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Mar 6, 2012

Australia/New Zealand Tour - Mar 6, 2012

Christopher Verrette (violin)

From Perth, we have moved on to Melbourne, which seems much larger and faster paced, more metropolitan and "monumental" with its many parks, museums, arts centres and such. We are also arriving at about 5PM on a Friday, which further accentuates the intensity of first traffic and then nightlife.

Mar 2, 2012

Australia/New Zealand Tour - Mar 2, 2012

Christopher Verrette (violin)

I have always thought it fitting that The Galileo Project travel to Australia.

Feb 4, 2012

Banff residency - Feb 4, 2012

Dominic Teresi (bassoon)

Last night was the premiere of House of Dreams in front of a very full house in Rolston Hall. It was a fittingly climactic finish to an intense week of work.

Feb 2, 2012

Banff residency - Feb 2, 2012

Dominic Teresi (bassoon)

Today we had two complete run-throughs of the House of Dreams show. It's coming together nicely, but these rehearsals are crucial as we work on internalizing all the movement and stage direction in addition to the music.

Jan 31, 2012

Banff residency - Jan 31, 2012

Dominic Teresi (bassoon)

After the third full day of rehearsals we've now blocked the entire program. Alison has chosen some absolutely gorgeous works of art as backdrops and the set and lighting look fabulous. In many ways House of Dreams is coming together much more smoothly than The Galileo Project did at first.

Jan 30, 2012

Banff residency - Jan 30, 2012

Dominic Teresi (bassoon)

It's great to be back in Banff again. Unfortunately, we arrived here too late at night to see any of the scenery on the 2-hour bus ride from Calgary. However, this only made the view that greeted me as I walked outside the next morning that much more stunning.

Nov 18, 2011

US Tour - November 18, 2011

Allen Whear (violoncello)

At Carnegie Hall on performance night, it was gratifying to see, as Jeanne acknowledged in her speech, many familiar faces. A group of loyal Tafel patrons, board members, and fans from Toronto constituted a sight for sore eyes.

Nov 17, 2011

US Tour - November 17, 2011

Allen Whear (violoncello)

A cold and grey morning's drive, first through slivers of rural West Virginia and Maryland, then more substantial chunks of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, until at last we slip through the Lincoln Tunnel into Midtown Manhattan. We disembark at the hotel on 57th St., just a few blocks from our ultimate destination, Carnegie Hall.

Nov 16, 2011

US Tour - November 16, 2011

Allen Whear (violoncello)

Tafelmusik began its US tour in the historic college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, beautifully situated amid forests and hills of the Blue Ridge. Thomas Jefferson, president, diplomat, architect, author of the Declaration of Independence, and violinist, made his home here.

Nov 16, 2011

US Tour - November 16, 2011

Allen Whear (violoncello)

Our morning drive from Charlottesville took us north through the Shenandoah Valley, historically a conduit of armies and one of America's breadbaskets. But one was unaware of being in a valley since the Blue Ridge Mountains were entirely enshrouded with low-hanging clouds and fog.