Closing a year of Canada 150 celebrations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s (TSO) Interim Executive Director Gary Hanson travelled to Ottawa yesterday to present a custom-made book and CD comprising works commissioned as part of the Canada Mosaic project to the Minister of Heritage, Mélanie Joly.
The book and CD were presented to the minister to thank her for her support towards the historic initiative. Sixteen Sesquie composers were also present and signed the book, as Joly graciously accepted it.
The year-long initiative was one of the largest endeavours in the TSO’s history, and saw the orchestra commission and present 40 short orchestral works (Sesquies) written by composers from across the country. The pieces were also performed by orchestras from every province across Canada, as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
TSO received a total of $7.5 million of the $17.5 million-dollar fund earmarked to help fund community events surrounding a national musical celebration in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.
The book of Sesquie scores and CD will be added to the collection of the Library & Archives Canada.
For more, visit the TSO Canada Mosaic Sesquies archive: canadamosaic.tso.ca
LUDWIG VAN TORONTO