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THE WHOLE NOTE: With Soundstreams in China

From the article: “To Soundstreams fell the distinction of presenting a program of new music from North America, relatively little of which has been performed at this week-long event over the years – a reflection, its artistic director [Wen Deqing] admits, of his background. His own advanced training as a composer took place mostly in…  Read More

Hello from Shanghai!

Montreal based composer, Nicole Lizée is one of the Canadian artists in Shanghai with Ensemble Soundstreams. Lizée has the honour of being the first Canadian invited to be Composer in Residence for the Shanghai New Music Week, presented by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. As part of her residency, Lizée delivered a lecture on Sunday, September…  Read More

THE TORONTO STAR: Little Matchgirl lights up end of Soundstreams season

From the Article: “The singers were excellent. Soundstreams had recruited four of Canada’s best: soprano Vania Chan, mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig, tenor Colin Ainsworth and bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus. Not only did they deftly navigate Lang’s treacherous vocal shoals, they also ably accompanied themselves on various percussion instruments. John Hess conducted from a discreet corner aisle. Susie…  Read More

CBC Radio, The Sunday Edition: The tragic real-life story of Quebec composer Claude Vivier is mirrored in his music

“The world renowned Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan once said that, as a young singer, she was transported and changed by the “unique soundworld” of the Quebec composer, Claude Vivier. He has been described as the most important Canadian composer in the second half of the twentieth century. From the early 1970s until the early 80s, Vivier’s compositions were…  Read More

THE WHOLE NOTE: Your 2017/18 Guide to Handel’s Messiah

From the Article: “Something New Handel wrote Messiah for a traditional ensemble of orchestra and chorus, but not everyone wants to hear that style of classically-performed classical music. For those who like their mulled wine old and their bottles new, here’s the Messiah for you. Who: Soundstreams When: December 4 to 6, 8pm” Read the…  Read More

Ludwig Van Toronto: ON THE RADAR | The Great Big Messiah List: A Guide For Holidays

From the article: “Returning for the third year, Ashelie Corcoran (Stage Direction) and Adam Scime (Music Director) will lead Soundstream’s immensely popular Electric Messiah with Adanya Dunn, Elizabeth Shepard, Jonathan MacArthur and Justin Welsh.  The accompanying ensemble of guitar, electronics, electric harpsichord+organ and turntables, will explore selected popular Messiah tunes with fresh sound and context,…  Read More

Stage Door: Review, Musik für das Ende

“Soundstreams is presenting the first-ever staged performance of Musik für das Ende by Claude Vivier (1948-83).  Written in 1971 as a ceremony to be staged, the work did not have its first concert performance until 2012.  After seeing director Chris Abraham’s beautiful, extraordinarily moving production of the the piece for Soundstreams, it is impossible to…  Read More

The New York Times: A Canadian Composer’s Death-Obsessed Search for Connection

“TORONTO — Death-haunted, drawn to danger and desperate for connection, with his ceremonies in sound charting transitions from life to something beyond it, the Canadian composer Claude Vivier should be the great downer of modern music. But so shimmering are Vivier’s drones, so sweetly childlike his invented languages and mystical geographies, so energetic his need…  Read More

The Globe and Mail: Review: Soundstreams goes cerebral, to haunting effect

“The Canadian contemporary music company Soundstreams, known for difficult and cerebral works, has mounted a music and theatre production about the life and ideas of admired Quebecois composer Claude Vivier (1948-1983), whose life was rough and tumultuous and whose music was cold, luminous and haunting. The production, titled Musik Für das Ende (which is the…  Read More

Opera Ramblings: Musik für das Ende

“Claude Vivier’s Musik für das Ende had to wait until 35 years after the composer’s death for its first fully staged performance.  That happened last night at Crow’s Theatre under the auspices of Soundstreams.  It forms the main and concluding part of a really interesting show  directed by Chris Abraham. The first part of the…  Read More