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RCM's new The New Canadian Global Music Orchestra

Monday, 23 January 2017 12:33

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks to Royal Conservatory Executive Director Mervon Mehta on the construction of his New Canadian Global Music Orchestra.

The Royal Conservatory is celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial by introducing a brand new ensemble. The 12 members are a group of international musicians who now call this country home.

Their title, The New Canadian Global Music Orchestra.

This wildly daring musical project is the brainchild of Conservatory Executive Director Mervon Mehta. The idea was to bring 12 new Canadians together to celebrate 150 years of this great country. The Orchestra is an opportunity to hear the sounds of Toronto in a vibrant and modern context.

The audition process saw over 100 virtuosos take to the Royal Conservatory studios to show off their traditional sounds, from Greece and Eastern Canada to Iran and Mexico. Members include Luis Deniz from Cuba, Dora Wang of China, and Demetrios Petsalakis of Greece. The members will be led by Juno Award winning trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder.

Mark Wigmore sat down with Mervon Mehta in the JAZZ.FM91 studios.

The formation of a Global Canadian Orchestra that may see any number of versions and lineups in the future. This ensemble looks and sounds like Toronto, and is a true celebration of what it means to be Canadian in the modern age. The Orchestra plays Koerner Hall on June 2nd.

Happy Sesqui!

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Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the JAZZ.FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

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