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.
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.
Tafelscene Party: Sat Jan 20
* Recorded by Tafelmusik
Note: Vivaldi Winter recorded with Jeanne Lamon as soloist
Safe Haven is generously supported by the Pluralism Fund
June 11-23 2018. A 2-week intensive training program for advanced students and professional musicians. MORE INFO!