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Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
273 Bloor Street West
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All concerts 8:00 pm
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Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory

La création du monde

Thursday March 31, 2016

8:00 pm Concert | 7:15 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


Darius Milhaud (France/U.S.A.) La création du monde (1923)
Hussein Janmohamed (Canada) Nur: Reflections on Light (2014)
for choir
Douglas Schmidt (Canada) Sirens* (2016)
Alex Pauk (Canada) Soul and Psyche** (2016)
for choir and orchestra

Featuring:
Alex Pauk – conductor
The Elmer Iseler Singers
Lydia Adams – guest conductor


Milhaud’s dance score, inventively blending Harlem jazz with cutting-edge Western classical music, helped fuel the early 1920s Parisian rage for African and Afro-American art, fashion, dance and music. Janmohamed’s work, in the form of miniatures, interweaves melodies from Ismaili Muslim devotional literature, quranic recitation and Indian ragas. Sirens, with their enchanting music and voices as their fatal weapons, appear in the mythologies of many cultures and provide scenarios for Schmidt’s alluring new work. Drawing from a rich reservoir of myths, rituals and sacred systems, Pauk brings choir and orchestra together to express a powerful range of humanistic and spiritual themes.


*World Premiere – commissioned by Esprit with generous support from The Koerner Foundation
**World Premiere - commissioned by The Koerner Foundation through The Elmer Iseler Singers