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For Immediate Release: March 6th, 2017

Esprit Orchestra 2016/17 Season Finale

Esprit Orchestra’s high-energy 2016/17 Season Finale concert, will take place on April 2, 2017 at Koerner Hall. Founding Music Director and Conductor, Alex Pauk, will lead the orchestra in a program inspired by humanity’s infatuation with machinery and the impressive forces of man-made technologies. Featuring composers from Canada and abroad, Overdrive takes listeners through the whirlwind progression of the industrial revolution, through to the 21st century.

Alexander Mossolov’s The Iron Foundry, subtitled “Music of Machines” explores the surging early stages of the mechanization. As the only surviving fragment of Mossolov’s Soviet-age ballet, The Iron Foundry is a mechanical extension of human emotion, symbolizing a vision of what the future could hold for man-made technologies. Arthur Honegger’s Pacific 231 offers homage to the ground-breaking invention of the steam locomotive; Honegger saw these mammoth machines as living, breathing organisms and strived to compose the musical embodiment of such majestic engines.

Renowned American composer John Adams offers a modern day take on the romance between humans and machinery; his exuberant fanfare, Short Ride in a Fast Machine is the musical equivalent of a thrilling ride in a sports car built for speed. When asked about the piece’s title, Adams replied, “You know when someone asks you to ride in a terrific sports car, and then you wish you hadn’t?”

Famed British composer Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto – Concentric Paths will be performed by guest-soloist Véronique Mathieu. Adès propels us into the unknown, with an immersive soundscape built around many independent cycles in differing orbits, overlapping, sometimes clashing in circular forms. The skillfully composed concerto will captivate listeners with its playful harmonies and intricate layers. Finally, Canadian composer Chris Paul Harman pushes things into overdrive with Blur

The music on the program spans over eighty-years, during which humanity’s relationship with technology has drastically altered daily life. At every stage, advancements have been thrilling, always progressing further than we could have imagined. Overdrive is sure to end the Esprit season with frenetic energy.

Esprit Orchestra – Overdrive
Sunday April 2, 2017 Koerner Hall 

Alex Pauk – conductor
Véronique Mathieu – violin
Pre-concert chat moderated by composer Alexina Louie


Thomas Adès (England)Violin Concerto – Concentric Paths* (2005)
Arthur Honegger (Switzerland)Pacific 231* (1926)
Alexander Mossolov (Russia)The Iron Foundry (1923)
John Adams (U.S.A.)Short Ride in a Fast Machine (1986)
Chris Paul Harman (Canada)Blur (1997)

*Canadian Premiere

Overdrive, Sunday April 2, 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 espritorchestra.com

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, Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation, and The Max Clarkson Family Foundation for the their generous support.

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