By Sarah Baumann
What do you get when you cross the great outdoors with a chamber group of baroque musicians and (appropriately named) West-coast DJ, Noble Oak? The February 1st edition of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s experimental Haus Musik series, taking place this week at Longboat Hall, The Great Hall.
Tafelmusik has invited up-and-coming opera director Anna Theodosakis (UofT Opera, MYOpera) to helm this one night event, and she’s taking her audiences into the woods. Walk into the underground venue and be greeted by Theodosakis’ custom-built tree, which you’ll be invited to sign with your own messages and drawings (sharpies will be provided).
After grabbing a drink at the on-site bar, and enjoying an opening set by Vancouver-based DJ Patrick Fiore (Noble Oak), five Tafelmusik musicians will then lead you on a musical journey exploring forgotten manuscripts and the rare instrument known as the viola d’amore.
What sets this wooden instrument apart from the rest of the violin and viola families is its second set of strings, which resonate in sympathy with the playing strings, making a kind of silvery sound that will be amplified at this concert for all to hear. The instrument is often topped with a carved blindfolded cupid on the scroll.
February marks the beginning of an intense hibernation period for many of us, but this concert is an intriguing way to “head outside” and sample some truly unique culture, too.
With lighting by Wesley McKenzie, set design by James Bolton, and special appearances by dancer Riley Killough and even a friendly woodland snail, at $20 for tickets, this Haus Musik concert is a great Thursday-night date option that also happens to be wallet friendly.
Tafelmusik presents Haus Musik, the classical alternative, February 1, 2018 at Longboat Hall, The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Cash bar. To buy visit hausmusikto.com.