Safe Haven

A new program from Alison Mackay. Directed by Elisa Citterio

Safe Haven

Thu Jan 18, Fri Jan 19, Sat Jan 20, 2018 at 8pm, Sun Jan 21 at 3:30pm Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. Call (416) 964-6337 Map BUY NOW

Tue Jan 23, 2018 at 8pm George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts Map BUY NOW Learn more about subscriptions

Series 1, 2, 4, 7

A multimedia tale of the musical ideas of baroque Europe’s refugee artists.

 “Entertaining, educational, musically rewarding and visually arresting.” – Huffington Post (on Alison Mackay’s work)

Following the success of Alison Mackay’s productions, The Galileo Project and Tales of Two Cities, comes Safe Haven. This multimedia concert of masterworks by Vivaldi, Corelli, Lully, and Bach portrays the influence of migration on the musical life of Europe—and equally of present-day Canada. The movement of refugees across 18th-century Europe changed and enriched both the economy and culture of major cities: French Huguenots could be found in Amsterdam, Scottish Catholics in Warsaw, Sephardic Jews in the cities of Northern Italy.

Among many examples of musicians finding safe havens were composer Tobias Hume, a Scottish mercenary soldier who lived in Poland, and influential music publisher Estienne Roger, who was exiled from France to Amsterdam. This is a tale of the cross-pollination of art with some surprising revelations.

Pre-concert Chats

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

Post-concert Talkback
Join us after the performance on Thu Jan 18 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.
Tafelscene Party: Sat Jan 20
  • Works by Lully, Hume, Corelli, Vivaldi, and Bach
  • Vivaldi “Winter” from The Four Seasons (Elisa Citterio, violin soloist)*

* Recorded by Tafelmusik
Note: Vivaldi Winter recorded with Jeanne Lamon as soloist

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.

Safe Haven is generously supported by the Pluralism Fund