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Choral Encounters with Ēriks Ešenvalds

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For ten days, the renowned Latvian choral composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds, will engage with singers and conductors in Toronto (February 21-24), Kitchener-Waterloo (February 26), Montreal (February 27) and Ottawa (February 28), presenting his innovative works replete with “extravagant dissonances, expansive textures, generous employment of voicings, and sheer audaciousness in dramatic realization.”

The Nordic Light Gala Concert at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto on Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 pm will feature the Orpheus Choir of Toronto and That Choir, in a concert dedicated entirely to the music of Ēriks Ešenvalds, conducted by Robert Cooper, Craig Pike and the composer himself. The performance centrepiece will be the Canadian premiere of Nordic Light, Ešenvalds’ spectacular multimedia symphonic representation of the aurora borealis. When Ēriks Ešenvalds was in a meadow in far northern Norway six years ago, he saw, as many people do at 69 degrees latitude, the northern lights. The flickering green display lasted until dawn while he gazed upwards, made snow angels and took thousands of photos. Ešenvalds was so inspired, he spent the next three years transforming these images into music and a ground-breaking multimedia work for two choirs, orchestra, natural sounds, videos of Arctic storytellers and projections of the lights themselves.

To learn more, download the Press Release.

TORONTO EVENTS

Buy Tickets NowA CHORAL ENCOUNTER WITH ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS
A Seminar and Singers’ Workshop for choirs, conductors and fans of choral music
Wednesday February 21, 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm

St John’s Latvian Lutheran Church, 200 Balmoral Ave, Toronto
presented in partnership with St. John’s Vocal Ensemble
$30 | $20 students, includes scores

Buy Tickets NowSCREENING OF NORDIC LIGHT: A COMPOSER’S DIARY + ONE-ON-ONE WITH ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS
Saturday February 24, 2018 – 3:00-4:30pm
The Canadian premiere screening of the documentary film about the making of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ multi-media symphony. Immediately following the screening, Ēriks Ešenvalds in conversation.
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St E, Toronto
$20 general

Buy Tickets NowNORDIC LIGHT GALA CONCERT
Saturday February 24, 2018 – 7:30pm
A gala concert dedicated to the choral music of Ēriks Ešenvalds and featuring the Canadian premiere of the Nordic Light multi-media symphony with the Orpheus Choir, That Choir, Orpheus Concert Orchestra, conductors Robert Cooper, Craig Pike and Ēriks Ešenvalds.
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St E, Toronto
$55 adults | $45 seniors | $25 students

Buy Tickets NowFEB24 PASS
Buy tickets in advance for both events on Feb24th and save $5 (Documentary Screening + One-on-One with Ēriks Ešenvalds, and Nordic Light Gala Concert)

 
 

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