Esprit Orchestra presents PLAY

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Event Title: Esprit Orchestra presents PLAY
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Koerner Hall, Toronto
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Price: $45
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  • Composer: John Rea
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Esprit Orchestra presents PLAY

Andrew Norman (U.S.A.) Play * (2014)
Thomas Adès (England) Tevot ** (2007)
John Rea (Canada) Zefiro torna (Zephyr Returns) (1994)

Alex Pauk - conductor

Rea’s Zephyr, a gentle wind relieving us from storm and stress, takes listeners to sublime destinations. Adès’ one-movement symphony, with its astonishing, subtly-layered orchestral sonorities, draws inspiration from the word Tevot which means bars of music in Hebrew and also, in the Bible, is the ark of Noah and the cradle in which the baby Moses is carried on the river. Norman, today’s fastest- rising American composer, in his kaleidoscopic 45-minute, three-movement work (Levels 1,2 & 3), encompasses various meanings of play – some light-hearted, some sinister with musical ideas ricocheting off one another furiously.

*Canadian Premiere
**Canadian Premiere generously supported with funding from The Koerner Foundation

Enhance your concert experience with a Pre-Concert Chat hosted by award-winning Canadian composer Alexina Louie, beginning at 7:15pm.

Composer Spotlight
Featured in Koerner Hall on November 15th

Toronto-born and Montréal-based composer John Rea was the first composer Esprit commissioned for its inaugural concert 33 years ago. He leads a triple career as composer, teacher, and concert producer. Recipient of many awards, he has frequently been commissioned and has written works in several genres: chamber music, music theatre, electroacoustic music, and compositions for large orchestra, the ballet, choruses, and opera.

Rea was commissioned to write Zefiro torna by Esprit in 1994. The piece makes reference to the sonnet of the same name by Francesco Petrarca, set almost 300 years later as a five-voice madrigal by Monteverdi.

"Monteverdi's music for me becomes a kind of cantus firmus which, during the course of its journey through my composition, engages in a dialogue with other musics, with other ancient winds of a more ominous nature, finally to emerge just at that moment when the gentle and agreeable wind Zephyr returns ... again."

Rea was a founding member of the Montréal new music society, Les Événements du Neuf, (1978-1989). He currently serves on the editorial board for the French-language new music journal Circuit, and is on the artistic/programming committee of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ).