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Esprit Orchestra presents: X Marks The Spot

Esprit Orchestra presents: X Marks The Spot
Esprit Orchestra presents X Marks The Spot photo
October 15, 2023 | 8:00 PM
  • Starting at: $25.00
  • Venue: Koerner Hall
  • Genre: New Music, Orchestra
  • Presenter: Esprit Orchestra
Exploring varied musical, physical and psychological environments, any one of which could be marked with an X as a destination worth visiting, this program moves from Anna Meredith’s bold, highly energized Nautilus, derived from a stomp along a beach in Scotland, to R. Murray Schafer’s depiction of the rain and mist shrouded Neuschwanstein, King Ludwig’s castle in the Bavarian mountains. As in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ligeti’s Atmosphères will transfix listeners in the timelessness and outer limits of Cosmic sound and silence. Using advanced mathematical calculations to generate forms and textures in music, Iannis Xenakis changed the direction of composition in the 20th century forever as can be experienced in the poetic expressions in two of his astounding works on this program.

Alex Pauk, Conductor
Anna Meredith (Scotland): Nautilus * (2011/21), arranged for orchestra by Jack Ross  
Iannis Xenakis (Greece): Pour les Baleines (1986) “For the Whales” for string orchestra
György Ligeti (Hungary): Atmosphères (1961), for large orchestra
R. Murray Schafer (Canada): Dream Rainbow, Dream Thunder (1986)
Iannis Xenakis (Greece): Jonchaies (1977), for large orchestra of 109 musicians
* Canadian Premiere

7:15PM Pre-concert talk with Alexina Louie