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Created by Alison Mackay

Tales of Two Cities

Thu Feb 21, Fri Feb 22, Sat Feb 23 at 8pm, Sun Feb 24, 2019 at 3:30pm Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre Map SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE

Elisa Citterio, Music Director
Conceived, scripted and programmed by Alison Mackay
Maryem Tollar, Narrator & Vocalist
Alon Nashman, Narrator

Tafelmusik’s groundbreaking multimedia fusion of European and Arabic music returns.

Alison Mackay’s musical vision of the links between 18th-century Saxony and Syria became one of the most cherished and talked-about projects in Tafelmusik’s history when it was first seen in 2016. Now it returns for our 40th anniversary season, reuniting musicians from Western and Arabic traditions in a magical, moving multimedia concert.

Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damscus Coffee House celebrates the rich musical traditions of East and West, and the renewed dialogue between those traditions in contemporary, multicultural Toronto. As Handel and Telemann meet traditional Arabic song and Klezmer fiddle music, your musical perspectives will never be the same again.

Naghmeh Farahmand, percussion
Demetri Petsalakis, oud

Marshall Pynkoski, Stage Director
Glenn Davidson, Production Designer
Raha Javanfar, Projections Designer

Program includes:

  • Lully Chaconne from Cadmus & Hermione

  • Telemann Burlesque de Don Quixote

  • Bach Sinfonia in G Major

  • Traditional Arabic music

Tales of Two Cities was developed in partnership with Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen’s University, Kingston, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Museum, and is generously supported by The Pluralism Fund and by a gift from an anonymous benefactor.

Take Tales home with you: Tales of Two Cities is available as a DVD for purchase in our online shop.