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  • Sunday February 11, 2018
    8:00pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Chat
  • Koerner Hall,
    The Royal Conservatory of Music,
    273 Bloor St. W.


  • José Evangelista (Canada)
    Symphonie minute (1994)
  • Eugene Astapov (Canada)
    Hear My Voice (2017)***
  • Matthew Ricketts (Canada)
    Lilt (2018)**
  • Unsuk Chin (Korea)
    Mannequin (2015)*
  • Tan Dun (China)
    Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds (2015)*

*Canadian Premiere
**World Premiere commissioned with generous support from Canada Council for the Arts
***Previously commissioned and premiered by Esprit


Astapov’s Hear My Voice has embedded in its musical texture an early recording of Alexander Graham Bell, shortly after his invention of the telephone. Paired with this piece is Tan Dun’s Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds, which imaginatively uses modern cell phones “played” by the orchestra and audience members to create “a poetic forest of digital birds”.

Evangelista’s Symphonie minute, contrasting with most symphonies’ grand proportions in duration, instrumentation, and power of expression, is a work of great charm in four short movements with light textures and rapid tempos.

Chin’s glittering, rattling, whirring piece Mannequin and Ricketts’ new work Lilt have both been composed with “imaginary choreography” as a creative stimulus. Esprit has commissioned Jennifer Nichols to choreograph and perform a dance with the premiere of Lilt.

Artists and repertoire subject to change without notice.

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Timothy & Frances Price