Music & Magic

A close-up of an eye with a red-orange iris covered in colourful paint splatters.

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Premiering October 28, 2021, 8pm EDT Online Buy a Pass

Conceived & programmed by Marco Cera
Scripted by Marco Cera & Nicholas Wallace
Stage direction by Ryan Joyce

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Directed by Elisa Citterio

Nicholas Wallace magician
Quinten Melo contortionist

Online Premiere: October 28, 2021, 8pm EDT

Open your eyes and ears to the world of illusion and enchantment in this new digital concert blending two captivating art forms.

Still image from Music & Magic: Magician Nicholas Wallace holds an ornate mirror showing oboist Marco Cera and cellist Felix Deak playing, all in a dark studio space.

Musicians and magicians may use different tools to create their art, but for both, the goal is to delight, spark our imaginations, and create startling moments of intense emotion. Inspired by his lifelong fascination with magicians, Tafelmusik oboist and visual artist Marco Cera has conjured up Music & Magic, a mesmerizing new digital program for all ages featuring the award-winning magician Nicholas Wallace.

Music & Magic delves into the world of 18th-century English conjurer Isaac Fawkes, a contemporary of Handel. The first magician to take his act from the streets of London to the stage, Fawkes performed before King George II at the Haymarket Theatre — the same venue where Handel presented his operas for royalty and the public alike.

This film combines magic vignettes with music by Bach, Handel, and Purcell, along with a performance of Spring from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.


Digital Season Passes are available now! Buy a pass today to gain access to these benefits:

  • More Tafelmusik– all eight digital concerts
  • Easier access– concerts appear in your viewer on premiere day
  • On demand viewing– watch whenever you want through to August 31, 2022
  • Priority access to live concert tickets- when announced


The following ticket types are available for this program. All tickets include a pre-concert chat and the digital house program. Please note that a $3 service charge will apply to your purchase. 

  • Deluxe: Enjoy up to 7 days of unlimited viewing—from Oct 28 8pm EDT to Nov 4, 7:59pm EDT
  • Standard: Enjoy up to 48 hours of unlimited viewing—from Oct 28 8pm EDT to Oct 30, 7:59pm EDT
  • General: One-time, time-limited access for this concert viewing. Your viewing time will be limited from 8pm to 11pm EDT on Oct 28.


Whether you’re returning or joining us for the very first time, here’s what you can expect from Tafelmusik’s digital concert experience:

  • High-resolution video and audio 
  • A digital Pre-Concert Chat to learn more about the music and artists featured
  • A digital House Program with repertoire and program notes
  • See the orchestra members and their instruments up-close and personal
  • Watch on any compatible browser—or, connect or cast to your television


Henry Purcell Excerpts from The Fairy Queen

Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for violin in E Major: Spring (from The Four Seasons)

George Frideric Handel Aria “What passion cannot music raise or quell” from Ode for St Cecilia's Day (arranged)

Johann Sebastian Bach Andante, from Sonata for solo violin in A Minor

G.F. Handel Overtures to Flavio & Ode for St. Cecilia's Day

Still image from Music & Magic: Magician Nicholas Wallace, standing with a bow in his hand, performs a trick with Music Director Elisa Citterio and cellist Keiran Campbell, seated, in a dark studio space.