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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… Read More

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… Read More

The Globe and Mail: Odditorium offers the perfect reminder of Canadian R. Murray Schafer’s achievements

R. Murray Schafer’s Odditorium is the latest production of Toronto’s Soundstreams, one of the consistently most innovative presenters in the city’s new music community. But the oddest thing about Odditorium… Read More

Musical Toronto: THE SCOOP | Soundstreams Names Ben Dietschi Executive Director

After serving as Interim General Manager of Soundstreams for the past six months, Ben Dietschi has been officially appointed Executive Director of Soundstreams, effective today. Soundstreams had originally hired Searchlight… Read More

Long-time Soundstreams Employee Appointed as Executive Director

Many in the arts community know Ben Dietschi well. Whether as a curator of engaging music programming at Spectrum Music and the Music Gallery, board member at Theatre Passe Muraille,… 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… 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… Read More

The Globe and Mail: Composer Steve Reich on turning 80, writing live music, and finding faith

Steve Reich, 80 this October, is perhaps the world’s most important living composer, a creative personality who almost singlehandedly brought music back from the brink of obscurantism that threatened to… Read More

Musical Toronto: Russell Hartenberger – You can’t make me call it minimalism

Most Minimalists don’t carry membership cards anymore. But they do know something about guilt by association. Just ask Russell Hartenberger. Picture yourself in SoHo, New York, in the summer of… Read More

The Globe and Mail: Soundstreams bringing new music the old way

New Music used to be the Buckley’s cough medicine of the classical world – it tasted awful, but it was good for you. There was a hint of the church… Read More

The WholeNote: Steve Reich, Then & Now (April cover story)

Then: My first experience of meeting the renowned American composer Steve Reich was in a master class he gave for composition students at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music…. Read More

The Globe and Mail: Soundstreams Music presents a stunning evening of intense, powerful music

Lawrence Cherney’s Soundstreams is cementing its reputation for presenting some of the finest music in the city this season. Earlier this year, they gave us the superb soprano Adrianne Pieczonka… Read More

Toronto Star: Soundstreams unveils 2016/17 season

Canadian premiere of Nelson Mandela University Choir, world premieres by Canadian composers and Philip Glass’s birthday. Soundstreams will present the Estonian Philharmonic Choir and Nelson Mandela University Choir, in its… Read More

Musical Toronto: Soundstreams Announces 2016/17 Season

Soundstreams have released their 34th season line-up that includes a variety of programming exploring new formats in music theatre, choral music, and chamber music. Most notable is Odditorium: an eclectic… Read More

Opera Ramblings: Soundstreams 16/17 Season

Soundstreams have just announced their 2016/17 season.  There’s quite a lot there for those with an experimental taste in vocal music as well as a bunch of instrumental stuff.  Probably… Read More

CBC News: Are accordions cool again?

It seems that accordions are making a comeback. That’s not only because the box-shaped instrument can be heard in new songs from Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, and The Lumineers. The… Read More

Toronto Star: Accordion achieves new musical heights in ‘Squeezebox’

Squeezebox, stomach Steinway, accordion: this modest instrument from the folk fringes is preparing for its time in the spotlight. Just as the cello and organ have recently been jazzed up… Read More

NOW Magazine: Three Squeezebox Performers Sound Off Ahead of ‘Squeezebox’

Squeezeboxes from all over the world take centre stage at the all-accordion concert Squeezebox, featuring classical and contemporary music. Three of the performers tell us a little bit about their squeezebox… Read More

Review: Roomful of Teeth in Vancouver

Written by guest blogger Katerina Gimon, a Masters student at the University of British Columbia, studying music composition. Last week vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth made their eagerly awaited Canadian… Read More

CBC News: ‘Reaching new audiences and cultures with unique version of Handel’s Messiah’

‘We’re hoping the feel will be something like a mashup of Handel, Bjork, and Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey’ Every year around this time, there are a handful of Messiahs around… Read More

Opera Ramblings: ‘Handel plugged in’ (Electric Messiah review)

Soundstreams’ high concept show Electric Messiah opened at the Drake Underground last night. So what is Electric Messiah? It’s a potent mix of Handel/Jennens, four exceptional singers from varied backgrounds,… Read More

Toronto Star: ‘How do you like your Messiah?’

George Frideric Handel wrote Messiah toward the end of his life and it has become his lasting legacy. First performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742, followed by its London… Read More

Globe & Mail : Canadian Stage ready to woo the classical music crowd with Julie opera

The Globe & Mail’s Robert Harris writes about the Soundstreams / CanStage production of Julie. Check it out: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/canadian-stage-ready-to-woo-the-classical-music-crowd-with-julie-opera/article27256092/

The Whole Note: Boesmans’ Julie Comes to CanStage

The Whole Note takes a deep look at the Soundstreams and CanStage collaboration of Philippe Boesmans’ Julie. Check it out: http://www.thewholenote.com/index.php/newsroom/25703-boesmans-julie-comes-to-canstage