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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

Choral Text: The Music of James MacMillan

Choral text for The Music of James MacMillan on March 8 PROGRAM Knut Nystedt, (1915 – 2014, Norway) Immortal Bach (1998) Choir 21 Virtuoso String Orchestra   James MacMillan, (b. 1959, Scotland) Gallant Weaver (2002) Choir 21   James Rolfe, (b. 1961, Canada) When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d (2006) Choir 21   R. Murray Schafer, (b. 1933,…  Read More

Program Notes: The Music of James MacMillan

Soundstreams welcomes back preeminent Scottish composer/conductor Sir James MacMillan. Our first collaboration with MacMillan was in 2001 when we presented the North American premiere of his Raising Sparks, a work that reflects the deep affinities between Christianity and Judaism. And in 2006 Soundstreams’ University Voices toured his major choral composition revolving around St. Dominic, Sun…  Read More

Q&A with composer James Rolfe

Toronto composer James Rolfe (b. Ottawa, 1961) has been commissioned and performed by ensembles, orchestras, choirs, and opera companies in Canada, the USA, Europe, and New Zealand. His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship (2000), the K. M. Hunter Music Award (2003), the Louis Applebaum Composers Award (2005), the Jules Léger Prize for…  Read More

CBC News: Are accordions cool again?

It seems that accordions are making a comeback. That’s not only because the box-shaped instrument can be heard in new songs from Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, and The Lumineers. The trend goes deeper than that. The accordion, or squeezebox, is coming back into vogue after a generation of ridicule. New York’s Carnegie Hall had its…  Read More

Toronto Star: Accordion achieves new musical heights in ‘Squeezebox’

Squeezebox, stomach Steinway, accordion: this modest instrument from the folk fringes is preparing for its time in the spotlight. Just as the cello and organ have recently been jazzed up and introduced to music lovers beyond their traditional realm, the accordion is gaining new acclaim. Squeezebox, an evening of contemporary music presented by Soundstreams on…  Read More

Artist Bios: Squeezebox

MICHAEL BRIDGE Michael Bridge is one of the most versatile accordionists of today with a unique ability to blend great classics with world music and pop hits. Michael made his solo orchestral debut at age 16 with the Boston Pops, and his music has led him to China, Croatia, Italy, France, the U.K., and all…  Read More

NOW Magazine: Three Squeezebox Performers Sound Off Ahead of ‘Squeezebox’

Squeezeboxes from all over the world take centre stage at the all-accordion concert Squeezebox, featuring classical and contemporary music. Three of the performers tell us a little bit about their squeezebox of choice.  Héctor Del Curto “A bandoneón is a reed instrument invented in Germany and derived from the concertina. It was meant to replace the…  Read More

Review: Roomful of Teeth in Vancouver

Written by guest blogger Katerina Gimon, a Masters student at the University of British Columbia, studying music composition. Last week vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth made their eagerly awaited Canadian debut in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The ensemble played two sold out shows at the intimate Fox Cabaret, presented by Music on Main & PuSh International…  Read More

PRESS RELEASE: The Music of James MacMillan on March 8, 2016

Thursday, February 4 // Toronto – Soundstreams continues its 2015/16 season this March with a visit from Scotland’s most celebrated composer and conductor, Sir James MacMillan. The Music of James MacMillan on March 8 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre features MacMillan conducting Choir 21 and the Virtuoso String Orchestra, and will include choral works by MacMillan,…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for February: James MacMillan

Our TD Composer of the Month of February is Scottish conductor and composer, Sir James MacMillan. Biography James MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation. He first attracted attention with the acclaimed BBC Proms premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (1990). His percussion concerto Veni, Veni Emmanuel (1992) has received close to 500 performances worldwide…  Read More

Program Notes: Squeezebox

Soundstreams Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney told me recently that one of his favourite ways to feed his creativity when he designs concert programs is by thinking of “families of instruments in all their varieties.” Examples of the results in previous season have included Mass Brass (2011) and Piano Ecstacy (2013). And so tonight in Squeezebox…  Read More

Artist Q&A with accordionist Joseph Macerollo

Musician, performer, and educator Joseph Macerollo is one of the talented accordion players who joins us for Squeezebox on February 10. Alongside his protégé Michael Bridge, Joseph will explore a selection of contemporary works, including several which were commissioned specifically for him, like La Testa d’Adriane by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. As an educator, Joseph…  Read More

Introducing the 2016 Emerging Composer Workshop participants

Our Emerging Composer Workshop (ECW) has seen major growth over the past few years. Now entering its fourth year, the workshop attracts composers from all over the world. This year marks an important milestone, with world-renowned composer Steve Reich serving as visiting guest mentor, Peter Hatch as local mentor, and a group of six composer…  Read More

Modern music featuring the accordion

The accordion is believed to have been built around 1822 in Berlin. As an instrument, it conjures several types of images in the mind, such as being played by French musician, perched along the river in Paris, or only in folk music. It was used in popular music beginning around 1900 to 1960, but then…  Read More