The Ranti Legacy

by Michael Hope

2024 will be a monumental year for one of the most prolific musical families in Canada.

On February 4, Julie Ranti will play for the final time as a member of The Toronto Symphony Orchestra.   She was the orchestra’s youngest member when she joined in 1985 as the associate principal flute.  However, today she has no desire to become the oldest member of the TSO and will retire while still playing beautifully enough to be missed.

This follows a summer celebration last year in Tanglewood for the retirement party of her brother, Rick Ranti who started practically as a child labourer playing bassoon with the Philadelphia Orchestra and had been Associate Principal Bassoon with the Boston Symphony since 1989.
Thus, the Ranti name fades from symphony programs after more than a half century (Their father James Ranti was principal trumpet of Orchestre symphonique de Montréal from 1959-1970 and their mother, Sally Ranti a was Juilliard grad harpist).

The bloodline continues on however, as Julie’s daughter Anna Norris retired principal bassoonist of The Niagara and Regina Symphonies continues gigging on symphonic bassoon in southern Ontario.

The Council of Canadian Bassoonists thanks and congratulates all 3 generations of the marvellous Ranti family for bringing beautiful music to our country for 65 years – and counting!

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