The Royal Conservatory of Music’s 21C Pageant, now in its sixth yr, goals to brighten boring winter days with contemporary new sounds and concepts from immediately’s best musical minds. This season’s version celebrates minimalist music pioneer Terry Riley, whose hypnotic, multi-layered compositions function in three of the live shows on provide, together with one he’ll headline. Greater than half of the works introduced through the five-day pageant will probably be receiving premieres. Right here’s what to anticipate:
Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed by Tania Miller with Stewart Goodyear (Jan. 16)
Opening evening kicks off with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra presenting two world premieres: a composition by TSO’s new Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel, performed by TSO resident conductor Simon Rivard, and a piano concerto by Stewart Goodyear. Canadian Tania Miller conducts the rest of this system, together with the Canadian premiere of a string orchestra model of Terry Riley’s Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight and Ontario premieres by Canadian composers Dorothy Chang, Dinuk Wijeratne and Jocelyn Morlock.
Stewart Goodyear (Jan. 17)
Proclaimed “a phenomenon” and “probably the greatest pianists of his technology,” Goodyear sings and performs variations on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” in addition to his authentic piano sonata, “Acabris! Acabras! Acabram!” and a set of rock songs.
Terry Riley: Reside at 85! (Jan. 18)
Terry Riley’s music has been performed within the nice live performance halls of the world, but additionally on Grand Theft Auto IV and the unique BBC radio collection of The Hitchhiker’s Information to the Galaxy. His works, akin to In C and A Rainbow in Curved Air, impressed modern classical in addition to rock composers — amongst them, The Who’s Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, and Radiohead. This all-Riley live performance options an intricate, typically improvisational program, with components of minimalism, jazz, ragtime, and north Indian raga. Tracy Silverman performs electrical violin, adopted by Riley and his son, Gyan, on electrical guitar.
After Hours with Continuum (Jan. 18)
A late-night live performance that includes Canada’s extraordinary pianist/harpsichordist Wesley Shen and internationally famend modern chamber music ensemble Continuum. Count on works by Kati Agócs, Carolyn Chen, Unsuk Chin, Cassandra Miller, Linda Smith, and a world premiere by Monica Pearce.
21C: Cinq à Sept (Jan. 19)
Nicole Joshi performs Vinko Globokar’s ?Corporel for physique percussion, and violinists Katya Poplyansky and Danny Koo are soloists in Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa for 2 violins, string orchestra, and ready piano. Different treats embrace a Toronto premiere of Lou Harrison’s Various Trio and the Canadian premiere of a string orchestra model of Terry Riley’s G Track.
Sō Percussion – Amid the noise (Jan. 19)
With its modern multi-genre productions and sensational interpretations of contemporary classics, Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and function of the fashionable percussion ensemble, incomes a spot at the forefront of 21st-century music. They’ll carry out a program the place each piece of music is a Canadian premiere, together with Amid the Noise by Jason Treuting, and works by Vijay Iyer, Caroline Shaw, and Donnacha Dennehy.
The Glenn Gould College New Music Ensemble: 4D (Jan. 20)
Take pleasure in a world premiere by Anna Höstman, a North American premiere by Misato Mochizuki and an Ontario premiere by Zosha Di Castri throughout this free live performance.
Esprit Orchestra presents: Constellations (Jan. 20)
Christopher Goddard’s beguiling world premiere, Les tringles des sistres tintaient, re-imagines a spellbinding gypsy tune from Bizet’s Carmen. Virtuosic saxophonist Wallace Halladay performs Japanese visiting visitor composer Toshio Hosokawa’s Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra (Canadian premiere). And this system options Alison Yun-Fei Jiang’s River Reminiscence and Claude Vivier’s Orion.
For tickets and extra data, discover the 21C Pageant on-line.