Esprit Orchestra: New Wave Festival 1

A CONCERT LOUNGE EXPERIENCE by Esprit Orchestra, the New Wave Festival is a rendezvous, a bridge, a showcase, and a forum for young composers, performers, and audiences. Forgoing the formality of the traditional concert hall, the New Wave Festival creates a space to connect, explore, unwind, network, and expand your mind creatively. Whether you’re an aficionado or just dipping your toes into new music, Esprit’s 2023 New Wave Festival provides an intimate, casual and accessible listening experience - perfect for hearing works by the most diverse and acclaimed composers of our time. Whether you decide to kick back and lounge to the sounds of American Minimalism, or mix and mingle over cocktails with fellow creatives, the New Wave Festival promises unforgettable evenings for lovers of music, art and culture.

Founded in 1983 by Music Director Alex Pauk, Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra has been an international leader in new music, programming and commissioning groundbreaking modern music and supporting the careers of countless composers.

Festival Sponsors: Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, The Azrieli Foundation, SOCAN Foundation

Alex Pauk, C.M. | Music Director & Conductor


SOPHIE DUPUIS (CA) L'histoire que les vague racontent**

for 14 musicians and live electronics

ROYDON TSE (CA) Mobilize**

for sinfonietta

SALVATORE SCIARRINO (IT) Brazil (arrangement based on music by Ary Barroso)

CLAUDE VIVIER (CA) Pulau Dewata - arr. JOHN REA (CA)

CHRIS PAUL HARMAN (CA) Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin*

Mark Fewer, violin


for percussion sextet

*World Premiere

**World Premiere commissioned by Esprit with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council