Jan 15, 2021

A View Of Tafelmusik From An Artist’s Sketchbook

Barry Slater - Tafelmusik performing Mozart in Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 2003
Tafelmusik performing Mozart in Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 2003. Credit: Barry Slater.

At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Barry Slater, a long-time Tafelmusik subscriber, was reorganizing his studio during this time away from us and the concert hall. Slater reached out to us to share some drawings he discovered while cleaning up. These images were made over a decade ago while attending our concerts from his seat in Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. With Slater's permission, we are thrilled to share his drawings as we reminisce over our time performing on stage in front of you all, our friends and fans. We also wanted to learn more about the artist, so please enjoy this short Q&A with Slater as you browse his images below.

Tafelmusik: Tell us a little about yourself.

Barry Slater: I was born in New York City in 1949. My mother was a graduate of Cooper Union, and painted small still lifes in oils, and pen and ink. My father was a salesman with the wisdom of Solomon, and supplied the music after dinner: he sat reading the daily newspaper, smoking a big cigar, while listening to the classics.

Tafelmusik tuning
Tuning begins. Credit: Barry Slater.

TM: How and when did you start drawing?

BS: During my travels avoiding the Vietnam War, I kept a sketch diary, rendering scenes, stories, and poems. I maintained this habit through U. C. Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, courtship, and marriage. We moved to Toronto in 1977, raised two kids, divorced … to this day I carry a sketchbook when I leave home, a rare occasion now.

TM: What other art forms do you practise?

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Dec 11, 2020

Bonus Content Roundup: November

Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663

Looking for more to read, watch, and learn about early music, art, news, and more? Check out these links.

Once a month, we will gather the top 10 links from the Bonus Content section in our weekly newsletter for Premium subscribers, Tafel Notes.

Dec 7, 2020

A Tafelmusik Christmas: Curator's Notes

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An introduction to A Tafelmusik Christmas by Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins

Ivars Taurins, Director, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Dec 1, 2020

The New Normal Q&A: Baritone Keith Lam


Baritone Keith Lam performing with Tafelmusik, November 2019. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

In The New Normal—our interview series—we speak to the musicians and staff of Tafelmusik, to ask how working and performing in new ways has changed our routines, and our operations as a performing arts organization.