Since his triumph at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, Denis Matsuev has become a virtuoso in the grandest of Russian pianistic traditions. Denis Matsuev is highly demanded worldwide as a recitalist and a soloist playing with all the major Orchestras in the most prestigious venues around the globe.Find out more »
The concert will musically span the TMC’s 125-year history, moving from the founding year of 1894 into the future with an anniversary composition by acclaimed Cree composer Andrew Balfour. The concert will open with two glorious acappella works by Mendelssohn (of whom we are the namesake), followed by a stellar choral-orchestral work from each century during which the Choir has sung. Felix Mendelssohn: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir (1844) Felix Mendelssohn: Psalm 43: Richte mich, Gott (1844) Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (1930)…Find out more »
A multi-faceted celebration of the 150th birthday of the “soul of Armenian music,” Father Komitas Vartabed . “ ...singlehandedly laid the foundations for Armenia’s classical tradition. And as a collector and arranger of folksongs, he did for Armenia what Bartók did for Hungary, turning simple material into bewitchingly sophisticated polyphony. After a Komitas concert in Paris, Claude Debussy declared that on the basis of a single song, he deserved to be recognised as a great composer.” (The Guardian) Amici Chamber…Find out more »
Awarded Knighthood by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, Hungarian-born Sir András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer. His book, Musik kommt aus der Stille, essays and conversations with Martin Meyer, was published in March 2017. His piano performances continually awe and inspire: “He found song where others find formula; he conveyed song where others play scales,” The Los Angeles Times raves. The San Jose Mercury declared that “Among current piano titans, András Schiff is the Zen…Find out more »
Afterglow is the third panel of an orchestral tryptique commissioned from Scime by Esprit. In composing Sustain, Norman, America’s most celebrated young composer, considered how audiences one hundred years from now might perceive and be affected by orchestral music. He then set out in a major new creative direction to produce what some have labeled a masterpiece. With inexorable force, Evangelista’s piece draws listeners in and excites heartbeats in the same way his score affects the orchestra’s playing. Andrew Norman (U.S.A.) — Sustain (2018)* for…Find out more »
Electronic treatment of orchestral sound in concerts is rare so O’Callaghan’s multi-speaker, surround-sound blending of transformed orchestral sound with computer sound files radiates new sonic dimensions. Changing meters rapidly and scurrying all over the place, Adams’ score is riveting and full of surprises. Schnittke looms large in recent music history and his remarkable Concerto Grosso No.1 reveals the astounding vision and creative force of one of the greatest composers of the past century. John Adams (U.S.A.) — Son of Chamber Symphony (2007) for orchestra…Find out more »
Ishii demands physical power, delicate precision, emotional strength and willpower from our guest taiko drummers to make Mono-Prism the explosive conclusion of our concert. Goddard’s musical mastery extends to his performance as a pianist in what is, for the composer, a project of passion that Esprit is thrilled to foster. Astapov brings his Russian heritage to the fore in setting a text by one of today’s most important under-forty Russian poets. Croall’s presence as a performer brings a powerful Anishinaabekwe plea for…Find out more »
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