2015/2016 CONCERT SERIES Season to include: Steve Reich’s 80th-birthday bash, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, the accordion, Scottish composer/conductor James MacMillan, the North American premiere of the opera Julie, and two world premieres.
Wednesday, February 25 // Toronto – Innovative collaborations with Canadian Stage and Massey Hall and fresh sounds from virtuoso Canadian and international artists form the core of Soundstreams’ inventive 2015/16 concert series. Featuring four concerts and the North American premiere of Philippe Boesmans’ opera Julie, the season spans four of Toronto’s most iconic venues, includes world premieres by Analia Lllugdar and Anna Pidgorna, and closes with an epic 80th-birthday celebration for the father of minimalism, composer Steve Reich.
“We are literally bursting at the seams in 2015/2016,” says Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney. “Our programming has always defied easy categorization, but each project next season exudes its own vitality, energy, and dramatic flair that will stretch boundaries and take us physically and aurally into amazing new spaces.”
The season opens September 29, 2015 with Adrianne Pieczonka: Beyond the Aria at Koerner Hall. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear acclaimed Canadian sopranoAdrianne Pieczonka’s exquisite interpretations of an eclectic range of 20th-century repertoire, from George Crumb’s haunting Ancient Voices of Children to The Beatles. Also featuring mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, this evening reimagining the possibilities of voice and percussion includes a world premiere byAnalia Llugdar.
August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, considered one of the 19th-century’s most shocking dramas, portrays aflirtation that turns into an erotic danse macabre between its aristocratic title character and her father’s valet. In this exciting inaugural collaboration with Canadian Stage, Soundstreams presents the North American premiere of Julie, Belgian composerPhilippe Boesmans’ stunning 21st-century operatic adaptation of the Strindberg play, directed by Canadian Stage Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn. With music direction by Les Dala, Julierunsfor eight performances from November 17 to 29, 2015 at the Bluma Appel Theatre.
The series continues with Squeezebox at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre on February 10, 2016. From street music to concert hall, this cross-cultural carnival features the accordion and its extended family. Acclaimed Canadian accordionist Joe Macerollo joins Canadian wunderkind Michael Bridge, Argentinian bandoneón virtuoso Héctor del Curto, and saengwhang player gamin in a lively celebration featuring tango, works by Marjan Mozetich and Alexina Louie, and a world premiere by Anna Pidgorna.
Next up is The Music of James MacMillan on March 8, 2016 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, an extraordinary night of choral music conducted by James MacMillan, Scotland’s most celebrated composer and one of the world’s most-performed living composers. Emotionally potent, rhythmically thrilling, and reflective of his Catholic faith and political conscience, the program includes R. Murray Schafer, J.S. Bach, and MacMillan’s own spellbinding cantata Seven Last Words from the Cross, justly regarded as one of his masterpieces.
The season concludes with Steve Reich at 80 on April 14, 2016 at Massey Hall, presented in partnership with The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. Steve Reich, the Pulitzer Prize-winning father of minimalism has had a profound impact on the contemporary music scene, influencing artists as diverse as Radiohead and John Adams. Having showcased many of his compositions over the years,
Soundstreams welcomes this musical legend to the stage for an epic 80th-birthday bash with special guests and featuring Clapping Music, the iconic Music for 18 Musicians, and the Canadian premiere of Tehillim.
“Soundstreams is committed to presenting new and innovative programs that illustrate Canada’s growing position in the music world,” says Executive Director Susan Worthington. “This season, we continue to put the finest Canadian and international artists on our stages, engaging our audiences with unique and thrilling works that convey the breadth of human experience.”
2015/2016 Subscriptionsare available now by calling the Soundstreams office at 416-504-1282 or online at www.soundstreams.ca
Posted by: Soundstreams Canada -Toronto Concert Series on June 11, 2015.