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22 | 23 Welcome Message from the Artistic Director

David Schotzko, Artistic Director

On behalf of the Array’s staff and Board of Directors, I am beyond excited to announce Arraymusic’s 50th Anniversary Season.

On April 20, 1972, a group of forward thinking composers presented Array I – a concert of brand new works at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music’s Walter Hall. In the 50 years since, Arraymusic has not only grown into one of Toronto’s (and Canada’s) most adventurous creators of experimental music, but also into an indispensable hub for a tightly-knit supportive community of creative artists from across the arts disciplines.

Arraymusic’s 50th Season seeks to trace Array’s history and represent our present. 

We’ll look back at some of Array’s most important creations – with nods to each of Array’s Artistic Directors – including classic commissions, films, and installations from the Array archive – works that haven’t been seen or heard in Toronto in many seasons.

But, being Arraymusic, there will always be room for the new: CCMC, Audiopollination, The Glass Orchestra will continue their residencies with new projects; we’ll be announcing a new ensemble-in-residence in the coming months: and the Array Ensemble annual Four New Works concert will return with a new set of World Premiere performances of four commissioned works on April 20, 2023–the 51st anniversary of that first Walter Hall concert. We’ll also present the Canadian Premiere performances of two recent Pulitzer Prize winning works: Raven Chacon’s Voiceless Mass for organ and ensemble, and Du Yun and Royce Vavrek’s groundbreaking opera Angel’s Bone in a five-organization cross-country collaboration that is one of the largest productions in Array history. 

Our 50th season will see a newly expanded focus on Array’s community, with a slate of exciting new hands-on workshops, composer salons, and outreach projects – all intended to bring in new faces and to deepen our connection with those of you wjp are in the Array family already.

Array’s own productions are only the beginning! 

We’ve only scratched the surface of the event’s happening at The Array Space this year – between co-presentations and performances produced by our community, you’ll always find something engaging happening at 155 Walnut. We’re so happy to be back in-person this season and to be inviting you all back into our Array Space again! 

Sincerely,

David Schotzko
Artistic Director