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Q&A with David Fallis

We caught up with David Fallis over the phone, to discuss the themes of Vespers, comparing the differences and similarities of the Monteverdi and Tremblay pieces, as well as some of his musical favourites. Soundstreams: The theme of the Vespers concert is “ancient meets modern.” How does this theme appeal to you and why? David…  Read More

Program Notes: Vespers

The Christian service of Vespers or evening prayers, refers to the earliest office in the Roman Catholic Liturgy, dating from the second century. It was also referred to as the Office of Lights, given that it was celebrated at the hour that candles were lit in the Church, not only for light, but for symbolic…  Read More

Inviting all choral and vocal music lovers

A message from Artistic Director, Lawrence Cherney Our next three concerts are a glorious back-to-back celebration of choral and vocal music: Vespers on November 25 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, The Whisper Opera at The Theatre Centre, February 26 to March 1, and Song for Athene on April 16 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Each of these…  Read More

Encore Q&A with Norman Woo

Norman Woo (second-from-left in above photo), Soundstreams Board Member and Director of Corporate Development, Manulife Insurance, is a proud member of our new Encore program. Norman sat down with us to answer some questions about the program, the benefits of joining and the shows included in the subscription. Soundstreams: Why did you decide to join Soundstreams…  Read More

Q&A with Soundmakers Composer In Residence Aaron Gervais

Our new SoundMakers Composer In Residence is Canadian Aaron Gervais. Based in San Francisco, Aaron enjoys frequent performances of his work by leading ensembles, presenters, and festivals in North America and Europe. His output focuses primarily on chamber music and opera but also includes orchestral music, live electronics, solo works, and music for theatre and dance….  Read More

Video of The Seasons

Missed our season-opening concert on September 30? Watch our concert footage, filmed Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Repertoire: Max Richter: Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Toronto premiere) John Luther Adams: Dream in White on White Paul Frehner: Mojave Dreaming (world premiere) Dream in White on White by John Luther Adams (1995) Sanya Eng, harp…  Read More

Videos from Salon 21: The Four Seasons

Our first Salon 21 of the new season, on Friday, September 19, was a resounding success. A sold-out crowd at the Gardiner Museum enjoyed Vivaldi's Four Seasons reimagined and performed by a group of talented musicians (and one remarkable DJ on the turntables). Spring, arranged by Kyle Brenders, performed by Kyle Brenders Quartet  (Kyle Brenders, Heather…  Read More

Program Notes: The Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi’s Op. 8, published in 1725, is a collection of 12 concertos grouped under the collective title The Contest Between Harmony and Invention. The first four of these concertos are The Four Seasons. Harmony and invention can be understood in this instance as the interplay of absolute music and descriptive music. It’s arguable that…  Read More

From the Seasons to Mojave Dreaming

Music inspired by the seasons or by The Four Seasons. Nature, weather, the seasons, atmospheric phenomena… all have long been sources of inspiration for artists and composers. I can count myself on that list. I remember being a student and telling my composition professor at the time that I wanted to write a piece about…  Read More

Q&A with Susan Worthington

Susan Worthington joins Soundstreams this week, officially taking over as Executive Director at the beginning of September. We chatted with her via email to find out about her inspiration for working in the arts, several of her favourite career moments, and passions outside of the office. Soundstreams: What inspired you to go into music and…  Read More

Composer Q&A: Jordan Pal

Did you know Soundstreams Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC) from 1964-1966? Our Salon 21 on July 17 features five talented young musicians from the 2014 NYOC as well as the music of their 2014 Composer In Residence, Jordan Pal. We chatted with Jordan via email…  Read More

Music and Sport

In the summer we become much more active. The weather is nice and we feel the need to get outside and move around, or attend outdoor games. I know many musicians that are avid bikers, soccer players, swimmers and ultimate Frisbee players. Not to mention our collective obsession with events like Wimbledon and the World…  Read More

Program Notes: Airline Icarus

Airline Icarus was commissioned by a small Vancouver opera company, Opera Breve, in 2001. Soundstreams’ Artistic Director, Lawrence Cherney, was among those who witnessed the project’s first public workshop. The untimely death of Opera Breve’s co-founder John Juliani in 2003 cut short the company’s plans to develop the work. Lawrence and Soundstreams continued to support…  Read More

Artist Q&A: Krisztina Szabó

Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó has become highly sought after in both North America and Europe as an artist of supreme musicianship and stagecraft. Soundstreams is thrilled to be working with Krisztina for the first time on Airline Icarus, where she is creating the role of the Flight Attendant. We chatted with her via email in…  Read More

Reflections from a Composer and Perpetual Tinkerer

In April the second annual Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop brought six talented composers from across Canada and abroad together in Toronto for an intensive ten-day workshop. The composers spent full days working with our international visiting guest mentor, Ye Xiaogang from China, one of Toronto’s favorite composers, Juliet Palmer, and a handful of other guests…  Read More

What to do when the lights go out

This concert was very different for Soundstreams in that it was one of the first occasions were the music was a mixture of the composed and the improvised. This style of music, coming mainly out of Jazz, but with roots in lots of other music from throughout the world, is created in the moment–through real-time…  Read More

How do you define Improvisation and Composition?

The definition between improvisation and compositions isn’t as objective as you might think. There as many definitions of the two practices as there are people practicing them. There are two ideas that commonly come up: composition uses a pre-conceived idea and improvisation is something that happens in real time. But other than these two simple…  Read More

Artist Q&A: Paul Grabowsky, Australian Art Orchestra

In 1994, Paul, with the assistance of a small group of committed Melbournians, founded the Australian Art Orchestra, and remained its director for almost 20 years before passing the baton to Peter Knight. Paul is recognised as Australia’s pre-eminent jazz pianist, and joins Soundstreams tonight as one of Passion’s composers and performers. We chatted with…  Read More

Program Notes: Passion after St. Matthew

A musical setting of the Passion of Christ can be an ambitious and possibly daunting undertaking. To reinterpret the greatest historical example of such a setting, namely J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, could perhaps be even more so. But this is exactly what tonight’s composers have done, and the results are compelling. The Australian Art…  Read More

Guest Post: Alec Hall and ‘Death in Venice’

Alec Hall, one of the participants in the 2014 Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop, discusses Death in Venice, his new work composed expressly for the workshop and gives us clues that give us context for this piece. Over the past few years, my interests have moved away from music that locates itself within traditional paradigms of…  Read More