Toronto, Canada, January 22, 2013 … Canada’s most active touring orchestra, Tafelmusik, is preparing for an eight-city US tour taking place March 2 to 16, 2013. The orchestra performs its international co-production House of Dreams, the most recent of its signature, genre-defying concert experiences created by double-bassist Alison Mackay. The House of Dreams US Tour takes Tafelmusik to Columbia University in New York (NY) on March 3; Yale University in New Haven (CT) on March 5; the University of Washington in Seattle (WA) on March 7; Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla (CA) on March 9; Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara (CA) on March 12; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (CA) on March 13; Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo (CA) on March 14; and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (MO) on March 15. As well, Tafelmusik will perform its award-winning education programme The Quest for Arundo Donax for students on March 11, hosted by La Jolla Music Society at the San Diego Museum of Art. Detailed information on House of Dreams including high-resolution images, biographies, full programme listing and reviews is available on Tafelmusik’s website.
Tafelmusik’s creative multidisciplinary concerts have opened doors around the world, and House of Dreams is one of the orchestra’s biggest and most ambitious artistic creations to date. Co-produced with The Banff Centre, this international collaboration is presented and performed under the kind patronage of the Palais-Royal (Paris) and in partnership with the Handel House Museum (London), The Claudio Buziol Foundation (Venice), The Golden ABC (Delft), and the Bach Museum and Archive (Leipzig). As with Tafelmusik’s The Galileo Project, its previous multi-media concert seen around the world, the musicians perform the entire two-hour programme for House of Dreams from memory.
House of Dreams takes the audience to five European houses where baroque music and art intersect. Tafelmusik musicians play music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell, and Marais against a backdrop of stunning images and paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau, while narrator Blair Williams weaves together the threads connecting each of the houses. Stage direction for House of Dreams is by Marshall Pynkoski, co-artistic director of Opera Atelier. A complete listing of the music being performed in House of Dreams is available on Tafelmusik’s website.
“House of Dreams is an evocation of rich and intimate experiences of the arts in the time of Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi and Bach,” says creator Alison Mackay. “It’s a virtual visit to London, Venice, Delft, Paris and Leipzig, where great masterpieces by European painters were displayed on the walls of five private homes. These houses were also alive with music, often played by the leading performers and composers of the day.”
Several aspects of the stage set designed by Glenn Davidson were inspired by historical features in the 18th-century Venetian residence of Joseph Smith. An ornate gilt frame belonging to the house in Venice served as the inspiration for the 16 x 16-foot projection surface. The screen is suspended above the musicians to display the projections designed by 2012 Siminovitch Prize protégé Raha Javanfar, which include paintings by European masters and photographs taken in and around the historical houses.
Tafelmusik’s creative multi-media programmes such as House of Dreams and The Galileo Project have attracted invitations from presenters the world over — from Australia, New Zealand, China, Malaysia, and Mexico, to the United States and Canada. The resounding success of The Galileo Project abroad has led to repeat invitations to such prestigious venues as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, paving the way for House of Dreams to become Tafelmusik’s next international hit.
These globetrotting, multi-disciplinary programmes have become an important element in the orchestra’s multi-platform recording label Tafelmusik Media, launched in January 2012. House of Dreams will be recorded for future release on CD and DVD, adding to a discography of more than 80 recordings that have helped Tafelmusik build and maintain its excellent reputation around the world.
Tafelmusik US tour itinerary:
Mar 3 New York, NY, Academy of Arts and Letters
Presented by Columbia University
Tickets: Miller Theater, Columbia University
Mar 5 New Haven, CT, Morse Recital Hall
Presented by Yale University, School of Music
Mar 7 Seattle, WA, Meany Hall, University of Washington
Presented by the University of Washington
Mar 9 La Jolla, CA, Sherwood Auditorium
Presented by La Jolla Music Society
Mar 12 Santa Barbara, CA, Lobero Theatre
Presented by the Community Arts Music Association
Mar 13 Los Angeles, CA, Walt Disney Concert Hall
Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Mar 14 Aliso Viejo, CA, Soka Performing Arts Center
Presented by the Soka Performing Arts Center
Mar 15 St. Louis, MO, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Presented by St. Louis Cathedral Concerts