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TSO’s Innovative Explore the Score Returns for the Second Edition With Works by Rising Canadian Composers

October 16, 2019

Open to the public, the orchestral composition reading session takes place on November 30 at Roy Thomson Hall

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will once again open its doors to the public for the second edition of Explore the Score, showcasing compositions from four Canadian artists. Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Explore the Score is part of an ongoing commitment to support the development of emerging Canadian composers and the creation of new orchestral works, and to offer the public a front-row seat in witnessing artistic creation first-hand. The Explore the Score orchestral composition reading session will take place on Saturday, November 30, 2019, from 10:00am to 12:30pm at Roy Thomson Hall. The session will be hosted by TSO RBC Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel and conducted by TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha.

The Explore the Score composers include Ian Cusson, Matthew Emery, Fjóla Evans, and Jared Richardson, and were chosen by a jury consisting of TSO RBC Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel, TSO Flute & Piccolo Camille Watts, and composer Harry Stafylakis, in consultation with Matthew Fava at the Canadian Music Centre. These talented composers will present their works in a special score-reading session that is open to the public, and will receive feedback in a closed session from Emilie LeBel, TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, and members of the Orchestra. This year marks the eighth edition of the TSO’s annual Canada-wide Call for Scores—providing Canada’s promising composers an opportunity to hear their work performed in a professional orchestral setting and receive mentorship from artistic and administrative staff—and the second year the reading sessions have been open to the public.

The participants of the orchestral composition reading session have taken part in a library workshop led by TSO Principal Librarian Gary Corrin and TSO RBC Affiliate Composer Emilie LeBel, to review how scores are prepared for the Orchestra. Each composer will also receive an individual mentorship session with Emilie LeBel, an archival recording of their work from the reading session for their personal use, and an opportunity to attend a TSO rehearsal as well as a performance in November 2019.

Tickets to attend Explore the Score are on sale now. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at TSO.CA. Read more about the participating composers here.

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