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Soundstreams Music presents a stunning evening of intense, powerful music

Soundstreams Music presents a stunning evening of intense, powerful music

March 9, 2016
National

"...The first half of Tuesday’s concert featured a smaller work by MacMillan, his Gallant Weaver; an ethereal piece by Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt, Immortal Bach; and two Canadian a cappella choral compositions, Three Hymns by Murray Schafer and When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d by James Rolfe. In any other concert, both the Rolfe and the Schafer would have been the stunning highlights. The Three Hymns (from Schafer’s The Fall into Light) showed Schafer at his choral best, using original sonorities in his choir to press us toward ever more mystical states of being. And Rolfe’s Whitman setting was at turns elegiac and dramatic, a powerful setting of a powerful text. MacMillan conducted the entire first half with sensitivity to his material, and if it took his choir a little time to warm up, and relax into the music, once they were there they performed with fine musicality..."

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Related Composers: James Rolfe, R. Murray Schafer