In our 2020/2021 season, we are proud to reaffirm Esprit’s commitment to supporting living composers through commissioning, performing, and promoting their music. It’s a thrill to share with you some exciting highlights from upcoming concerts and special activities to look towards in the coming months!
In May, we launched our Soundbite and Soundbite Insights series, an initiative we were delighted to bring to online audiences. Hopefully you are enjoying the chance to listen to recently performed works, and hear directly from our extraordinary composers. You can find the full series here.
We are working hard in planning a safe return to the concert hall for musicians and audiences early in 2021. Our programming includes a full line-up of world premieres by a number of Canada’s most prominent emerging composers including Christopher Goddard, Eugene Astapov, Alison Yun-Fei Jiang and Christina Volpini. Esprit audiences will also be treated to a very special work by Anishinaabekwe composer and performer, Barbara Croall, as well as a much anticipated repeat performance of Maki Ishii’s Mono-prism with the electrifying Taiko drumming group Nagata Shachu joining the orchestra.
We are also eager to present most of the music postponed from last season’s New Wave Festival in a revamped version of the festival in April 2021. During several exciting New Wave evenings, audiences will be able to experience the newest sounds cooked up by composers such as Keiko Devaux, Quinn Jacobs, Julia Mermelstein, Stephanie Orlando and many others.
While we await final guidelines on venue health protocols for bringing you back into the concert hall for live performances, we invite you to check out our online initiatives and stay tuned for more details about subscription and single ticket sales for our 2021 concerts.