Our next concert, On the Road, pays homage to Tafelmusik’s history of tour and travel. Bringing our concerts around the world is part of our organization’s legacy—and, something we’re greatly missing at this time.
In advance of this concert, we asked our musicians to share with us some of their fondest memories—and, some of their scariest hiccups!—while traveling around the world with our orchestra. Here are their stories.
By Richard Whittall, countertenor
There was not a little excitement when, earlier last year, word came down to members of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir that Pro Coro Canada had invited us to perform as part of the Edmonton International Choral Festival on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Halfway into our 2019 US tour the theme seems to be snow. The sunny view from my hotel in Boulder, Colorado this morning is of gorgeous snow-covered hills. The view on our first tour day was a bit less welcome — the snowstorm in Toronto stayed with us for almost all of our drive to State College, Pennsylvania, and added a couple of hours to the already long trip.
By Patrick G. Jordan, viola
Yesterday was our day free of performing obligations, and people headed off to do all manner of things. Some people went swan-boating at Ueno Park. Several people ended up at the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa. There was an impromptu trip to the Toho Conservatory, which was about 3km from our hotel in Chofu. There were several separate excursions to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Judging by the purchases of my colleagues, Tafelmusik has single-handedly kept the knife-makers of Japan in business for another day.