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J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation

Narrated by Blair Williams

J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation

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Wed Mar 14 at 7pm, Thu Mar 15, Fri Mar 16, Sat Mar 17, 2018 at 8pm, Sun Mar 18 at 3:30pm Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. Call (416) 964-6337 Map BUY NOW
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Celebrate the genius of Bach and the artisans who brought his music to life.

“In these hands, Bach’s music feels more alive than ever.” – The Globe and Mail

Alison Mackay’s acclaimed J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation returns, following its premiere performances in 2014/15. This multimedia creation combines text, music, and stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans—papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers—who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this all-Bach program, performed entirely from memory, before it tours to Australia!

J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation blends 21st-century technology with an exploration of the tradition and skill of old-world craftspeople and artisans. Like its predecessors, The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, this presentation redefines the concert experience.

Watch this special invitation from narrator Blair Williams

Created, programmed, and scripted by Alison Mackay

Narrated by Blair Williams
Elisa Citterio, Music Director

Marshall Pynkoski, Stage Director
Glenn Davidson, Production Designer & Technical Director
Raha Javanfar, Projections Designer

Earlier start time, with post-concert talkback!

Pre-concert Chats

Join us for a free pre-concert chat one hour before the show with show creator Alison Mackay in conversation with special guests.

Post-concert Talkback

Join us after the performance on Wed March 14 for a free informal discussion with our musicians and guest artists. This is an excellent opportunity to have your questions answered while they are fresh in your mind.

Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Sinfonia to Cantata 249a*
  • Adagio, from Sonata for violin in C Major, BWV 1005
  • Excerpts from Orchestral suite no. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066*
  • Sinfonia in G Minor, BWV 797, for solo harpsichord
  • Prelude in C Major, BWV 933, for solo harpsichord
  • Sarabande, from Suite no. 3 for solo violoncello in C Major, BWV 1009
  • Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048*


  • “Sheep may safely graze” from Cantata 208
  • Allemande, from Partita for solo violin in D Minor, BWV 1004
  • Chorale “Wachet auf”
  • Gavotte, from Orchestral suite no. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068*
  • Adagio & Allegro ma non presto, from Sonata for 2 violins and continuo in G Major, BWV 1039*
  • Canons on the first 8 notes of Goldberg bass, BWV 1087
  • Excerpts from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
  • Adagio, after “Wo zwei und drei versammlet sind” from Cantata 42*
  • Sinfonia, after “Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen” from Cantata 11/1*

* Recorded by Tafelmusik

Concert run time: Our best estimate at this time is approximately 2 hours including intermission. Final run time will be confirmed the week of the concert.