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Musical Toronto: THE SCOOP | Soundstreams Names Ben Dietschi Executive Director

After serving as Interim General Manager of Soundstreams for the past six months, Ben Dietschi has been officially appointed Executive Director of Soundstreams, effective today. Soundstreams had originally hired Searchlight Recruitment to lead the search for a new executive director to take the place of Susan Worthington, who left in 2015 to take a position at…  Read More

SOUNDSTREAMS APPOINTS BEN DIETSCHI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Thursday, June 16, 2016 // Toronto – Soundstreams is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Dietschi as Executive Director effective immediately. After diligently serving as Interim General Manager of the leading contemporary music company for the past six months, and following a rigorous recruitment process led by cultural executive search firm Searchlight Recruitment, Soundstreams…  Read More

Long-time Employee Takes Helm at Soundstreams

Many in the arts community know Ben Dietschi well, whether as a curator of engaging music programming at Spectrum Music and the Music Gallery, board member at Theatre Passe Muraille, an inspired saxophonist with the Massey Hall Band, or through several years of senior responsibilities at Soundstreams. Ben has just added another accomplishment to his…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for June: André Ristic

Canadian composer André Ristic, who performs both as a pianist and an accordion player, is also a music theorist whose interests include the mathematical representation of sound and programming models, as well as the musical applications of signal theory and the analytical study of musical manuscripts.   André Ristic has received commissions from the Ensemble…  Read More

Salon 21: The Regent Park Songbook Recap

In last Friday’s Salon 21: The Regent Park Songbook, students from the Regent Park School of Music presented a series of new works – all settings of student-created lyrics by professional Canadian composers. The program featured works by Saman Shahi, Brian Current, Pouya Hamidi, Juliet Palmer, Emilie Lebel, Dean Burry, Aaron Gervais, Omar Daniel, and Jeff Ryan. The Regent…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for May: Emilie Lebel

Bio Canadian composer Emilie Cecilia LeBel is active in the music community in various capacities: composing, teaching, curating, and organizing.  Described as having a “deft compositional hand, unwilling to hurry ideas”, and “impressively subtle and sensuous”, Emilie’s artistic practice is currently concerned with connections between visual and sonic worlds that engage with notions of memory,…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for April: Peter Hatch

Bio Toronto-born composer, concert organizer and teacher Peter Hatch works in a large number of genres, from orchestral and chamber music to instrumental theatre, electroacoustic and installations. Hatch’s compositions tend to be scored for smaller ensembles and solo performers. His output reflects his interests in the psychological aspects of time and rhythm, evidenced in his…  Read More

CBC’s Q: Composer Steve Reich guides you through his most momentous works

In 1964, Steve Reich recorded a street preacher’s speech, took a razor to the tape, looped samples on two machines — and changed music forever. The classical composer describes himself as a “faithful scribe” who finds the musicality in other people’s words. Today he joins Shad to discuss his decades-long career and music’s capacity to…  Read More

Toronto Star: Celebrating Steve Reich’s birthday with Clapping Music

Steve Reich’s compositions dropped on unsuspecting audiences like bomb shells. A Berlin concert prompted an audience member to pound the stage with her umbrella saying, “We surrender.” The Pulitzer Prize winner, whose minimalistic style confounded expectations, will be celebrated Thursday, April 14 at Massey Hall with a Soundstreams concert celebrating his 80th birthday. Two members…  Read More

The Globe and Mail: Composer Steve Reich on turning 80, writing live music, and finding faith

Steve Reich, 80 this October, is perhaps the world’s most important living composer, a creative personality who almost singlehandedly brought music back from the brink of obscurantism that threatened to sink it in the late fifties and early sixties with his patterned, slowly moving, deeply emotional musical textures. He’s also, as it turns out, a…  Read More

The Globe and Mail: Soundstreams bringing new music the old way

New Music used to be the Buckley’s cough medicine of the classical world – it tasted awful, but it was good for you. There was a hint of the church about it – a celebration of obscure rites for the faithful, desperately clinging to their belief in the importance of the new, scorned and belittled,…  Read More

The WholeNote: Steve Reich, Then & Now (April cover story)

Then: My first experience of meeting the renowned American composer Steve Reich was in a master class he gave for composition students at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. It was early in 1976 and he was in town as the guest of New Music Concerts who presented performances of his music during both…  Read More

Q&A with Emerging Composer Colin Labadie

Colin Labadie is one of the six composers selected to be a part of this year’s Emerging Composer Workshop, taking place April 2-14, and featuring guest mentors Steve Reich and Peter Hatch. Soundstreams had a chance to catch up with Colin before his arrival in Toronto for the workshop to ask him a few questions about composing…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for March: Steve Reich

Our TD Composer of the Month for March is Steve Reich. Biography Steve Reich has been called  “our greatest living composer” (The New York Times), “America’s greatest living composer.” (The Village VOICE), “…the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker) and as being “among the great composers of the century” (The New York Times)….  Read More

Toronto Star: Soundstreams unveils 2016/17 season

Canadian premiere of Nelson Mandela University Choir, world premieres by Canadian composers and Philip Glass’s birthday. Soundstreams will present the Estonian Philharmonic Choir and Nelson Mandela University Choir, in its Canadian premiere, as part of its 2016/17 season announced Tuesday. There will be four world premieres by Canadian composers Anna Höstman, Gabriel Dharmoo, Riho Esko…  Read More

Musical Toronto: Soundstreams Announces 2016/17 Season

Soundstreams have released their 34th season line-up that includes a variety of programming exploring new formats in music theatre, choral music, and chamber music. Most notable is Odditorium: an eclectic staging by theatre director Chris Abraham of excerpts from R. Murray Schafer’s Patria cycle, complete with circus carnival barker. Following last year’s genre-bending Electric Messiah,…  Read More

Opera Ramblings: Soundstreams 16/17 Season

Soundstreams have just announced their 2016/17 season.  There’s quite a lot there for those with an experimental taste in vocal music as well as a bunch of instrumental stuff.  Probably the biggest deal is a staging of “musical curiosities” from R. Murray Schafer’s Patria cycle. Odditorium will feature selections from The Greatest Show, Ra, and others, immersing audiences in a circus-like atmosphere, complete…  Read More

PRESS RELEASE: Soundstreams announces 2016/17 season

Sensory surprises abound in Soundstreams’ 2016/17 season, announced today by Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney. The company’s 34th season reaffirms Soundstreams’ position as one of Canada and the world’s leading contemporary music companies, featuring bold thematic programs as part of two Toronto series as well as extensive artist development and outreach activities. Cherney also announced the…  Read More