Fonds 19 - New Music Concerts fonds

George Crumb Canadian soundscape : an evening with members of the World Soundscape Project Toru Takemitsu and Gilles Tremblay Toru Takemitsu and Gilles Tremblay : [flyer] Heinz Holliger and Harry Somers Harpans Kraft Sixth season : [season brochure] New Music Concerts : [flyer] Peter Maxwell Davies and The Fires of London Iannis Xenakis and Denis Smalley Thursday noon concert : New Music Concerts Elliott Carter : [flyer] Music-theatre satires on Satie and Wagner featuring Grupo de Acción Instrumental de Buenos Aires ... The Extended Vocal Techniques Ensemble André Boucourechliev Leo Brouwer and Nikos Mamangakis Two world premieres by R. Murray Schafer : [flyer] György Ligeti, John Weinzweig, Edward Laufer, Witold Lutoslawksi : [flyer] Eighth exceptional season of contemporary music : [flyer] Lou Harrison A festive concert celebrating the life of C. Laughton Bird Meet Milton Babbitt Witold Lutoslawski A Belgian weekend part 1 : Ensemble Musique Nouvelle A Belgian weekend part 2 : Studio Experimentele Muziek Sten Hanson Sten Hanson and György Ligeti : [flyer] Joji Yuasa and Leo Brouwer John Cage Vinko Globokar : [flyer] Iannis Xenakis and Yves Daoust Third construction and Roaratorio Mauricio Kagel ; Aloys Kontarsky ; Guillermo Gallardo Reading weekend of recently composed works : [flyer] Rivka Golani-Erdesz and Nexus John Weinzweig's 70th birthday : [flyer] Don Wilson ; Peter McAllister ; Nexus Elliott Carter Ensemble Kaleidocollage : Music for hearing and seeing Laboratorium / Vinko Globokar Operatic innovations :  Jakob Lenz / Wolfgang Rihm Soirée musicale avec Rimbaud Nexus plays new works : [flyer] Re-tuning : John Cage ; Ben Johnston ; James Tenney Re-tuning : [flyer] Ne plus ultra : 15th birthday celebration concert Continental countenance : [flyer] Magic thunder percussion spectacular Composer's world : Steve Tittle and Arne Nordheim : [flyer] Krzysztof Penderecki : [flyer]
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New Music Concerts fonds


  • 1971-2020 (Creation)

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7.4 m of textual records and other materials

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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.

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The first accrual from New Music Concerts (NMC) was organized by concert 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 in two accruals (A2020-04 and A2021-08).

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Fonds consists of the administrative records of New Music Concerts (NMC), from its first concert in 1972 to 2020. 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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Last updated August 29, 2023.




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