• Sunday January 20, 2019
    8:00pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Chat
  • Koerner Hall,
    TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning,
    273 Bloor St. W.


  • Toshio Hosokawa (Japan)
    Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra (1999)*
  • Alison Yun-Fei Jiang (Canada)
    River Memory (2018)
  • Claude Vivier (Canada)
    Orion (1979)
  • Christopher Goddard (Canada)
    Les tringles des sistres tintaient (2018)**

*Canadian Premiere
** World Premiere commissioned by Esprit with generous support from The Koerner Foundation

Goddard’s beguiling new work re-imagines the spellbinding gypsy song that opens act two of Bizet’s Carmen with its fluidity, exoticism and perpetual forward energy. The astounding virtuosity of saxophonist Wallace Halladay reveals the full extent of visiting Japanese guest composer Hosokawa’s exquisite creativity. Orion, this concert’s touchstone, is perhaps the most vivid expression of Vivier’s musical state of “eternal homecoming”. In River Memory, Jiang, inspired by Niagara Falls, contemplates the transformation of her mixed cultural identity as an immigrant, through time, art making and the Canadian experience.

Part of The Royal Conservatory’s 21C Music Festival, as well as the University of Toronto New Music Festival.

Program Sponsor:

Artists and repertoire subject to change without notice. Ticketing services provided by RCM Tickets.

Concert Sponsor

Timothy & Frances Price