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Closing Night

10th Modulus Festival Closing Night

Doors at 7:00PM | Concert starts at 7:30PM (PDT)

Paolo Bortolussi, flute
Colin MacDonald, saxophones
John Korsrud, trumpet & conductor
Aram Bajakian, guitar
Sapphire Haze, electronic diffusion
Julia Chien, percussion
Dailin Hsieh, zheng
Saina Khaledi, santour
Jonathan Lo, cello
Julia Ulehla, voice
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano
Corey Hamm, piano



Don’t ever get too comfortable

Louis Andriessen Composer

Don’t miss Closing Night of the 10th Modulus Festival at the Roundhouse! (And remember, As dreams are made runs until November 10 at the ANNEX!)

This 65-minute concert is packed with energy and pathos, rounding out a festival that celebrates friendship, live music, and two musical legends: the recently deceased composers Louis Andriessen and Frederic Rzewski.

From solo pieces written for friends to the world premiere of Alfredo Santa Ana‘s new work for “The Tempest Project,” the Closing Night concert is a great way to connect again with music that touches our hearts and activates our minds.

The concert ends with Louis Andriessen’s legendary “Workers Union,” an explosion of energetic rhythm. Here’s your chance to explore the notion that things aren’t always what they seem in Andriessen’s music. David Pay comments on the music and ideas of the composer:

Andriessen’s music shows that we can (and should!) critique the world around us while still remaining a part of it. And he demonstrates that collectivity requires leadership, but that leadership does not require hierarchy or valuing one person’s commitment and contribution more than another’s.”

Read David Pay’s full essay and 2008 conversation with Louis Andriessen here.

We encourage you to sit forward in your seats instead of back, and listen to powerful and thought-provoking music.

Alfredo Santa Ana’s “Ye elves” was commissioned by Music on Main for “The Tempest Project,” an immersive music event that will premiere in 2024. Royal Bank of Canada is Founding Partner for “The Tempest Project.”

The grand piano appearing in this concert has been generously provided by Showcase Pianos | FAZIOLI.


Frederic Rzewski
Friendship 2 (world premiere)
Performed by Corey Hamm, piano

Louis Andriessen
Image de Moreau
Performed by Corey Hamm, piano

Louis Andriessen
A Very Sharp Trumpet Sonata
Performed by John Korsrud, trumpet

Louis Andriessen
To Pauline O
Performed by Colin MacDonald, soprano saxophone

Louis Andriessen
A Very Sad Trumpet Sonata
Performed by John Korsrud, trumpet

Sapphire Haze
Fixed media

Alfredo Santa Ana
Ye elves (world premiere)
Performed by The Tempest Project Company
(Prevail, recorded voice; Julia Ulehla, voice; Paolo Bortolussi, flute; Aram Bajakian, electric guitar; Saina Khaledi, santour; Dailin Hsieh, zheng; Julia Chien, percussion; Jonathan Lo, cello; Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano; John Korsrud, conductor)

Louis Andriessen
Workers Union
Performed by Paolo Bortolussi, flute; Colin MacDonald, baritone saxophone; John Korsrud, trumpet & conductor; Aram Bajakian, electric guitar; Saina Khaledi, santour; Dailin Hsieh, zheng; Julia Chien, percussion; Jonathan Lo, cello; Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano

What to expect when you attend Music on Main’s “10th Modulus Festival:”

Music on Main looks forward to welcoming you back to our first indoor festival since 2019! In order to safely welcome all music lovers, our safety measures err on the side of caution. Thank you in advance for helping everyone feel comfortable and safe as we learn to listen together again to live music!

Feeling unwell?
– If you are feeling unwell, kindly stay home.

Let’s wear our masks when moving through shared spaces!
– You are required to wear your mask when moving through indoor common spaces like the lobby, restrooms, and the performance hall. Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2016 or earlier (5+). 


Q: Where will I sit?
A: You will be seated with your ticket group by ushers on a first-come, first-serve basis.
–  Please check in with the box office to show your vaccine passport, and then wait in the lobby to be seated together.
– Each group will be seated approximately 2 metres from other audience members.
– Once in your seat, please remain in your seat until invited by an usher to leave.

Q: How long is the concert?
A: The concert is approximately 60 minutes long without intermission.

Q: Can I hang out with friends in the lobby?
A: Unfortunately not at this concert! Let’s all say hello to each other and talk about the music outside.

Q: How many people will be at the concert?
A: Music on Main plans to sell less than 50% of the capacity of the venue. This will allow everyone to have plenty of physical space between audience members.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time as work together to bring music back to our stages.