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THE SCOOP | Esprit Orchestra Gives A Pre-Preview Of Subsequent Season With A Focus On The Composers

THE SCOOP | Esprit Orchestra Gives A Pre-Preview Of Subsequent Season With A Focus On The Composers


L-R (top to bottom): Unsuk Chin; Kaija Saariaho; Rita Ueda at the Azrieli Gala 2022; R. Murray Schafer; Iannis Xenakis; György Ligeti (Photos courtesy of Esprit Orchestra)
L-R (high to backside): Unsuk Chin; Kaija Saariaho; Rita Ueda on the Azrieli Gala 2022; R. Murray Schafer; Iannis Xenakis; György Ligeti (Photographs courtesy of Esprit Orchestra)

The autumn season and its rush of latest live performance seasons could also be a couple of months away but, however there’s a sure thrill in wanting forward and anticipation. Esprit Orchestra has launched a couple of particulars about their upcoming 2023-24 season, one which focuses on the composers.

A Co-Fee & North American Premiere

Esprit Orchestra has teamed up with various different ensembles internationally to co-commission a piece from internationally famend composer Unsuk Chin. The co-commissioning listing contains the Bayerische Staatsorchester (DE), Orchestre de Paris (FR), Sao Paulo State Symphony (BR), and Tongyeong Competition (KR).

Esprit will current the North American premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Operascope.

South Korean born and Berlin based mostly, Unsuk Chin is taken into account one of many main up to date composers. Recognized for each acoustic and digital music, her works have been carried out by the world’s main orchestras, together with the Berlin Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Montreal Symphony, amongst others, and chapioned by Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, and lots of different main conductors.

The self-taught pianist later studied composition at Seoul Nationwide College in addition to with György Ligeti on the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. She and her works have received quite a few worldwide prizes, together with the Bach Prize of the Free and Hanseatic Metropolis of Hamburg and the 2017 Wihuri Sibelius Prize, amongst others.

Esprit Orchestra has introduced her work in earlier seasons, together with the Canadian premiere of Spira in 2019.

Remembering Kaija Saariaho (1952 – 2023)

Esprit will current the Canadian Premiere of Saariaho’s work for orchestra and electronics, Circle Map.

The Finnish composer was based mostly in Paris for a lot of her lengthy profession. She handed away on June 2, 2023, abandoning a powerful physique of works for orchestral devices and/or electronics.

Her opera L’Amour de loin was solely the second by a feminine composer to have been carried out by the Metropolitan Opera, and the primary to be recorded for its Metropolitan Opera Stay in HD collection. Her items have been commissioned by the Lincoln Middle for the Kronos Quartet and from IRCAM for the Ensemble intercontemporain, the BBC, the New York Philharmonic, the Salzburg Music Competition, and the Finnish Nationwide Opera, amongst others.

She received quite a few awards for her work, together with the 2013 Polar Music Prize, a Grammy Award in 2011, and 2021 Leone d’oro di Venezia on the Biennale della Musica Contemporanea.

Three X Two

Esprit Orchestra will flip the highlight to a few of latest music’s most famed and influential composers, presenting two works from every. They’re:

  • R. Murray Schafer — the enormous of Canadian classical music was additionally a author, educator and environmentalist. He was awarded the very first Jules Léger Prize in 1978, and the primary Glenn Gould Prize in 1987. He left a mark within the discipline of music schooling in addition to composition. His idea of soundscape is now used everywhere in the world. Schafer leaves a big physique of works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, voice, stage, and extra.
  • György Ligeti — the Hungarian-Austrian composer is taken into account a large of the twentieth century avant-garde, identified for what he referred to as micropolyphony and the polyrhythmic model he adopted later in his profession. He’s additionally identified for his film soundtracks, notably Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Area Odyssey.
  • Iannis Xenakis — the Romanian-born Greek-French composer is understood for his avant-garde works, and was additionally a music theorist and architect, director and engineer. His books on music principle are thought-about landmarks of their discipline, and he got here to be referred to as an professional within the discipline of computer-assisted composition. His profession as a composer kicked off when he left structure in 1959, and his works had been broadly carried out.

Azrieli Music Prize Fee Winner Rita Ueda’s Birds Calling

Vancouver-based composer Rita Ueda is the winner of the Azrieli Music Prize Fee for New Canadian Music for her piece Birds Calling. The work, composed for Japanese wind devices the sho and sheng/suona and orchestra, creates a forest of native chook sounds.

In awarding the fee based mostly on her proposal, the jury famous, “Rita Ueda brings rigour and care to her music. Her proposal is well-researched and attention-grabbing within the ways in which it confronts tensions in and between cultures by viewing birdsong by means of an intercultural lens. It’s a well-considered, beneficiant and built-in concept for expressing the range of Canadian society, the place all people will be valued for what they carry to the entire.”

The composer, sound designer and music instructor was born in Japan. After her household moved to Vancouver in 1971, she went on to check composition and sound design at Simon Fraser College and the California Institute of the Arts.

She additionally received the Canada Council for the Arts’ Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music in 2022. The Prize was awarded for her composition Because the First Spring Blossoms Awaken By the Snow. That work was composed for an association that blends Asian and Western devices, together with sheng, flute, clarinet, santour, setar, oud, percussion, erhu, viola, and double bass.

Season Dates

The brand new season live performance dates at Koerner Corridor embody:

  • Sunday, October fifteenth 2023
  • Thursday, November thirtieth 2023
  • Wednesday, January twenty fourth 2024
  • Thursday, March twenty eighth 2024
  • Thursday, April twenty fifth 2024

Full particulars of the brand new season to be introduced within the coming weeks [HERE].


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