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Performances & Events Main Stage - 2017 / 2018

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Music and Dance from Canada and Finland with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra
“John Storgårds revels in [the Orchestra's] idiosyncrasies, revealing a wealth of expressive detail I’d never heard before.” —Gramophone June 2017

Soundstreams’ 35th season opens with a celebration of kindred northern identities. Proudly holding the title of Europe’s northernmost professional orchestra, The Lapland Chamber Orchestra makes their first ever visit to Toronto this fall. Lead by National Arts Centre guest conductor John Storgårds, they perform music by iconic composers from Canada and Finland, past and present, including Jean SibeliusHarry Somers, and Claude Vivier.

Fresh off a successful run starring alongside Jessica Chastain at the Toronto International Film Festivalpowerhouse choreographer Michael Greyeyes premieres a new dance piece. Set to Claude Vivier’s Zipangu- which translates as Land of Gold- it is an exploration of the impact gold has had on northern communities. Seen most recently in Signal Theatre’s production of Bearing, Saskatchewan born Ceinwen Gobert takes center stage as the sole dancer in this piece. The celebration begins with the world premiere of Soundstreams’ 35thAnniversary Fanfare by Canadian Anna Pidgorna.

Before playing Koerner Hall, The Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Zipangu will be part of the National Arts Centre’s Ideas of North Festival, which explores common threads between Canada and Scandinavia.


 Featured Performers

John Storgårds, Conductor
The Lapland Chamber Orchestra
Michael Greyeyes, choreographer
Ceinwen Gobert, dancer


  • Igor Stravinsky
    • Fanfare for a New Theatre
  • Anna Pidgorna
    • Fanfare for 35 (World Premiere)
  • Harry Somers
    • North Country Suite
  • Claude Debussy
    • 2 Preludes
  • Claude Vivier
    • Zipangu
    • Featuring choreography by Michael Greyeyes and Signal Theatre
  • Jean Sibelius
    • Suite for Violin and Strings, op 117
  • Kalevi Aho
    • Symphony No. 14 “Rituals”

Anna Pidgorna’s World Premiere is commissioned by Kristine Vikmanis and Denton Creighton.

Zipangu is created in collaboration with Signal Theatre and the National Arts Centre


Anna Pidgorna shares her insights into Stravinsky and what it takes to create a fanfare

Michael Greyeyes shares the inspirations for his choreography to Claude Vivier’s “Zipangu” – including the idea of a “City of Gold”