Carly Rae Jepsen | Toronto Symphony Orchestra

These orchestrations of Run Away With Me, Making the Most of the Night, Gimmie Love, E•MO•TION, Your Type, Tug of War, When I Needed You, Boy Problems, All That, Let's Get Lost, Call Me Maybe and I Really Like You were commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with financial support from the Government of Canada for performance during the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. The first performance was given by Carly Rae Jepsen and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra June 17th, 2017. These orchestrations have subsequently been performed by the Indianapolis Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

At Roy Thomson Hall, before the show, the crowd quivered. Strangers babbled at each other, smiling like maniacs. The orchestra began, suddenly, in a way that resembled star formation—dense clouds of melody floating in suspension and then, under piccolo flurries and timpani rolls, fusing into one. A sax line emerged, neon with yearning, and Jepsen came out to sing “Run Away with Me,” unprotected by reverb and curling her voice tight around the notes.”

”The orchestra was heartbreaking, restrained by the simplicity of the songwriting and yet inherently hyperbolic. The violins took up the moments where, normally, on her albums, you’d hear Jepsen ad-libbing with interjections. Instead of a “Hey!” their bows would strike, like an epiphany, a burst of sweetness outside the realm of words.
— Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker