New Music 101

April 11 – May 16, 2011
Elisabeth Beeton Auditorium
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, CA, M4W 2G8 map

New to New Music? Curious about Contemporary? Join us for "New Music 101". Members of the Toronto New Music Alliance will serve as your personal audio tour guides to the world of contemporary classical music, combining performance and discussion over the course of four separate, one-hour programs. Prepare for a sonic adventure! Presented in partnership with the Toronto Reference Library.

"New Music 101" is hosted by John Terauds, classical music critic for The Toronto Star.


April 11, 2011, 7–8 pm
From Then to Now — Major Themes in Contemporary Music

Presented by ArrayMusic

From the beginnings of modernity to up-to-the-minute musical improvisations, this program will give you unique insights into the continuing evolution of contemporary classical music, from Igor Stravinsky to Rick Sacks. The Array Music Ensemble will perform compositions and improvise a new musical work on the spot, melding together myriad influences into the music of now.

Composers: Igor Stravinsky, Joe Kondo, Terry Riley, Rick Sacks.

April 18, 2011, 7–8 pm
Near to Far — World Influences in Contemporary Music

Presented by Soundstreams and New Music Concerts

From aboriginal origins to far-away places, global flows have long influenced contemporary music creations. The works on this program have been selected especially to explore the range of international ideas that spark composers' imaginations, whether it's the music of the Indians of Northeast California, Latin American rhythms, or the sounds of exotic birds from the far reaches of the Earth. Performers include Robert Aitken and Dianne Aitken (flutes), the New Music Concerts Wind Quintet, William Beauvais (guitar) and Felicia Mettica (soprano).

Composers: Robert Aitken, Elliott Carter, Leo Brouwer and R. Murray Schafer.

May 2, 2011, 7–8 pm
From Sound to Structure — Form and Process in Contemporary Music

Presented by Continuum Contemporary Music and Contact Contemporary Music

There's music that's fleshy, and then there's music that shows its bones where the structure and workings are evident. Continuum and CONTACT Contemporary Music provide the content for an exploration of music with obvious "process" - from very early examples through to 1960s minimalism and work for massed metronomes. Performers are the Continuum Ensemble, and Rob MacDonald (guitar).

Composers: Gyorgy Ligeti, Helmut Oehring , Steve Reich, G.P.Telemann and Nebosja Zivkovic.

May 16, 2011, 7–8 pm
From Eye to Ear — Visual Influences in Contemporary Music

Presented by The Music Gallery and the Canadian Music Centre

A marriage of music, image and architecture: this final program investigates the use of spatial transformations and abstract imagery to inspire, capture and communicate musical expressions. A current resurgence of modern historical movements references trail-blazing mid-century composers. Live performance and audiovisual projections connect the eye and ear in multisensory experiences. Performers and presenters include Quartetto Graphica, Eve Egoyan, Amber Gent (cello), Douglas Miller (flute),Christine Passmore (horn) and Anna Redekop (viola).

Composers: Paul Auld, John Beckwith, Alexina Louie, James Tenney, and others.

More Information

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All programs are in the Beeton Auditorium, Main Floor.


Free, and no tickets required.

New Music 101 is supported in part by the Canadian Music Centre's New Music in New Places program, funded by SOCAN Foundation and the Government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund.

New Music 101