Taiko Plus!

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


  • Chris Paul Harman (Canada)
    ...with silver bells and cockle shells... (2018)**
  • Maki Ishii (Japan)
    Mono-Prism (1976)*
  • Fuhong Shi (China)
    Concentric Circles (2009)*
  • Scott Wilson (Canada)
    Dark Matter (2018)**

*Canadian Premiere
**World Premiere commissioned with generous support from the Koerner Foundation

Ishii’s Mono-Prism brims with emotional, intoxicating energy. Seven Japanese taiko drummers provide the monochrome sounds which are set against the prismatic tone quality of the orchestra in an ever-changing tonal diversity and dynamism.

Wilson’s Dark Matter takes data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the world’s largest particle accelerator, as raw material to be realized in poetic sound and vision. The groundbreaking search for elusive ‘new physics’ in the form of ‘dark matter’ provides inspiration for an exploration in image, electronic sound, and orchestral energy.

Fuhong Shi returns to Canada for the performance of her Concentric Circles. The world premiere of Chris Paul Harman’s new work for soprano and orchestra reinforces Esprit’s strong belief in and support for the composer’s exceptional creativity.

Artists and repertoire subject to change without notice.

Concert Sponsor

Judy & Wilmot Matthews

Guest Artist Sponsor