Esprit at 40- Astounding!

September 6, 2022 Download this release in PDF format

For Immediate Release – September 7, 2022


Esprit Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Season (2022-2023) begins with a fall-winter subscription
concert series celebrating Maestro Alex Pauk’s founding of Canada’s foremost, unique, full-sized orchestra
exclusively devoted to presenting the music of today. A 2023 spring series will be announced in November.
The opening three concerts, on October 27, November 27 and January 25, all presented in Toronto’s
stunning and acoustically superb Koerner Hall, exemplify Esprit’s programming of the best music by the
greatest living composers from around the world including Thomas Adès, and Unsuk Chin. Canada’s best
composers such as John Rea, Colin McPhee, José Evangelista and Alexina Louie are also represented.
Additionally, Esprit’s commitment to developing new repertoire continues with World Premieres of
commissioned works by Canadians Andrew Staniland and James O’Callaghan, as well as a repeat
performance of an Esprit commission by Ottawa composer Christopher Goddard. Esprit’s Pre-concert
Talks, hosted by esteemed Canadian composer Alexina Louie, are featured at 7:15pm prior to each

Kicking off this special season is SPIRA (October 27th, 2022), a riveting program marked by the Canadian
Premiere of the masterful Unsuk Chin’s Spira (Concerto for Orchestra), a fascinating work of virtuosity,
unconventional textures and sonorities depicting growth and metamorphosis in the natural world. Opening
this program is Christopher Goddard’s Les tringles des sistres tintaient, a work that reimagines the
famous gypsy song from the second act of Bizet’s Carmen. Concluding this program is the iconic Asyla, by
Thomas Adès. Given its Canadian Premiere by Esprit Orchestra in 2004, the alternately violently raucous
and deeply meditative Asyla has become one of the most well-known, frequently performed new orchestral
works of our time, thrilling audiences around the world through its expansive and dynamic sound world.

Esprit Orchestra’s 40-year commitment to highlighting superb Canadian music and performers continues
with VIOLINISSIMO (November 27th, 2022), a program featuring four astounding Canadian contributions
to the violin concerto repertory with soloists being concertmasters from three great Toronto orchestras.
Aaron Schwebel (National Ballet of Canada Orchestra), Marie Bérard (Canadian Opera Company
Orchestra) and Stephen Sitarski (Esprit Orchestra) will respectively perform the Violinissimo by José
Evangelista, Figures hâtives by John Rea, and Six Enigmas (World Premiere) by Andrew Staniland.
The concert’s special finale will feature all three soloists in a performance of Alexina Louie’s shimmering,
electrifying Triple Concerto for Three Violins and Orchestra.

As part of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 21C Music Festival, Esprit Orchestra will present TAIKO
LIVE! (January 25, 2023), a trip to the fantastical soundworld of Japanese composer Maki Ishii’s Mono-prism
featuring the return of the spectacular Toronto Taiko drumming group Nagata Shachu. Esprit
Orchestra is thrilled to have rising star Canadian cellist Cameron Crozman join Esprit for the World
Premiere of James O’Callaghan’s Overbound. With eight loudspeakers surrounding the audience,
Overbound blends solo cello, electronic and orchestral sound in a dynamic, immersive experience of sonic
colours and textures. Rounding out this distinctive program is Tabuh-tabuhan for two pianos and orchestra
by Colin McPhee. Influenced by the Balinese Gamelan tradition and the composer’s time living in Bali,
McPhee’s lively work features upbeat and vibrant melodic and rhythmic motifs that transport listeners to
another time and place of an exotic nature.

Royal Conservatory of Music TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning 273 Bloor Street West
Individual concert tickets start at: Adult $45; Senior 65+ $45; Under 30 $27; Student $25 Pleas
Concerts: 8pm Pre-Concert Talks: 7:15pm


October 27th, 2022- SPIRA

Christopher GoddardLes tringles des sistres tintaient
for orchestra
Unsuk ChinSpira**
Concerto for Orchestra
Thomas AdèsAsyla
for large orchestra

November 27th, 2022- VIOLINISSIMO

José EvangelistaViolinissimo
concerto for violin and orchestra
Andrew StanilandSix Enigmas*
concerto for violin and orchestra
John ReaFigures hâtives
concerto for violin and orchestra
Alexina LouieTriple Concerto for Three Violins and Orchestra

January 25th, 2023- TAIKO LIVE!

Colin McPheeTabuh-tabuhan
toccata for two pianos and orchestra
James O'CallaghanOverbound*
concerto for amplified cello, electronics and orchestra
Maki IshiiMono-prism
for Taiko drummers and orchestra

*World Premiere Performance Commissioned by Esprit

** Canadian Premiere

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,
Azrieli Foundation, SOCAN Foundation, Ontario Arts Foundation, The Michael and Sonja Koerner Charitable Foundation,
The Mary-Margaret Webb Foundation, Timothy & Frances Price, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Power Corporation of
Canada, RBC Foundation, The Max Clarkson Family Foundation, The Charles H. Ivey Foundation, The Amphion
Foundation and Anonymous for their generous support.

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