Toronto, Canada, October 27, 2016 … After bursting onto the music scene last May, Haus Musik returns with Underground Elysium on Thursday, November 24 at Longboat Hall, the Great Hall’s newly restored space loaded with industrial age charm. Immersive, engaging, and experimental, Haus Musik is a new performance concept from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” (Gramophone). Doors open at 8 PM, live music starts at 9 PM. Drop in for a set or stay the whole night. Tickets at the door or hausmusik.eventbrite.ca.
Haus Musik plays with the rules of the traditional classical music experience by taking it out of the concert hall and dropping it into an atmospheric, theatrical setting. Five Tafelmusik musicians perform baroque music on period instruments in an informal, standing-only venue with a laid-back vibe and a cash bar, all for the low price of $18.00.
Underground Elysium opens and wraps up with sets by electronic artist David Jones, and includes a set of live acoustic music by baroque composers Vivaldi, Boccherini, and Monteverdi.
Director Amanda Smith will design a dream-like, ephemeral backdrop for the one-night event, with projections designed by Andrew Chip Scriver. “Underground Elysium perfectly encapsulates the surreal, magical and euphoric experience I would like the audience to have at Haus Musik — the feeling of a perfect night that can never be experienced again,” says Smith, whose work as Artistic Director of FAWN Chamber Creative explores the collaborative potential of classical music.
Managing Director William Norris came to Tafelmusik from the one of the UK’s leading period music ensembles, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), where he introduced the wildly successful “The Night Shift” — a series of informal period music concerts presented in relaxed, contemporary settings around London.
“Immersive theatre is currently a trend. Haus Musik will be a more theatrical experience than The Night Shift,” said Norris in a recent Globe and Mail interview. “We’re aiming to have a very atmospheric evening, where you’re led on a journey through different pieces of music. It’s an experiment, and I think Toronto is ready for this type of thing. And Tafelmusik is very collaborative, and up for trying new things.”
ABOUT LONGBOAT HALL:
The original gymnasium of the West End YMCA, Longboat Hall is a genuine heritage treasure. Named for renowned distance runner and 1907 Boston Marathon winner, Tom Longboat (who trained here in the early 20th century), this versatile venue is brimming with history. The original oval running track balcony looks out over the main floor and bar.
The sandstone brick walls rise up to a patterned ceiling 20 feet above the polished concrete floor. Period features include cast iron pillars that support the wooden balcony, and the bar is backed by slate recovered from the restoration of The Great Hall’s roof.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979, 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 some 80 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 discography of 80-plus CDs has been recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates annual artist training programs, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute. Tafelmusik has been led by Jeanne Lamon since 1981, with Managing Director William Norris joining the team in 2015. In June 2014, Ms. Lamon stepped down as Music Director and continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.
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