on the agenda will be 22 performances by TSO cellists, who will ‘pop up’ in iconic Toronto locations to play to the public – a nod to the novel’s ‘cellist of Sarajevo’, who plays Albinoni’s Adagio for 22 days to commemorate 22 civilians killed by a bomb blast. The cello performances will take place daily from Monday 17 March to Monday 7 April. Toronto principal cellist Joseph Johnson (pictured) will also present an evening of ‘hope-inspired music’ on 2 April.

For dates and locations of each ‘pop-up’ performance, visit


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