Esprit Orchestra: Season Finale

This final concert of Esprit’s 40th anniversary season will commence with an evocation of Spring, with Esprit joined by violinist Aaron Schwebel to perform Max Richter’s ingeniously re-imagined Spring movements from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. In contrast, selections from Winter add atmospheric and haunting variety. Chris Paul Harman continues in the vein of reflecting on music from the past with a whirling, topsy-turvy glance at Clementi. A World Premiere by Eugene Astapov offers a poignant mosaic of memories in tribute to a late, cherished, highly talented teenage piano student of his. John Corigliano’s profoundly powerful Symphony No. 1 honours and memorializes three lifelong musician-friends of his during the apex of the AIDS crisis.

8:00PM Concert | 7:15PM Pre-concert talk with composer Alexina Louie, O.C.

Alex Pauk, C.M. | Conductor

Eugene Astapov | RBC Associate Composer/Conductor

Aaron Schwebel | Violin


MAX RICHTER (Germany/United Kingdom) | The Four Seasons Recomposed (2012)

• Spring

Aaron Schwebel, violin

EUGENE ASTAPOV (Canada) | Burial Rites: In Memoriam Marcus Gibbons** (2023)

MAX RICHTER (Germany/United Kingdom) | The Four Seasons Recomposed (2012)

• Winter

Aaron Schwebel, violin

CHRIS PAUL HARMAN (Canada) | Clementi sottosopra* (2023)

JOHN CORIGLIANO (United States) |

Symphony No. 1 (1988)

1. Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance

2. Tarantella

3. Chaconne: Giulio’s Song

4. Epilogue

*World Premiere

** World Premiere commissioned by Esprit with generous support from the RBC Foundation, SOCAN Foundation and Sofia Gomez Gibbons