Explore the Score: A new era of artistic development at the TSO

January 12 marked a new era of artistic development at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and with our partners at the Canadian Music Centre (CMC).

Since 2012, we have given some of Canada’s top emerging composers the opportunity to hear their brand-new works rehearsed in a live professional orchestral setting. This Call for Scores program is unique in that it brings together a cohort of composers to work with the TSO, where they’re able to receive mentorship from a variety of artistic and administrative staff.

But what made this January’s event stand out from previous years? For the first time, TSO audiences were invited to experience this process of artistic creation first-hand. The response to this free event was tremendous, and attendees were able to witness the premières of new compositions from five rising Canadian stars.

This year's Explore the Score composers were:

  • Sean Clarke (Ottawa), with his composition Scarlet Crimson Carmine
  • Keiko Devaux (Montreal), with her composition À perte de vue...
  • Kathryn Knowles (Toronto), with her composition Gestures and Games
  • Julia Mermelstein (Toronto), with her composition in turn
  • Scott Ross-Molyneux (Calgary), with his composition In Night’s Black Cloak

Those in attendance were able to gain in-depth insight into each performed piece from the composers as well as the host, TSO Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel. They were also able to listen in and engage as TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha led the Orchestra through two performances of each work, providing his own colour commentary and feedback throughout the event. At intermission, participants were  treated to a chat with TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow, hosted by the CMC’s Matthew Fava, wherein the pair provided insight into sight-reading new works, orchestral composition, and what actually goes into sessions like Explore the Score.

View some of the photo highlights of the whole event here and get a sneak peek at the pieces themselves on our Instagram Stories.

Were you in attendance? We want to hear from you!

Missed out on attending? Stay tuned as we announce more Explore the Score opportunities as part of our 2019/20 season.

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