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Steve Reich performs at Massey Hall in a concert celebration of his milestone year.
“There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them.” —The Guardian

Toronto leads the way with the first Steve Reich concert of his milestone 80th year! Hailed by The New York Times as “our greatest living composer,” Steve Reich turns 80 in 2016. In devising a whole new way of thinking about music, the Pulitzer Prize-winning father of minimalism has had a profound impact on contemporary work, influencing artists as diverse as Radiohead, John Adams, and Bang on a Can.

Here is a message from Steve letting you know how excited he is to come to Toronto:

Having showcased many of Reich’s compositions over the years, among them the 2010 world premiere of Mallet Quartet, Soundstreams welcomes this musical legend to the stage for a birthday bash with special guests, featuring Clapping Music, the iconic Music for 18 Musicians, and Tehillim.

Presented in association with The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.

Repertoire (read more in the press release)

  • Steve Reich: Clapping Music
  • Steve Reich: Tehillim
  • Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians

Featured artists (read more in the press release)

  • Leslie Dala, conductor (Tehillim)
  • Lesley Bouza, voice
  • Michelle DeBoer, voice
  • Carla Huhtanen, voice
  • Laura Pudwell, voice
  • Anthony Thompson, clarinet/bass clarinet
  • Lori Freedman, clarinet/bass clarinet
  • Tristan Durie, piccolo
  • Leslie Newman, flute
  • Lief Mosbaugh, English horn
  • Jesse Zubot, violin
  • Douglas Perry, viola
  • David Hetherington, cello
  • Simon Docking, piano
  • Gregory Oh, piano
  • Tania Gill, piano
  • Steve Reich, percussion
  • Ryan Scott, percussion
  • Russell Hartenberger, percussion
  • Garry Kvistad, percussion
  • Bob Becker, percussion
  • Michelle Colton, percussion
  • Haruka Fujii, percussion

Watch the videos below to learn more about the works performed in this concert.

This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.