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Concerto blog, vol. 1: Hurry up and wait

I was in Cleveland recording a chamber work when I received, in September 2018, an email from Alex Pauk asking about my interest in composing a piano concerto for Esprit Orchestra that I would premiere as soloist. In the life of a pianist-composer this is the commission you dream about – the one you contemplate…

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NEW ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE
Take The Dog Sled

Esprit Orchestra is thrilled to announce the official release of a brand new album! Take The Dog Sled by renowned Canadian composer Alexina Louie, featuring Inuit throat singers Evie Mark and Akinisie Sivuarapik.   Now available for purchase/streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and Centrediscs.   Centrediscs BUY NOW      …

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Esprit Plans for Exciting Return to Stage in 2021

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,…

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Update Regarding COVID-19: New Wave Festival Postponed

We have continued to monitor the conditions surrounding COVID-19, and have come to the difficult decision to postpone all three concerts in our New Wave Festival, which was set to take place at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre from April 17-18th. Our decision was made following the declaration of a State of Emergency by the Ontario…

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Taking Care of Shkakmigkwe (Mother Earth)

I can hardly believe that it has already been 11 years since the world premiere of my work Mijidwewinan (Messages) at Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 2009. When I got a call out-of-the-blue from Pamela Tatge, Artistic Director of the Wesleyan Center for the Arts, back in late summer 2008 to compose a new orchestral…

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