The 2017 New Music Festival is centred around the work of visiting prominent Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino and features several Italian guest performers including violinist Emmanuele Baldini and pianists Roberto Turrin and Erika Crinò. The festival also presents the results of an ongoing musical collaboration with Italy’s Conservatorio G. Tartini. With a wide spectrum of chamber, vocal, electroacoustic, opera, dance and orchestral music, and partnering with Toronto’s excellent New Music Concerts, the festival offers an insight into the rich Italian culture of contemporary music, side-by-side with the creativity emerging from Toronto and UofT.

A chamber ensemble and soprano Stacie Dunlop will perform Sophie Dupuis’ 2016 prize-winningPerceptions de La Fontaine. The Cecilia String Quartet will perform Salvatore Sciarrino’s String Quartet No. 7, as well as the winning student piece of the 2016 University of Toronto String Quartet Composition Competition. Presented by Dennis Patrick.