An imaginative multimedia concert, Tafelmusik's House of Dreams takes the audience on a journey through five homes in five European cities where, in the 17th and 18th centuries, exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Marais were performed in intimate settings against a backdrop of private collections of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau. With narration, projected images of the paintings and homes, and music dynamically performed from memory, House of Dreams recreates the concert experience at the intersection of Baroque music and art.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Jeanne lamon, music director
Blair Williams, narrator
Conceived, programmed, and scripted by Alison Mackay
Marshall Pynkoski, stage director
Glenn Davidson, production designer
Raha Javanfar, projections designer
Handel: Excerpts from Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 & 6, Theodora, and Alcina
Bach: Excerpts from Concerto for two violins and orchestra in D minor
Vivaldi: Excerpts from concertos for two cellos, two oboes, bassoon, and lute
Purcell: Excerpts from The Indian Queen and St. Cecilia Ode
Marin Marais: Suite from Alcione
Telemann: Overture from Wassermusik
Tafelmusik, Canada's award-winning period-instrument orchestra, is an internationally recognized ensemble that has been lauded by Gramophone Magazine as "one of the world's top baroque orchestras." Founded in 1979 by Kenneth Solway and Susan Graves and consisting of a core of seventeen permanent members, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra has been under the inspired leadership of Music Director Jeanne lamon since 1981. With its artist-focused mandate and commitment to excellence and innovation, Tafelmusik actively creates new contexts for the performance of baroque and classical music. In recent seasons, the orchestra made its debut at Carnegie Hall with sold-out performances that were praised by The New York Times for "stately, buoyant and crisply etched playing" and has performed in Europe's leading concert halls, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Barbican Centre in London. This season, Tafelmusik tours its multimedia program, House of Dreams, to Yale University's School of Music, the University of Washington's Meany Hall, La Jolla Music Society, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and elsewhere.
At home in Toronto, Tafelmusik performs over 50 concerts each season at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, as well as a series of performances at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, at Koerner Hall, and at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Selected concerts at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre are recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio Two programs, and are also heard on National Public Radio in the United States. With a discography of more than 76 baroque and classical albums, Tafelmusik's recordings are an integral part of its international success. In 2012, the orchestra established its own record label, Tafelmusik Media, an initiative that features new digital, live performance, and studio recordings, and re-release previous recordings from Sony Classical and CBC Records. An active advocate for music education, Tafelmusik offers free outreach concerts, multi-disciplinary projects with area schools, and university residencies. The orchestra provides classroom materials to the school groups, including access to Tafelmusik's online learning center, curriculum-based study guides, and Tafelmusik's JUNO Award-winning TafelKIDS Baroque Adventure: The Quest for Arundo Donax CD and the Four Season Mosaic DVD with Inuit, Chinese, and South Asian musicians.
Music Director of Tafelmusik since 1981, violinist Jeanne lamon has been praised by critics in Europe and North America for her strong musical leadership. In addition to performing with and directing Tafelmusik, Jeanne regularly guest directs symphony orchestras in North America and abroad. Upcoming and recent engagements include Les Violons du Roy, Detroit Symphony, l'Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Orchestra London, Victoria Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia. She has won numerous awards for her work with Tafelmusik, including the Prix Alliance from the Alliance Française, the 1997 M. Joan Chalmers Award for Artistic Direction, and the prestigious Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2000, Jeanne lamon was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her work with Tafelmusik. In 2003 she was named "Musician of the Year" by her peers at the Toronto Musicians' Association, a prize previously awarded to Oscar Peterson and the Barenaked Ladies. Jeanne lamon holds two honorary Doctorates, one from York University and one from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. She is passionate about teaching young professionals, which she does at the University of Toronto and at the Glenn Gould Professional School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.