Oct 15, 2014

Tafelmusik tours North America with The Galileo Project

"... the bursts of virtuosity were too widespread and numerous to list ... truly remarkable ..." — The New York Times
Toronto (Canada), October 15, 2014 … In November, Canada’s most active touring orchestra Tafelmusik brings its internationally-acclaimed multimedia creation The Galileo Project  on two North American tours — from Houston to Halifax. The Galileo Project sees Tafelmusik musicians perform music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Lully, and Handel from memory against a stunning backdrop of images of the heavens from the Hubble telescope and Canadian astronomers. The Eastern Canada tour was made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The U.S. tour was made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.
From November 4 to 16, The Galileo Project travels to the United States for performances at Penn State University (State College, PA), Chicago, Kansas City, Houston, and Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). From November 25 to 30, Tafelmusik heads down east for the first time in 12 years for Galileo Project performances in Charlottetown, Fredericton, Antigonish, Wolfville, and Halifax. 
Video excerpts from The Galileo Project can be seen on Tafelmusik’s Watch and Listen site, and a JUNO Award-nominated DVD version of the complete Galileo Project is available on the Tafelmusik Media label.
One of Tafelmusik’s most successful international exports, The Galileo Project was conceived, programmed and scripted by Tafelmusik bassist Alison Mackay, and has been presented in five different languages in countries around the world: Japan (in Japanese), South Korea (in Korean), China (in Mandarin), Malaysia, Mexico (in Spanish), and Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States (in English). The Galileo Project won Australia’s 2012 Helpmann Award for Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert. 
A co-production with The Banff Centre, The Galileo Project premiered there in 2009 to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy. Actor Shaun Smyth reprises the role of Narrator for these tours. With stage direction by Marshall Pynkoski, and production design by Glenn Davidson, The Galileo Project explores the fusion of arts, science, and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries. 
A discography of more than 80 recordings has helped Tafelmusik build its excellent reputation across Canada and abroad. In 2012, the orchestra launched Tafelmusik Media — its own multi-platform recording label.  Tafelmusik maintains a rigorous schedule of touring engagements, spending an average of 7 to 12 weeks on the road each season. To date, the orchestra has visited more than 350 cities in 32 different countries. In February and March of 2015, Tafelmusik returns to Australia and New Zealand with another Alison Mackay multi-media creation, House of Dreams
Tafelmusik North American tour itineraries:
Wed Nov 5
Schwab Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts at The Pennsylvania State University, PA
Fri Nov 7
Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL
Presented by The University of Chicago
Sun Nov 9
Folly Theater, Kansas City, MO 
Presented by The Friends of Chamber Music
Thurs Nov 13
Cullen Theater, Wortham Theatre Center, Houston TX
Presented by Da Camera of Houston in collaboration with Houston Early Music
Sat Nov 15
Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Presented by Cornell Concert Series
Wed Nov 26
Homburg Theatre, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI
Presented by  The Charlottetown Festival
Thurs Nov 27
The Fredericton Playhouse, Fredericton, NB
Fri Nov 28
Immaculata Auditorium, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS
Presented by Antigonish Performing Arts
Sat Nov 29
Festival Theatre, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, 
Presented by AMG Energy
Sun Nov 30
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax, NS 
Presented by Symphony Nova Scotia
Media contact: 
Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, 416 481‐1161 | e‐mail: ltrisi@sympatico.ca 
High‐resolution photos of Tafelmusik and The Galileo Project are available for download at http://www.tafelmusik.org/media-room/galileo-project/galileo-overview
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 and led by Jeanne Lamon since 1981, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The orchestra performs more than 50 concerts each year at home in Toronto, and travels extensively around the world. The choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label Tafelmusik Media was launched in January 2012, along with the Watch and Listen site, Tafelmusik‘s digital concert hall. Tafelmusik’s rich discography of more than 80 CDs have been recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received ten JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual artist training programmes, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute.