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Tales of Two Cities Trailer

Febuary 21-24, 2019
Koerner Hall

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

Celebrate the rich musical traditions of East and West, and the renewed dialogue between those traditions in contemporary, multicultural Toronto. 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 classical Western and Arabic traditions in a magical, moving multimedia concert.

Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damscus Coffee Houseexplores the rich culture of performing in coffee houses, and what it meant for these two historic places. As baroque music composers Handel and Telemann meet traditional Arabic song and Klezmer fiddle music, your musical perspectives will never be the same again.