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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

Ludwig Von Toronto: ZERO IN | Esprit Orchestra And Soundstreams Celebrate 35 Side-by-side With Claude Vivier

From the Article “On the next day, Soundstreams’ Northern Encounter will draw our ears to a different segment of spirituality: a collaboration of identities. Soundstreams’ long history of cultural exchange, especially with the Nordic nations, led to several large-scale circumpolar festivals in the past. And this time, as a composite of four distinctive parties: National Arts…  Read More

The WholeNote: From Strauss to Vivier with Albery and Abraham

From the Article: “The other major work of music theatre this month in no way fits the traditional operatic mould. It is Musik für das Ende written in 1971 by Claude Vivier (1948-83), now regarded as one of Canada’s greatest composers. The work Vivier described as a “grande cérémonie funèbre” was originally written for 20…  Read More

The Whole Note: Unvanishing: The Musical Life of Claude Vivier

From the Article: “Lawrence Cherney, artistic director of Soundstreams, never knew Vivier personally – but from the moment he first saw his music years ago, he knew that it was something special. “Somehow, I had been given a copy of the manuscript of [Music für das Ende],” he says. “It was literally written in his…  Read More

CBC Music: 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2017 edition

From the article: “In May, Adanya Dunn was “a properly flirty Musetta, looking fabulous and acting up a storm” in Against the Grain Theatre’s revival of its English-language adaptation of Puccini’s La bohème. “The kind of familial support, fun, and freedom we experienced over three-and-a-half weeks made us feel as though we had all been…  Read More

Musical Toronto: HOT TAKE | Female Composers In Musical Toronto

From the article:”At the end of this month, new music lovers can look forward to Soundstreams’ celebration of the music of South Korean female composer Unsuk Chin, as well as new works by female composers nurtured in its composer’s workshops at the 21C Festival.” Read the full article by Sara Schabas here.

The Whole Note: Blooming Along with 21C

The month of May brings a full blooming spring along with a packed 21C Music Festival, now in its fourth year. Running from May 24 to 28, the festival has had a significant impact on bringing new music to a wider audience, with five days of a wide range of musical voices and approaches to…  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