Toronto certainly doesn’t lack for contemporary music presenters. One of the oldest is New Music Concerts, a chamber music series now in its 44th season under the artistic direction of flutist, conductor, and composer Robert Aitken.
Back in the early 1970s, New Music Concerts was all about modernism. Prominent figures in the European avant-garde were brought to Toronto for its events: Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Iannis Xenakis, Witold Lutosławski, and many others. A few Americans showed up, including John Cage and George Crumb. Canadian modernists were also featured, such as Bruce Mather, Gilles Tremblay and R. Murray Schafer.