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Robert Aitken and Norma Beecroft, founding artistic directors



Dear Friends of NMC,

With growing global concern around the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, NMC has made the difficult decision to postpone our next two concerts of March 26 and April 4. The health and safety of our audiences, artists, staff and volunteers is of overriding importance.

The postponements include:
Thursday March 26, 2020 - Piano Erhu Project
Saturday April 4, 2020 - Pieces for Bob

Your understanding and patience at this time is appreciated and we look forward to bringing these concerts to you as soon as we are able. Please rest assured that NMC will take care of all ticket holders. Subscribers are welcome to contact the NMC office at 416-961-9594 or by email at
nmc@interlog.com for information.

Please note that decisions about our concert of
Sunday May 31, 2020 - Matthias Pintscher at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., will be evaluated in the coming weeks and the NMC community will be notified accordingly.

We thank you for your understanding.

Brian Current, Co-Artistic Director; Robert Aitken, Founding Artistic Director; Adam Scime, General Manager; The Board of Direc
tors of NMC

NEW: Serious Smile photo album


Press release: Brian Current named NMC co-artistic director

As it enters its 49th season, New Music Concerts (NMC) begins an exciting new era. Celebrated composer and conductor Brian Current comes on board as co-artistic director, alongside co-founder Robert Aitken, and Adam Scime steps in as the new general manager. These developments will ignite a period of innovation and growth as the organization boldly embarks into its second half century. The current season includes an exciting array of compelling concert experiences. Each concert offers a distinct way for audience members to explore the most powerful and enchanting repertoire of our time.

The 2019/20 season highlights include:

Kasemets@100 Nov. 12, 2019 @8pm at Walter Hall – A celebration of the eclectic Estonian-Canadian composer Udo Kasemets in collaboration with the University of Toronto and Ensemble U: from Tallinn, Estonia.

The Mouths That Roar Jan. 10, 2020 @7:30pm at the Music Gallery – Montréal based composer Gabriel Dharmoo brings his acclaimed solo performance piece Anthropologies imaginaires and Friend of Canadian Music Award-winner Janice Jackson performs contemporary works for solo soprano.

Serious Smile Feb. 13, 2020 @8pm Harbourfront Centre Theatre – Incoming artistic director Brian Current curates and conducts a show featuring composers Alexander Schubert, Keiko Devaux, Corie Rose Soumah and Brandon Chow in addition to a performance of the influential Chamber Concerto by Ligeti.

Piano Erhu Project Mar. 26, 2020 @8pm in Trinity St. Paul’s Centre – Pianist Corey Hamm and erhu virtuoso Nicole Ge Li perform works created especially for their unique ensemble by a diversity of Canadian composers.

Pieces for Bob April 4, 2020 @8pm in Trinity St. Paul’s Centre – A concert of works by some of the world’s most recognized composers, including George Crumb and Elliott Carter, written especially for Robert Aitken. The concert also celebrates our founder in his 80th year.

A Portrait of Matthias Pintscher May 31, 2020 @8pm in Trinity St. Paul’s Centre – The eminent composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher is featured as a guest artist to direct NMC players in a selection of works for large and small ensemble.

Subscribe now and save 25 percent! Call Adam at 416-961-9594 for subscription details. An on-line subscription form is available here.

Full Season subscription includes six events $160 regular | $100 seniors/arts workers | $30 student
We look forward to seeing you during our 2019/20 season!

Robert Aitken, Brian Current, co-artistic directors
Adam Scime, general manager

We wish to acknowledge the diversity of the First Peoples of this area and to honour the stewardship of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Iroquois-Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat. Today Toronto is still home to many indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and around the world and we are grateful to have the opportunity to meet, work and live on this land.


New Music Concerts 2018-2019 Season

All concerts begin at 8:00 with 7:15 introductions except as noted.

Tuesday November 12, 2019 - Kasemets@100
Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park

Friday January 10, 2020 - The Mouths that Roar
The Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst
NB - Concert only at 8pm | Post-concert chat and reception to follow

Thursday February 13, 2020 - Serious Smile
Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queen’s Quay W.

Thurday March 26, 2020 - Piano Erhu Project
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W.

Saturday April 4, 2020 - Pieces for Bob
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W.

Sunday May 31, 2020 - Portrait of Matthias Pintscher
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W.


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 nearly 400 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.

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