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Safe Haven

A new program from Alison Mackay. Directed by Elisa Citterio

Safe Haven

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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 Learn more about 3 concert sampler packages

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

Series: 3 concert sampler pack

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A musical exploration of the cultural gifts brought by refugees to baroque Europe and Canada today.

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

Directed by Elisa Citterio
Conceived, programmed & scripted by Alison Mackay
Opening words by Warsan Shire / Closing words by Cyrus Sundar Singh

Maryem Tollar, narrator and vocalist
Diely Mori Tounkara, kora
Naghmeh Farahmand, percussion
Rava Javanfar, projections designer
Glenn Davidson, lighting designer

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

Music, words, and images: the influence of refugee populations on the culture of their adopted countries
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
  • Vivaldi Allegro non molto, from “Winter” (The Four Seasons)*
  • Lully Suite from Cadmus & Hermione
  • Goudimel & Bourgeois “Or sus, serviteurs du seigneurs”
  • Purcell Voluntary on The Hundredth Psalm
  • J.S. Bach Sinfonia to Cantata 156
  • Vivaldi Allegro, from Concerto for 4 violins in F Major, op. 3, no. 7
  • Albinoni Allegro, from Concerto for 2 oboes, op. 7, no. 2
  • Vivaldi Allegro, from “Winter” (The Four Seasons)*
  • Steffani Ouverture, from I trionfi del fato
  • Hidalgo A la salida de Lisboa (on a text by João Pinto Delgado)
  • Philllips Pavan
  • Sweelinck Pavan Philippi
  • Hume A Soldier’s Galliard
  • Beck “Come riggs are bonnie,” from The Balcarres Lute Book
  • Telemann Adagio, from Concerto for oboe in C Minor
  • Telemann Mezzetin en turc, from Suite in B-flat Major, “Burlesque”
  • Telemann Les postillons, from Suite in D Major
  • Vivaldi Largo, from “Winter” (The Four Seasons)*
  • Corelli Allegro, from Concerto grosso in D Major, op. 6, no.4
  • kora solos

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

Concert run time: approximately 2 hours including intermission.

Safe Haven is generously supported by the Pluralism Fund