Thursday, March 1, 2012

2012 New Creations Festival, March 1-7

Hear the hottest works in contemporary orchestral music at the eighth annual New Creations Festival. For this year's festival, Peter Oundjian had invited renowned Hungarian innovator Peter Eötvös to curate programmes that juxtapose the cutting edge brilliance of European and New World contemporary compositions.

Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Barbara Hannigan, soprano

This Isn't Silence
Thu. March 1 at 08:00 PM
Peter Eötvös, the acclaimed Hungarian composer who is curating the TSO's 2012 New Creations Festival, has chosen a fascinating range of pieces for the opening concert. Among them are a true Canadian classic: Lonely Child, Claude Vivier's haunting cantata for soprano. Eötvös's own composition, Seven, is a touching memorial for the astronauts who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 2003.
Intermission Chat in the lobby on March 1 
PRE: At 7:15 enjoy The New Music Ensemble of The Glenn Gould Ensemble featuring the Saariaho violin concerto played by Andréa Tyniec, conducted by festival composer Brian Current.
POST: Multiple award winner Hilario Durán plays with his stellar Trio, featuring Roberto Occhipinti on bass and Mark Kelso on drums.

Peter Oundjian, host
Peter Eötvös, conductor
Barbara Hannigan, soprano
Akiko Suwanai, violin
Brian Current: This Isn't Silence View notes
Vivier: Lonely Child View notes
Peter Eötvös: Seven for Violin and Orchestra (Canadian première) View notes
György Kurtág: Messages View notes
Thu. March 1 at 08:00 PM
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Kronos Quartet, String Quartet
Kronos Quartet, String Quartet

Con Brio
Sat. March 3 at 07:30 PM
The world-famous Kronos Quartet brings the latest of its 650-plus commissioned works to the TSO: a concerto by Canadian composer Derek Charke. Teng Li, the TSO's gifted Principal Viola, performs Peter Eötvös's ingenious Replica for soloist and orchestra.
PRE: At 6:45 enjoy 20th Century Hungarian works for piano, violin, and clarinet performed by The Hungarian Connection
POST: Jane Bunnett (multiple Juno winner and recipient of the Order of Canada) plays with her award winning ensemble, The Spirits of Havana, which uniquely combines modern jazz with Afro Cuban roots music.
Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra commission is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Casual Concerts are performed without an intermission and are followed by a party in the lobby. Mingle with musicians in a relaxed setting and enjoy live music by local bands.

Peter Oundjian, conductor and host
Peter Eötvös, conductor
Teng Li, viola
Kronos Quartet, string quartet
Jörg Widmann: Con Brio View notes
Peter Eötvös: Replica for Viola and Orchestra (North American première) View notes
Derek Charke: Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (TSO Commission/World Première)
Sat. March 3 at 07:30 PM
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Peter Eötvös, Conductor
Peter Eötvös, Conductor

Wed. March 7 at 08:00 PM
Two imaginative works by Festival curator Peter Eötvös highlight the final concert. The brand-new Cello Concerto Grosso puts the TSO's Principal Cello, Joseph Johnson, in the spotlight. Guest artist Jörg Widmann performs the solo part in his own composition: Elegy for Clarinet and Orchestra.

Intermission Chat in the lobby on March 7
PRE: At 7:15 enjoy The New Orford String Quartet featuring principal players of the Toronto and Montreal Symphonies playing Canadian works by Ana Sokolovic and Jacques Hétu.
POST: Internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter Brownman Ali with the Brownman Akoustic Quintet will take the audience on a journey through Miles Davis' earliest musical lineage.
*Peter Eötvös’s Cello Concerto Grosso is a co-commission of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Tonhalle Zürich, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Peter Oundjian, conductor and host
Peter Eötvös, conductor
Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Joseph Johnson, cello
Vivier: Orion
Peter Eötvös: Cello Concerto Grosso (TSO Co-Commission*/North American Première)
Jörg Widmann: Elegy for Clarinet and Orchestra
Peter Eötvös: zeroPoints
Wed. March 7 at 08:00 PM
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Festival Extras

Soundstreams: Salon 21 – Do Jazz & Opera Mix?
Tues, March 6 at 7:30pm | Meet and Greet from 7:00pm
Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park
Peter Eötvos speaks about his interest in jazz, and in opera, with live and recorded examples.
Free event. Seating is limited, please register. For full details visit

New Music Concerts: Peter Eötvös Picks
Sat, March 10 at 8:00pm | Introduction at 7:15pm
Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West
Peter Eötvös, direction
New Music Concerts Ensemble
Works by Eötvös, Jeney, and Stravinsky.
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