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Soundstreams Presents: The Music of Unsuk Chin

Sounds from the dream world – virtuosic, ironic, mischievous, and dramatic. Soundstreams, closes the Festival with The Music of Unsuk Chin, one of contemporary music’s most sought-after creators, who renders in sound the “visions of immense light” she sees in her dreams. The concert includes Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica, a playful exploration of the act of singing for two sopranos, countertenor, and ensemble featuring singer Carla Huhtanen, and “Advice From a Caterpillar,” an excerpt from her dazzling opera Alice in Wonderland.

Claudia Chan with Benjamin Bowman

Pianist Claudia Chan, alumna of The Royal Conservatory and rising star in the contemporary piano world, teams up with violinist Benjamin Bowman, member of the ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) and Concertmaster of the American Ballet Orchestra in New York,, to perform works by John Corigliano, Isang Yun, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Michelle Agnes Magalhaes, as well as the world premiere of a piece by Christopher Goddard, commissioned by The Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall.

Cinq à Sept

The annual 21C Music Festival Cinq à Sept features a world premiere by Japanese-Canadian Kotoka Suzuki along with the Canadian premiere of her Shimmer, Tree for piano and electronics; pianist Morgan-Paige Melbourne performing “Warrior” and “Memories In An Ancient Garden” from Scenes From a Jade Terrace by Toronto-based composer Alexina Louie; pianist Geoffrey Conquer, Rebanks Fellow at The Royal Conservatory, playing Piano Etudes by Korean composer Unsuk Chin, one of contemporary music’s most sought-after creators; the Canadian premiere of Aaron Parker’s fun minimalist work warehouse for en

Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

Called “exciting [and] dynamic” by the Los Angeles Times, Montreal-based violinist and Officer of the Order of Canada, Angèle Dubeau, and her all-female string ensemble La Pietà, comprised of some of Canada’s best musicians, perform a genre-smashing concert of works by Ludovico Einaudi, Jonny Greenwood, Michael Nyman, Max Richter, Arvo Pärt, and Mike Oldfield, as well as Philip Glass’s music written for the film The Hours. Two works by Canadian composers are also featured: Maxime Goulet’s Présentation concertante and Marjan Mozetich’s Postcards from the Sky.  

Cecilia String Quartet Celebrates Canadian Women Composers

Hailed for their “powerful” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “dauntingly perfect” (Berliner Zeitung) performances, Toronto’s own Cecilia String Quartet is now entering its second decade. The Quartet gives the first performance of all four works they commissioned to celebrate Canadian women in music: Nicole Lizée’s Isabella Blow at Somerset House,Emilie LeBel’s Taxonomy of Paper Wing, Katarina Curcin’s String Quartet No. 3, and Kati Agócs’s Tantric Variations.

Stay for a fascinating and fun post-concert chat with the artists.

Canadian Art Song Project

Canadian Art Song Project brings together Iain MacNeil and Mélisande Sinsoulier to perform Andrew Staniland’s Peter Quince at the Clavier and Lloyd Burritt’s Moth Poem. This all-Canadian extravaganza continues with members of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, led by Liz Upchurch, in Ana Sokolović’s Dawn Always Begins in the Bones, CASP’s new commission to celebrate Canada 150.

Stay for a fascinating and fun post-concert chat with the artists.

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