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Waiting for Godot?

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This concert represents Arlan Vriens’ winning proposal from Soundstreams New Voices Curator Mentorship Program. He has chosen works by female-identifying composers, and the program is inspired by our experiences during the pandemic. It focuses on attentiveness, opening the possibility for deeper contemplation, revealing our inner most thoughts and acting as a catalyst for renewing artistic practice in a changing world. It highlights compelling repertoire in which Canadian composers have celebrated the small, the immediate, and the intently observed.

Arlan Vriens has curated the evening as “a cathartic and forward-looking reflection of the Canadian pandemic experience, encouraging creative conversations and audience considerations about our relationship to “before,” our attentiveness to space and place, and the trajectory of our attention in the coming months and years.”      


  • Arlan Vriens, curator
  • Penderecki String Quartet – Jeremy Bell; violin, Jerzy Kaplanek; violin, Christine Vlajk; viola, Katie Schlaikjer; cello    
  • Erika Raum; violin, Aysel Taghi-Zada; viola, Amahl Arulanandam; cello, Wesley Shen; piano & harpsichord


Carmen BradenThe Seed Knows

Dorothy ChangBeautiful Things           

Vivian FungQuartet No. 4

Nicole LizéeUrbexploitation            

Anna PidgornaObsessive Circularity of Thought                                   

Veronique VakaFlowen

Jocelyn MorlockPetrichor

Beverley McKiverSeeking Light

Soundstreams’ New Voices Curator Mentorship Program is supported by The Michael and Sonja Koerner Charitable Foundation and