Tafelmusik debuts in Australia and New Zealand
February 27, 2012:
For immediate release
Tafelmusik makes debut in Australia and New Zealand with
The Galileo Project
“No other Canadian orchestra … does so much to give Canada a profile in the international arena of music. And, increasingly these days, it is a profile constructed from top-flight engagements.”
Toronto (Canada) … Tafelmusik reaffirms its reputation as Canada’s most active touring orchestra with high-prestige engagements around the world as it prepares for its debut appearances in Australia and New Zealand, March 1 to 16, 2012. This seven-city, 11-concert tour with engagements in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane (Australia) and in Wellington (New Zealand) features Tafelmusik’s globe-trotting multi-media creation, The Galileo Project.
In addition to performing concerts in every city throughout the Australia/New Zealand tour, Tafelmusik will take part in special events including a masterclass, a school performance, free pre-concert talks, “Meet the Artists” gatherings, and Star Parties: a series of post-concert star-gazing sessions with Australian astronomers.
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 China (in Mandarin), Malaysia, Mexico (in Spanish), Canada and the United States. A co-production with The Banff Centre, The Galileo Project premiered there in 2009 to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy. With narration by actor Shaun Smyth, 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.
Tafelmusik continues to thrive on the world stage as it celebrates Jeanne Lamon’s 30th anniversary as Music Director this season. A discography of more than 78 recordings has helped Tafelmusik build its excellent reputation abroad, and on January 19, 2012, the orchestra launched Tafelmusik Media — its own multi-platform recording label. Video excerpts from The Galileo Project can be seen on Tafelmusik’s recently-launched Watch and Listen site; on March 27, Tafelmusik will release a DVD version of the complete Galileo Project on the Tafelmusik Media label, as well as re-releases of its award-winning recordings of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Tafelmusik’s new recordings will be available at concerts and record retailers in Australia through Naxos Global Logistics distribution.
Tafelmusik’s most recent international appearance was a return to Carnegie Hall in New York City last November as part of a U.S. tour including performances in Virginia. The Carnegie Hall concert garnered praise from The New York Times: “Tafelmusik mixed insight, assurance and visceral engagement in works to show stylistic cross-pollination among Baroque composers.” In May 2012, Tafelmusik travels to Versailles, France with Opera Atelier for two performances of Lully’s opera Armide.
In addition to regular concerts in Toronto this season, Tafelmusik’s touring schedule has included performances in Germany, a residency in Banff (for House of Dreams, its second co-production with The Banff Centre). Last September, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir appeared with Kent Nagano and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal at the inaugural concerts in its new hall, La Maison symphonique de Montréal.
Tafelmusik Australia and New Zealand tour itinerary:
March 1 Perth
March 3 Melbourne
March 5 Sydney
March 6 Melbourne
March 8 Canberra
March 10 Sydney
March 11, 12 Adelaide
March 14 Brisbane
March 16 Wellington
For detailed information about Tafelmusik’s Australia and New Zealand tour dates and venues, visit thewebsite.