February 16

21C MUSIC FESTIVAL -2018-5th Anniversary-Wed.,May23rd-Sun.,May27th,2018

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21C MUSIC FESTIVAL

A FESTIVAL OF NEWLY-MINTED MUSIC
BY THE WORLD’S FOREMOST STARS
OF INDEPENDENT MUSICAL THINKING AND INNOVATION

8 CONCERTS. 5 DAYS. 37 PREMIERES!

Musicians
Kronos Quartet
Jherek Bischoff
Anthony de Mare
A Far Cry
Simone Dinnerstein
Dinuk Wijeratne
Kinan Azmeh
Maarja Nuut
Hendrik Kaljujärv
Vox Clamantis
Katia and Marielle Labèque
New Music Concerts
The Iris Ensemble
Accordes

Composers
Andy Akiho Eve Beglarian
William Bolcom Kenji Bunch John Coltrane
Anthony de Mare Bryce Dessner George Gershwin
Philip Glass Ricky Ian Gordon Brian Harman Jake Heggie
Fred Hersch Gabriel Kahane Tõnis Kaumann David Lang Tania León
Nicole Lizée Wynton Marsalis Paul Moravec
Nico Muhly Arvo Pärt Steve Reich Roger Reynolds
Eric Rockwell Sigur Rós Frederic Rzewski
Rodney Sharman Duncan Sheik David Shire
Igor Stravinsky Pete Townshend Helena Tulve
Mark-Anthony Turnage Claude Vivier

21C Music Festival 2018 marks the festival’s 5th anniversary.

“GUTSY.” – THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ANNUAL FESTIVALS IN THE CITY.” – MUSICAL TORONTO

“INNOVATIVE COMPOSERS MAKING NEW WORKS ARE THE STARS.” – NOW

This year’s 21C Music Festival will once again run over five days and consist of eight concerts, featuring 5 world, 17 Canadian, 11 Ontario, and 4 Toronto premieres.

21C Music Festival Highlights

The return of Kronos Quartet with Jherek Bischoff,
with a world premiere by Bischoff and three additional Canadian premieres.

Pianist Anthony de Mare with his special project Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim From the Piano.
Presented in two parts over two nights, de Mare plays arrangements of Stephen Sondheim songs
by composers representing classical, jazz, pop, musical theatre, film music, and other genres
(many of which will be Canadian or Ontario premieres).

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein with A Far Cry chamber orchestra
juxtaposing two works by J.S. Bach and two by Philip Glass – one of which will receive its Canadian premiere.

A new piece by Sri Lankan-Canadian composer and pianist Dinuk Wijeratne
and Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh will receive its world premiere
alongside original works that mix delicate arrangements and adventurous improvisations.

Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis is joined by violinist and singer Maarja Nuut
and electronic music composer Hendrik Kaljujärv in works by Arvo Pärt, David Lang, and Helena Tulve,
among others. The concert is presented in partnership with Estonian Music Week,
the Museum of Estonians Abroad/VEMU, Estonian Studies Centre, and Estonia 100.

Sibling pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque make their Koerner Hall debut
with the original two-piano version of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
alongside Bryce Dessner’s El Chan and Philip Glass’s Four Movements for Two Pianos.

New Music Concerts returns as 21C Music Festival partner with a program titled Zipangu!,
which includes two world premieres by Roger Reynolds and Brian Harman,
and a Canadian premiere of Reynolds’s Not Forgotten.