Power On

A tribute to R. Murray Schafer
  • Sunday October 23, 2016
    8:00pm Concert / 7:15pm Pre-Concert Chat
  • Koerner Hall,
    The Royal Conservatory of Music,
    273 Bloor St. W


  • 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)**

*Previously commissioned and premiered by Esprit
**Canadian Premiere

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.

Concert Sponsor

Esprit Orchestra's performance of R. Murray Schafer's music is generously supported by:

The Koerner Foundation