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Surface Tension

Main Stage


This concert culminates in Irish composer Donnecha Dennehy’s sizzler for percussion quartet called Surface Tension, performed by Canada’s virtuoso percussion ensemble TorQ Percussion Quartet.

This work was inspired both by the historic collection of percussion instruments at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and by the techniques used to play the bodhran, the traditional Irish frame drum.

The first half of the program features six world premieres for percussion – six short new works – all composed by the brilliant participants in Soundstreams’ RBC Bridges Emerging Composer Program. The emerging artists in this program have been chosen through an international competition and mentored by Donnacha Dennehy in the week leading up to this showcase. TorQ, who are the resident ensemble for this year’s RBC Bridges program, will perform their new works.   


  • Donnacha Dennehy, composer
  • TorQ Percussion Quartet
  • RBC Bridges Emerging Composers: Natalia Carmago Duarte, Nolan Hildebrand, Tom Lachance, Minh Tran Nguyen, Benjamin Sigerson, Darren Xu