Toronto Symphony’s New Creations Festival, from Bjarnason and Kulesha to MacMillan and Salonen

Posted on: March 2, 2018

On March 3, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will launch its annual three-concert New Creations Festival with the North American premiere of Daníel Bjarnason’s piano concerto, with the composer conducting and pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, on a program that will include Vivian Fung’s Dust Devils and Larry Alan Smith’s Symphony No. 4, led by Music Director Peter Oundjian. The March 3-10 festival will include the world premiere of Gary Kulesha’s Double Concerto, with soloists Jonathan Crow and Teng Li, the TSO’s concertmaster and principal viola; Trevor Grahl’s Screen Memories; James MacMillan’s Little Mass with the Toronto Children’s Chorus; Wolfgang Rihm’s Duo Concerto with violinist Mira Wang and cellist Jan Vogler; Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Insomnia; and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra first presented the New Creations Festival in 2005, shortly after Oundjian’s arrival as music director in 2004. Oundjian will step down as music director at the end of the 2017-18 season, when he becomes conductor emeritus.

Posted March 2, 2018