Visions & Voyages: Canada 1663—1763

New program by Alison Mackay

Wed Feb 22 at 7pm, Thu Feb 23, Fri Feb 24, Sat Feb 25 at 8pm, Sun Feb 26 at 3:30pm Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre

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New program by Alison Mackay featuring narrator, Ryan Cunningham (former Artistic Director of Native Earth Theatre Company), and choreographer & dancer Brian Solomon.

Alison Mackay, Ryan Cunningham, Brian Solomon

“It’s no wonder Mackay’s creations have been performed for audiences around the world – there’s really nothing like them.” – The Globe and Mail

A multimedia concert exploring a fascinating century of Canadian history, weaving together projections of maps and works of art, diplomatic dispatches, and orchestral works by Purcell, Lully, Marais, and Handel.

The magnificent music in Tafelmusik’s repertoire was often composed for French and English monarchs, whose prosperity owed much to the Nations who had lived and worked in Canada for thousands of years. Visions & Voyages aims to shine a light on, and express gratitude for, the people whose labours and ingenuity helped make this music possible.

Presented on the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we present a new multimedia program created by Alison Mackay (The Galileo Project, Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House, in collaboration with Ryan Cunningham.

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  • Marais Instrumental excerpts from Sémélé
  • Couperin Chaconne in F Major for solo harpsichord
  • Lully Instrumental excerpts from Alceste
  • Charpentier Prelude to Te Deum H.146
  • Purcell Instrumental excerpts from Come ye Sons of Art, King Arthur, Dido & Aeneas, and The Old Bachelor
  • Anon. Johnny cock thy beaver (from The Division Violin)
  • Teleman La Bourse: Ouverture
  • Handel Instrumental excerpts from AlcesteScipione, Israel in Egypt, and the Allegro from Concerto Grosso in D Major, op. 3, no. 6
  • Robert de Visée Prelude in G Major for solo lute
  • Rameau Les Boréades: Entrée de Polymnie
                 Pygmalion: Contredanse
Concert run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes including intermission.
Visions & Voyages is generously supported by The Pluralism Fund and by a gift from an anonymous benefactor.
Image credit: Based on Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1989-401-1  e000756947.
Photograph of Alison Mackay: Sian Richards
Photograph of Ryan Cunningham: Nadya Kwandibens, Redworks Photography