US Tour 2019: Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House

Feb 28–Mar 10, 2019 Various Locations, USA

Elisa Citterio, Music Director
Conceived, scripted and programmed by Alison Mackay
Maryem Tollar, Narrator & Vocalist
Alon Nashman, Narrator
Naghmeh Farahmand, percussion
Demetri Petsalakis, oud
Marshall Pynkoski, Stage Director
Glenn Davidson, Production Designer
Raha Javanfar, Projections Designer

Celebrate the rich musical traditions of East and West, and the renewed dialogue between those traditions in contemporary, multicultural Toronto.

Alison Mackay’s musical vision of the links between 18th-century Saxony and Syria became one of the most cherished and talked-about projects in Tafelmusik’s history when it was first seen in 2016. Now it returns for our 40th anniversary season, reuniting musicians from Western and Arabic traditions in a magical, moving multimedia concert.

Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damscus Coffee House celebrates the rich musical traditions of East and West, and the renewed dialogue between those traditions in contemporary, multicultural Toronto. As Handel and Telemann meet traditional Arabic song and Klezmer fiddle music, your musical perspectives will never be the same again.

State College, PA
Schwab Auditorium, Penn State University
Feb 28, 2019
 
Boulder, CO
Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, University of Colorado
Mar 4, 2019
 
Denver, CO
Gates Hall, University of Denver
Mar 6, 2019
 
Stanford, CA
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University
Mar 8, 2019
 
Santa Barbara, CA
Lobero Theatre
Mar 9, 2019
 
Los Angeles, CA
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Mar 10, 2019
 

What's interesting about this concert?

  • East meets West; art, food, and of course music all come together in this concert exploring the coffee houses of 18th-century Saxony and Syria.
  • The concert is performed entirely from memory, with narration and beautiful visuals.
  • Music by European composers is featured alongside classical Arabic music performed by Toronto's Trio Arabica
  • After the concerts in Toronto, Tafelmusik will be touring this show across the United States, including a stop in Los Angeles as part of the LA Philharmonic's 100th anniversary season.

Take Tales home with you: Tales of Two Cities is available as a DVD for purchase in our online shop.

Watch an excerpt of this concert below:


Watch the trailer of this concert below:

Tales of Two Cities was developed in partnership with Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen’s University, Kingston, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Museum, and is generously supported by The Pluralism Fund and by a gift from an anonymous benefactor.
 
All touring dates and locations subject to change.