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New Music Concerts
157 Carlton Street, Suite 203
Toronto, Ontario CANADA  M5A 2K3
Tel. 416 961-9594
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Robert Aitken Artistic Director
David Olds General Manager
Daniel Foley Associate and Webmaster

Photographer: André Leduc
social media: Emilie LeBel

2011-2012 season
Latest update: Tuesday, May 1, 2012NEXT EVENT: COMPOSERS PLAY June 1, 2012
Globe and Mail articles:Peter Eotvos interview (Feb. 29)
Secret of the Seven Stars • Vinko Globokar (2): PreviewReview OPUS ONE REVIEW: Yoko Hirota

41st season - Index

Secret of the Seven Stars - Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wuorinen Percussion Symphony - Sunday, October 30, 2011

The World of Globokar - Sunday, December 11, 2011

Legends - Sunday, January 29, 2012

Peter Eötvös Picks - Saturday, March 10, 2012

Small Is Beautiful - Friday, April 27, 2012


Message from the Artistic Director

What a Season! What a City! And what a pleasure it is to have the opportunity to attend so many concerts of contemporary music! The sheer volume and variety of music performed in Toronto each season, from Baroque to the present, means that one simply cannot attend everything. You really have to pick and choose. At this time, I would like to thank all those who choose to attend New Music Concerts. We put our maximum energy into the preparation of every event and spend countless hours shaping the programs. There is no intention of keeping to one musical style or aesthetic and we like to think that over the past four decades we have run the gamut of different directions that creativity throughout the world can take us. Thank you for coming along.

The season gets under way with a Gala Concert at Glenn Gould Studio that includes three world premieres and a memorial tribute to longtime friend of New Music Concerts, Ann Southam. As always the concert will be preceded by an Illuminating Introduction at 7:15 with three of the composers in attendance. We hope you will fasten your seat belts and join us again for another exciting ride as we enter our 41st season.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to all the composers, performers, audience members, arts councils, foundations and others who continue to show their steadfast support.

Yours sincerely, Robert Aitken


Now embarking on its 41st season, New Music Concerts has enjoyed a leadership role in Toronto’s new music scene throughout its history. Founded in 1971 by internationally acclaimed Canadian musicians Robert Aitken and Norma Beecroft, NMC presented its first concert in January 1972 with guest composer/conductor Luciano Berio. Since that time most of the world’s renowned composers including John Adams, Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Peter Maxwell Davies, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, Heinz Holliger, Maurizio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, Toru Takemitsu, Iannis Xenakis, Walter Zimmermann and, early in their careers, rising stars like Tan Dun, Toshio Hosokawa, Jörg Widmann and Raminta Serksnyte, have come to Toronto at NMC’s invitation. Our strong support of Canadian composers through commissions and performances and by combining them with international artists has promoted their success. A short list of some of our most notable Canadian commissions includes Claude Vivier’s Zipangu, Barbara Pentland’s Eventa, Harry Somer’s Chura Churum, John Beckwith’s Eureka, Harry Freedman’s Strands of Blue, Alexina Louie’s Sanctuary, John Weinzweig’s Prisoner of Conscience, Bruce Mather’s Ausone, Gilles Tremblay’s Triojubilus, plus Omar Daniel’s Zwei Lieder nach Rilke and Chris Paul Harman’s Amerika both of which went on to win the Jules Léger Prize.

Since its inception NMC has presented more than 335 concerts, commissioned more than 130 Canadian and international works and performed some 700 Canadian and world premieres. As English Canada's senior contemporary music society, NMC's prime activity is producing high calibre concerts of contemporary music, but our activities have included a very broad range of presentation from contemporary classics, to electroacoustics, mixed- and multi-media presentations, sound sculpture, radiophonic works, films and music theatre (including world premiere performances of R. Murray Schafer’s Princess of the Stars on Heart Lake in 1981 and the North American premieres of John Cage’s Roaratorio at Convocation Hall and Thorkell Sigurbjornsson’s Grettir at the Betty Oliphant Theatre). Current programs reflect the ongoing concern to balance all aspects of our mandate to profile established and emerging Canadian and international composers.

Brian Cherney

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60th Birthday Concert

MONDAY JUNE 3rd @ 8pm

an evening of music
composed by NMC Associate Daniel Foley

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performances by
Robert Aitken, John Beckwith, Brian Current,
Scott Good, Bruce Mather, Adam Scime,
Adam Sherkin and Andrew Staniland