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THE SCOOP | TSO Presents Book Of Canada Mosaic Sesquies To Minister of Heritage

By Michael Vincent on February 14, 2018

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presented Heritage Minister Melanie Joly with a book of songs and a CD from last year's Canada Mosaic project, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario on Feb 13, 2018. (Photo: David Kawai)
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presented Heritage Minister Melanie Joly with a book of songs and a CD from last year’s Canada Mosaic project, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario on Feb 13, 2018. (Photo: David Kawai)

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.

(Photo: David Kawai)
Sesquie book signed by composers (Photo: David Kawai)

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

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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