Tuesday, March 5, 2024

THE SCOOP | Soundstreams Declares forty first Season Of Premieres And Returning Favourites For 2023-24


L-R (clockwise): Cecilia Livingston (Photo: Daniel Alexander Denino); Paul Grabowsky (Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/CC BY 4.0); Electric Messiah (Image courtesy of Soundstreams)
L-R (clockwise): Cecilia Livingston (Picture: Daniel Alexander Denino); Paul Grabowsky (Picture: Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce/CC BY 4.0); Electrical Messiah (Picture courtesy of Soundstreams)

Lawrence Cherney, Founding Creative Director of Soundstreams has introduced the line-up for a season that features returning favourites together with intriguing new works and imaginative programming. The group’s forty first season consists of three World Premieres by Cecilia Livingston, Omar Daniel, and André Ristic.

“Our post-pandemic world has made it simpler to “keep house” on a grand scale. Fantastic as that may generally be, we’re wired to have collective experiences, to have a shared humanity. There’s one thing primordial about experiencing deeply-felt feelings with others, whether or not or not it’s profound disappointment or profound pleasure, and all the things in between. Nice music can encourage these emotions — it could occur not often — however when it does, it’s actually nourishment for the soul. That’s the impetus behind each Soundstreams word you’ll hear subsequent season!”

Season at a Look

The Brilliant Divide | November 10 — 11, 2023

The programme consists of two works impressed by the artwork of American painter Mark Rothko, as staged by Tim Albery.

Rothko Chapel by Morton Feldman (1971) was written for the opening of a non-denominational religious sanctuary in Texas that’s house to 14 Rothko canvases. In his notes, Feldman wrote, “Rothko’s imagery goes proper to the sting of his canvas, and I needed the identical impact with the music.” The piece is scored for solo viola with timpani and choir.

mark, by Canadian composer Cecilia Livingston with textual content by Duncan McFarlane, will likely be a world premiere presentation. The piece takes its inspiration from Rothko’s artwork in addition to Feldman’s earlier piece to discover the “Brilliant Divide” between gentle and darkish, and Rothko’s brilliant color fields that juxtapose the darker works within the Chapel. mark is scored for voila soloist and choir.

Performers will embrace Soundstreams’ Choir 21 with David Fallis conducting and Steven Dann on viola.

Electrical Messiah | December 14-17, 2023

Electrical Messiah returns with a re-imagining of Handel’s Messiah, taking the attractive and beloved melodies from Handel’s arias and choruses to create a narrative about love, betrayal, and redemption. Whereas it’s the eighth iteration, Electrical Messiah is rarely the identical twice. It spotlights 4 vocalists with an instrumental backup that ranges from classical to jazz, blues, hip-hop and gospel. Guided by composer and synth participant Adam Scime, vocalists this 12 months embrace jazz vocalist Elizabeth Shepherd, Dora award-winner Rebecca Cuddy, and soprano Midori Marsh.

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (Photo courtesy of Soundstreams)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (Picture courtesy of Soundstreams)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir | February 3, 2024

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is ranked among the many greatest on this planet, led by founder Tõnu Kaljuste. The extremely acclaimed chamber choir makes a return to the town to carry out Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis, Dopo la Vittoria, Kanon Pokajanen, and different works by Arvo Pärt, together with Palestrina, and a world premiere by Canadian composer Omar Daniel. Daniel’s piece incorporates textual content from the poem A Sorrow of Stones by Canadian poet Anne Wilkinson.

Keyed Up! | April 18-20, 2024

This mini-festival showcases new music for keyboards, together with piano, organ, harpsichord, and digital keyboard.

April 18: Variations On Goldberg Variations

For the primary half of the programme, 4 Canadian composers will write 30 new variations on the Bach masterpiece.The brand new items will alternate between piano, harpsichord, organ and digital keyboard on an ongoing foundation, within the improvisational spirit of J.S.himself. Within the second half, Australian pianist and composer Paul Grabowsky and the Australian Artwork Orchestra will carry out jazz variations.

April 19: RBC BRIDGES: Rising Composers Showcase

Composers Paul Grabowsky and André Ristic serve at mentors to the Rising Composers within the Soundstreams Bridges programme. Six quick new works for keyboard will likely be premiered. The RBC Bridges program helps rising composers with a week-long programme with free tuition and accomodation. It operates yearly for six Canadian and worldwide composers who can work with skilled mentors and deal with their compositions.

April 20: 6 Pianos 12 Palms

The programme consists of Steve Reich’s Music for Six Pianos, a that premiered in 1973, and begins with a rhythmic sample that’s then phased, or shifted two beats. The work was impressed by Steve’s thought for a bit that might be performed by all of the pianos in a piano retailer. André Ristic contributes a brand new association for six pianos of Terry Riley’s A Rainbow in Curved Air, together with Ristic’s personal piece Vivaldi Variations. Different works for a number of pianos by Ana Sokolovic and Alexina Louie are additionally on the programme.

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The small-scale reside live performance sequence is ongoing, and consists of culturally resonant works carried out in a relaxed ambiance, together with a dialogue that lets audiences delve into the music and musicians.

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