2018-19 Season Sponsor Season Sponsor


  • Christopher Thornborrow (Canada)
    Trompe l'œil (2019)**
  • Maki Ishii (Japan)
    Afro-Concerto (1982)
  • Unsuk Chin (Korea)
    Cello Concerto (2006; rev. 2013)*

*Canadian Premiere
** World Premiere commissioned by Esprit with generous support from Ontario Arts Council

A powerful work for percussion and orchestra, Ishii’s Afro-Concerto, mixing cultural inflections, provides the impetus for this concert and is a spectacular musical blast for our season finale.
Thornborrow’s Trompe l’œil attests to Esprit’s promise of building strong relationships with composers resulting in impressive works for our stage.
Exploring the cello’s lyric qualities, in spite of its astounding technical difficulties, Chin’s concerto will cast a spell over everyone with its floating, dream-like sequences, flickering impulses of musical lightening, frenetic and at times motoric drive, long-spun melodies, as well as orchestral accompaniments be they aggressive explosions of colour or delicate accompanying auras. Ultimately the soloist takes us floating into the stratosphere at the end.
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