Esprit Presents: Plug In

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Event Title: Esprit Presents: Plug In
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Toronto
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Price: $20
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Alex Pauk - Conductor
Jennifer Nichols - Choreographer/ Dancer


Eugene Astapov (Canada) - - Hear My Voice (2017)***
Unsuk Chin (Korea) - - Mannequin (2015)*
Tan Dun (China) - - Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds (2015)*
José Evangelista (Canada) - - Symphonie minute (1994)
Matthew Ricketts (Canada) - - Lilt (2018)**

*Canadian Premiere
**World Premiere commissioned with generous support from Canada Council for the Arts
***Previously commissioned and premiered by Esprit

Astapov’s Hear My Voice has embedded in its musical texture an early recording of Alexander Graham Bell, shortly after his invention of the telephone. Paired with this piece is Tan Dun’s Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds, which imaginatively uses modern cell phones “played” by the orchestra and audience members to create “a poetic forest of digital birds”.

Evangelista’s Symphonie minute, contrasting with most symphonies’ grand proportions in duration, instrumentation, and power of expression, is a work of great charm in four short movements with light textures and rapid tempos.

Chin’s Mannequin and Ricketts’ new work Lilt have both been composed with “imaginary choreography” as a creative stimulus. Chin’s glittering, rattling, whirring piece is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Sandman – a story of seductive automata, stolen eyes and broken hearts.

Artists and repertoire subject to change without notice.

Sunday February 11, 2018
8:00pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Chat
Koerner Hall,
The Royal Conservatory of Music,
273 Bloor St. W.