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New Music Concerts
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New Music Concerts (NMC) is a performing arts organization, established in Toronto in 1971 by Norma Beecroft (president) and Robert Aitken (artistic director) with John A. Wright, John Brown, John Beckwith, and C. Laughton Bird. Joe Macerollo succeeded Beecroft as president in 1989. Its mandate was and is to present and perform contemporary music.
They began an annual series of concerts at the University of Toronto in 1972, which moved to the Premiere Dance Theatre at Harbourfront in the mid-1980s. Their programs feature an international array of composers and performers with composers often conducting or performing in their own works. NMC has also commissioned numerous new compositions by Canadian composers. In addition to concerts, NMC have sponsored events featuring lectures, films, mixed-media presentations, forums, and musical theatre. They released their first CD New Music 90, recorded in 1990, with compositions by Aitken, Beecroft, Gilles Tremblay, and Iannis Xenakis.
NMC is based in Toronto, but is active nationally and internationally, co-sponsoring events with the Banff School of Fine Arts, McGill University, SMCQ, Vancouver New Music Society, L'Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, Duo Traces, and the Quatuor Molinari. The NMC Ensemble toured Europe and Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario in 1976. In June 1982, they performed in New York and Washington, D.C.