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Note John Estacio's newest composition, Moontides, will be premiered by the National Youth Orchestra of Canada on July 29, 2018 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. The NYO will perform Moontides on its European tour with stops in Berlin and Edinburgh. Moontides has been commissioned by KV265 and a film depicting lunar tides will soon be produced to accompany live orchestral performances of Estacio's score.
Note John Estacio is a recipient of the 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. The awards ceremony took place September 23, 2017 at the Banff Centre. Other recipients include Alex Janvier and Alice Major.
Note John Estacio's Ours with a libretto by Robert Chafe. will be remounted in November 2018 in St. John's, Newfoundland. Ours commemorates the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel on July 1, 1916 and tells the story of Father Thomas Nangle and his attempts to heal a heartbroken nation. Please visit Opera Avalon's website for more information.

 

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Estacio's Trumpet Concerto has been commissioned by 19 Canadian orchestras and has been perfomred throughout the 2017/18 season.  It premiered in Kitchener-Waterloo in March, with subsequent performances by orchestras in Sudbury, Calgary and Edmonton. It will be perfomred by Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil on September 27, 2018 and by the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra on September 28, 2018. Recent performances include concerts by the Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Red Deer Symphony, Kingston Symphony, Kamloops Symphony, Hamilton Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony.

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Filumena, Estacio's first opera with libretist John Murrell, was remounted by the Calgary Opera in February 2017.  Canada Post also issued a stamp commeroating the opera Filumena as part of their Canada Opera issue. You can order the stamp here.  You can see a video montage of the opera here.

Note King Arthur's Camelot, with music by John Estacio and choreography by Victoria Morgan, was remounted by the Cincinnati Ballet in February 2017. You can see behind the scenes videos here.
Note The National Arts Centre Orchestra presented "I Lost My Talk", an orchestral composition based on the poem by Rita Joe,on tour across Canada in 2017. With choreography by Santee Smith and film by Barbara Willis-Sweete, this immersive presentation was conducted by Alexander Shelley. Performance stops included St. John's, Charlottetown, Halifax, Saint John, Eskasoni, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria.
Note The Toronto Symphony Orchestra included Estacio's "Wondrous Light" on their recent tour of Florida.
Note The Allentown Symphony and Puerto Rico Symphony recently performed Borealis with new video accompaniment created by José Francisco Salgado. Other upcoming presentations of Borealis with film will be by the Edmonton Sympony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony.
Note John Estacio was recently nominated for a 2015 JUNO Award for his composition Triple Concerto.
Note For more information about the Triple Concerto, click here to listen to the ESO's podcast featuring excerpts from the piece. Click here to listen to John's recent interview on The Unknown Studio.
Note You can read more about John Estacio at the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.
Note You can follow John on Twitter @EstacioComposer