Musik für das Ende
May 6 – 9, 2020

“dramatically potent…a rare opportunity to encounter the theatricality of Vivier’s vision”

— New York Times

Soundstreams presents

At the age of 34, Quebec composer Claude Vivier was murdered by a man he picked up in a Parisian bar. On his desk, an unfinished piece of music appeared to foretell his own death. The man and myth are inseparable from Vivier’s music, driven by a dangerous life lived at the very extremes of human experience. From there, he brought back a vision of the pure sound and light of eternity. In this immersive spectacle for 10 singers, actor, keyboards, and percussion, Vivier invites performers and audience to become celebrants in a transformative ritual journey through life, death, and beyond.

image of Aviva Chernick, Keith Lam + Vania Chan by Tanja-Tiziana

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a Soundstreams production


directed by CHRIS ABRAHAM
playwright ZACK RUSSELL
set + costume design by JUDITH BOWDEN
lighting design by KIMBERLY PURTELL

May 6 – 9, 2020

Wednesday, May 6 // 8:00 PM (opening night)
Thursday, May 7 // 8:00 PM
Friday, May 8 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 9 // 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 9 // 8:00 PM




BMO is proud to sponsor Soundstreams and the SoundWave Ticket Program. A select number of BMO SoundWave tickets are available for purchase for each performance at a discounted rate.

A world leader among contemporary music companies, Soundstreams is the foremost global presenter of new Canadian music. Lawrence Cherney, Artistic Director and Ben Dietschi, Executive Director are committed to showcasing the work of living Canadian and international composers with a focus on innovative thematic and experiential programming. Soundstreams also serves a broad community of music lovers through free outreach and education programs.

They include Encounters, a free discovery series featuring performances, discussions, and audience participation; the Emerging Composer Workshop, helping talented contemporary composers worldwide launch their careers; BMO SoundWave provides accessible tickets to young adults; and SoundMakers provides interactive learning experiences online, in the classroom, and in the community.

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This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.