Published Feb 10, 2017Before the Royal Conservatory of Music's 21C Music Festival returns to Toronto for its fourth year, programmers have revealed the lineup for the 2017 instalment of the event — and it features everything from string ensembles performing pieces by Jonny Greenwood and Max Richter to NYC's Bang on a Can giving a special Canadian performance.
The festival runs for five days, kicking off on May 24 and running until May 28, and will host performances at Koerner Hall, Temerity Theatre and Mazzoleni Concert Hall.
Opening night (May 24) will hear the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra conducted by Johannes Debus, who will lead performances of works by Canadian composers Brian Current and Samy Moussa.
The following night on May 25 features the Canadian Art Song Project bringing together baritone Iain MacNeil and pianist Mélisande Sinsoulier to perform Ontario premieres of Andrew Staniland's Peter Quince at the Clavier and Lloyd Burritt's Moth Poem. The same night will also feature a performance billed the Cecilia String Quartet Celebrates Canadian Women Performers.
The festivities continue on Friday (May 26) with Montreal violinist Angèle Dubeau and her all-female string ensemble La Pietà at Koerner Hall. They'll present interpretations of a wide of works, including pieces by Ludovico Einaudi, Jonny Greenwood, Michael Nyman, Max Richter, Arvo Pärt, Mike Oldfield and Phillip Glass.
In addition to that, there will be a late-night 21C After Hours "Soundstreams Emerging Composers Workshop" taking place at Temerty Theatre, led by Unsuk Chin and Chris Paul Harman.
On Saturday (May 27), New York's Bang on a Can All-Stars will perform "Bang on a Canada" at Koerner Hall. In addition to Canadian premieres from a multi-media project called Field Recordings, works by René Lussier and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry will be performed, with a premiere of a specially commissioned piece by John Oswald paying homage to Steve Reich, Christian Marclay, Allison Cameron and Anna Clyne.
Finally, the fesival will close out the final day (May 28) with a matinee performance by Claudia Chan and Benjamin Bowman at Mazzoleni Concert Hall, and a slightly later matinee under the banner "Soundstreams Presents: The Music of Unsuk Chin."
Tickets for individual events start at $21, though there are also options for a Koerner Hall Pass ($149) and a full 21C Festival pass ($179). All tickets and passes go on sale on February 17 at 10 a.m. EST.
Find full details for all of the 21C Festival programming here.