We’re doing something big and we need your help.

We’re making an orchestra and we need your help

November 21, 2018

Our next major project reimagines an orchestral score from 1970 by experimental composer Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016). It’s called To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation. Oliveros imagined a “continuous circulation of power” enacted through performance. Now, we want to revisit this work through a public process, and perform it, free to audiences, at Toronto City Hall.

We’ve assembled a multidisciplinary orchestra of performing artists–some of Toronto’s most adventurous musicians, as well as dancers, performance-makers, visual artists and writers– to learn this piece together through a practice of listening. And we’re staging our rehearsals as open events in community spaces throughout Toronto to reorient our ears and imaginations along the way.

At the end of it all, we’ll perform the work in the Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall, February 17th. And it’s all being presented by The Music Gallery.

We need your help to make it happen! Bringing this project to people and places it would never ordinarily reach, means moving dozens of people and substantial equipment around the city. Help us keep it free and keep it moving.