Fonds 19 - New Music Concerts fonds

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New Music Concerts fonds


  • 1971-1998 (Creation)

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4.2 m of textual records and other materials (33 boxes)

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Administrative history

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.

Archival history

The New Music Concerts (NMC) records were organized by season by one of the organization's founding members, Norma Beecroft, prior to their official transfer to the University of Toronto Music Library. During processing, the records were further arranged into series and subseries that reflect the structure of the organization and its outputs.

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Donated by New Music Concerts (A2020-04).

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Fonds consists of the administrative records of New Music Concerts (NMC), from its first concert in 1972 to 1998. Records consist of administrative and financial records, including correspondence with composers, performers, and concert venues, budgets, grant applications, and board meeting minutes; concert planning documents, including touring records; and promotion and publicity documents, including programs, brochures, posters, reviews, advertisements, and press releases. The fonds also includes select audio and video recordings of NMC concerts.

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Further accruals are expected.

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The fonds contains six series: (A) Administrative records ; (B) Concert planning documents ; (C) Promotion and publicity documents ; (D) Financial records ; (E) Reference and research materials ; (F) Audio and video recordings.

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