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Max Richter's THE FOUR SEASONS, David Lang's THE WHISPER OPERA and More Set for Soundstreams' 2014-15 Season

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Max Richter's THE FOUR SEASONS, David Lang's THE WHISPER OPERA and More Set for Soundstreams' 2014-15 Season

A series of four concerts plus a unique opera experience forms the core of Soundstreams' 2014/15 concert series. The events, which include several world premieres, feature collaborations between Canadian composers and performers and their counterparts from the U.K., United States, Russia, Brazil and Argentina. In addition to two concerts held at the beautiful Koerner Hall, Soundstreams will present work at two additional Toronto venues: Trinity-St. Paul's Centre and the new Theatre Centre on Queen Street West.

"We relate to new works because they connect us to the past," says Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney. "This season, Soundstreams breathes new life into old forms, reinventing masterpieces from the Baroque and Renaissance, even flamenco. It's classic Soundstreams: provocative and compelling new works by Canadian and international composers performed by some of the world's greatest interpreters of their music."

The season opens September 30, 2014 with The Seasons at Koerner Hall. The Toronto premiere of British composer Max Richter's avant-garde update of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, the concert showcases the talents of acclaimed violinist Daniel Hope, who gave the work its premiere performances in London and New York. He is joined by a string orchestra conducted by TSO principal clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas. The program will also include a new weather-inspired Canadian commission.

The series continues with Vespers at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre on November 25, 2014. This concert explores and juxtaposes the profound spirituality and period instrumentation of two magnificent choral works: Claudio Monteverdi's Renaissance masterpiece, Vespro della Beata Vergine, and Canadian composer Gilles Tremblay's Les Vêpres de la Vierge. Soprano Shannon Mercer joins Choir 21 and a chamber orchestra conducted by David Fallis.

From February 26 to March 1, 2015, Soundstreams presents the Canadian premiere of The Whisper Opera at the Theatre Centre. The opera, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer David Lang, explores the tension between our private and online selves and features soprano Tony Arnold and New York's International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). A smash hit in New York and Chicago, this limited run of six performances can be experienced by just 60 people at a time.

Next up is Song for Athene, a celebration of the choral music of Britain's late John Tavener on April 16, 2015 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. In addition to his Song for Athene (remembered for its performance at the funeral of Princess Diana) the program features works by Canada's Christos Hatzis and Tavener's late compatriot Jonathan Harvey performed by Choir 21 and the Toronto Children's Chorus.

The season concludes with Encuentros on May 24, 2015 at Koerner Hall, presented in partnership with the Royal Conservatory's 21C Music Festival. Tango, flamenco, bossa nova, fandango and afro-samba are among the Latin styles featured in these musical encounters performed by an all-star line-up including guitar virtuosos Grisha Goryachev and Fabio Zanon, bandoneon player Hector del Curto and Juno-award winning pianist Serouj Kradjian. The concert, which pays tribute to Toronto's hosting of the Pan American games, will also include a world premiere for two guitars by Andrew Staniland.

"It has been an exciting couple of years for Soundstreams. This year we continue to put the best Canadian and international artists on our stages," says Executive Director Chris Lorway. "We are committed to presenting new and innovative programs that illustrate Canada's growing position in the music world."

2014/2015 Subscriptions are available now by calling the Soundstreams office at 416-504-1282 or online at www.soundstreams.ca. Single tickets range from $20-$67.50 and go on sale September 2, 2014. They will be available from the Royal Conservatory Box Office by calling 416-408-0208 or online at www.soundstreams.ca.

2014/2015 CONCERT SERIES

The Seasons

September 30, 2014, at 8:00 pm, Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre

One of the classical repertoire's best-known standards gives birth to a startling new creation: Max Richter's reinvention of Vivaldi's Four Seasons violin concertos. Weaving strands of their musical DNA into his own acoustic and electronic scoring, Richter creates a provocative aural experience that nonetheless remains true to the spirit of its source. Daniel Hope, who gave the work its premiere performances at the Barbican Centre in London and at New York's Le Poisson Rouge, is joined by a virtuoso string orchestra in a program that also includes a new weather-inspired Canadian commission.

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