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We have a line-up of composers, unlike any other, whose music will move you emotionally, intellectually and spiritually through energetic and high calibre performances by featured soloists and the musicians of the Esprit Orchestra.
Half of the repertoire, commissioned by Esprit, is Canadian including five pieces having world premieres.
All other works are by acclaimed international composers, including a world premiere, and all but one of the pieces is being performed in Canada for the first time.
Immerse yourself in the excitement as Esprit brings new pieces into existence and makes today's best music from around the world part of your live concert experience.
I welcome you to join us.
Founding Music Director and Conductor
Alex Pauk Appointed Order of Canada
We are very proud to announce that the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, has appointed Esprit Orchestra's founder, director, and conductor, Alex Pauk, to the Order of Canada. The news was released on Monday, June 30th.
The Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honours, recognizes a lifetime of distinguished service to the nation, outstanding achievement, and dedication to the community. Alex Pauk received this extraordinary recognition for his commitment to excellence, his "contributions to the development of contemporary Canadian orchestral music and for his promotion of Canada's composers." Congratulations, Alex!
STAY TUNED FOR OUR 2014 - 2015 SEASON
Book the following 2014 - 2015 concert dates in your calendar:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
The Esprit Orchestra 2014 - 2015 Season will feature new World Premieres, outstanding Canadian music, brilliant international stars, 20th century masterworks, emerging composer creations, and the Creative Sparks mentoring program.
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Thank you for attending Mysteries on Sunday, May 25th, 2014.
The concert was an enormous success, featuring two exquisite world
premieres by Canadian composers Zosha Di Castri and Christopher Mayo. The concert closed the 21C Music Festival in grand fashion, with Louis Andriessen's Mysterien as the final work of the festival.
Buzz on Twitter:
@EspritOrchestra concert last night at Koerner Hall. Can't wait for Esprit 14/15 and 21C Music Fest 2015!" - Claire Morley
Our newest portrait video by Hobé & Hosokawa, The Musical Mind, featuring saxophonist Wallace Halladay.
Zosha Di Castri, Composer
“New music” can be many things: difficult, challenging, original, mind-bending. But thanks to Alex Pauk and his Esprit Orchestra, in their final concert of their 30th anniversary season, “new music” on Thursday night was powerful, gripping, and creative.
- Robert Harris, The Globe And Mail
Read a full review HERE.
The orchestra under Pauk was a model of virtuosity.
- Arthur Kaptainis, National Post
Read a full review HERE.