ESPRIT ORCHESTRA

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273 Bloor Street West
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All concerts 8:00 pm
(7:15 Pre-Concert Chats)
Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory

Power On
A tribute to R. Murray Schafer

Sunday October 23, 2016

8:00 pm Concert | 7:15 pm Pre-Concert Chat

Koerner Hall in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, the Royal Conservatory of Music
273 Bloor Street West

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Programme

R. Murray Schafer (Canada) Scorpius (1990)*
R. Murray Schafer (Canada) Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1984)
R. Murray Schafer (Canada) Adieu Robert Schumann for voice and orchestra (1976)
Andrew Norman (U.S.A.) Switch for percussion and orchestra (2015)**

Featuring:

Alex Pauk - conductor

Robert Aitken
Robert Aitken
flute
Ryan Scott
Ryan Scott
percussion
Krisztina Szabo
Krisztina Szabo
mezzo soprano

*Previously commissioned and premiered by Esprit
**Canadian Premiere

Concert Sponsor: Krisztina Szabo

The sheer excitement of one of the greatest flute concertos ever, the powerful drama of texts from Clara Schumann’s diaries blended with fragments of Robert’s music to portray his progressive descent into madness during his last years, and the mischievous humour of Scorpius (“Am I trying to sting someone with ‘my’ Scorpius? I’ll let the listener decide”), reveal an impressive array of Schafer’s diverse compositional skills. The new mythologies, fantasy characters, and mysterious realms of computer games influence the witty, energetic juxtapositions of Norman’s Switch.

Artists and repertoire subject to change without notice.