Esprit Orchestra, Conducted by Alex Pauk, Presents: GRAND SLAM!

March 24, 2019
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Christopher Thornborrow (Canada)                                   Trompe l'œil (2019)**
Maki Ishii (Japan)                                                                            Afro Concerto (1982)
Unsuk Chin (Korea)                                                                       Cello Concerto (2006; rev. 2013)*

Alex Pauk – conductor
Ryan Scott — percussion
Joseph Johnson — cello

*Canadian Premiere **World Premiere

A powerful work for percussion and orchestra, Ishii’s Afro Concerto, mixing cultural inflections, provides the impetus for this concert and is a spectacular musical blast for our season finale. Thornborrow’s piece attests to Esprit’s promise of building strong relationships with composers resulting in impressive works for our stage. Exploring the cello’s lyric qualities in spite of its astounding technical difficulties, Chin’s concerto will cast a spell over everyone with its floating, dream-like sequences, flickering impulses of musical lightening, frenetic and at times motoric drive, long-spun melodies as well as orchestral accompaniments be they aggressive explosions of colour or delicate accompanying auras. Ultimately the soloist takes us floating into the stratosphere at the end.

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Single tickets to this event will be available for online booking as of 10:00am on 24 Sep 2018

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*All subscriptions include free admission to Esprit's New Wave Reprise concert; contact Esprit office for details.