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LUDWIG VAN TORONTO: PRIMER | The Rolston Quartet Brings Different Trains To Soundstreams

“Since its premiere in 1988 by the Kronos Quartet, Steve Reich’s Different Trains became an instant favourite.  Its rhythmic drive and hypnotic movement are immediately relatable, and the spoken fragments… Read More

THE WHOLE NOTE: “Choral Crossroads: Canadian and Latvian Composers on Display in November”

“Soundstreams’ presentation of the Latvian Radio Choir (LRC) with artistic director Sigvards Klava, in concert at Metropolitan United Church on November 17 at 8pm, has significance in a number of… Read More

Focus Mandarin: Soundstreams Takes Shanghai

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LUDWIG VAN: PRIMER | Soundstreams’ Six Pianos Dream Project Is Coming To Koerner Hall

For a typical classical piano concert, one would imagine a single grand piano with its lid open, its brilliant inside encased in silky, heavy blackness.  Sometimes, there are two pianos… Read More

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… 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… Read More

Lawrence Cherney Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Toronto Musicians Association

From the article: Canada continues to produce some of the finest composers in the world, but they merit greater recognition at home and abroad. Lawrence Cherney has dedicated an entire… Read More

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Putting a new spin on Bach with Toronto DJ SlowPitchSound

From the article: “Musicians in general are prone to adapt new technology. Beethoven was so taken with Johann Nepomuk Maelzel’s new invention, the metronome, that the composer himself came up… 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… Read More

NOW MAGAZINE: Prolific violinist Jesse Zubot finds release through improvisation

From the article: “You can’t pin violinist and producer Jesse Zubot to one genre. “I just love all kinds of music and I always have,” he says. Zubot has been… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

CBC Radio-Canada: Le spectacle qui a attiré le New York Times à Toronto

“La première mondiale de Musik für das Ende de la compagnie de théâtre Crow’s Nest a eu lieu à Toronto le 26 octobre. La musique de Claude Vivier, un compositeur… Read More

CBC Radio-Canada: Report on “Musik für das Ende” by Kevin Sweet

L’univers du compositeur québécois Claude Vivier au @crowstheatre de TTO. On en parle avec Alex Ivanovici. #icito #rc_arts pic.twitter.com/Agkk8IcvVG — Kevin Sweet (@sweetonarts) November 1, 2017

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… 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… Read More

CBC Music: ‘From life to death, to eternity,’ discover Claude Vivier’s music rituals

In 1983, at the age of 34, French–Canadian composer Claude Vivier was stabbed to death in his Paris apartment by a man he had picked up. When Vivier’s body was… Read More

Schmopera: “It’s his life, it’s him.” Soundstreams presents Musik für das Ende

10 singers are currently deep into rehearsals with stage director Chris Abraham and music director John Hess for what will be the premiere staged performance of Claude Vivier’s 1971 work,… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More