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« Every year, Soundstreams Electric Messiah has taken a traditional holiday classic and turned it into inspiration for a new age. Music director and sound designer Adam Scime assembles a cast of collaborators to create something new out of something venerable.

This year’s Electric Messiah takes place December 14 to 17. Along with Scime’s contribution as musical director and sound designer, the production features: stage direction by Chelsea Dab Hilke; Midori Marsh, soprano; Rebecca Cuddy mezzo-soprano; Elizabeth Shepherd, vocals; Daniel Cabena, counter-tenor; and Korin Thomas-Smith, baritone. The instrumental ensemble includes: Amahl Arulanandam, electric cello; Wesley Shen, harpsichord; Luan Phung, electric/acoustic guitar; and Joel Visentin, electric organ.

We spoke to Adam about Electric Messiah and new music.

Adam Scime

Composer and double bassist Adam Scime is a native of Hamilton, Ontairo, and he earned both a BMus and MMus from the University of Western Ontario. He went on to doctoral studies in composition at the University of Toronto. While earning his PhD, he won a contest sponsored by Esprit Orchestra.

He has written commissioned pieces for the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, The Esprit Orchestra, Array Music, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, The Gryphon Trio, and New Music Concerts, among others. In 2015, he won the Canadian Music Centre Toronto Emerging Composer Award.

He is the General Manager at New Music Concerts, Managing Director of Kaeja d’Dance, and Music Director of FAWN Chamber Creative, along with his work with Soundstreams… »