CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: CAFÉ VIENNA

Chamber concert series

Close Encounters: Café Vienna

Sat May 9 at 2pm Temerty Theatre, TELUS Centre Map SUBSCRIBE NOW

Tafelmusik’s popular chamber series returns to Temerty Theatre in the TELUS Centre. This season, we will transport you to three 18th-century European cafés to enjoy the musical delights offered there.

Official permission to provide musical entertainment in Viennese cafés was first obtained in 1792, and it took no time for this music-rich capital to embrace the idea. Countless pieces of chamber music were premiered in cafés — quite possibly including some of the music from our own Café Vienna. The double bass enjoyed a special status in Austria at this time, especially popular in chamber music performed in public settings. A generation of bass virtuosi introduced a new system of “Viennese tuning,” and inspired composers to write challenging music. Tafelmusik’s newest member, bassist Pippa Macmillan, is highlighted in this concert, as is the viola d’amore artistry of Thomas Georgi.
 
Pippa Macmillan, double bass
Thomas Georgi, viola d’amore
Chris Verrette, violin
Brandon Chui, viola
Allen Whear, cello
 
Program includes:
 
  • Michael Haydn, Divertimento in C for violin, cello & double bass
  • Franz Anton Hoffmeister, Quartet for double bass, violin, viola & cello
  • Joseph Eybler, Quintet for viola d’amore, violin, viola, cello & double bass