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Artist Q&A: R. Murray Schafer

Soundstreams: Most of the works you've composed for Soundstreams have been for multiple choirs (Death of Shalana, The Soul of God, and The Fall Into Light), how are your choices as a composer affected by the number of singers? R. Murray Schafer: We are very lucky to have an opportunity through Soundstreams to present works…  Read More

Program Notes: Canadian Choral Celebration

Presenting the masterworks of contemporary choral music has been a priority for Soundstreams from its very beginning. In 1994, when Soundstreams mounted the first Canadian performance of Henryk Górecki’s Miserere, it was with the Bach Elgar Choir, an amateur choir based in Hamilton, Ontario. This season, as we celebrate 60 years of professional choral singing…  Read More

What does it take to Celebrate Soundstreams?

2 conductors 1 pianist 1 flutist 2 trumpeters 2 contrabassists 4 cellists 4 violists 4 percussionists 12 violinists 22 singers   24 hours of rehearsal over 5 days in 4 different studios   2 vibraphones 2 five-octave marimbas An assortment of pots and pans tuned to specific pitches   5 loudspeakers  1 specialized effects rack…  Read More

Q&A with Kaspar Putnins

On November 11, Soundstreams welcomes back The Latvian Radio Choir and Kaspars Putnins, the choir’s conductor since 1992. A leader in the promotion of new choral music, Kaspars also regularly appears as a guest conductor with leading European choirs such as the BBC Singers, RIAS Kammerchor, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir,…  Read More