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TORONTO, ONTARIO – Esprit Orchestra’s New Wave Composers Festivals is a hub for composers, musicians, and musical thinkers who gather and exchange ideas, as well as experience new music in a casual setting. The repertoire is primarily Canadian, and the festival fosters young talent as well as provides experienced composers the opportunity to lead workshops and discussions. The New Wave Composers Festival is affordable, and some events are even free to the public.


May 12: Drake Hotel, 8 PM

CHERCHER NOISE Esprit Wild & Wired at the Drake Lounge & Underground

Featuring works of Jimmie LeBlanc, Eric Ross, Akira Nishimura, Elisha Denburg, Ashkan Behzadi, John Cage and Claude Vivier. Performers: Wallace Halladay/Saxes, Stephen Clarke/piano, Esprit Percussion Ensemble, Alex Pauk Conductor, and the Cybernetic Orchestra from McMaster University with David Ogborn, Director.

Tickets: $20 at the door; cash only.

May 13, 8 PM: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Rising Star Composers Concert

Esprit Orchestra’s Rising Star Composers Concert, in association with the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) featuring works of Matthew Ricketts, Zoshi Di Castri, Anthony Tan, and the winning compositions of the Canadian Music Society Student Composer Competition and Members Composition Competition. Farhid Samandari of UBC is the student winner; second winner is being chosen May 13. Part of events celebrating the Canadian League of Composers’ 60th Anniversary. Post concert reception for audience, composers and musicians.


May 14, 2:00 PM Hart House Music Room, U of T

Young Composers Round Table and Open Forum

This event is free and open to the public. Hosted by Dr. Glenn Buhr, Professor, Composition; Director, Improvisation Concerts Ensemble.


May 15, 8 PM: Koerner Hall (pre-concert chat, 7:15 PM)

MUSICAL OFFERINGS & 2011/2011 Esprit Orchestra season announcement

Esprit's fourth and concluding Subscription Series Concert featuring works by Gubaidulina, Pauk, and Gougeon and the world premiere of Chris Paul Harman's “Coyote Soul”. Presentation of The Canadian Music Centre's Toronto Emerging Composer Award will take place during the concert, and Esprit’s 11/12 season will be announced.

May 30: Glenn Gould Studio 12:00 PM

Creative Sparks Student Compositions Concert


Esprit Orchestra’s Alex Pauk produced Canada's first New Wave Composers Festival in the 2001/2002 season. This well-attended event served as a strong start for a series of festivals that have helped launch the careers of 14 rising-star Canadian composers. The festival is a forum for young, emerging artists to exchange ideas, meet the public, participate in seminars and panel discussions, and plan for participation in future Esprit events. Many of these rising star composers have never met, so the NWCF the festival a point of contact that creates an important sense of cohesion for this new generation of composers. NWCF alumni include Vincent Ho, Brian Current, Chris Paul Harman, Maxine McKinley, and Scott Good.

Esprit Orchestra gratefully acknowledges Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Julie-Jiggs Foundation, and The Max Clarkson Family Foundation.

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