On Thursday, January 29 at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, the Esprit Orchestra, led by Alex Pauk, presents the world premieres of commissioned works by Canadian Samuel Andreyev and British composer Philip Cashian, along with the Canadian premiere of a piece by Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason and a repeat performance of a work for flute and orchestra by Robert Aitken.
Andreyev, a native of Kincardine, ON now living in France, describes his new work thus: “minutely orchestrated sounds are subjected to constant, prismatic micro-variations. In this music, transitions between one material and another are generally abrupt, the better to highlight the specific qualities of each. Unusual tone colours are created through rare instrumental combinations. More generally, this work is reflective of my life-long quest for a transcendent sonic poetry, on the largest scale I have yet attempted.” It sounds glorious! For more on this program, please visit espritorchestra.com.