Gabriel Prokofiev: premieres abound in Toronto residency

Gabriel Prokofiev: premieres abound in Toronto residency
Gabriel Prokofiev will be in residence at the University of Toronto as the Roger D. Moore Distinguished Visitor in Composition from 25 January to 2 February 2014.

Many of his works, such as Cello Multitracks, Piano book #1,  Stolen Guitars and his music-theatre piece The Ghost of Gunby Hall, will feature as part of the New Music Festival, presented by the music faculty at the University of Toronto.  The majority of the performances will be Canadian premieres.

The festival’s opening concert will take place on 25 January 2014 at the MacMillan Theatre where Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntables and Spheres will be performed by DJ Madhatter (soloist) and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra (UTSO) under David Briskin, programmed alongside his Grandfather’s (Sergei Prokofiev) Symphonic Suite from The Love for Three Oranges and Suite from Romeo and Juliet (arr. By David Briskin). The other seven concerts in the series will be performed in various venues in Toronto by a mixture of students from the University of Toronto and professional musicians.

In addition, the ESPRIT Orchestra will give the North American premiere of a movement from Prokofiev’s Cello Concerto No 1 (2013).  This takes place on 26 January, with soloist Bryan Cheng and guest conductor, Samy Moussa.