Sunday, February 24, 20138:00 pm
Esprit Orchestra and Alex Pauk perform works by McPhee, Pauk, Stravinsky and Vivier.
Pre-concert event, 7:00 pm, free admission
It’s not possible to go through 2013 without listening once more to The Rite of Spring, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. An opportunity to relive the historic scandal that its creation provoked and to recognize the immense force which has earned the piece its place among the most striking works of the 20th century. The festival marks this event by inviting Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra, the only Canadian full orchestra dedicated to new music, also celebrating an anniversary — its 30th — to Montreal. On this occasion, the program will be rounded out with a work by its founder, Alex Pauk, plus unforgettable compositions by Quebecer Claude Vivier, who tragically passed away 30 years ago. Sensuality and primal strength will highlight this unarguably commanding triple anniversary!
Alex Pauk, conductor
Coproduction MNM / Esprit Orchestra
This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s National & International Touring program.