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« When an orchestral composer hears one of their pieces performed live for the very first time, it can be a thrilling experience—but also a constructively illuminating one. Through the orchestra’s interpretation of their score, the composer is able to listen with new ears and identify those elements of the music they’re pleased with and those they may wish to revise, much like how a chef tastes their food while preparing it.

Knowing how valuable such a learning opportunity can be, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), holds annual composition-reading sessions, called Explore the Score, for emerging Canadian composers. Combined with our robust commissioning program—which includes the NextGen Composers initiative and our series of Celebration Preludes written for our Centennial—these workshops reflect our ongoing commitment to cultivating homegrown talent and promoting the creation of new repertoire.

This year’s instalment of Explore the Score was held on Saturday, October 22, at Roy Thomson Hall, where the Orchestra, under the baton of Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha, rehearsed works by four gifted composers… »