Mar 29, 2018

Haus Musik: the classical alternative - April 26, 2018

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April 26, 2018 at Longboat Hall, The Great Hall,
1087 Queen St. West

Once everything is gone, there is art

Amanda Smith stage director |ACOTE modular synth artist
 Ally Smither actor |Noah Feaver lighting|Erica Sun makeup

Musicians of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra:
John Abberger
oboe|Christina Zachariasviolin
Patrick Jordan viola |Margaret Gay cello

One Night Only

Haus Musik | Photo by Jeff Higgins
Haus Musik | Photo by Jeff Higgins

Toronto, March 29, 2018 … Music shines through the darkness in this concert for the end of time, the final event of Haus Musik’s second season, April 26, 2018 at Longboat Hall, The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.) Launched in 2016, Haus Musik sets out to radically reimagine classical music performance and presentation.

What remains when everything else is gone? “Art” is director Amanda Smith’s resounding answer, as she imagines a looming apocalypse. Returning to direct her fourth installment of Haus Musik, Smith sets live music performed by members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra within the confines of a bunker, along with a lone survivor, Alex (Ally Smither), whose only hope is the radio, and music.

“In a world of political extremes and isolation, a crisis sometimes seems worryingly close. When the worst happens, the radio claims its place as communication of last resort, with music providing respite, comfort and solace,” says Smith.

In addition to the sounds of modular synth artist ACOTE and works by 18th century classical composers Mozart, Vanhal, and Boccherini, this edition of Haus Musik includes a movement from the Oboe Quartet by Canadian composer James Rolfe, who recently created a new score for The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring, a co-production by Tapestry New Opera, Canadian Stage, and Vancouver Opera premiering later this month.

Rolfe’s Oboe Quartet was commissioned through the Gallery Players of Niagara in 2006 to commemorate Mozart’s 250th birthday. “I began to disassemble Mozart’s Oboe Quartet with the usual bag of composerly tricks, but it resisted,” says Rolfe. “Backwards, upside down, or sideways, it always seemed to end up sounding like Mozart. Rebuffed, I was forced to write something new, trying instead to chase the fleeting spirits that animated Mozart—the deceptively clear and simple structure, the constantly varied repetition, the restless forward drive.”

Doors open at 8 p.m. with live music starting at 8:30 pm. Advance tickets are $20 and are available for purchase online at

Captivating, engaging, and lively, Haus Musik is an experimental performance concept from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” (Gramophone). Haus Musik challenges the rules of the traditional classical music experience, taking it out of the concert hall and dropping it into an atmospheric, theatrical setting. Tafelmusik musicians are front and centre as they perform baroque music on period instruments in a standing-only venue with a laid-back vibe and a cash bar. Past Haus Musik events have featured interventions by DJs, an alien dancer, an indoor forest, and hundreds of white balloons.

Listing Information: Haus Musik

Date + Times: Thurs April 26, 2018
Doors and electronic set at 8pm | Live music at 8:30pm.
General admission, limited seating.

Venue: Longboat Hall, The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West

Tickets: Tickets: $20* Adv / $25 Door | Cash bar *HST included. Service fees will apply. | @hausmusikTO - visit us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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