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Live webcast: McGill Symphony Orchestra plays Schumann, Shostakovich and Touizrar

Chris Maskell

On Saturday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m. ET, scroll down to watch the McGill Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexis Hauser perform works by Schumann and Shostakovich, as well as the premiere of a work by doctoral composition student Moe Touizrar, winner of the 2015-16 Andrew Svoboda Memorial Prize for Orchestral Composition. Touizrar's recent compositions are inspired by his experiences working in the Canadian Forces' Morale and Welfare Services, where he served while on a break from his master's degree in composition at the Schulich School of Music.

Touizrar's piece, titled Bright, Blue and Shimmering, is the third and final part of a musical triptych — the first two parts having been premiered over the past few years by the McGill Wind Orchestra and McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, respectively. Each instalment aims to communicate a different aspect of the human experience through music, and Touizrar explained that this latest section focuses on "optimism, rebirth and rememberance."

Also featured in this performance will be rising cello star Joshua Morris, who won the 2016-2017 Golden Violin Competition, placed as a finalist in the 2016-2017 McGill Concerto Competition and received the 2016 Peter Mendell Award.


  • Touizrar: Bright, Blue and Shimmering (premiere)
  • Schumann: Concerto in A Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 129
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93

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