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Land of Lakes Emerging composers concerts - Strings!

The first of our emerging composers concerts featuring works for string ensembles.

  • DATE: October 28, 2023
  • TIME: 7:30pm
  • VENUE: Array Space: 155 Walnut Ave. Toronto, ON, Canada M6J 3W3

Land of Lakes Emerging composers concerts - Brass!

The second of our emerging composers concerts featuring works for brass ensembles.

  • DATE: February 10, 2024
  • TIME: 7:30pm
  • VENUE: Array Space: 155 Walnut Ave. Toronto, ON, Canada M6J 3W3

We want to give new composers a chance to hear their music live, played by professionals, and a recording they can take home to study. Paying for professional musicians, organizing a concert, getting a proper recording of one's music are all really difficult things to do when you're starting out as a composer.

If no one hears your music - how will you convince others to play it? How will you get people to pay you to create music for them? Composing can be a chicken and egg problem, and we want to solve it for these talented emerging composers. Some of them may have already won awards, and some of them have just started, but all of them want to hear their music performed, want audiences and musicians to hear their music, and have fully committed themselves to their art.

The concert

This concert will feature works for string ensembles ranging from 2 to 4 players, and the second in this series (in February of 2024) will feature brass pieces for between 2 to 5 players.

These pieces were selected during our Land of Lakes call for scores by our Artistic director and members of our extended ensemble based on their artistic merit and originality, and we're incredibly excited to hear them performed.

The composers:

  • Alondra Vega-Zaldivar
  • Menelaos Peistikos
  • Katharine Petkovski
  • Ian Welsman
  • Emily Hiemstra
  • Siyuan Kang
  • Neva Tesolin

The Untitled Ensemble:

The Untitled Ensemble was formed in 2020, right before the Covid pandemic hit, and it was formed with 2 goals:

1) To play music by women and other historically marginalized groups composing in the western classical chamber music genre.

2) To create new and fluid groups of musicians to match the repertoire of each show, creating a meeting place and a resource for musicians who want to play chamber music to learn from each other, and explore new and interesting music!

Our goal is to foster collaboration and create new ensembles who may or may not continue to exist beyond their beginnings within the Untitled Ensemble while using our multi-instrumental nature to perform a wider range of repertoire than we would be able to otherwise!

Masks are strongly encouraged

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