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Soundstreams Season Promises To Be Best Ever

(TORONTO, ON) – The artistic director of Soundstreams, Lawrence Cherney, has announced the lineup for the group’s 35th season.

The main stage series will feature five sensational shows, including Northern Encounters, with music and dance from Canada and Finland performed by the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Musik für das Ende, which is an immersive experience of iconic Québécois composer Claude Vivier ’s transformative work, Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St Matthew, a contemporary reimagining of Bach’s masterpiece, Freddy’s Tune, featuring cross-genre inspirations from the famous theme King Frederick gifted to Bach, and The Little Match Girl Passion, the provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning work by David Lang.

SubscriptionSoundstreams packages for all eight shows are now on sale.

As Soundstreams enters this milestone year amid Canada’s sesquicentennial, the 2017/18 season explores both legacy and new directions. Highlights include the first fully staged performances of Claude Viver’s Musik für das Ende, one of the composer’s most underrepresented works, featuring brand new multimedia projections, sophisticated lighting techniques, and other dramatic elements, all within an open theatre where the audience inhabits the same space as the performers.

“Soundstreams started 35 years ago with a festival celebrating Igor Stravinsky’s 100th and, just as he changed the course of music in the 20th century, Soundstreams’ 2017-2018 season shines a light on the movers and shakers of Canadian music in the 21st century,” said Cherney. “Our season touches on the generations of Canadian composers who followed Vivier right up to the present, with world premieres in a diverse range of styles and aesthetics. And, we continue to put our artists on the world stage by featuring them alongside international figures like Tan Dun and David Lang. We are 35 years young and going strong.”

Musik für das Ende is a special project supported by the Canada Council for the Arts to mark the sesquicentennial.

In addition, the season includes a staging of Vivier’s Zipangu with stunning choreography by Cree actor, choreographer, and director Michael Greyeyes as part of Soundstreams’ opening production Northern Encounters, exploring “northern identity” from multiple viewpoints.

The Ear Candy series features three intercultural productions which present big ideas in small spaces.

Electric Messiah returns for a third edition by popular demand, alongside new shows Almost Unplugged, and Beat It.

The full season includes all five main stage productions, starting at the early bird price of $199, until May 30. The Flex Pack includes three main stage productions, starting at the early bird price of $144, again until May 30.

Add all three Ear Candy shows to a subscription for just $60.

To subscribe, call 416-504-1282 or visit the subscriptions page for more info.

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