Canadian composer and violinist Owen Pallett is “equally at home in pop music and in whatever we call that other kind of music the symphony presents—most comfortable where the two intersect,” writes Robert Harris in Monday’s (3/6) Globe and Mail (Canada). “He is the co-curator of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual New Creations Festival, which runs through March 11…. This year’s New Creations [features] a wonderfully wide range of musical styles, performers, genres and personalities. On March 8, Canadian violin virtuoso James Ehnes will perform the world premiere of a relatively conventional Violin Concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis. The Kronos Quartet will present a concert on March 11 featuring two world premieres by two Canadian composers, Cassandra Miller and Nicole Lizée…. Miller focuses often on the relationship between our musical past and future, Lizée on the intersection of film, video, popular and ‘classical’ music…. Tanya Tagaq, Canada’s gift to the world of music that transcends all known boundaries, along with Christine Duncan and Jean Martin, will present Qiksaaktuq, a TSO commission.” Also planned are works by Pallett, Jorg Widmann, Nico Muhly, and Jordan Pal, the TSO’s composer in residence.

Posted March 7, 2017