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During the summer of 1985, five former music theory and composition students of the legendary composer and teacher Violet Arch-er at the University of Alberta met in order to found a new society devoted to performing works by local New Music composers. The five founding members were Helve Sastok, Reinhard von Berg, Ron Hannah, Gordon Nicholson, and Jerry Ozipko.

Now, celebrating its Twenty-fifth Anniversary, the organisation, TONUS VIVUS – Society for New Music (in Latin, “tonus vivus” means “living sound”), has more than fifty members across Canada and abroad whose music has been performed on all inhabited continents of the globe. In addition, the Society has produced over a dozen CD titles, including the already classic Northern Arch/Arc du nord of 1994, the very first CD devoted exclusively to Albertan composers!

A truly Canadian, multiethnic entity, the Society has always been committed to supporting emerging artists and is proud of its record of launching careers of a considerable number of composers and performers who have already made an indelible mark on Edmonton, Alberta and Canada’s respective cultural maps.

Over the years of its activity, the organisation (formerly known as the Edmonton Composers’ Concert Society) has programmed more than a thousand pieces of modern classical music. The Society has collaborated with some of Canada’s and the world’s most eminent soloists and ensembles, such as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, the Penderecki String Quartet, the Vienna Saxophone Quartet, violist Rivka Golani, pianists Eve Egoyan and Stéphane Lemelin, and many others. Many of these performances have been broadcast nationally and internationally on the CBC and foreign radio stations.

Also, between 2000 and 2010, the Society has co-produced with similar New Classical Music presenters abroad no less than twenty-five concerts of Canadian music in Europe and the US. This is one of the most unique aspects of the Society’s overall activity. Put all together, these achievements clearly demonstrate the positive contributions that the Society has made to culture and the music of Canada in general and Alberta in particular.

 

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