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For Immediate Release: January 12, 2016

New Year, New Music 


A Concert Presented by:
Esprit Orchestra 
Alex Pauk conductor 

To ring in the New Year, Esprit Orchestra will perform several new works, including three world premieres in concert at Koerner Hall on February 12, 2017. This third concert of Esprit’s 2016/17 season will feature commissioned works by Canadian composers Analia Llugdar, Adam Scime, and John Rea.

Accelerando, the concert’s title piece by Montreal composer José Evangelista, was commissioned and premiered by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in November 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Montreal subway system. The work transports listeners in musical movement parallel to that of a Metro train moving from station to station.

Among the concert’s highlights will be the premiere of Survivance by Jules Léger Prize winning composer, John Rea. This fanfare, commissioned in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, reflects the enduring stories of strength and cultural pride that make up Canadian heritage in both indigenous and Francophone communities as part of an ever-changing Canada.

Esprit Orchestra will also premiere a commissioned work, titled El canto del viento (the singing of the wind), by Analia Llugdar, who composes as though she is inside sound – a realm of unique contrasts and intricate textures.

Surfacing, another commissioned work by Adam Scime, is the second panel of a triptyque the composer is writing for Esprit; its premiere on the program is a highly anticipated event.

American composer Conlon Nancarrow, famous for highly complex, almost labyrinthine studies for player piano, is represented by Piece #2 for Small Orchestra, one of only three orchestral works by Nancarrow.

Esprit Orchestra – Accelerando
Sunday February 12, 2017
Koerner Hall 

Alex Pauk – conductor

Pre-concert chat moderated by composer Alexina Louie 


José Evangelista (Canada)Accelerando (2016)
Analia Llugdar (Canada)El canto del viento (2017)**
Conlon Nancarrow (U.S.A/Mexico)Piece #2 for Small Orchestra (1985)*
John Rea (Canada)Survivance (2017)***
Adam Scime (Canada)Surfacing (2017)**

*Canadian Premiere
**World Premiere commissioned with generous support from the The Koerner Foundation
***World Premiere commissioned as part of the Toronto Symphony Canada 150 Signature Project

Accelerando, Sunday February 12, 2017, Koerner Hall 
8:00pm Concert | 7:15pm Pre-Concert Chat 

Royal Conservatory of Music TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning 
273 Bloor Street West, Toronto 
Individual concert tickets start at: Adult $40; Senior 65+ $40; Under 30 $22; Student $20
Please call (416) 408 0208 or visit

Season Sponsor:

Esprit Orchestra is Canada’s only full-sized orchestra devoted exclusively to performing and promoting new orchestral music. Esprit Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Foundation, SOCAN Foundation, The Koerner Foundation, The Hal Jackman Foundation, The Mary-Margaret Webb Foundation, Timothy and Frances Price, The Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation, and The Max Clarkson Family Foundation for the their generous support.

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