Esprit Orchestra Ends 2023-24 Season With Sonic Universe


L-R: Composer R. Murray Schafer (Photo courtesy of Esprit); Conductor Alex Pauk and Esprit Orchestra (Photo courtesy of Esprit); composer John Adams (The original uploader was Macror at English Wikipedia. (Original text: Deborah O'Grady), CC-BY-SA-3.0 ); mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabo (Photo courtesy of the artist)
L-R: R. Murray Schafer (Photograph courtesy of Esprit); Alex Pauk and Esprit Orchestra (Photograph courtesy of Esprit); John Adams (The unique uploader was Macror at English Wikipedia. (Authentic textual content: Deborah O’Grady), CC-BY-SA-3.0 ); Krisztina Szabo (Photograph courtesy of the artist)

Esprit Orchestra will conclude their forty first season with a live performance titled Sonic Universe on April 25. The live performance will embody two items which are thought of among the many foremost compositions of the late twentieth century by Canadian R. Murray Schafer, and iconic American composer John Adams.

Mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabo, a favorite of Toronto audiences, would be the visitor performer, with composer Alexina Louie moderating a free pre-concert speak.

R. Murray Schafer’s Adieu Robert Schumann

“Right this moment all sounds belong to a steady discipline of prospects mendacity inside the complete dominion of music. Behold the brand new orchestra: the sonic universe! And the musicians: anybody and something that sounds!” – R. Murray Schafer

Robert Schumann’s closing days are the topic of Schafer’s musical monodrama, specializing in the fantastic thing about his music even by way of the tragic circumstances of his life in direction of its finish. The textual content consists of alternatives from Clara Schumann’s diaries, fragments of Schumann’s lieder and piano works, notably “Dein Angesicht so lieb und schön”, which was composed simply as he started to be suffering from hallucinations.

It will likely be the third time the piece has been carried out by Esprit Orchestra. Schafer composed the piece for Maureen Forrester, and he or she premiered it in 1990. Esprit later introduced the piece again in 2016, with Schafer current.

John Adams’ Harmonielehre

John Adams’ masterwork Harmonielehre is known as for Schoenberg’s definitive treatise on musical concord. The work is each subtle an imaginative, and unfolds over three actions. It’s written in Adams’ signature minimalist approach, with components of late Romanticism, and references to Sibelius and Mahler, together with echoes of Impressionism. In essence, it encapsulates the previous and future of latest music in a single piece.

Adams named the third motion Meister Eckhardt and Quackie, after his daughter’s nickname of Quackie. He mentioned, “Within the dream, she rides perched on the shoulder of the Medieval mystic, Meister Eckhardt, as they hover among the many heavenly our bodies like figures painted on the excessive ceilings of outdated cathedrals”.

  • Discover out extra details about the live performance, and tickets, [HERE].

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