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Tafelmusik’s Staircases Blends Baroque With New Music, Poetry And Photographs

Tafelmusik’s Staircases Blends Baroque With New Music, Poetry And Photographs


Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Photo courtesy of Tafelmusik)
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Photograph courtesy of Tafelmusik)

Staircases, an unique program and multimedia efficiency, can be one of many highlights of Tafelmusik’s forty fifth season. This system was created by Alison Mackay, and incorporates two new works by composer and bass-baritone Jonathan Woody.

The performances, which incorporate poetry and pictures together with the music, will happen March 22, 23 and 24.

Alison Mackay & Staircases

Together with progressive programming, Alison Mackay is a musician who’s carried out on the violone and double bass with Tafelmusik from 1979 till 2019. She was a member of Toronto Consort for a number of years by the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties. She is the recipient of the 2013 Betty Webster Award for her contribution to orchestral life in Canada.

Alison has created a number of imaginative applications for Tafelmusik over time. In 2019, her multimedia mission Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Espresso Home, toured the US after a profitable run in Toronto. That efficiency mission wove Classical Arabic music with European, and put the music right into a historic and social context, one thing her productions change into identified for.

In Staircases, she begins with music and the concept of staircases. There may be the music that was carried out on the staircases of Versailles in Paris in January 1749. In London, across the similar time, there have been staircases main from the streets all the way down to the banks of the river Thames the place music can be carried out for passersby.

The staircase turns into an concept that opens up a strategy to join completely different items of music.

This system contains items by Lully, Purcell, Handel, Platti, Bach, and Vivaldi together with Woody’s new compositions.

L-R: Jonathan Woody; Alison Mackay (Photos courtesy of the artists)
L-R: Jonathan Woody; Alison Mackay (Pictures courtesy of the artists)

Jonathan Woody

Jonathan Woody is the composer of the brand new music that can be premiered on the efficiency, and also will function narrator for the efficiency.

American bass-baritone and composer Jonathan Woody holds levels from McGill College and the College of Maryland, School Park.

As a soloist, Woody performs with a number of ensembles and occasions specializing in interval music, together with the Boston Early Music Competition, Pacific MusicWorks, and New York Baroque Included, amongst others. He was the Creative Advisor for Portland Baroque Orchestra for the 2021-2022 season.

Chamber music is one other of his passions. He’s a frequent performer with the GRAMMY®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Road.

As a composer, he takes inspiration from the music of the seventeenth and 18th centuries, whereas incorporating parts of minimalism and socially aware subject material. Commissions embrace Chanticleer, the Handel and Haydn Society, Cathedral Choral Society of Washington, D.C., and plenty of others.

Jonathan is at present primarily based on conventional Lenape lands, now referred to as Brooklyn.

Julia Wedman will direct the efficiency from the violin.

  • Extra details about the live performance, and tickets accessible [HERE].

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