Harry Stafylakis


Shadows Radiant
for orchestra (2016) / / timp + 1perc / strings
2 minutes

Performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian conducting.

Recorded live at Roy Thomson Hall on March 8, 2017.

Commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with the participation of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, for the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.

Score and parts available for rental (PDF or hard copy). Send an inquiry through the Contact page.

Program notes

A troubling question: how to celebrate the history of a nation – any nation – without acknowledging the proverbial skeletons in its closet? The same light that we shine on our most noble thoughts and deeds radiates shadows behind those very accomplishments; and the brighter the light, the darker the shadow.

Perhaps, then, it is only right to celebrate genuinely, with a healthy dose of self-reflection, humility, and a hint of mourning.
— HS