Nov 16, 2012

Tafelmusik tours Western Canada with The Galileo Project

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Through subtle drama, physical gesture and sheer musicianship, Tafelmusik captures the energy, emotion and joyful spirit of the baroque.  - The Australian

Toronto (Canada) … Tafelmusik brings its internationally-acclaimed multimedia creation The Galileo Project on tour to Western Canada from November 23 to December 1, 2012. This seven-city tour takes the orchestra to Vancouver on Nov. 23, Victoria on Nov. 24, Duncan on Nov. 25, Nanaimo on Nov. 26, Saskatoon on Nov. 28, Regina on Nov. 30, and Calgary on Dec. 1.

One of Tafelmusik’s most successful international exports, The Galileo Project was conceived, programmed and scripted by Tafelmusik bassist Alison Mackay, and has been seen in Australia, New Zealand, China (in Mandarin), Malaysia, Mexico (in Spanish), Canada and the United States.

A co-production with The Banff Centre, The Galileo Project premiered there in 2009 to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy. With narration by actor Shaun Smyth, 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. 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.

A discography of more than 80 recordings has helped Tafelmusik build its excellent reputation across Canada and abroad. Earlier this year the orchestra launched Tafelmusik Media — its own multi-platform recording label. Video excerpts from The Galileo Project can be seen on Tafelmusik’s Watch and Listen site, and a DVD version of the complete Galileo Project is available on the Tafelmusik Media label.

Tafelmusik’s upcoming international tour to the U.S. in March 2013 will feature Alison Mackay’s most recent multimedia concert creation, House of Dreams

Tafelmusik Western Canada tour itinerary:

Nov 23, 2012 Kay Meek Centre, Vancouver, BC, 8:00PM
Co-presented by Early Music Vancouver and Kay Meek Centre

Nov 24, 2012 Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, BC, 8:00PM
Presented by Early Music Society of the Islands

Nov 25, 2012 Cowichan Theatre, Duncan, BC, 2:00PM
Presented by Cowichan Symphony Society

Nov 26, 2012 The Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC, 7:30PM
Presented by Vancouver Island Symphony

Nov 28, 2012 Third Avenue United Church, Saskatoon, SK, 8:00PM
Presented by the Third Avenue Series

Nov 30, 2012 Conexus Arts Centre, Regina, SK, 8:00PM
Presented by the Regina Symphony Orchestra

Dec 1, 2012 Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, Calgary, AB, 8:00PM
Presented by Calgary Pro Musica Society


Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon and founded in 1979, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The orchestra performs over 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released over 80 CDs and has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik Media, the choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label, was launched in January 2012. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.  The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The 2012/13 touring season brings Tafelmusik’s two most recent multimedia concerts, The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, to audiences across North America.


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