Nov 12, 2013

Tafelmusik tours Japan and South Korea with 'The Galileo Project'

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Toronto (Canada), November 12, 2013 … One of Canada’s foremost artistic ambassadors, Tafelmusik brings Japanese and Korean versions of its internationally-acclaimed multimedia creation The Galileo Project on tour to Japan and Korea from November 12 to 24, 2013, with narrators Seiji Fukushi (Japanese performances) and Dong-hwan Chung (Korean performance). The tour features performances of The Galileo Project at the Mitaka City Arts Center and the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Philia Hall in Aoba, Yokohama, the Performing Arts Center in Niigata, and at the Aram Nuri Arts Centre in Goyang, South Korea. Tour blog posts by musicians and an interactive map will be available on Tafelmusik’s website. This tour has been made possible through generous grants provided by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
As the tour wraps up, a quartet of Tafelmusik musicians — Jeanne Lamon, Cristina Zacharias, Christina Mahler and Olivier Fortin — lead a Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy residency at Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea from November 25 – 29. The musicians will work with students at the university, conducting masterclasses and leading rehearsals in preparation for a joint concert of music by Handel, Platti, and Bach. The quartet also performs a Faculty Chamber Recital featuring music by Bach, Rameau, and Leclair. This institute was made possible through a generous donation from Lynn and James Haight.
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. 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. 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. 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 JUNO Award-nominated DVD version of the complete Galileo Project is available on the Tafelmusik Media label.
Tafelmusik Japan and South Korea tour itinerary:
Sat Nov 16 at 5:00 pm Mitaka Arts Center, Mitaka-city, Tokyo, Japan
Sun Nov 17 at 3:00 pm Philia Hall, Aoba, Yokohama, Japan
Wed Nov 20 at 7:00 pm Niigata City Performing Arts Center, Niigata-city, Japan
Thurs Nov 21 at 7:30 pm Embassy of Canada in Japan, Tokyo (private concert)
Sun Nov 24 at 4:00 pm Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Goyang-si, South Korea 
Nov  25 —  29 Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy residency at Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 and led by Music Director 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 to such places as this season's tour destinations: Japan and South Korea, Carnegie Hall in New York City, BachFest Leipzig in Germany, cities across Ontario, and a tour with Opera Atelier to Versailles, France. 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 has a rich discography of more than 80 CDs 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 its annual artist training programmes, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute.