Cool concerts: Esprit Orchestra's 2016/17 season The Esprit Orchestra (left) and Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano. Photos by Bo Huang.

Cool concerts: Esprit Orchestra's 2016/17 season

Jenna Simeonov

The Esprit Orchestra has announced its 201617 season with a line-up that lives up to their mission of “developing a Canadian musical literature legacy.” Four concerts (with catchy titles) present an impressive series of Canadian and world premieres, plus slightly older works by Thomas Adès, John Adams, and George Crumb. Each concert is preceded by a pre-show conversation, moderated by Canadian composer Alexina Louie.

On October 23, Power On celebrates Canadian great R. Murray Schafer, featuring three of his works, plus the Canadian premiere of Andrew Norman’s Switch, for percussion and orchestra. Under Music Director Alex Pauk, the Esprit Orchestra is joined by mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, flautist Robert Aitken, and percussionist Ryan Scott.

On November 20, m’M features Joseph Johnson, principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, on a programme of George Crumb, Philippe Leroux, Zosha Di Castri, and Marc-André Dalbavie. Accelerando on February 12, 2017 on February 12, 2017 offers up more newly commissioned Canadian music, by Adam Scime, John Rea, Analia Llugdar and José Evangelista.

The 201617 season ends with a “high energy finale,” Overdrive, on April 2, 2017. Violinist Véronique Mathieu joins the Esprit Orchestra for a programme of Thomas Adès, Chris Paul Harman, and Arthur Honegger, plus treats like John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

All concerts are at 8pm at Koerner Hall, Bloor St. W, Toronto; pre-show chats at 7:15. Tickets start at $20; get yours by clicking here or calling the Esprit Orchestra box office at 416.408.0208.

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