Published Mar 24, 2015Last year, Toronto's Royal Conservatory launched its 21C Music Festival. Evidently the event is on its way to becoming an annual tradition, since it's back for a second instalment, which will run from May 20 to 24.
The festival will consist of eight concerts, emphasizing modern music and a variety of genres. Performers include Off the Score (a collaboration between the Police's Stewart Copeland and pianist Jon Kimura Parker), Kaija Saariaho, DJ Skratch Bastid with Afiara Quartet, Jennifer Koh, Don Byron, the ARC Ensemble, Jordan Nobles, Raphael Weinroth-Browne, Andrew Staniland, Dean Burry, Chris Thornborrow, Mark Duggan, the Visit and more.
Most of the music was composed in the 21st century — hence the name 21C.
According to an announcement, the festival will offer "fresh new sounds and ideas from the greatest musical minds of today and experience works by Canadian as well as international composers and musicians who are mining new musical territories, breaking down barriers, and introducing us to new virtuosic music creations."
In a statement, Mervon Mehta, executive director of performing arts at the Royal Conservatory of Music, added, "We are very much looking forward to the second installment of 21C, featuring close to 60 works, 34 of which will be world, Canadian, or Ontario premieres."
Go here for tickets to the festival, and check out the Royal Conservatory's website for more information about the event.