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Concert review: Esprit Orchestra closes 21C Festival with mystery and discovery

Concert review: Esprit Orchestra closes 21C Festival with mystery and discovery

May 27, 2014
National

"Toronto’s Esprit orchestra delved into the land of mystery on Sunday night, marking the close of the first annual 21C Festival and the final concert of Esprit Orchestra’s 31st season at Koerner Hall. The concert included two newly commissioned works by young Canadian composers living abroad (Zosha Di Castri and Christopher Mayo), as well as works by England’s Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Dutch bon vivant Louis Andreissen.

Esprit has a long history of providing composers with a vehicle for trying out new works. They understand that for any art form to stay healthy, new works must be added to the canon on a regular basis. In our age of slacking tickets sales and diminishing numbers, this is no easy feat, but that hasn’t stopped RCM’s Executive Director Mervon Mehta’s vision for a new annual contemporary music festival. Pair that with Esprit Orchestra, one of Toronto’s most established new music orchestras, and you have the necessary champions that composers, (and new music), so dearly need..."

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Related Composers: Christopher Mayo, Alex Pauk


Related Community Profiles: Mervon Mehta